Who Are the World's Top Video Game Designers?


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Video game designers who have greatly influenced the industry with their titles, franchises and gameplay innovations include Shigeru Miyamoto, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Shinji Mikami, Sid Meier and Will Wright. These designers introduced classic games such as "The Sims," "Civilization," "Super Mario Bros.," "Final Fantasy" and "Resident Evil."

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Who Are the World's Top Video Game Designers?
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Shigeru Miyamoto is the designer of several famous video game characters and franchises, such as "The Legend of Zelda," "Donkey Kong and "Super Mario Bros." Miyamoto was the first inductee into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was chosen as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the Year.

Will Wright is responsible for "The Sims" series, which is the bestselling PC game franchise of all time, as of 2015. "The Sims" is a life simulation game that allows users to control the lives of their in-game characters and perform tasks such as building new houses and choosing their characters' career paths. "SimCity", an open-ended city building and management game, is another popular creation by Wright.

"Civilization" is a classic turn-based PC strategy game designed by Sid Meier, which debuted in 1991. Meier's studio, Firaxis, also created a console and mobile version of the "Civilization" series called "Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution." Meier has designed several other simulation games, covering subjects such as golf, railroads and pirates.

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