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With 46 biographies, Game Designers are the 83rd most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Mafiosos, Diplomats, and Pilots.

Pantheon has 56 people classified as game designers born between 1866 and 2000. Of these 56, 50 (89.29%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living game designers include Shigeru Miyamoto, Hideo Kojima, and Gabe Newell. The most famous deceased game designers include Ralph H. Baer, Gunpei Yokoi, and Satoru Iwata. As of October 2020, 11 new game designers have been added to Pantheon including Lizzie Magie, Klaus Teuber, and Hidetaka Miyazaki.

Living Game Designers

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Deceased Game Designers

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Newly Added Game Designers (2020)

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Most game designers were born in United States (22), Japan (20), and Sweden (2). By city, the most common birth places were Kyoto (2), Setagaya (2), and Chicago (2).The most common death places of game designers were United States (3) and Japan (2). 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 5 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.