Top 10 Most Influential Developers
Top 10 Most Influential Developers: From Miyamoto to Meier, games™ charts the illustrious industry luminaries that elevated the craft and influenced all those that proceeded them.
10. Sid Meier
Notable Releases: Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Civilization IV
One of the few developers in the videogames industry to get his name in the title of his products, Sid Meier is often cited as one of the founding fathers of the videogame industry, what with over three decades of experience revolutionising the strategy genre under his belt. Meier co-founded Firaxis Games in 1996 and has become best known for series like Sid Meier’s Civilization, Sid Meier’s Railroad Tycoon and Sid Meier’s Pirates!. Even when he’s not leading the development of the games, they still carry his name to increase their marketability, such is his standing in the industry today.
9. Shinji Mikami
Notable Releases: Resident Evil, killer7, God Hand
From licensed Disney properties to heart-attack-inducing assaults on the body and mind – Shinji Mikami has had quite the journey through the industry. Joining Capcom in 1990, it took six years before Mikami was able to unleash his terrifying vision for the future of horror games, Resident Evil. Later he worked on the series revival, Resident Evil 4, with the game’s precision aim system quickly becoming adopted as an industry standard. From the demented scenes of killer7 to the terrifying announcement of the next generation’s The Evil Within, Mikami is still innovating and finding new ways to scare the hell out of players.
8. John Carmack
Notable Releases: Quake, Doom
John Carmack is considered to be a pioneer of the first-person shooter genre, and for good reason. Carmack co-founded id Software and took the lead programming role for such classics as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake. Carmack has always been at the cutting edge of interactive entertainment – in fact, the industry still utilises many of the precedents he set for using weaponry in a 3D space, with his engines used by the likes of Call Of Duty and Half-Life over the last few decades. He’s still an active developer, but often spends time away from videogames to pursue his other passions – rocketry and engineering.