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Who has been the most influential PC (primarily) developers?

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11 months ago#11
id for DOOM and making the Quake engine which became the basis for Valve's Source engine
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11 months ago#12
Thinking that valve has had more influence than either Blizzard or id is pathetic and just wrong. Of course, there are other developers that have had great influence as well. But from that list, valve is dead last.
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11 months ago#13
As a whole?

Valve. No other sane choice up there.

id ushered in first person shooters and Blizzard has released genre defining games.

Overall though, even if Valve had never released a single game of their own, they have had the biggest impact on gaming due to completely redefining the market.
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11 months ago#14
Anyone who thinks Valve is more influential than id is a dummy. id invented an entire genre. Even Half-Life's engine is just a modified version of the Quake engine. Source in its current form probably still has 15+ year old id code in it.
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11 months ago#15
-5xad0w- posted...
Overall though, even if Valve had never released a single game of their own, they have had the biggest impact on gaming due to completely redefining the market.

Read the freaking question. "Who has been the most influential PC (primarily) developers?" DEVELOPERS. As in makers of games. If the last word had been excluded you might be correct.
11 months ago#16
Yeah, developers being the keyword puts Valve pretty much entirely out of the running.
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11 months ago#17
WyzeGye posted...
Sierra... No Sierra, no PC gaming.


And after Sierra, maybe iD.
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11 months ago#18
"During the course of Quake development, a friend of mine at Microsoft moved to id to work with John [Carmack] on Quake - he was one of Carmack's programming heroes. So he'd gone from Microsoft to id and the two of them said to myself and Mike Harrington, another Microsoft employee, 'Hey, you guys should stop working at Microsoft and start a games company'.

We went down there, must have been the summer of 1996, and bounced around some ideas with John and he said 'Great, here's the source code to Quake, go build a game'.

Mike and I looked and each other and said, 'Well I guess we're going to start a games company now'. That's how we got started." - Gabe Newell

Source: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/172835/interviews/creative-minds-gabe-newell/

Valve wouldn't exist without id Software and John Carmack.
Gabe would probably be CEO of MS by now if he stayed.
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11 months ago#19
clowning posted...
WyzeGye posted...
Sierra... No Sierra, no PC gaming.


And after Sierra, maybe iD.


Agreed
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11 months ago#20
I'm going with SSI
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