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He didn’t develop a single game, console, or arcade machine himself, but don’t tell these survey participants that.

According to Eurogamer (via MyNintendoNews), the majority of the 1,000 people surveyed (26%) believe that Steve Jobs is the leading man who shaped video games. Meanwhile, Gabe Newell, the co-founder of Valve – one of the most influential companies in the industry – received only 16% of the votes. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario – the most recognizable game character in the world – received only 7% of the votes. Oddly, Mark Zuckerberg, a guy who hasn’t done a darn thing for gaming (not directly, at least), received 3% of the votes.

Before you attempt to wrap your head around these survey results, let’s look at the facts.

The London Games Conference is a small event that that is heavily focused on the digital, social, cloud, and iOS/Android side of gaming. While the conference will feature one prominent speaker (Peter Molyneux, the creator of Fable and the founder of Lionhead), the lineup also consists an exec from a smaller studio (Eidos’ Ian Livingstone) and one from a dying studio (Sega’s John Clark). Nick Parker, a consultant from Parker Consulting, is scheduled to speak as well, along with Mike Mauler, the international EVP of GameStop (NYSE: GME); Tom Paquin, the CTO of OnLive; Professor Peter Sommer (a so-called “digital forensics expert”); Guillaume Rambourg, the managing director of GoG.com; and Feargal Sharkey, the CEO of UK Music.

As you can see, these speakers are anything but the leaders of the game industry. Judging by the lack of major game publishers in attendance – no one from Nintendo (NTDOY), Sony (NYSE: SNE), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) or Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) is on the speaker list – it’s not a stretch to assume that the majority of the attendees surveyed are small-town developers who wouldn’t even be working right now if it weren’t for the App Store. To them, Steve Jobs is everything. He gave them a way to pay the bills.

But did he really have any hand in shaping the game industry? Let’s see what a few consumers had to say.
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These people cant be that sheltered...can they?
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Those people who voted on Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg were probably clueless Facebook/App Store casual gamers.
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This is the biggest derp ever.
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Just like the Oscars.
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Those people who voted on Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg were probably clueless Facebook/App Store casual gamers.
These 1000 people were game developers/industry in London. That makes it even more funny.
Edited by Riou - 11/3/11 at 7:37pm
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Yes, Steve Jobs is definately the most influential force in video games. He also was the driving force behind quantum physics, prehistoric archeology, ballon racing, and those little pez dispensers shaped like Sesame Street characters.




However, if every one was a iPhone app devoloper I can see why they may have voted like that...or even on any other mobile phone platform. Oh and Mark Zuckerberg and facebook opened alot of people to the idea of gaming on a PC with all those little facebook games. So i can see him getting a few votes as well.
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MacOS has been the least game-friendly platform i've used (i used to have a hackintosh) and, unless you ignore the little Zynga games (with nothing to do with Mark Zuckerberg), those results do not hold any sense at all.

I'd say whoever has not taken the time (~5 minutes) to google up who made Mario, does not deserve to be called a gamer, regardless of platform. Hell, one could even link Bill Gates as an "influence" to gaming as Microsoft made the Xbox, but to associate Facebook and Apple on gaming?
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These people cant be that sheltered...can they?
They can and they are. "They" always have me thinking "did they really say that?"
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