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Total Nerd The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time  

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The most influential game programmers of all time are the talented and visionary men and women who have developed many of the best video games ever. Each with multiple titles on their resume, these top video game programmers have brought joy to millions of gamers around the globe with their revolutionary and legendary games.

It would be easy to select earlier game programmers as among the most influential simply as they created the games that came first. Who knows how games would have evolved if not for Nolan Bushnell and Pong, Toru Iwantani and Pac-man or Alexey Pajitnov and Tetris. Each of those programmers and games, along with Shigeru Miyamoto, programmer behind classic titles like the Super Mario and Zelda series, Donkey Kong and Star Fox, among others, set the tone for which video game programmers to come could work from.

Another argument could be made that the more recent video game programmers should be seen as more influential because they took the fundamentals established by the older programmers and built newer games. Developers such as Will Wright, who developed the Sims series, Hideo Kojima, responsible for the Metal Gear series, Satoshi Tajiri, who made the Pokemon series, and Sam and Dan Houser, who developed the Grand Theft Auto series, all made their place as an influential video game developer for doing just that.

So whether these programmers created some of the first video games, the greatest RPG video games, like Hironobu Sakaguchi did with the Final Fantasy series, or just created those most addicting video games of all time, each of these programmers are easily the most influential in the world of video gaming.
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56 10
Shigeru Miyamoto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

2
35 8
Hideo Kojima is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 54

3
33 10
Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 64

4
32 10
John D. Carmack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

5
23 7
Alexey Pajitnov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Alexey Pajitnov

6
17 6
Satoshi Tajiri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

7
18 7
Will Wright is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 58

8
17 7
Toru Iwantani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Toru Iwantani

9
12 5
Hironobu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

10
10 7
Nolan Bushnell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

11
9 6
Michael Morhaime is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Michael Morhaime age 52

12
4 1
David Crane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 60

13
3 1
Michel Ancel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 46

14
3 1
Shinji Mikami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Shinji Mikami age 52

15
8 7
Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 50

16
4 3
Keiji Inafune is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Keiji Inafune age 52

17
3 2
Roberta Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Roberta Williams age 65

18
3 2
Hideki Kamiya is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 47

19
7 7
John Romero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 50

20
5 5
David Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 52

21
3 3
Chris Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 49

22
2 2
Fumito Ueda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Fumito Ueda age 47

23
2 2
Ken Levine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 68

24
1 1
Jenova Chen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 36

25
1 1
Gregg Mayles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Gregg Mayles age 47

26
6 7
Peter Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

27
2 3
Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 53

28
2 3
Dan Houser is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Dan Houser age 44

29
2 3
Sam Houser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Sam Houser age 46

30
1 2
Yukio Futatsugi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Yukio Futatsugi

31
1 2
Takashi Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Takashi Tezuka age 57

32
6 8
Masaya Matsuura is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Masaya Matsuura age 56

33
2 4
Rod Humble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Rod Humble age 53

34
2 4
David Helgason is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
David Helgason

35
1 3
Jordan Mechner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

36
1 4
Mike Kulas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Mike Kulas