We want to build the greatest games and interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission Pocket Gems’ founders began with in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009 and we continue it today.

Pocket Gems has grown to over 200 people in San Francisco. With backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground with graphically rich mobile games, fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and innovative technologies like our mobile-first Mantis Engine.

Our products have been downloaded over 270 million times by players around the world. Most recently, we’ve launched Episode, a mobile storytelling network and platform, and War Dragons, a visually stunning 3D real-time strategy game.

Interested in working at Pocket Gems? Check out our Careers page.

Team

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I am a UCSD triton, and UVA Wahoo. BS in Electrical Engineering from University of California San Diego. MS in Computer Science from University of Virginia. I build customized mini-itx PC. I go on road trips.

Fave old school video game

Breakout

If I could be a game character

Tirion Fordring

01/08/2012
Luyao Ashbringer
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I’m attending MIT and studying computer science. I sometimes play volleyball/tennis, but I would be willing to play other sports more frequently. Jazz.

Fave old school video game

Tetris

If I could be a game character

Jak

11/08/2014
Dencil Jazzalon
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Cornell Computer Science, Stanford MBA; Machine learning research (fast object detection techniques using AdaBoost derivatives; licensed to Like.com, sold to Google), VP Engineering at Smartleaf (large RoR SAAS application).

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros, duh

If I could be a game character

Peter Pepper in BurgerTime

Daniel Terry Co-Founder / CCO & Executive Chairman
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Born and raised in NYC. BA in Computer Science from Cornell and grad school dropout. Prior to Pocket Gems, hacked for startups in computer vision, compilers, embedded-realtime, bioinformatics and financial software.

Fave old school video game

Marble Madness

If I could be a game character

Magus from Chrono Trigger

Harlan Crystal Co-Founder / CTO
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Stanford MSCS; open-source enthusiast (Virtual Network System, gae-sessions, ENVI). Won best demo award at SIGCOMM two years in row with the OpenFlow team.

Fave old school video game

Run, and then run some more

If I could be a game character

Fomor

David Backend Hacker
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BA in Business Management and Economics from UC Santa Cruz; past life worked as a Product Manager at Smith Micro Software

Fave old school video game

Ahh there’s so many but top 3: New Zealand Story, Bubble Bobble, and Wolfenstein 3D

If I could be a game character

Duke Nukem

Fletcher I break games
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Mission: Hunt bugs and kill them!

Ray brings several decades of test engineering experience working on projects for companies like Apple, Google, HP, VMware, Pure Digital Technologies/Cisco, Shutterfly, NewToy and ngmoco. And before he was testing software, he was testing Air Force aviators as a flight evaluator. His US Air Force career began after he was awarded a Computer Science degree from the US Air Force Academy and concluded as an honest-to-goodness Colonel.

Fave old school video game

Splinter Cell

If I could be a game character

Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell

Ray The Colonel
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CPA with a focus on problem solving. Bachelors in Accounting from the University of San Diego. Prior to Pocket Gems, spent a few years doing tax work as well as some time as a mergers/acquisitions analyst.

Fave old school video game

Mario Bros – my aunt still has the original arcade game in her garage, and yes I still play when we visit

If I could be a game character

Lance from Contra – the one with red pants

Rhonda The Bean Counter
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Stanford MBA; prior to Pocket Gems, worked with a few start-ups across software, telecom and clean tech and did a stint in consulting; Yale Undergrad

Fave old school video game

Contra (up up down down left right left right A B A B select start)

If I could be a game character

Sonic

Michael Band Manager
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First there were only 2 colors, then 4, then 16, then 256!

Fave old school video game

Temple of Apshai

If I could be a game character

My Tauren Druid

Jeff Pixel Pusher
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EECS grad from Berkeley focused in Robotics. Prior to Pocket Gems, worked on robotics software and robotics research.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario World

If I could be a game character

Batman

Ashik Coding Blackbelt
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Stanford MBA, BS EE, BA Economics. Prior to Pocket Gems, managed Playdom’s largest game studio and led the City of Wonder team.

Fave old school video game

Street Fighter II

If I could be a game character

Wander

Ben CEO/Gamer
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Berkeley EE Ph.D. dropout; Previously led Playdom’s Wild Ones team and online lead generation at Tableau Software

Fave old school video game

Oregon Trail, MUDs

If I could be a game character

Carmen Sandiego

Niels Optimist
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Berekeley Grad in EE and CS. Previously worked in web development field for two years. Loves pizza.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VI

If I could be a game character

Gordon Freeman

Andrew Mobile Tinker-er
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Graduated from the University of Kentucky with an English degree. Worked in venture capital in Cambridge, MA for ten years before realizing that San Francisco is the place to be!

Fave old school video game

Burger Time

If I could be a game character

Ms. Pacman

Ellen Cylon Detector
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MS in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University; Previously worked in QA at Thump Games.

Fave old school video game

Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Lunar: Silver Star Story

If I could be a game character

A hadouken, because I’m down right fierce.

RJ Master Builder
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Graduated from Flagler College with a BFA in Fine Art, Graphic Design,and Illustration. Has a passion for illustration, an eye for design, a stomach full of tofu, and a brain full of creativity.

Fave old school video game

Earthworm Jim 1 & 2

If I could be a game character

Kazooie

Allison Critter Creator
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MIT double major in EECS and Management Finance. Prior to Pocket Gems, revolutionized how users interact with entertainment technology by shipping Kinect for Xbox 360.

Fave old school video game

Diablo I. Level 34 chain lightning anyone?

If I could be a game character

Scorpion from Mortal Kombat

Arjun Product Magician
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University of Michigan bachelor’s in CS. Minored in art history with a focus on archaeology and architecture. Before entering the startup world with Pocket Gems, developed at EA’s Visceral Games.

Fave old school video game

Virtua Cop

If I could be a game character

Male version of Faith from Mirror’s Edge

Ken Code Contortionist
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Fueled by sandwiches and green tea.

Fave old school video game

Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight

If I could be a game character

Zangief

Kyle F-25 Stealth Artist
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B.Tech. Computer Science & Engineering graduate from IIT Delhi. Previously worked at a web startup in New York as one of the first hires and helped build the product and the team.

