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The forgotten fathers of gaming you really should know about

Many, many more people have shaped what video games are over the last 30 years, but far too many current generation gamers greet their names with vague recollection at best and more often a total sense of bamboozlement. Time to put that right. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but every person on it has had a major impact on the way you play games today.

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.