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A list of the best video games designers

In the old days, games were often made by a small group of programmers. Among them stood the "designer". The designer was the one who came up with the idea in the first place and worked on the first draft of the gameplay and the content. In the 80s and the 90s, a lot of game designers became know to the public.

This is a list of the most popular and most important video game designers of the DOS era of video games.

author occupation known for (games designed)
Al Lowe musician and game designer The Leisure Suit Larry series
Alexey Pajitnov video game designer and computer engineer Tetris
Brian Fargo game designer, programmer, producer The Bard's Tale 2 and 3, Wastelands, Fallout
Chris Roberts game designer Wing Commander, Times of Lore
Chris Sawyer game developer Transport Tycoon, Roller Coaster Tycoon
David Braben game designer, programmer and entrepreneur Elite, Frontier
Jane Jensen game designer, author The Gabriel Knight series
John Romero game designer, game programmer Commander Keen, Doom, Quake
Jon Hare game designer, musician Wizball, Sensible Soccer, Cannon Fodder
Jon Van Caneghem game designer Might and Magic, Heroes of Might and Magic
Julian Gollop game designer X-COM: UFO Defense, Laser Squad
Peter Molyneux game designer, game programmer Populous, Magic Carpet, Powermonger
Richard Garriott game designer The Ultima series
Roberta Williams game designer, writer The King's Quest series, Sierra On-Line co-founder
Ron Gilbert game designer, programmer, producer Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Monkey Island
Sid Meier game programmer, game designer, producer Civilization, Railroad Tycoon, Pirates!
Steve Eric Meretzky game designer Planetfall, Spellcasting 101, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Warren Spector game designer Ultima Underworld, Deus Ex, System Shock
Will Wright game designer SimCity, The Sims
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