Fave old school video game

Arkanoid and Tetris

If I could be a game character

Attila the Hun from Age of Empires

Paritosh Gemologist
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Degrees in Computer Science / Media Studies and Management from MIT. Previously worked in Venture Capital at Globespan Capital Partners and Product Management at Microsoft.

Fave old school video game

Oregon Trail on the Apple IIc

If I could be a game character

Yellow Angry Bird

Jameel Business Ninja
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B.S. in EECS from UC Berkeley. Previously worked as a back-end engineer and developed independent iOS games.

Fave old school video game

Mega Man X

If I could be a game character

Solid Snake

Arthur Mobile Magician
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ECE BS from Olin College; Formerly Product Manager at Google for Google Reader and Google Finance, and Y-Combinator alum; Loves guitars, DJing, and Dr Pepper.

Fave old school video game

Is Starcraft 1 old school now?

If I could be a game character

The 1×4 Tetris block.

Brian Game Genie
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BA in Technical Management, majoring in Game and Simulation Programming.Previous employers include Sierra Online, Gaming Labs International, Zenimax Online and Arkadium.

Fave old school video game

King’s Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, Space Quest, and Boy and His Blob

If I could be a game character

Teemo from League of Legends

Kati The Little Devil on your Shoulder
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Harvard MBA, Amherst College Undergrad; Started a rock band then suited up as a consultant and tech investor.

Fave old school video game

SimCity 2000 …Reticulating Splines…

If I could be a game character

Gage Blackwood (from The Journeyman Project)

Michael Soothsayer
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Grew up on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, got an English degree from UC Berkeley, then immediately ended up working here. Apparently I’m very lucky.

Fave old school video game

Icewind Dale

If I could be a game character

Garrett from the Thief series

Nic Writer
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Bachelors from the University of San Francisco. Previously worked at BlackRock and Heidrick & Struggles.

Fave old school video game

Donkey Kong

If I could be a game character

Tails

Ona Calendar Cracker
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Political Science Major from UCB. Yeap Yeap Yeap

Fave old school video game

Yoshi’s Island

If I could be a game character

What?

Michael Fresh
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MBA, Columbia Business School; MFA, Yale School of Drama; BA Princeton University

Fave old school video game

Doom, Wolfenstein, Battle Zone, Asteroid, Duck Hunt, Space Invaders

If I could be a game character

Akira (Virtua Fighter 2)

Scott Talent Acquisitionist
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Born on the shores of Lake Erie and raised in the Walleye Capital of the World. Earned a BA in Information Systems from the University of Cincinnati then filled up a VW Jetta TDI with 77 gallons of vegetable for a one way drive to the “Gold Mountain”. Connoisseur of NFL films, corn chips, and cheese dip.

Fave old school video game

Tecmo Super Bowl

If I could be a game character

Dragon’s Lair’s Dirk the Daring

Jeff Part-time Getaway Driver
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Turing Scholars CS grad from UT Austin. Piano player, gymnastics doer, and physics simulation maker.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Cave Story

If I could be a game character

Bruno of the Elite Four

Bruno Sushi Eater
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Born in CA. Raised in KY. Eastern Kentucky University (Major – Computer Science / Minors – Mathematics, Statistics / Certificate – Japanese). Three years experience in QA / Automation before coming to Pocket Gems.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy 6

If I could be a game character

Clyde Arrowny (Shadow – FF6)

Jon Automation
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Jack-of-all-trades & lover-of-new-things. BA in Human Development, 2 years as a stage manager, producer of international business conference FailCon. Always getting audiences to tell a story for themselves.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario RPG

If I could be a game character

Cooking Mama!

Cass Life Student
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Graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Normal people like cars, I like F-22s.

Fave old school video game

Chrono Trigger

If I could be a game character

Robo

Jonathan Ninjapanda
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B.A. in English from UC Berkeley. Sometimes does stand-up comedy. Likes robots. Dislikes spiders. Favorite food is candy.

Fave old school video game

Streets of Rage 2, Chu Chu Rocket

If I could be a game character

Claptrap!

Stephen Handsome Forces
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B.A. in psychology at UC Santa Cruz. Previously worked in patient services for Lash Group. I love RPG games and a great story.

Fave old school video game

NBA Jam, Chrono Cross, and Raiden X

If I could be a game character

Ash from Pokemon Blue

Jesse Master Detective
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Applied Math, Computer Science B.A. from Berkeley. Battling an addiction to starcraft; recovering guitar addict. Easily nerd sniped. Likes ideas that involve 4+ dimensions.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario World

If I could be a game character

GLaDOS (circa portal 1)

Alan Mathemagician
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Started taming code at the age of 15 and never wanted to do anything else since then. When I got my first iPhone I knew I had to tame those mobile bits too and been loving it since then. Moved to San Francisco to tame some game bits for Pocket Gems!

Fave old school video game

River raid (very old school) and donkey kong

If I could be a game character

Sonic

Gustavo Bit tamer
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Chemical engineer at Caltech. Bioengineer at Berkeley. At some point decided to switch to programming and doing something more fun.

Fave old school video game

Genghis Khan for NES and Alpha Centauri

If I could be a game character

A Red Mage in Final Fantasy

Scott Turtle Chef
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Learned to design from RISD, learned to game from life.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VII, Pokemon LeafGreen, Donkey Kong Country

If I could be a game character

Tingle

Susan Ace-In-The-Hole
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Btech and Mtech in Computer Science from IIT Delhi. Did my internships at Microsoft and Worldquant. Soccer aficionado and poker lover. I love reading and quizzing.

Fave old school video game

Road Rash

If I could be a game character

Kratos

Nishant Card Shark
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Earned a Bachelors and Masters in computer science at Stanford University. Before Pocket Gems, founded a startup and created the Totemica games. Interests: videogames, piano improvisation, music composition, and a bit of everything else.

