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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
Al Lowe video game designer, game programmer, musician Leisure Suit Larry
Alexey Pajitnov video game designer and computer engineer Tetris
American McGee Game designer Doom II, Quake, American McGee's Alice
Andrew Braybrook software engineer, game programmer Paradroid, Uridium
Bill Williams Game designer, programmer Alley Cat, Necromancer
Brian Fargo game designer, programmer, producer The Bard's Tale 2 and 3, Wastelands, Fallout
Brian Moriarty Video game designer Wishbringer, Loom
Brian Reynolds Videogame designer Civilization, Alpha Centauri
Chris Beatrice Game designer Caesar, Lords of the Realm
Chris Crawford Video game designer Eastern Front, Balance of Power
Chris Roberts game designer Wing Commander, Times of Lore
Chris Sawyer game developer Transport Tycoon, Roller Coaster Tycoon
Chris Taylor Video game designer, entrepreneur Total Annihilation, Dungeon Siege
Cliff Johnson game designer The Fool's Errand, 3 in Three
Damon Slye game designer, director, programmer Red Baron, A-10 Tank Killer, Aces of the Pacific
Danielle Berry Game designer, programmer M.U.L.E., The Seven Cities of Gold
Dave Lebling game designer Zork, Starcross, Spellbreaker
David Braben game designer, programmer and entrepreneur Elite, Frontier
David Fox Game designer and programmer Maniac Mansion, Pipe Dream
David Jones Game designer Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto
David Mullich Game producer, game designer I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Heroes of Might and Magic series
Dino Dini video game developer The Kick Off series
Doug Church Game designer, producer Ultima Underworld, System Shock
Douglas E. Smith Video game programmer Lode Runner
Ed Boon Game programmer, director, voice actor and producer Mortal Kombat
Ed Logg Game designer Asteroids, Centipede, Gauntlet
Eric Chahi Game designer Another World
Eugene Jarvis Video game designer and programmer Defender, Robotron: 2084
Frédérick Raynal Videogame designer, programmer Alone in the Dark, Little Big Adventure
Gary Winnick Game designer, writer, artist, animator Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken
Gilman Louie Game designer The Falcon series, Stunt Driver
Hideo Kojima Video game designer, writer, director, producer Metal Gear, Snatcher
Jane Jensen game designer, author The Gabriel Knight series
Jeff Minter Programmer, game designer Gridrunner, Attack of the Mutant Camels, Tempest 2000
Jeffrey Tunnell computer game producer, programmer and designer The Incredible Machine
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
Jordan Mechner Video game designer, screenwriter, author, filmmaker Prince of Persia, Karateka
Julian Gollop game designer X-COM: UFO Defense, Laser Squad
Lori Ann Cole game designer Quest for Glory
Marc Blank Game developer and software engineer Zork
Mark Cerny Game designer, producer, entertainment executive Marble Madness
Mike Singleton computer programmer, game designer The Lords of Midnight, War in Middle Earth, Midwinter
Paul Cuisset Game designer Flashback, Future Wars, Fade to Black
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
Robyn Miller Game designer, composer, director, actor Myst
Ron Gilbert game designer, programmer, producer Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Monkey Island
Scott Adams game designer Adventureland, the Questprobe series
Scott Miller game designer, programmer and entrepreneur Kingdom of Kroz, Wolfenstein 3D, Raptor
Shigeru Miyamoto Game designer, game producer Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong
Sid Meier game programmer, game designer, producer Civilization, Railroad Tycoon, Pirates!
Simon Phipps Game designer Rick Dangerous
Steve Eric Meretzky game designer Planetfall, Spellcasting 101, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Steve Fawkner video game developer The Warlords series
Tim Cain Programmer, designer, producer Fallout
Tim Willits Studio director Quake, Hexen, Ultimate Doom
Tom A. Hall game designer, game programmer Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, Commander Keen
Warren Spector game designer Ultima Underworld, Deus Ex, System Shock
Will Wright game designer SimCity, The Sims, Spore
Yoshiki Okamoto Video game designer 1942, Gun Smoke, Street Fighter II
Yu Suzuki Game producer, designer, director, programmer Hang-On, Space Harrier, Out Run, After Burner
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