Neal Stephenson age 56 Neal Town Stephenson is an award-winning American writer and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been variously categorized as science fiction, historical
Mike Oldfield age 62 Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age. He is best known for his
Richard Garriott 54 Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a video game developer and entrepreneur. He is also known as his alter egos Lord British in Ultima and General British in Tabula Rasa. A well-known figure in the video
Shigeru Miyamoto age 63 Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese video game designer and producer. He is best known as the creator of some of the best-selling, most critically acclaimed, most enduring, and most influential games and
Peter Molyneux 56 Peter Douglas Molyneux, OBE is a English video game designer and programmer. He created the god games Populous, Dungeon Keeper and Black & White as well as Theme Park, the Fable series and
Tim Schafer 48 Timothy John Schafer is an American computer game designer. He founded Double Fine Productions in July 2000, after having spent over a decade at LucasArts. Schafer is best known as the designer of
Gary Gygax Died at 70 (1938-2008) Ernest Gary Gygax was an American writer and game designer best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons with Dave Arneson. Gygax has been described as the father
Sid Meier age 61 Sidney K. "Sid" Meier is a Canadian-American programmer, designer and producer of several popular strategy video games and simulation video games, most notably Civilization. Meier co-founded
Ron Gilbert age 51 Ron Gilbert is an American video-game designer, programmer, and producer, best known for his work on several classic LucasArts adventure games, including Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island
Danielle Bunten Berry Died at 49 (1949-1998) Danielle Bunten Berry, born Daniel Paul Bunten, and also known as Dan Bunten, was an American game designer and programmer, known for the 1983 game M.U.L.E., and 1984's The Seven Cities of Gold. In
Chris Sawyer 46 Chris Sawyer is a Scottish video game developer who is best known for designing and programming Transport Tycoon and the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. He is the founder of 31X, a mobile game
John Romero 48 Alfonso John Romero is a director, designer, programmer, and developer in the video game industry. He is best known as a co-founder of id Software and designer for many of their games, including
Will Wright 55 William Ralph "Will" Wright is an American video game designer and co-founder of the ex game development company Maxis, and then part of Electronic Arts. In April 2009, he left EA to run
Hironobu Sakaguchi 53 Hironobu Sakaguchi is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer, and former film director. He is the creator of the Final Fantasy series, and has had a long career in gaming with over 100
Adam Powell age 39 Adam James Powell is a game designer and businessman. He is the co-founder of Neopets and Meteor Games.
Chris Roberts 47 Chris Roberts is an American video game designer, programmer, film producer and film director. He is best known for creating the popular Wing Commander series while employed at Origin Systems.
Russell Lieblich Died at 52 (1953-2005) Russell Lieblich was a game designer, programmer and musician who first came to prominence for his music for Activision and Intellivision games, as well as doing the Commodore 64 music translation of
Robert Santos Robert Santos is an entrepreneur, game designer, graphic designer, film editor, programmer and game programmer.
Rebecca Heineman age 52 Rebecca Ann Heineman is an American video game programmer. A long-time veteran of the computer game industry, Heineman was a founding member of Interplay Productions, Logicware, Contraband
Tom Hall 51 Tom A. Hall is a game designer born in Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science.
David Jones age 49 David has been involved in the video game industry since 1983. He is well known for his past company (DMA Design Ltd.) and for his catalogue of hit games. Over the years David has written and designed
Satoshi Tajiri 50 Satoshi Tajiri is a Japanese video game designer best known as the creator of Pokémon and the founder of video game developer Game Freak, Inc. An avid fan of arcade games, Tajiri wrote for and
Roberta Williams 62 Roberta Williams is an American video game designer, writer and a co-founder of Sierra On-Line, who developed her first game while living in Simi Valley, California. She is most famous for her
Masaya Matsuura 54 Masaya Matsuura is a video game designer and musician based in Tokyo, Japan. He was born in Osaka on June 16, 1961, and majored in Industrial Society at Ritsumeikan University. He has worked
Steve Purcell 54 Steven Ross Purcell is an American cartoonist, animator, director and game designer. He is most widely known as the creator of Sam & Max, an independent comic book series about a pair of
Mark Rosewater 48 Mark Rosewater is the head designer for Magic: The Gathering.
