List of video game designers

List of video game designers

This is a list of video game designers, past and present, in alphabetical order. The people in this list designed either computer games, console games, arcade games or some other type of video game.


* Christian Allen, of Bungie Studios - Creative Director on Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series, Design Lead on new Bungie Game
* Michel Ancel, creator of the "Rayman" series, "Beyond Good & Evil" and ""
* Apostol Apostolov, designer of Earthrise Sci-Fi MMORPG for Masthead Studios.
* Chris Avellone, of "Fallout 2", "Knights of the Old Republic 2" and most notably ""
* Ed Averett, a Magnavox Odyssey2 developer of titles like "K.C. Munchkin" and 24 other titles in 4 years


* Richard Bartle, co-author of "MUD", the first multi-user dungeon.
* Chris Bateman, designer/writer of "Discworld Noir" and "Ghost Master"
* Chris Beatrice: "Caesar" and "Lords of the Realm".
* Marc Blank: Co-designer of "Zork", co-founder of Infocom
* Cliff Bleszinski: member of Epic games lead designer of "Gears of War" and level designer of Unreal series.
* Ed Boon: Co-Creator of the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.
* Bill Budge: "Raster Blaster" and "Pinball Construction Set"
* Danielle Bunten (deceased): "M.U.L.E.", "The Seven Cities of Gold"


* Tim Cain, main designer of "Fallout" and "", founder of Troika Games
* Eric Chahi, Developer and Designer of "Another World", and "Heart of Darkness".
* Doug Church: ', ' and "System Shock"
* Chris Crawford: "Eastern Front (1941)", "Balance of Power", founder of the Computer Game Developers' Conference, pioneer of interactive storytelling
* Paul Cross: co-designer of "Burnout" and ', lead designer ', and "Burnout Revenge"
* Ian Cummings: "Madden NFL series", "NCAA Football" series with EA Sports.


* Don Daglow: designer of "Dungeon", Intellivision "Utopia", "Earl Weaver Baseball", "Neverwinter Nights"
* Cameron Davis: Lead designer of "TY The Tasmanian Tiger 2" (Game Boy Advance), "TY The Tasmanian Tiger 3" (Game Boy Advance), ', '
* Dino Dini: designer of "Kick Off", "Kick Off 2", "Player Manager", "GOAL!", "Dino Dini's Soccer"
* Marko Dieckmann: designer of "Face of Mankind"


* Brian Fargo: founder of Interplay Entertainment, InXile Entertainment and developer of "Bard's Tale" and "Wasteland"
* Kelton Flinn: designer of "Air Warrior" and many other pioneering online games, co-founder of Kesmai


* Richard Garriott (a.k.a. Lord British): creator of the "Ultima" series and founder of Origin Systems
* Ron Gilbert: designer of "Maniac Mansion" and the first two "Monkey Island" games
* Julian Gollop, designer of "Chaos", "Laser Squad" and "".
* Allen Goode, co-designer of "Company of Heroes", "The Outfit" and ""
* Gupta Ashish, Designer of "Virgin Comic titles Sadhu", "Devi and Ramayana" and "Garfiled, Power RangersGame Designer at Indiagames and Jumpgames"


* Jon Hare: designer/director of "Sensible Soccer" series, "Cannon Fodder" series and "Wizball" series, co-founder of Sensible Software
* Stieg Hedlund: "Diablo", "Diablo II", "StarCraft"
* Yuji Horii: Square Enix - "Dragon Quest" series, "Chrono Trigger"


* Koji Igarashi: Konami - current producer of the Castlevania series
* Tomonobu Itagaki: Tecmo Team Ninja - designer of the "Dead or Alive" (DOA) games and "Ninja Gaiden"
* Shigesato Itoi: creator of the "EarthBound"/"Mother" series


* David Jaffe: creator of "God of War" and designer on the "Twisted Metal" series
* Eugene Jarvis, creator of "Defender", ', ' and "The Fast and The Furious"
* Soren Johnson: co-designer of "Civilization III" and lead designer for "Civilization IV"


* Mathias Karlson: "World in Conflict"
* Rieko Kodama: Sega - "Phantasy Star" series, "Skies of Arcadia"
* Hideo Kojima: Konami - "Metal Gear Solid" series, "Snatcher" and "Policenauts"
* Andrey Kuzmin: KranX Productions - "Perimeter", "Biprolex+", "" and "Spanking Runners"


* Marc Laidlaw, designer/writer at Valve on the "Half-Life" games
* Ed Logg, creator of "Asteroids", "Centipede" and "Gauntlet"
* Al Lowe, creator of the "Leisure Suit Larry" series


