10 Highly Influential Video Game Designers

Let’s face it, video games are awesome. They have always been awesome, and they will always be awesome. Honestly I’m not sure how much better they can get but I’m sure the elite designers out there will continue finding ways. I would assume the next step in gaming is getting to the point where you are controlling real people. I’m guessing that designers are already cloning human beings in some facility in Costa Rica or something. But how about paying some tribute to those guys who designed some of these things? It’s truly remarkable. Here are 10 highly influential video game designers.

Cliff Bleszinski

Cliff is the lead designer of Gears of War and Gears of War II. I think that pretty much says it all. He’s 35 years old and is nicknamed “Dude Huge.” And he even has his own Myspace Page!

Ian Cummings

That’s right. Cummings is the senior designer of all the latest Madden NFL games, which is easily the most successful sports game (game period) in history. Man this guy looks like a baby.

Scott Orr – original designer of Madden NFL

Gotta give credit to the original guy. Orr was originally given the task to redesign the Madden game for Genesis and that led to a 10 year span of working as lead man for a number of other EA Sports hits like NHLPA Hockey, NCAA Football and NASCAR Racing.

Ed Boon and John Tobias

Co-Creators of Mortal Kombat. Boon (above) is technically considered the lead programmer while Tobias is considered the lead designer. Who cares? I’m sure these guys are reeling in the dough. I hope they got a nice percentage from Midway. By the way the character Noob Saibot? Spell it backwards. Yay!

Shigeru Myamoto

It doesn’t get any better than this guy. Myamoto is considered the “father of modern video games.” Mario, Donkey Kong, and the Legend of Zelda. Does it get any better than that? Probably not. Most designers today, when asked about their influences, always reference Myamoto. If it weren’t for this guy video games today wouldn’t be what they are.

John Romero

The man behind Doom and Quake. But technically he’s the man behind the “first person shooter.” This became and still is one of the most popular weapons games feature. It allows the user to play as if they were really there from a first person perspective. I remember Quake when I was in college. It seemed that everyone was playing it. Incredible.

Kai and Charles Huang

Guitar Hero. I mean come on guys.

Toru Iwatani

The original Pac Man designer. If I could get a sound bite of the the game I would right now. Unfortunately Iwatani didn’t create much more but you have to give credit where credit is due.


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