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With 56 biographies, Game Designers are the 77th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Geographers, Golfers, and Geologists.

Pantheon has 62 people classified as game designers born between 1866 and 2000. Of these 62, 54 (87.10%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living game designers include Shigeru Miyamoto, Markus Persson, and Hideo Kojima. The most famous deceased game designers include Ralph H. Baer, Gunpei Yokoi, and Satoru Iwata. As of April 2022, 6 new game designers have been added to Pantheon including Masayuki Uemura, Shigesato Itoi, and Chris Taylor.

Living Game Designers

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Deceased Game Designers

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Newly Added Game Designers (2022)

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Most game designers were born in United States (24), Japan (22), and Sweden (3). By city, the most common birth places were Chicago (3), Stockholm (2), and Setagaya (2).The most common death places of game designers were United States (4) and Japan (3). By city, these were Manchester, New Hampshire (1), Komatsu, Ishikawa (1), and Kyoto (1).

The earliest biographies classified as game designers in Pantheon are Gary Gygax, Ralph H. Baer, and Lizzie Magie.  The concentration of game designers was largest during the Television Era, which lasted from 1950 to 1989. Some birth or death locations for earlier game designers are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Game Designers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 7 most globally memorable Game Designers since 1700.

Game Designers are found within the Arts domain which also includes Actors, Singers, Musicians, Film Directors, and Painters.