Video Game Creatives and Giants Offer Brief, Somber Tribute to Steve Jobs

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News of the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs spread quickly today via Twitter, with video game developers, designers and executives mourning the loss of the software and hardware visionary. They offered brief, somber reactions to Jobs' passing showing the breadth of his influence and impact.

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Jobs' friends, admirers and even his business rivals took a quick moment to remember his contributions to technology, our lives and their respective careers. Most seemed simply sad to learn of Jobs passing at 56 years old, others expressed their gratitude and respect for his work. It's truly impressive to see the broad impact that Jobs' ideas had on video game creatives and tech giants.


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Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

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John Carmack, id Software

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Cliff Bleszinski, Epic Games

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Dylan Jobe, Lightbox Studios

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Ken Levine, Irrational Games

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John Drake, Harmonix

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Chandana Ekanayake, Uber Entertainment

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David Jaffe, Eat Sleep Play

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Ed Boon, NetherRealm Studios

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Jeff Green, PopCap Games

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Mark Rein, Epic Games

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Donald Mustard, Chair Entertainment

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Pete Hines, Bethesda Softworks

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John Romero, co-founder of id Software

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George Broussard, 3D Realms

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Sony Corporation

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Yasumi Matsuno, Level-5 ("Too young at 56," he says, tweeting that he'd teared up.)

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DISCUSSION

Bill Gates' reaction in particular "got to me," so to speak. They've been trading blows for longer than I've been alive, pioneering an industry.

I realize they weren't the best of friends by any means, but I imagine losing even a longtime rival is still quite sad.