Sunday, September 1, 2013

Top 10 PC Game Developers - #8 Peter Molyneux


Molyneux giving the Choice Seal of Approval

Famous for: Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, The Movies and the Fable series
Affiliations: Bullfrog, Lionhead Studios and 22cans

Peter Molyneux started selling games as early as 1982 for the Atari and Commodore 64. He created a game in 1984 called The Entrepreneur which was a text-based business simulation game although since it only sold two copies, it was a total failure. Molyneux and business partner Les Edgar used funds from sales of an Amiga database system to found Bullfrog Games in 1987 which is where many classic games of the 90s were developed. Molyneux designed the first god game for the PC called Populous in 1989 and went on to design, produce or program several classic games for Bullfrog Productions and eventually Lionhead Studios, including but not limited to:

  • Syndicate
  • Theme Park
  • Magic Carpet
  • Dungeon Keeper
  • Black & White
  • The Movies
  • The Fable series

Peter Molyneux is probably the most controversial choice on this list as he does have a reputation of over-promising features and the resultant games falling short of his hype – however, you can't fault him for his enthusiasm. He's also one of the only well-known developers out there who is willing to bring innovation to games and that's something the industry is starting to sorely need.

Up next at number 7, a designer who is probably the best storyteller on this Top 10 list.

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