Shigesato Itoi age 67 Shigesato Itoi is a Japanese copywriter, essayist, lyricist, game designer, and actor. Itoi is the editor-in-chief of his website “Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun”. He is best known outside of Japan for his
Erick Wujcik Died at 57 (1951-2008) Erick A. Wujcik was an American designer of both pen-and-paper and computer role-playing games, and co-founder of Palladium Books.
Jane Jensen 52 Jane Jensen is the game designer of the popular and critically acclaimed Gabriel Knight adventure games and author of the novels Judgment Day and Dante's Equation.
Chris Metzen 42 Christopher Vincent Metzen is an American game designer, artist, voice actor and author known for his work creating the fictional universes and scripts for Blizzard Entertainment's three major
Aaron Allston Died at 54 (1960-2014) Aaron Dale Allston was an American game designer and author of many science fiction books, notably Star Wars novels. His works as a game designer include game supplements for role-playing games,
Jeff Kinney age 44 Jeffrey Patrick "Jeff" Kinney is an American game designer, cartoonist, producer, actor and author of children's books including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. He is also attributed
Andrew Sega 40 Andrew Gregory Sega, also known as Necros, is an American musician best known for tracking modules in the 1990s demoscene as well as for composing music for several well-known video games. He is
Dave Arneson Died at 62 (1947-2009) David Lance "Dave" Arneson was an American game designer best known for co-developing the first published role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, with Gary Gygax, in the early 1970s.
John M. Ford Died at 49 (1957-2006) John Milo "Mike" Ford was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet. Ford was regarded as an extraordinarily intelligent, erudite and witty man. He was a
Michael A. Stackpole 58 Michael Austin Stackpole is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his Star Wars and BattleTech books. He was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, but raised in Vermont. He has a BA in
Albert Lamorisse Died at 48 (1922-1970) Albert Lamorisse was a French filmmaker, film producer, and writer, who is best known for his award winning short films which he began making in the late 1940s, and also for inventing the famous
Bill Budge 61 Bill Budge is an American video game programmer and designer. He is best known for the Apple II games Raster Blaster and Pinball Construction Set.
Al Lowe age 69 Al Lowe is an American video game designer, programmer, and musician who developed several adventure games, mostly for Sierra On-Line. He is best known for creating the Leisure Suit Larry series.
Jane McGonigal 38 Jane McGonigal is an American game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes and collaboration in a real world context.
Andrey "KranK" Kuzmin age 44
Ken Sugimori 49 Ken Sugimori is a Japanese video game designer, illustrator, manga artist, and director. He is most famous as the character designer and art director for the Pokémon franchise. Sugimori is also
David Jaffe age 44 David Scott Jaffe is an American video game designer.
Lorne Lanning 51 Lorne Lanning is an American game designer, director, writer and voice actor. He is also co-founder and president of the video game developer, Oddworld Inhabitants. He is best known for creating the
Theresa Duncan Died at 41 (1966-2007) Theresa Duncan was an American video game designer, blogger, filmmaker and critic.
Richard Garfield age 52 Richard Channing Garfield is an American game designer and mathematician. Garfield created Magic: The Gathering, which is considered to be the the first modern collectible card game. Magic debuted in
Ragnar Tørnquist 45 Ragnar Tørnquist is a Norwegian game designer and author. He has been working for Funcom in Oslo since 1994, and has founded his own studio Red Thread Games in November 2012.
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Raph Koster 44 Raphael "Raph" Koster is an American entrepreneur, game designer, and author of A Theory of Fun for Game Design. Koster is widely recognized for his work as the lead designer of Ultima
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