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Most influential game designers of all time


The list is sorted in chronological order, based on the years in which they have/had been active in video game development.

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  • 1958-1959, United States

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Tennis For Two

  • 1961-1962, United States

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • 1966-1979, United States

    Magnavox & Milton Bradley

    Magnavox Odyssey, Table Tennis, Shooting Gallery, Simon

  • 1969-1989, United States

    Atari & Sente Technologies

    Computer Space, Pong, Breakout, Secret Quest

  • 1971-1985, United States



  • 1972-Present, Japan

    Taito & Dreams

    Basketball, Speed Race, Gun Fight, Space Invaders, Chase HQ, Lufia

  • 1974-2007, Japan


    Wild Gunman, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Dr. Mario

  • 1975-1984, United States

    Fairchild & Videosoft

    Demolition Derby, Fairchild Channel F, Videocart, Tennis

  • 1976-2007, United States

    Atari & Apple

    Breakout, iOS, Infinity Blade, Diablo III

  • 1977-2007, Japan

    Namco & Bandai Namco

    Gee Bee, Cutie Q, Pac-Man, Pole Position, Libble Rabble, Kill Switch

  • 1977-Present, Japan

    Nintendo, Nintendo R&D, Nintendo EAD, Nintendo EAD Tokyo

    Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda, F-Zero, Star Fox, Nintendogs, Wii

  • 1979-Present, United States

    Origin Systems, NCsoft, Portalarium

    Akalabeth, Ultima, Ultima Online, Lineage II, Tabula Rasa

  • 1980-1993, Iran

    Sirius Software, Gebelli Software, Squaresoft

    Horizon, Zenith, WorldRunner, Rad Racer, Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana

  • 1980-Present, United States

    On-Line Systems, Sierra On-Line, Sierra Entertainment

    Mystery House, HiRes Adventure, King's Quest, Phantasmagoria

  • 1980-Present, United States

    Williams Electronics, Vid Kidz, Raw Thrills

    Defender, Robotron: 2084, NARC, Smash TV, Cruis'n USA

  • 1981-1997, United States

    Wizardry, Ultima, The Bard's Tale, Championship Lode Runner

  • 1982-2001, Japan

    Technosoft, Arsys Software, Cyberhead

    Thunder Force, Plazma Line, Wibarm, Reviver, Star Cruiser

  • 1982-2006, Japan

    Nihon Falcom, Nihon Application, Creansmaerd

    Panorama Toh, Dragon Slayer, Legend of Heroes, Lord Monarch, Ys, Brandish

  • 1982-2011, Japan

    Game Arts & G-Mode

    Thexder, Silpheed, Lunar, GunGriffon, Grandia, Mobile Gaming

  • 1982-2015, Japan

    HAL Laboratory & Nintendo

    Earthbound, Kirby, DKC, Nintendogs, Brain Age, Wii

  • 1982-Present, Japan

    Irem, Capcom, SNK, Dimps

    Moon Patrol, Kung-Fu Master, Street Fighter, Fatal Fury, KOF

  • 1982-Present, Japan

    Konami, Capcom, Game Republic

    Time Pilot, Gyruss, GunSmoke, Final Fight, Street Fighter II

  • 1982-Present, Japan

    Koei & Tecmo Koei

    Dragon & Princess, Nobunaga Ambition, Romance of 3 Kingdoms

  • 1982-Present, Japan

    Enix, Chunsoft, Square Enix, Level-5, Armor Project

    Yuji Horii Mysteries, Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger

  • 1982-Present, Japan

    Data East, Technōs Japan, Plophet

    Cobra Command, Road Blaster, Kunio-kun, Renegade, Double Dragon

  • 1982-Present, United States

    Capitol Ideas, Inside Out, Softdisk, id Software, Ion Storm

    Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Daikatana

  • 1983-Present, Japan

    Sega, Sega AM2, Digital Rex, Sega AM Plus

    Hang-On, Space Harrier, OutRun, AfterBurner, Virtua, Daytona, Shenmue

  • 1983-Present, Netherlands & United States

    Bullet-Proof, Nintendo, Blue Planet, Tetris Company

    The Black Onyx, Epsilon3, Tetris, Yoshi's Cookie

  • 1983-Present, United States

    Atari, Sega, Sony

    Major Havoc, Marble Madness, Sonic, Crash Bandicoot, Jak, Ratchet

  • 1984-Present, Japan

    T&E Soft & M2

    Hydlide, Daiva 6, Super Laydock, UndeadLine

  • 1984-Present, Japan


    Alex Kidd, Phantasy Star, Altered Beast, Sonic, Skies of Arcadia

  • 1984-Present, Japan

    Squaresoft, Square Enix, Mistwalker

    Death Trap, 3D WorldRunner, Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger

