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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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Shigeru Miyamoto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
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Hideo Kojima is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 55
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John D. Carmack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
4
Alexey Pajitnov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Alexey Pajitnov
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Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Sid Meier age 65
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Satoshi Tajiri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
7
Hironobu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
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Will Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 59
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Toru Iwantani is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Toru Iwantani
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Shinji Mikami is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Shinji Mikami age 53
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Michael Morhaime is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Michael Morhaime age 53
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Nolan Bushnell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
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John Romero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 51
14
Roberta Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Roberta Williams age 66
15
Hideki Kamiya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 48
16
Takashi Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Takashi Tezuka age 58
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David Crane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 61
18
Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 54
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Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 51
20
Michel Ancel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 46
21
Jenova Chen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added age 37
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Gregg Mayles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Gregg Mayles age 48
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David Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
age 53
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Sam Houser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Sam Houser age 47
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Fumito Ueda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Pablo Jose Ponce Julve added Fumito Ueda age 48