It’s always good to have role models that are popular and safe, but the people who really make a difference in this world are anything but ordinary. Did you ever hear of an ordinary person doing anything spectacular? No.
Ordinary people do ordinary stuff. It is a fact, however sad it may be, that ordinary people usually barge in later and screws it all up with dogmatic rules and excessive use of force. As such, I favour the anti-hero, the rouge, the oddball and those that dare to take the risk.
It’s always the rouge and rebels of this world that creates something new, the rest is just along for the ride.
A frivolous character appearing in code-monkeys, based on an eccentric game developer at Activision (among the rest of the brilliant nuts that work there). Extremely funny stuff and if you have ever worked in a team of programmers, the archetypes will be reminiscent.
Peter Douglas Molyneux
The over-enthusiastic and hyperactive head of Bullfrog software, author of classic Amiga titles like Populous and dungeon keeper. He refuted my first compiler twice in the early 90’s.
The only famous person I’m aware of that I share something in common with, namely that we both spent some teenage years in a Hare Krisna Temple. That Apple company of his isn’t really that interesting.
Probably the most mysterious developer in the world, the man who gave us Super Mario bros. The code he wrote 20 years ago have students running in circles even today.
Designer of the classic Psygnosis logo. Also a very successful painter and digital artist. Psygnosis is now a part of Sony Entertainment UK (Playstation) but was the #1 liverpool game company of the 80’s and 90’s. I remember getting a letter from them on sprite animation when i was in highschool. Very inspiring! I was a young author for the Norwegian magazine Tekno at the time and getting a letter from the kings of coding was awesome!