Fave old school video game

Chrono Trigger

If I could be a game character

Kennen

Michael Heart of Tempest
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Fossil Records indicate that while the wild Vear originally inhabited an area between Maine and Virginia, today they can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wild Vears are docile and amiable beasts of burden known for the interesting visual representations they produce in front of illuminated rectangles. While it is uncertain what purpose their ornate images serve, experts suggest that it is an attempt to communicate with others or possibly attract a mate. Vears are highly sought after by humans for the images they produce, but are rare due to their solitary natures.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VII, Kings Quest VI, and Another World

If I could be a game character

Cid Highwind

Vear Artisanal Pixelsmith
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Grad from NIT Durgapur with CS major. Love of my life: My bike & my laptop. Spent four yrs of my life dedicated to gaming and finally launching myself in it’s developing. Dream: Lamborghini Murcielago.

Fave old school video game

DOTA, CS, Assasin’s creed, NFS, FIFA, Elder scrolls, Joan of Arc & loads more.

If I could be a game character

Altair from Assasin’s creed.

Shimul MIschief Managed
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Has been working in gaming since 2005 while playing the role of IT Swiss Army Knife.

Fave old school video game

Pitfall!, Super Mario, Quake, MegaTF

If I could be a game character

Gordon Freeman

Mike Supreme Chancellor of Blinking Lights
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Before being bitten by the PG bug, went to school in San Diego, picking up a BS in Biochemistry and a JD. Spends his free time collision testing abandoned farmhouses and lightly garrisoned army bases. Not a picky eater. Previously worked at Midway and Namco Bandai.

Fave old school video game

X-Com, Quest for Glory, Wing Commander

If I could be a game character

Roger Wilco

Ben Flavor Enhancer
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Corporate minion for seven long years before finally breaking free and landing here at Pocket Gems. I also love to eat noodles.

Fave old school video game

Mario Kart, Final Fantasy VII, Diablo II

If I could be a game character

Tonberry

Dan Professor Chaos
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Stanford MBA; BA in Business Economics from UCLA. Started my career at PwC and was a high roller in private aviation before landing at Pocket Gems.

Fave old school video game

Tetris, Castle Wolfenstein, or Arkanoid

If I could be a game character

Q*bert

Helen Trouble Bruin
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Psychobiology degree from UC Davis. Rocked it in the world of publishing for a while, then made the switch to mobile gaming at PG. Lady lifter, avid sci-fi fantasy and webcomic reader who has a hard time saying no to ice cream.

Fave old school video game

DuckTales! Woo-OO!

If I could be a game character

Yoshi

Christine Unicorn on the Cob
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MS in Computer Science from UFMG, Brazil. Digs soccer, puzzles, programming competitions and mexican food.

Fave old school video game

The Legend of Zelda (all)

If I could be a game character

Donkey Kong

Thiago Attacking Midfielder
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Kevin FIFA Rage Quitter
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JD & BS in Business from Indiana University. Previously worked in the legal industry with a recruiting agency, law firm, and non-profit. Loves to travel, 100 % San Franciscan.

Fave old school video game

Tetris

If I could be a game character

Carmen Sandiego

Lauren Adventurer
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Grew up in Atlanta, GA; BS from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets); Spent 2 years at Zynga before coming to PG; I bleed Packers Green and Gold

Fave old school video game

Streets of Rage 2 for the Genesis

If I could be a game character

Kirby – I feel like floating would be very relaxing

Austin The Triforce
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M.S. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley. Likes to program, play badminton, play games, talk, run, sit, jump, fly. Created robotic surgical bullets and modeled atoms moving around.

Fave old school video game

Paper Mario, Legend of Zelda, Sonic Adventure 2

If I could be a game character

Raiden from Metal Gear.

Yang The Birdie
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“- Born and raised in the redwoods of Humboldt.
– No hopes and no fears; huge, stupid and invincible.
– Once went to Alaska with rapper Pitbull. (It’s a long story.)”

Fave old school video game

Ultima VII

If I could be a game character

The Marble from Marble Madness

Dave Deluxe Paperweight
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BioE graduate from UC Berkeley in Biomechanics. Prior to Pocket Gems worked in Microfluidics doing R&D and manufacturing for hardware and software.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros.

If I could be a game character

Squall Leonhart from FFVIII

Eric Secret Asian Man
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Spent time living in Paris, Connecticut, California, and Virginia, before going to school at MIT to study Math and Computer Science. Fan of puzzles and all sorts of games (card, board, video, drinking, etc). Other likes: climbing, sushi, long walks, concerts, and cute things.

Fave old school video game

Wario Land or Pokemon Blue

If I could be a game character

Chell

Daniel Chewbacca
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B.S. in Cognitive Science: Human Computer Interaction, Minor in Japanese Studies. Prior to Pocket Gems, worked in QA at SCEA for 2.5 years.

Fave old school video game

Crazy Taxi, Deus Ex, Majora’s Mask, and Metal Slug

If I could be a game character

Miles Edgeworth from the Ace Attorney series

Chase The Heavy Metal Tester
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Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia. B.S. and M.S. in MS&E at Stanford. Background in finance and entrepreneurship. I enjoy playing soccer, laughing and making people laugh, watching TV, playing the drums/guitar/harmonica.
I like turtles.

Fave old school video game

Counter Strike 1.6

If I could be a game character

Toad

Eitan Hakuna Matataer
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A journalism major from U of A that stumbled into PR and a Spanish minor that has since forgotten all conjugations. Has worked in games PR for the last 5 years. Enjoys playing with his mutt, Spud and his banjo, Jobee.

Fave old school video game

Dr. Mario

If I could be a game character

Does Batman count? If not Batman, then JigglyPuff.

Kenny Haiku Master
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Grew up in San Diego. Studied math at Harvard. JavaScript junky to private equity in Shanghai to 3 years at Zynga.

Fave old school video game

Duck Tales

If I could be a game character

Abobo

Max Quicker Thicker Picker Upper
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Bachelor’s in Sport Management, certificate in Film Studies from University of Massachusetts. Prior to Pocket Gems, worked in event management for major sporting and entertainment venues in Minneapolis and Oakland.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VII, Goldeneye

If I could be a game character

Dhalsim from Street Fighter or Chef from South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack

Matt Office (Smooth) Operator
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From Knoxville, TN. Moved to Florida for school, got first game art and design job at a small Flash-based developer. Moved to San Francisco for work after Masters program. Love the city.

