Shigeru Miyamoto (1953-)
While you may have never seen this name before, Shigeru Miyamoto is awfully famous for his work. The humble Japanese game designer, brought characters such as Mario and Donkey Kong to life.
Greatly seen by fans as a modern day innovator, Shigeru Miyamoto is to games what Walt Disney was to animation. There was even a time when Mario outshined Mickey Mouse.
Originally, an artist, Miyamoto joined Nintendo in 1977. Immediately, he helped turn Nintendo around from failure with the game "Donkey Kong" (1980) and went on to make many more famous games, including the Zelda series and the globally known, Mario Brothers series. His old games revolutionalized gaming, making people see that games were not "just games" but an important form of recreation.
His genius and creativity lead the evolution of video games to become a dominant form of entertainment second only to the unbeatable cinema.
Shigeru Miyamoto revolutionalized gaming with his simple yet uniquely fun games and continues to do so despite changing technology. Now, in a time where fanciful graphics effects are commonplace in gaming, Miyamoto has taught companies what really matters and how games really should be. Fun.