* Gregg Mayles: designer for the "Banjo-Kazooie series" and "Viva Piñata"
* American McGee: "American McGee's Alice", "Doom", "Quake"
* Stephen Marley: designer/writer of ""
* Colin McComb: designer for ""
* Jordan Mechner: "Prince of Persia" series
* Sid Meier: "Civilization" series, "Railroad Tycoon"
* Steve Meretzky: designer/writer of numerous Infocom titles, including "Planetfall", "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "A Mind Forever Voyaging" and "Leather Goddesses of Phobos"
* Shinji Mikami: of Capcom - the "Resident Evil" series
* Robyn and Rand Miller: the brothers who designed "Myst" and some of its sequels.
* Jeff Minter: founder of Llamasoft.
* Shigeru Miyamoto: Nintendo EAD - "Donkey Kong", "Mario", "Legend of Zelda" & many others
* Tetsuya Mizuguchi: Q Entertainment (formally with Sega UGA) - "Lumines", "Rez", "Space Channel 5" & others
* Peter Molyneux: Created "Populous", "Syndicate" and "Black and White", "Fable", founded Bullfrog Software and Lionhead Studios
* Brian Moriarty: designer/writer of "Trinity" and "Loom"
* David Mullich: "The Prisoner", "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream", director or producer of many others


* Yuji Naka: (Sega Sonic Team) - "Sonic the Hedgehog", "Phantasy Star Online", "Nights into Dreams..." & others
* Toshihiro Nishikado: "Space Invaders"
* Tetsuya Nomura: Square Enix - "Final Fantasy", "Kingdom Hearts"


* Yoshiki Okamoto: Game Republic, Capcom, Konami - Street Fighter (series) & others
* Henrique Olifiers: designer of media convergence games such as "My Big Brother", "Herois e vampiros" and "Conquista de Titã". Also co-founder of, a Latin American gaming news portal.
* Scott Orr: Designer of original version of "Madden NFL", many other design credits


* Alexey Pajitnov: "Tetris"
* David Perry: "MDK", "Earthworm Jim" and more
* Steven Pederson: "Space", "Terrorist" and more


* Rick Raymer: "Clue", "" and others
* Brian Reynolds: "Civilization II", "Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri" and "Rise of Nations"
* Scott Rogers: "God of War", "Pac-Man World" and Maximo series
* Ken Rolston: "The Elder Scrolls"
* John Romero: "Doom" and "Quake" lead designer and level designer, "Daikatana" producer, co-founder of id Software, Ion Storm and Monkeystone Games
* Richard Rouse III: designer/writer of "The Suffering" games and author of the book ""

* Hironobu Sakaguchi: Mistwalker (formally with Square Co.) "Final Fantasy" series and "Chrono Trigger"
* Masahiro Sakurai: Q Entertainment HAL Laboratory - Kirby, Super Smash Bros.
* Chris Sawyer, creator of the "Transport Tycoon" and "Rollercoaster Tycoon" series.
* Josh Sawyer: "Neverwinter Nights 2", "Icewind Dale" series, "" series
* Tim Schafer, designer of "Grim Fandango" and "Psychonauts".
* Brent Silby, pioneering the use of DHTML/javascript for development of arcade styled action games.
* Warren Spector: "System Shock", "Thief" series, "Deus Ex"
* Goichi Suda: designer of "Killer7"
* Yu Suzuki, Sega-AM2 designer of many classics that became genres, such as "Afterburner", "Hang On", "Virtua Racing", "Virtua Fighter" series, "Ferrari F355 Challenge" and the "Shenmue" series.


* Satoshi Tajiri: creator of "Pokémon" games
* Toru Iwatani: Namco - Pac-Man
* Toshiro Tsuchida: Front Mission series
* John Tobias: Co-Creator of the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.
* Michael Toy: co-designer of Rogue
* Chris Taylor, pioneered the use of both 3D units and terrain in the RTS game Total Annihilation.


* Fumito Ueda: creator of "Ico" and "Shadow of the Colossus"


* Jon Van Caneghem: "Might and Magic" and "Heroes of Might and Magic" series


* Jordan Weisman: Founder of FASA, co-creator of "BattleTech" and "MechWarrior"
* Richard Vander Wende: co-designer/director of "Riven"
* Glenn Wichman: co-designer of "Rogue", designer of "Mombasa" and "Toxic Ravine"
* Roberta Williams: Designer of "King's Quest" and other series, pioneered graphic adventure game genre, co-founded Sierra Entertainment
* Tim Willits: Designer on "id software" titles "The Ultimate Doom", "Quake", "Quake II", "Quake III Arena", "" and "Doom 3"
* Will Wright: game designer of "SimCity" series and "The Sims" series, co-founder of Maxis


* Kazunori Yamauchi: Polyphony Digital - "Gran Turismo"
* Gunpei Yokoi (deceased): inventor of handheld gaming (Game Boy and other handhelds) and several arcade games

ee also

*List of video game industry people

External links

* [ Giant List of Classic Game Programmers] which concentrates on 8-bit era game programmers who were usually also the game's designer

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