Fave old school video game

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

If I could be a game character

Commander Shepard. C’mon. Who wouldn’t want to be?

Luke Pixel Ninja
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I grew up with a love for computers, which is why I’m currently working on my B.S. in computer science at RIT. In my spare time, I play all types of video games, work on random projects, play around with my Funtoo Linux systems, and attempt to learn functional programming languages.

Fave old school video game

Half-life

If I could be a game character

A dwarf from Dwarf Fortress

Matthew Coding Journeyman
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I was named after the Dylan from 90210. I attended AICA-SF for a BA in computer science. I punctured my ear drum once. (Not a pleasant experience.) Also, as a hobby, I played the drums for a few years.

Fave old school video game

Harvest Moon, Bust-a-move, and Parappa the Rapper

If I could be a game character

Chell

Dilynn Hufflepuff student #3
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I’ve been working in the video game industry for over 5 years now as an artist. I really love reaching so many people with the art I create!

Fave old school video game

Shadowgate on the NES

If I could be a game character

Solid Snake – what can I say I like the grizzled old man look.

Tony Pixel Wrangler
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From in China. PhD in computational physics from UConn. Researched superconductivity theory for several years. Switched to programming right now.

Fave old school video game

Contra, Super Mario Bros Street Fighter, Samurai Showdown

If I could be a game character

Rabbids in Rayman Raving Rabbids

Kun Academic Gamer
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BS in History from University of Wisconsin. Collected data from far too many medical records at Johns Hopkins to feel confident about my immortality. Moved to San Francisco to write/direct/produce film and games.

Fave old school video game

The Goonies II

If I could be a game character

Oddjob

Taylor Dr. Dialogue
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AB from Harvard in History and Science (evolutionary biology). Strategy consultant at L.E.K. Consulting then did a stint at Google as a business intelligence analyst. Favorite things include my sloth surfboard, volleyball, my dog Mochi (the Hammer) and my cat Lola (Lil’ Weezy).

Fave old school video game

Yoshi Story. “Yoshiiiiiiii!”

If I could be a game character

Paper Mario because he can bend dimensions

Chelsea Cat Herder
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Stanford MBA; BA in Economic Policy from Princeton. Prior to Pocket Gems, worked in economic consulting at Cornerstone in New York.

Fave old school video game

Chrono Trigger

If I could be a game character

Link

David Feature Creature
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Obsessed with the development of top-quality creative content. Stanford MBA and five years at Apple, and an avid writer.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VII

If I could be a game character

Chocobo

Jason Auror
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Graduated from USF with a B.A. in Creative Writing. Prior to joining Pocket Gems, I managed the communities and designed the quests and narratives for some of the games put out by Qunify, Rivet, and Disney Interactive.

Fave old school video game

Guerrilla War

If I could be a game character

Lee Everett or Michael Vick from Madden 2004

Ray Empathy Maester
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Graduated from Wharton with a BS in Economics. Spent some time in mobile advertising before making the transition to Pocket Gems. Interests include weightlifting, scrapbooking, and gaming.

Fave old school video game

Pokemon Yellow Version

If I could be a game character

Lilith from Borderlands

Kathy Heart of the Cards
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I grew up in San Diego, California, and graduated from MIT in 2014 with a degree in math. My hobbies include juggling, puzzles, board games, and competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Fave old school video game

Is SSBM old-school? What about Cave Story?

If I could be a game character

Samus Aran

Leon Smash Brother
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Born in Devon, England. Lived in London for 10 years. Worked in mobile games for 9 years.

Fave old school video game

Flashback

If I could be a game character

A Katamari

Steven Code Monkey
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I grew up on a Farm in the Midwest, studied film in San Francisco. I originally wanted to be the cinematographer for snowboard promotional films, then I taught myself 3D and have never had a boring day since.

Fave old school video game

Metroid

If I could be a game character

Commander Shepard

Brian Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla
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After reading and writing my way to a BA in English at Yale, I spent a few years crunching numbers and slinging code as an Oliver Wyman management consultant and an analytics manager at Marin Software.

Fave old school video game

SimCity

If I could be a game character

Lara Croft from the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot

Sophia Warrior Princess
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The artist formerly known as Shauna Rubenchrist. McGill University BA in Spanish and German with a minor in French. Cats freak me out.

Fave old school video game

Sonic for Sega Game Gear

If I could be a game character

Trench from Real Hollywood.

Dan Glorified Typist
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While studying anthropology at UC Berkeley (Go Bears), I worked as a coffee barista. Post college, I maintained my coffee addiction and youthfulness with a job in the mobile gaming industry.

Fave old school video game

Banjo Kazooie

If I could be a game character

Kirby

Rebecca Professional Hugger
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Love art! Studied 3d animation in San Francisco. Could live off Ramen and fro-yo.

Fave old school video game

Burgertime on the NES

If I could be a game character

Princess Peach

Ticia Ramen Girl
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From Boston, lived in Milwaukee and Jackson MS before uprooting to San Francisco. Thought I’d take a shot at doing for work what I already do for fun – make games.

Fave old school video game

Chrono Trigger

If I could be a game character

Garrett the Thief

Sam Cyberspace Cadet
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Graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English. Worked in editorial at Simon & Schuster, and had a brief stint at Warby Parker before deciding California was the place to be!

Fave old school video game

Tomb Raider

If I could be a game character

Lara Croft

Sarah Half-blood
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Studied art at University of Michigan and Watts Atelier, been drawing stuff for games for a couple years now. I like to hike, draw, and watch Mystery Science Theater. My love of all things kung-fu is matched only by my total lack of kung-fu skills.

Fave old school video game

Doom 2

If I could be a game character

Tex Murphy

Kevin Redbeard
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I’ve been making games for 14 years and loved it throughout. I was part of the first 6 games ever launched for the original Xbox. After developing my dream console games like the Bioshock and Dead Space Series, I felt it time to move on to truly new challenges. I want to apply my AAA quality experience and perspective to the mobile world and future of gaming.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros 3, The Legend of Zelda, (both NES and SNES) Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. Diablo, Counter Strike, Sonic the HedgeHog 2, Contra 3, Diablo, Quake 2

If I could be a game character

Mario. Blissfully happy in the surmountable challenges in his life.

