Videos games… At this point in human history if you’re alive and haven’t played one you must be living under a rock somewhere. And whether you’re a true to heart gamer or just a casual player, we’ve all found enjoyment in this pastime. Today I’m going to reveal to you some of the top developers that make it all possible. Rarely do they receive the type of recognition that successful people in other fields get. But yet and still, some of the video games they’ve helped create often break records and produce phenomenon’s in gaming.
Here is my hand-curated list of the top 5 game developers in the world right now.
5. Jason Jones
Ever played any games in the “Halo” franchise? Or how about the almost legendary “Destiny” and “Destiny 2” series? Well, then you’ve had a chance to appreciate the work of Jason Jones. Co-founder of video game studio Bungie Jason has experienced tremendous success in producing RPG games. He hasn’t received a lot of awards and recognition, but his work speaks for itself.
4. John Romero
Doom 64 is a classic… For many, it was the first first-person shooting game they ever played… The trigger of a lifetime love. You can thank John Romero for that. Winner of the Development Legend award at Brighton in 2017, he also helped develop “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Commander” “Marvel Super Hero Squad Online” and many other titles that have entertained gamers of all ages.
3. Sid Meier
If you’ve ever played the computer game series “Civilization” then you know the name, Sid Meier, especially since his name is included in the formal titles of the game series. Sid has been developing games since the 80’s, starting with 1982’s cult classic “Formula 1 Racing.” In 2009, he was ranked second in IGN’s list of “Top Game Creators of All Time” and has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Game Developers Conference.
2. John D. Carmack
John D. Carmack has worked as a developer on nearly every Doom title dating Ll the way back to “Doom 64” to 2016’s “Doom” (PS4 and Xbox One.” The man is a programming genius and a first-person shooter legend. Awarded 2 Emmy’s for engineering and technology for broadcast, cable, and satellite distribution, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Game Developers Conference, you can devote an entire article to Carmack’s achievements and impact. Best known for his innovations in 3D graphics, it’s no shock that in 2014 Facebook tapped him to be the CTO at Oculus VR.
1. Markus Persson
The man created Minecraft…need I say more? Not only did it secure his legendary status, create one of the most addictive games of the past 20 years… But it also made him a billionaire… If Minecraft was only the beginning for the 38 year old Sweden native, I wonder what’s next for Persson.
The skill and the vision of the developers on this list are nothing short of incredible. Let’s all hope that they continue to amaze us with their creations. And even though they don’t get worldwide recognition for their work, I suspect that watching us all find joy and excitement in the video games they worked hard to create is more than enough for them.