Maybe they were thinking about how he helped Pixar, and how Pixar probably wouldnt be the company it is without him. Pixar certainly helped further animation, which is important in video games. Include with that his influence on computers and you could make an argument. However, when you put him up against Miyamoto and Gabe he really doesnt stand a chance.
Dude is dead there was a lot of fuss about hime being brilliant in media so people believe in stuff like that. If Michael Jackson was an option he would easily won.
Well at least Michael Jackson had a good game and contributed music to Sonic 3. I'd say he was more influential.
Who the heck was their survey audience?
This what I am curious about.
It's understandable. Steve Jobs was way more of a public figure than Gabe or Miyamoto would ever be in their entire lives. That's pretty much all this survey proves.
Well, also, Steve Jobs dealt more with the hardware and interface-type stuff. The others were more on the actuality of videogames, dealing with world-design and characters. It's pretty much apples to oranges. Ken Levine should totally be on there. System Shock 2 FTW.
It's a fair claim though I think the problem is that people are using Steve Jobs instead of Apple. The iPhone as a gaming platform has barely begun and still stands to change the face of the industry even more dramatically. But I wouldn't chalk it all up to the one man, his work wasn't over, and people will pick it up.
@JoeyRavn: Just shows that most of the Apple "i" product fans don't really know why Steve Jobs meant so much to that company and will give him credit for everything ever invented. The guy had his hand involved in a lot of things from Pixar - computers - media distribution, but he didn't really do anything for game development IMO.
All he did for videogames was kill the fucking portable market. And what would he even have to do with fucking videogames on the iPhone anyway? Did he contribute lines of code to Fruit Ninja? Did he draw art work for angry birds? No, he was the CEO of the company who made the device the games were programmed on. People are dumb.