Alex Art Nerd
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ECE/BME double major at Carnegie Mellon University. Grew up all over Asia. Foodie, adrenaline junkie, and avid multitasker.

Fave old school video game

Pokemon

If I could be a game character

Samus Aran from Metroid

Gillian 8-Bit Alchemist
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Computer Science degree from Illinois. Past lives in big data, MMOs, and educational games. Enjoys moonlit walks and berry smoothies.

Fave old school video game

Kirby’s Adventure

If I could be a game character

Custom Wizard from Master of Magic

James Robopsychologist
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M.S. in Computer Science from Dartmouth. Love traveling, reading, milk and rabbits.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros.

If I could be a game character

Lara Croft

Yanan Pathfinder
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MS in Chemistry from Stanford; BS in Chemistry from Peking University. Have seen the beauty of chemistry, and now start a new journey.

Fave old school video game

Zentia

If I could be a game character

Baili Tusu from Gujian Qitan

Ju The Swordswoman
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BS/MS in Civil/Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley. Previously worked as an engineer and advertising analyst.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VI

If I could be a game character

Sabin

Brendan Whittler
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BA from Cal, Berkeley; I’ve animated video game for several years. Working on games for Console, PC, and mobile.

Fave old school video game

CivII, Ultima Online, Kaboom!

If I could be a game character

Gordan Freeman, Half-Life 3

Dave Granola Cruncher
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M.S. in computer science. Love all kinds of games! Good at video games, board games, mobile games and so on. Love sports, especially soccer!

Fave old school video game

Warcraft III

If I could be a game character

Arthas Menethil

Weixiao Playmaker
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I’m a crazy video game fan (especially Sony, began with PS1) starting from 5 years old (but at that time I belonged to Nintendo). Now being a player only can not satisfy me! My goal is adding my name to the developer list (but as a player I prefer to skip it XD)!

Fave old school video game

Really hard to select between Biohazard and Silent Hill

If I could be a game character

Chris Redfield from Biohazard

Shidong Zombie Assassin
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Seth Imitation Canadian
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I’ve been making games for over 15 years. I started out when VR was going to be the next big thing (the first time), arrived at the tail end of arcade, and rolled through the generations of consoles. I worked for almost 10 years crafting environments and helping guide development for the Tomb Raider series. I had the opportunity to learn a lot in the console world and now I’m looking forward to learning more in the Brave New World of mobile.

Fave old school video game

Tron in the arcade

If I could be a game character

Maybe those guys who throw hammers down at Mario. Those guys are jerks but they seem to have a pretty cushy job. Sit on a cloud, throw hammers all over the place….sounds pretty good.

Chris Pessimistic Optimist
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I’ve been the resident techie in any environment I’ve been in since I was five. I’ve been fixing stuff since kindergarten and learning and teaching programming and algorithms and data structures since first year of high school. I’ve also been playing games since I first saw a computer.

Fave old school video game

Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 . I’ve spent way too much time on that game

If I could be a game character

Geralt of Rivia, from the Witcher series

Ozy Wizard of Oz
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Kurt’s an artist with a background in games, movies, and teaching. Published in multiple books and mags making creatures and characters!

Fave old school video game

Metal Slug. Or if that’s not old school enough, Lunar Lander!

If I could be a game character

Solid Snake is a pretty cool guy.

Kurt Cryptozoologist
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CS grad for IIIT-Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining PG I interned at a couple of places and worked as a developer at Fab and InterviewBit.

Fave old school video game

It is hard to choose but the top three would be Contra, Doom and Prince of Persia, although I never did cross the mirror image level of PoP.

If I could be a game character

Gordon Freeman from Half Life

Akshet Dungeon Master
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Raised in the butter and egg scented prairies of Petaluma, Johnny hopped out of the nest, made a pitstop at the Art Institute of California in San Diego, and finally landed in San Francisco for adventures in pixelation and busting a move.

Fave old school video game

Bubble Bobble

If I could be a game character

The back up dancer zombie from PVZ

Johnny Pixel Mover and Shaker
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Decided to make games since high school, started last year. Thanks USC.

Fave old school video game

Pokeman

If I could be a game character

Jinx

Si The Thinker
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Philosophy student at Lehigh. Traveled around the world to play in professional card tournaments (Magic, Poker). Career highlights include Magic: the Gathering and CityVille.

Fave old school video game

Speedball 2

If I could be a game character

Cleric, from Magestorm

Brian Board Game Hustler
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B.S. in Information Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
Dare to live in full color!
Keywords: thinking reed, entrepreneurship, sports fan, engineer.

Fave old school video game

Defense of the Ancients, Warcraft III and Super Mario

If I could be a game character

Blade Master from Warcraft III

Wenyu Magic Seeker
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Lover of all things art and animation, I graduated from the Academy of Art University with a degree in 3D Animation and Visual effects. This is my first opportunity to do what I love professionally and I am enjoying every minute of it.

Prior to my time at Pocket Gems I was a curriculum developer for a digital academy out of Stanford University and worked membership at the Presidio YMCA.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy IX

If I could be a game character

Any lead character in a Pokemon game.

Brandon Tangent Tangler
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B.S Accounting in Ohio State University. M. S Information System in NEU. Transform major from business to technology. I am a quick learner and I love to learn new things everyday.

Fave old school video game

The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart

If I could be a game character

Ellie — The Last of Us

Lu Task Runner
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Lifelong gamer but originally planned to go into psychological research. Joining an (at the time) scrappy startup named Riot Games and having a hand in making League of Legends from the ground up quickly changed that plan and the new goal is to make awesome games that people can’t put down.

Fave old school video game

Master of Orion II

If I could be a game character

Marco from Metal Slug

Veigar Tiny Master of Evil
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Just finished my graduate student program at Northeastern University, and I’m excited and willing to take on this new challenge. I look forward to learning more at Pocket Gems!

Fave old school video game

Super Mario

If I could be a game character

Raymen

Yiyun Sugar Hugs
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I love fine art and movies.

