Don Daglow is an American computer and video game designer, programmer, and producer. He is best known for pioneering simulation games, creating the first online multiplayer role-playing game with graphics, and founding game developer Stormfront Studios.
While studying playwriting at Pomona College in Claremont, California, Daglow discovered his talent for writing computer programs. During the 1970s, Daglow created games such as Baseball (1971), the first interactive computer baseball game; Dungeon (1975), the first computer role-playing game; and other titles freely shared via university mainframe computers. In 1980, Daglow started at Mattel Electronics as one of the original Intellivision programmers. Daglow produced Utopia, a groundbreaking simulation game (also called a “god game”) in 1982. At Mattel, Daglow also worked on Intellivision World Series Baseball (1983), a game which incorporated multiple camera angles into the game display. Daglow joined Electronic Arts in 1983, designing more than a dozen titles. He moved to Broderbund a few years later, notably signing the original distribution deal for Will Wright’s Sim City (1989). Daglow founded Stormfront Studios in 1988, serving as president and CEO until the company closed in 2008.
Daglow has received many honors, including a Technology and Engineering Emmy award and an Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Achievement Award. His role in establishing simulation and online multiplayer role-playing games has greatly shaped the modern video game industry.