The Most Iconic Games and Game Designers in History

The video game industry has been growing at a tremendous pace as more and more people are indulging in this virtual world of entertainment. Game designers are now coming up with beautifully detailed characters, deeper story-lines and larger worlds to explore.

The world of gaming has witnessed some legendary games which were able to reach millions of people and convince them to spend hours on them. These games continue to inspire today’s generation of game designers. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic game titles and their designers:

1. The Metal Gear Solid Series (1988–2015)

Designer: Hideo Kojima

Genre: Third Player — Stealth, Action

One of the most successful series in gaming history, Metal Gear Solid was launched as a PlayStation title in 1988. Its designer, Mr. Hideo Kojima, was more into cinema, and gaming was merely a hobby to him. However, his penchant for story-telling paid off as the series provided players with Solid Snake — one of the most beloved gaming characters of all time.

2. Sid Meier’s Civilisation Series (1982–2016)

Designer: Sid Meier

Genre: Turn-based strategy games

Regarded as one of the best strategy game series of all time, Civilisation provided its players with a turn-based gameplay, several factions, and the ability to rule its large and extensive world with war, diplomacy and planning. The latest addition to the series was Civilisation VI, which was launched in October 2016. It is regarded as one of the best strategy games of all time by IGN and GameSpot.

3. World of Warcraft Series (WoW)

Designers: Tom Chilton, Jeffrey Kaplan, Rob Pardo from Blizzard Entertainment

Genre: Multiplayer Online RPG

The World of Warcraft is a land of magic, orcs, divine weapons, and probably, one of the most detailed stories and multiple unforgettable characters. The game has had multiple expansion packs which have elevated the experience and the fan base to new heights. WoW has garnered more awards and accolades than any game in its genre.

4. Games:

Counter Strike

Genre: Multiplayer first Person Shooter


Genre: First person shooter

Dota 2

Genre: Multiplayer Action Battle Arena

Designer: Gabe Newell

Co-founder and current manager of Valve Corporation, Gabe Newell is regarded as one of the most important contributors to the history as well as the present sphere of gaming. Counter Strike is one of the biggest ‘LAN’ successes, and Half-Life 2 is one of the most celebrated first person shooter games of all time.

Dota 2, on the other hand, is one of the biggest multiplayer games today. This year, it offered the biggest cash prize in the history of E-sports — $ 20.7 Million to the winner of its annual competition.

Gabe Newell is also the creator of STEAM, the biggest online platform for purchasing games.

5. Mario Bros.

Designer: Shigeru Miyamoto

Genre: Platform Game/ Action Arcade

Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the most respected and influential game designers in history. He started on the Nintendo Platform and created the widely acclaimed and loved Mario Bros. franchise.

Super Mario 64 is one game that you will often find at the top of any ‘Best Games Ever’ list, thanks to its addictive gameplay and adorable characters.

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The Most Iconic Games and Game Designers in History

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