Fave old school video game

Space invader

If I could be a game character

Metal gear solid. Snake

Su Big Ssu
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Just graduated from NEU.
I love traveling, drawing and badminton!

Fave old school video game

Pokemon Sangokushi Taikou

If I could be a game character

Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Fei Dog Addict
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Graduated from Academy of Arts 2014. Passionate about bringing 3D models to LIFE.

Fave old school video game

Indian Jones and the Infernal Machine by LucasArts

If I could be a game character

Indy

Manish I AM SPEED
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Dana has been a small-town newspaper reporter, an arts critic, a hotel manager, and an attorney. Game development was a logical next step. Her favorite word to type is “screwdriver”.

Fave old school video game

Zork, A Link to the Past, Chrono Trigger

If I could be a game character

Commander Shepard

Dana Peasant on Fire
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Grew up in Beijing; Undergrad in BUPT; MS in USC EE department – Multimedia & image processing; Big fan of programming and learning new stuff; It’s fantastic to be at Pocket Gems!!!

Fave old school video game

Richman 4

If I could be a game character

Swampy

Xinyu Beauty Trojan
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Master in Graphic Design from Academy of Art. Has been working on UX/UI and designing board games for years. Strongly believes that making a good game can save the world.

Fave old school video game

Double Dragon 2, Contra, Super Sonic 2

If I could be a game character

Simon Belmont

Sean UI in the Shell
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Grew up in Liaoning China. MS in USC EE department. Good at programming and team cooperation . I love soccer a lot. My objective is “Work hard and Play hard !”

Fave old school video game

Winning Eleven 2013

If I could be a game character

Wesley Sneijder

Ren Central Midfielder
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CS from IIT Delhi and MBA from Kellogg. Previously worked in Investment banking and lived in Delhi, Tokyo, Mumbai and Chicago before San Francisco came calling. Love Japanese anime!

Fave old school video game

Tetris

If I could be a game character

Princess Ida

Priyanka Frodo
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Been playing video game since I was 7 years old. Graduated from Academy of Art University, and living in San Francisco for 4 years. Love hiking, camping and video games.

Fave old school video game

Quake II

If I could be a game character

TYCHUS

Tao Meat Eater
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I’m an East Coast game developer. I worked in a few studios in the Boston area on games like Rock Band, Lord of the Rings Online, and Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved. I always knew I wanted to make games, so what can I say—I’m living the dream!

Fave old school video game

Morrowind

If I could be a game character

The King of All Cosmos

Ian Trash Wizard
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Born and raised in Fresno. Graduated with a BA from UC Davis then trekked around Europe for a bit before realizing home is where California is. Love playing video games but not a strong gamer so if we ever play together, you’ll look like a boss.

Fave old school video game

Rayman

If I could be a game character

Lu Bu from Dynasty Warriors

Joua Mighty Morphin Power Arranger
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BA in Global Studies, MA in Sociology. Migrated from LA to SF. Ran fundraising databases and analytics in a former life.

Fave old school video game

Halo 2

If I could be a game character

Dragonborn!

Liz Pickler of all things
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Have been coding and painting pixels since I was 12. Love to get outside and travel around. Previously I worked at Avalanche, Visceral, and Pandemic.

Fave old school video game

Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat 2, Skate or Die 2

If I could be a game character

Toad

Erik Pixel Monkey
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B.S./B.A. in CS and Econ & Math from Yale. Previously an options trader at Susquehanna Int’l Group. Lover of games, EDM, laughter, and ramen!

Fave old school video game

Jet Set Radio

If I could be a game character

Blue Shell

James Hired Fun
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I studied neuroscience at Claremont McKenna College in SoCal before making the trek to the Bay Area last year. I still hold a soft spot in my heart for the North Shore of Boston where I was raised.

I’ve been in mobile games for about a year now acquiring new users from across the globe!

Fave old school video game

Mine Sweeper

If I could be a game character

Yoshi

Haley Mad Hatter
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Consumer electronics aficionado and manga fangirl extraodinaire. Stanford MBA; Caltech BS ME, BS BUSEM. Prior to respawning at Pocket Gems, spent a couple years at Intel as a Mechanical Engineer specializing in PC and mobile, and most recently freelanced as a graphic/product/UIUX designer.

Fave old school video game

Super Smash Bros N64 and FFVII

If I could be a game character

Cloud from FFVII AC — forget the Buster Sword, I want his First Tsurugi!

Michelle Mangaka-in-training
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Graduated with BS in CompE from UIUC; secretly learnt a lot more CS from Stanford & MIT open courses. Worked on loads of software and/or hardware projects on the side. Love cooking, eating, and driving.

Fave old school video game

Battle City, Super Mario Bros, Pokemon

If I could be a game character

Alex Mercer

Yu The Executionist
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Graduated from University of the Pacific with a M.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Games & Simulations. Gaming has been a passion of mine for my whole life and I want to be able to give back to the community which has brought me so much entertainment.

Fave old school video game

Halo – it’s the game which launched my desire to be in the gaming industry

If I could be a game character

John-117 or Jun-A266

Matt Unsigned Pro Amateur Gamer
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Born and raised in video games and libraries. If found doing something else, it’s most likely dancing. Previous encounters while adventuring included Perfect World and Ubisoft.

Fave old school video game

Dragon’s Lair, Heroes of Might & Magic II

If I could be a game character

Bonnie MacFarlane

Shannon Rebel Pilot
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BA from Dartmouth College, double major in Economics and Psychology. Previous experience in Charles Schwab and an on-demand startup in San Francisco!

Fave old school video game

Mario Kart 64

If I could be a game character

Samus Aran

Chen Master Observer
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Originally from Detroit, I’ve been making games in the bay area for almost ten years. Besides pushing particles around, I also enjoy painting, woodworking, cooking, and playing music.

Fave old school video game

Galaga

If I could be a game character

Isaac Clarke

Aaron Garage Philosopher
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Bachelors degree in Sociology and Economics. Previously worked in HR at a law firm and most recently was a Talent Sourcer(er) at Disney.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario All-Stars

If I could be a game character

Diddy Kong

Gurpreet Talentologist
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Working on video games was always a pipe dream for me. Then that dream came true working at Riot Games after college. I hope to carry a strong sense of player focus and great game-play with me to make(and break) the next great thing at Pocket Gems!

