While John Carmack once claimed that "Steve Jobs doesn't care about games -- he's not a gamer," Apple's range of smartphones and tablets have had a profound impact on the games industry. The rise of iOS has proven to be a boon for many developers, both well established and those just starting out.
As such, a number of big names from the games industry have been sharing their thoughts and memories of the former Apple CEO following his death from pancreatic cancer yesterday.
"The digital age has lost its leading light, but Steve's innovation and creativity will inspire dreamers and thinkers for generations," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony.
"Steve was one of a kind," added John Riccitiello, CEO of EA. "For many of us working in technology and entertainment, Steve was a new kind of hero that led with big, bold moves and would not settle for less than perfection. He is the best role model for a leader that aspires to be great."
"Steve advised us to 'find what you love,'" said Mike Capps of Epic Games. "He found what he loved, and he changed our entire world doing it. His passion united so many talented people to focus on innovation, on quality, on usability. Steve's true legacy isn't in the products built so far, but in his lasting vision that guides Apple in bringing us the future."
The tributes continued via social media -- particularly Twitter.
"Steve Jobs," said Ken Levine of Irrational Games. "A great, great man. There's a hole in every geek's heart tonight. I haven't been heartbroken by the death of a celebrity since John Lennon."
Epic's Cliff Bleszinski paid tribute with a simple "RIP Steve Jobs. :("
Super Meat Boy developer Team Meat (aka Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes) tweeted "Never been an Apple man but we lost someone super important today. RIP Steve Jobs. You will be missed. :("
"I'm very sad to hear you left us, Steve," tweeted Minecraft developer Markus "Notch" Persson. "You were the only one keeping things interesting."
"RIP Steve Jobs," tweeted Jenova Chen of Flower developer thatgamecompany. "Now every single person I admired are no longer with us." (The others were Bruce Lee and Ayrton Senna, if you're curious.)
Tributes have been continuing to pour in all day. Few are more poignant than that from Apple itself, however.
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," reads a simple tribute page on the company's website. "Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."
Rest in peace, Steve.
[Some quotes via USA Today]
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Industry Tributes Pour In for Steve Jobs