A Who's Who Of Who's Having The Biggest Impact On Games

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Steve Jobs? You've probably heard of him. Same with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. But what about the other 48 people on Game Developer's list of "most important contributors to the current state of the game industry"?


Game Developer's list of the 50 people attached to "important accomplishments of the last year (give or take) [..] in the categories of art, design, programming, business, and evangelism" isn't limited to high powered executives at multi-billion dollar companies like Apple and Nintendo. It's the little guys too, from Jenova Chen of Flower developer ThatGameCompany to Tim Schafer at Double Fine, makers of last year's Brutal Legend.

These are important people doing important things, like making video games, establishing conventions and charities based on video games and people who make things like Farmville. Want to win your next geeky dinner party? Get to know these people.

The Game Developer 50 [Gamasutra]


Luke Plunkett

Not really sure where all the Steve Jobs hate comes from. Guy runs and is the public face - and driving force - behind a company that, like it or not, has produced an established gaming platform, and whose desktop computers are about to get access to Steam.

Anyone saying "man the iPhone isn't a games machine" needs to remember the personal computer isn't specifically a games machine either.