Fave old school video game

Twisted Metal 2

If I could be a game character

Master Chief, who doesn’t want to be lucky?

Sean Ruthless Competitor
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Went to CMU for ECE.
Hired straight out of college by Microsoft as a program manager.
Turns out I didn’t like program management very much.

Fave old school video game

Monster Bash

If I could be a game character

The Overmind

Karl Shaver of Yaks
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Psychology BA and Human Development BS from UC Davis. Clinical Psychology MA from University of Arizona. Gaming -> Pokering -> Seeing patients, Conducting clinical research, and Teaching at University -> Pocket Gems. Everything comes full circle.

Fave old school video game

Starcraft 1

If I could be a game character

Zeratul

Donald Psychduck
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Grew up in China. MS in Environmental Engineering (CMU) and Computer Science (CMU). Like to take new challenges. What doesn’t beat me down makes me stronger.

Fave old school video game

Cross Fire, Killing Game of Three Kingdoms, A Chinese Odyssey

If I could be a game character

Yi Sima

Chang Salmon bro
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Graduated from USC in 2013. West coast transplant from New Orleans, LA, the land of seafood and deep fried everything!

Fave old school video game

Ocarina of Time, Mortal Kombat II, Pokemon Red/Blue

If I could be a game character

Agatha from the Elite Four

Tiffany Princess Prime Rib
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Viva has extensive experience in visual curating and art production, as well as outsource studio coordinating. They have dabbled in all kinds of artsy fartsy hoodoo, and probably want to talk about it at great length. They can be bribed with coffee.

Fave old school video game

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, FFVII

If I could be a game character

Terra Branford

Viva Pixel Gardener
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B.S. Economics from Auburn and a Master’s Degree in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon. Previously at Telltale Games. I write and draw pictures to tell stories you hopefully care about.

Fave old school video game

Chrono Trigger

If I could be a game character

Guybrush Threepwood, the mighty pirate

Martin World Weaver
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A former New Yorker, I shed my former life and career in advertising for the frenetic energy of game development, and the active lifestyle of the Bay Area. When I’m not animating or wrangling my kids, you can find me swimming every chance I get.

Fave old school video game

Robotron

If I could be a game character

Why, Garrett from Thief – who doesn’t love a good noir antihero?

Jeff Mover-Of-Stuff
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Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree of M.S. in computational Design. Love food and shoes!

Fave old school video game

Super Mario

If I could be a game character

Lina

Chenyu ShoeLover
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MS of Computer Science from Northeastern University. I was a Linux lover, but the Linux GUI sucks and turned me into an OS X fan.

Fave old school video game

Battle City

If I could be a game character

The flash

Zhaoze Zzz
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I started my whispering practice at Blue Sky Studios in 2006, whispering all kinds of unicorns, from technical to creative. In 2011 I moved my practice to San Francisco whispering for Walt Disney Animation, Lucasfilm Animation, ILM, LucasArts and most recently at Yelp. I am now a Gemmer!

Fave old school video game

Parsec

If I could be a game character

Sackboy

Sabrina Unicorn Whisperer
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East coast transplant. Studied CS and Art at Brown. Still don’t know what I want to be when/if I grow up.

Fave old school video game

Legend of Zelda, Dr. Mario couch wars

If I could be a game character

Wait, I have been one…

Christy Puppy Hugger
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MA in Global Media and Communications from USC. BS in Economics from Peking University. Previously worked on online advertising and user acquisition. Foodie, and a cat person.

Fave old school video game

Heroes of Might and Magic IV

If I could be a game character

Snake

Jessica Completist
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BFA in illustration from RISD, MFA in Computer Arts from Academy of Art University. Previously worked at EA and Konami. My hobbies include improv, Lindy-Hop and traveling.

Fave old school video game

Maniac Mansion

If I could be a game character

GLaDOS from Portal 2

Sam Life Improvisor
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From Houston, went to school for Computer Engineering at Olin College in Boston. I brew beer, climb rocks, play video games, and root for the Texans. Sloths are by far the coolest animal that exists.

Fave old school video game

Joust!

If I could be a game character

If there’s a better answer than being a Snorlax, I can’t think of one

Travis Plumbus Creator
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Born and raised in China. Prior to Pocket Gems, worked in Boston for 3 years and gained a CPA license. Love art, traveling, fashion and my cutest Labrador Retriever!

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Brothers, Crash Bandicoot, Croc, Pac-Man

If I could be a game character

Sonic

Xuewei Labradorable
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Stanford undergrad, Wharton MBA, former entrepreneur with a background in ecommerce and marketing. Previously worked in finance, publishing and ecommerce at both large companies and startups.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario

If I could be a game character

Yoshi

Chris Mother of Dragons Marketing
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Graduated from UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs) with a BA in Business Management Economics. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, traveling, and going to as many concerts as possible.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros.

If I could be a game character

Toad

Sammantha Tree Hugger
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Stanford JD and BA Economics. Prior to Pocket Gems, led legal, corporate and business development functions at another online games company. Other previous in-house experience: e-commerce platform/SaaS, aviation, and renewable energy. Started career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Fave old school video game

Street Fighter II

If I could be a game character

Guile, with the invisible throw

Dan Deal Maker
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Raised in Hawaii and a proud graduate of Kahuku High School, B.S. from Stanford University, loves RPGs, food, and sleeping.

Fave old school video game

Pokemon Yellow

If I could be a game character

The Dragonborn

Genie Journeyman Mage
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20 years experience in Art/Visual Design. Avid sneaker and toy collector. San Francisco Giants fan before the 3 recent World Series victories. GO GIANTS!

Fave old school video game

Dig Dug

If I could be a game character

My Vault dweller in Fallout 4

Jonathan Sole Collector
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Bachelor from SJTU. Master from Dartmouth College. Love reading, Chinese opera and, of course, kittens!

Fave old school video game

Super Mario, Donkey Kong

If I could be a game character

Lara Croft

Huan Kittenholic
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B.A. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. Loves figuring out game mechanics. Hates having so many games to play, and so little time. Is “meh” with pineapple on pizza.

