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List of famous game designers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top game designers in the world? This includes the most prominent game designers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable game designers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic game designers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned game designers.

List people include Mike Oldfield, Richard Garriott and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known game designers to the lesser known game designers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the game designer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous game designers ever?" and "What are the names of famous game designers?" then you're in the right place. (231 items)

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Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Neal Stephenson 57 - 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 ...more

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Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Mike Oldfield 63 - 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 ...more

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Richard Garriott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Shigeru Miyamoto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Shigeru Miyamoto 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 ...more

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Peter Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Peter Molyneux 57 - 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 ...more

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Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Tim Schafer 49 - 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 ...more

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Gary Gygax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Sid Meier 63 - 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 ...more

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Ron Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Ron Gilbert 53 - 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 ...more

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Danielle Bunten Berry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Chris Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Chris Sawyer 48 - 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 ...more

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John Romero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
John Romero 49 - 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 ...more

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Will Wright is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Will Wright 57 - 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 ...more

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Hironobu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Adam Powell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Adam Powell 40 - Adam James Powell is a game designer and businessman. He is the co-founder of Neopets and Meteor Games.

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Chris Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Chris Roberts 48 - 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. ...more

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Russell Lieblich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Robert Santos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Robert Santos Robert Santos is an entrepreneur, game designer, graphic designer, film editor, programmer and game programmer.

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Rebecca Heineman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Rebecca Heineman 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 ...more

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Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Tom Hall 52 - 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.

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David Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
David Jones 51 - 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 ...more

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Satoshi Tajiri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Roberta Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Masaya Matsuura is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Steve Purcell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Mark Rosewater is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Mark Rosewater 48 - Mark Rosewater is the head designer for Magic: The Gathering.

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Shigesato Itoi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Shigesato Itoi 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 ...more

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Erick Wujcik is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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.

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Jane Jensen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Jane Jensen 54 - 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.

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Chris Metzen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Chris Metzen 43 - 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 ...more

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Aaron Allston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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, ...more

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Jeff Kinney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Jeff Kinney 46 - 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 ...more

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Andrew Sega is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Dave Arneson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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. ...more

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John M. Ford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Michael A. Stackpole is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Michael A. Stackpole 59 - 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 ...more

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Albert Lamorisse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Bill Budge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Bill Budge 63 - 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.

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Al Lowe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Al Lowe 70 - 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.

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Jane McGonigal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Jane McGonigal 39 - 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.

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Ken Sugimori is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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David Jaffe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
David Jaffe 44 - David Scott Jaffe is an American video game designer.

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Lorne Lanning is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more

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Theresa Duncan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Theresa Duncan Died at 41 (1966-2007) - Theresa Duncan was an American video game designer, blogger, filmmaker and critic.

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Richard Garfield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Richard Garfield 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 ...more

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Ragnar Tørnquist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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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Dave Nalle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Game Designers

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Sam Chupp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Game Designers

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Raph Koster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more