  • 1984-Present, Japan

    Sega & Prope

    Girl's Garden, Phantasy Star, Sonic, Nights, ChuChu Rocket

  • 1984-Present, United States

    Maxis & Electronic Arts

    Sim, Sim City, Sim City 2000, The Sims, Spore

  • 1984-Present, Soviet Union & Russia

    Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre, Doka, Tetris Company


  • 1984-Present, United States

    Brøderbund Software, Ubisoft, D3 Publisher

    Karateka, Prince of Persia, The Last Express

  • 1984-Present, United Kingdom

    Bullfrog, Lionhead, 22Cans

    Populous, Magic Carpet, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, Fable

  • 1986-Present, Japan

    Konami & Kojima Productions

    Metal Gear, Snatcher, Policenauts, Tokimeki, ZOE, Boktai

  • 1987-Present, Japan

    Squaresoft & Square Enix

    Final Fantasy IV, Chrono Trigger, Parasite Eve, The Bouncer

  • 1988-Present, Japan

    Sega, Sega AM1, Wow Entertainment, Sega China, Sega Shanghai

    Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Wing War, Die Hard Arcade

  • 1988-Present, Japan

    Data East, Squaresoft, Square Enix

    Jake Hunter, Heracles no Eiko, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts

  • 1988-Present, United Kingdom

    DMA Design, RockStar North, RockStar Games, Realtime Worlds

    Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto, Body Harvest, Crackdown, APB

  • 1989-2013, Japan

    Interlink, EIM, WARP, fyto

    D, Enemy Zero, Real Sound: Kaze no Regret, One-Dot Enemies

  • 1989-Present, Japan

    Game Freak & Nintendo

    Yoshi, Pulseman, Pokemon, Drill Dozer, HarmoKnight

  • 1989-Present, United States

    Microprose, id Software, Ensemble Studios, Green Eye Games

    Darklands, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Age of Empires

  • 1989-Present, United States

    Softdisk, id Software, Raven Software, Zenimax Media

    Commander Keen, Catacomb, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake

  • 1990-Present, Japan

    Quest, Squaresoft, Square Enix, Level-5, Playdek

    Ogre, Final Fantasy Tactics & XII, Vagrant Story, MadWorld

  • 1990-Present, Japan

    Capcom, Platinum Games, Tango Gameworks, Zenimax Media

    Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, Ace Attorney, Vanquish

  • 1990-Present, Japan


    Marvelous, The Legend of Zelda, Hyrule Warriors

  • 1990-Present

    Origin Systems, Electronic Arts, Looking Glass, Ion Storm

    Wing Commander, Ultima, System Shock, Thief, Deus Ex

  • 1992-Present, United States

    Epic Games

    Tyrian, Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Gears of War, Bulletstorm

  • 1993-Present


    Suikoden, Twinbee RPG, Shadow of Memories, Time Hollow

  • 1994-2004, Japan

    Himeya Soft, C's Ware, ELF, Abel

    Xenon, Desire, EVE: Burst Error, YU-NO, Exodus Guilty

  • 1994-2006, Japan

    Koei & Tecmo Koei

    Angelique & Neo Angelique

  • 1994-Present, United Kingdom

    Rare & Zoonami

    Killer Instinct, GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark

  • 1995-Present, Japan

    WARP, Sony SCE Japan Studio, Team Ico

    Enemy Zero, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian

  • 1996-Present, Japan

    Capcom & Platinum Games

    Resident Evil, DMC, Viewtiful Joe, Ōkami, Bayonetta, W101

  • 1996-Present

    Scoop, Tactics, Visual Arts, Key

    Kanon, Air, Dark Cloud, Clannad, Little Busters, Angel Beats

  • 1996-Present, United States


    Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Left 4 Dead

  • 1997-Present, Turkey & Germany


    Far Cry, Crysis, Fibble: Flick ‘n’ Roll, Ryse: Son of Rome

  • 1997-Present, United Kingdom

    DMA Design & Rockstar Games

    Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club, Mafia, Max Payne, Red Dead

  • 1998-Present, United Kingdom

    Rockstar Games

    Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club, Mafia, Max Payne, Red Dead

  • 1998-Present, Japan & United States

    Namco, Microsoft, Epic Games, BioWare

    NASCAR, Kill Switch, Gears of War, Mass Effect, Kinect

  • 1999-Present, Japan & United States

    Infinity Ward, Activision, Respawn Entertainment

    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Call of Duty, Titanfall

  • 1999-Present, United States

    Infinity Ward, Activision, Respawn Entertainment

    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Call of Duty, Titanfall