Seven classic games from one of the world’s most respected computer game designers

Ahead of next week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, it’s as good a time as any to examine some of the foundational designers in the industry.

Even if you’re a casual fan of computer or video games, chances are you’ve heard of Sid Meier, the veteran computer game designer who co-founded MicroProse with Bill Stealey in 1982.

Throughout a career spanning over three decades, Meier has originated, developed, or produced many widely influential games for home PCs and consoles. He’s won awards and earned the respect of other influential game designers and computer gaming fans alike.

In this first of a series of profiles of legendary computer and video game developers, I thought it would be fun to whittle down Meier’s sizable catalog to some of the essential early titles he pioneered. I’m calling these, somewhat arbitrarily, games from his “Golden Age”—roughly the first 10 years of Meier’s career.

(Special thanks to MobyGames for the screenshots used in this gallery.)

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