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Poll: Most iconic figure

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:10 am
by Darran@Retro Gamer
Let's not turn this one into a 60+ thread eh ;)

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:16 am
by Celebaglar
<pedantic mode>
It's Jack Tramiel. :)
</pedantic mode>

Jay Miner?

All in all, it's probably Mr C5, and that's hard to say for a C64/Amiga guy. :D

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:28 am
by MikeHaggar
Isn't there an h too many in Miyamoto's first name?

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:29 am
by Emperor Fossil
<pedantic mode>
Isn't it meant to be Shigeru Miyamoto?
</pedantic mode>
:)

edit: Curses!

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:51 am
by FatTrucker
Gotta be Bushnell. Being involved with the birth of the industry, arcade cabinets, cartridge based consoles, and forming one of the most recognisable brand names. Other iconic luminaries also found their way into the industry via Atari so its arguable without him there might have been no arcade industry, Apple Computers (which led to the birth of home micros and the PC) and games consoles.

All this stuff may well have happened anyway in a different format under a different name but Bushnell has to be credited with being the catalyst for almost every facet of the gaming industry. Its arguable that without him at the vanguard and having such unprecedented success in the beginning there might not have been a gaming industry as other early adopters like Coleco, Intellivision, and Nintendo would have had no model to follow.
Many of the engineeers and programmers who we credit with development of key hardware and games cut their teeth at Atari and would have probably ended up working in defense or other tech based industries were it not for Bushnells vision.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:58 am
by Smurph
I have to agree with the Trucker on this one.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 6:14 am
by psj3809
I was torn, Bushnell/Trameil are legends in their field but as i grew up with the Speccy the legend to me was Sir Clive.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 7:04 am
by Elgin_McQueen
I have heard of most of them, but believe if you made statues of them, clive would be the most recognisable.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 7:13 am
by merman
Miyamoto, so many classics...

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 7:32 am
by smila
They are all legends...well...apart from alan sugar.
But if iam pushed i'll go for bushnell

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 7:51 am
by Antiriad2097
this one will be regional.

teh hardcore are likely to say Miyamoto, the yanks will go for Bushnell but for me good ol' Sir Clive is the iconic instantly recognisable figure that stands above them all.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 8:13 am
by psj3809
Same for me, until i got back into retro gaming in the mid 90's i had never heard much about Jack Tramiel, Shigerhu Miyamoto, Ralph Baer or Nolan Bushnell

To me the most iconic figure is Sir Clive as he was a pioneer in the UK in the 80's with the rise of computers.

Hopefully wont turn into the usual biased voting though.

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 8:39 am
by Elgin_McQueen
You know fine well everything eventually leads to bias!

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 8:42 am
by Bub&Bob
psj3809 wrote:Same for me, until i got back into retro gaming in the mid 90's i had never heard much about Jack Tramiel, Shigerhu Miyamoto, Ralph Baer or Nolan Bushnell

To me the most iconic figure is Sir Clive as he was a pioneer in the UK in the 80's with the rise of computers.

Hopefully wont turn into the usual biased voting though.
He was a pioneer indeed - I bet none of the others even attempted to invent a nob-shapped bicycle, let alone try and market it :wink:

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 9:58 am
by The Penultimate Ninja
psj3809 wrote:Hopefully wont turn into the usual biased voting though.
In other words: Hopefully everyone agrees with you? :wink:


Apart from Sugar (Iconic???), Miyamoto is probably the only one I'd recognise easily, especially since he's sort of become Nintendo's "celebrity" figurehead/mascot. (like Mario, but real).