10. Markus "Notch" Persson
Since the early ‘80s, video games have gone through a drastic evolution. They’ve fallen from great heights in the infamous crash of 1983, been saved from near-death by the Nintendo Entertainment System in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and incorporated the internet to change how we play from pumping coins into arcade cabinets, to a worldwide media art form.
Numerous people have taken gigantic and positive steps to aid in this evolution, working from their respective positions and roles to change the course of history for the better. Their attitude, spirit, visions, and creativity have attributed to some of the most pivotal and progressive changes in the industry. Without these revolutionary individuals, we wouldn't be at the point we are today, and video games would be nowhere near the level they are currently at.
Whether designing new consoles, developing the next sub-genre or spearheading organisations, this is an ode to those who have contributed to the world of video games, leaving an everlasting mark on the greatest medium of entertainment.