I'm currently working on browser-based muliplayer game prototypes with the goal of creating prosocial experiences between strangers.
Freelancing in Los Angeles.
Moved to Los Angeles to join thatgamecompany. I was part of the team making Sky, a multiplayer social adventure game for mobile. I started as a Feel Engineer, working on level design and controls, and was later promoted to Lead Designer, and was responsible for managing the design team.
Spent a long summer in Oregon w/ David Siegel, doing burpees and making Futureproof. It was a research project to develop tools and resources to foster greater awareness, intentionality, and well-being around technology.
A TV producer (and now ice cream vendor) saw one of the videos I made in college and brought me out to LA for a summer to make a longer more fleshed out version. I kept the name, As Real As Your Life. A version of the film premiered the TED conference as part of a talk by game developer David Perry.
I really enjoyed making videos in college. Here are the ones I finished:
I've collaborated on a couple scholarly articles about video games. I'm proudest of a chapter I wrote for Video Game Play and Consciousness (published by Nova Science), which was edited by Jayne Gackenbach, a leader in consciousness research.
I've also given some talks on video games:
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