Fave old school video game

Zelda: A Link to the Past

If I could be a game character

The Pidgeotto from Twitch Plays Pokémon a.k.a. “Bird Jesus”

Wilson Magical Potato
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MFA in Film/Television from NYU, BA in Aquatic Bio & Communication Studies from UCSB. Prior to Pocket Gems I was an executive at ABC Daytime Television and a writer for the soap opera All My Children.

Fave old school video game

Pac-Man

If I could be a game character

Lara Croft

Sue Soapster
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Bay Area native with a BA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Loves Lego, sci-fi, and all kinds of games!

Fave old school video game

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2

If I could be a game character

Karan S’jet

Mario Techpriest Enginseer
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BS in EECS from UC Berkeley. Previously, Software Engineer at Lithium Technologies.

Fave old school video game

Pokemon, Quest For Glory

If I could be a game character

Nature’s Prophet from Dota 2

Johny Quantum Wavefunction Collapser
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Born and raised in Vermont. Spent a number of years as an animator in the film industry before transitioning to the game industry. Also an avid woodworker and musician.

Fave old school video game

Spy Hunter

If I could be a game character

Ben Throttle

Jason Art Cop
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Bachelor’s degree from University of Washington and Master’s from Columbia. I was working in the mobile games industry for 3 years before joining Pocket Gems.

Fave old school video game

Pocket Monster

If I could be a game character

Ronaldo from winning 11 🙂

Wenjun story-teller
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BA in Art History from Williams College, 5 years developing books and TV shows for teens at Alloy Entertainment, 2 years as a Young Adult Author. Clearly not very interested in growing up. Almost always listening to music. Let’s talk about dogs!

Fave old school video game

Sega Genesis NHL Hockey

If I could be a game character

Remy from Animal Voyage

Lucy Drama Queen
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I’m originally an illustrator and I love drawing and painting. I eventually got into doing VFX for HoN and took a liking to it.

Fave old school video game

Golden Eye 007

If I could be a game character

One of those little dudes from Journey that you play as.

Mike Magic Maker
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Armed with a BA in English Lit and Creative Writing from UMich, an MFA in Screenwriting from SFSU’s Cinema department, and several years of experience searching for films and scripts in the movie business, James is fully equipped to help find and develop the latest and greatest stories at Pocket Gems! In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, joking, baking, biking, gaming, traveling and moviegoing.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario World, Chrono Trigger, Sonic 2, Earthbound, Super Smash Bros, Ocarina of Time

If I could be a game character

Miles “Tails” Prower

James Story Seeker
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Born adrenaline addict, name it and I’ll do it! Proud UNC graduate, Go Tar Heels! Most recently a home improvement and vegetables extraordinaire, but always a game junkie.

Fave old school video game

Battletoads

If I could be a game character

Star Fox

Ryan Scarecrow Fashion Consultant
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12 years of diversified experience in domestic & international marketing, product management, and finance. Strong success in helping to build multi-billion dollar lifestyle brands like Call of Duty and Skylanders.

Fave old school video game

Contra

If I could be a game character

Wayne Gretzky

Jason Amplifier of Fun
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B.S. in Business Administration – Marketing. I’ve been gaming from the moment dexterity checks were met. My familiars include two clever cats, and one very goober pup. Previously adventured at Ubisoft.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario World

If I could be a game character

Commander Shepard

Edelita Dragon Tamer
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Played in several Magic Pro Tours while studying math and economics at The Ohio State University. Made Magic cards for six and a half years at Wizards of the Coast. Lead designed Skylanders Battlecast.

Fave old school video game

Earthbound

If I could be a game character

Sans

Tom Wizard Samurai
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East coast native, BS in Mathematics from RPI, and moved to the Bay Area to pursue programming. Prior to Pocket Gems, worked on web sites at OnLive and then Humble Bundle. Interests include singing, playing guitar, and doing roller derby play-by-play.

Fave old school video game

Street Fighter 2, Ninja Gaiden (NES)

If I could be a game character

Eddie Riggs from Brütal Legend

Rick Raid Leader
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BA in English from Harvard, MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia. I spent 8 years in book publishing, including 4 years developing novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Brooklyn import with New England roots, inexplicably accentless.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros. 2

If I could be a game character

PaRappa the Rapper

Liz Rural Juror
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A game designer, artist and a hardcore gamer. Graduated from CMU with a Master of Entertainment Technology. Love experimenting with new ways to engineer fun experiences. (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧

Fave old school video game

The Legend of Sword and Fairy

If I could be a game character

Murky: Mrgglglbrlg rmrmgllg mrggggm. Mrrglglgy, mgllglgl mgggrrmgll MRGGGLGLLM!

Wei Mana Addict
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Old-school engine hacker and open-source developer, with experience with consoles, PCs and mobile. I write the gooey-icky stuff right down in the deepest, darkest core of the codebase.

Fave old school video game

Quake!

If I could be a game character

“Blair”, the original Commander Shephard

David Caffeine Converter
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Grew up on Long Island. Schooled it in Upstate NY. Slummed it in the TV biz in LA-LA Land. Now ready to be a drama queen in the San Francisco Bay Area with the story-team supreme at Episode! Oh and my last name means “Five Hands”…but you’ll have to wonder why.

Fave old school video game

Pitfall

If I could be a game character

Regina George from MEAN GIRLS

Michael The Third Skywalker
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Stanford MBA, USC BA Communication, Italian & Jazz Studies; Distributed indie films in LA before coming to the Bay Area; Grew up in Shanghai, China.

Fave old school video game

Snake

If I could be a game character

Satoshi

Celine Peacemaker
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Proud BUPT and NEU alumni. Faithful dota fan and Overwatch addict. Enjoy good stories and interesting people. Excited to be a Gemmer!

Fave old school video game

Battle City

If I could be a game character

Arthas Menethil

Bowen New Bee
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Stanford MBA; previous life in marketing & PR for Iceland. If you find that all of your friends suddenly are wanting to go there, I probably had something to do with it. I love the outdoors as much as I do the runways of Paris.

Fave old school video game

Duke Nukem

If I could be a game character

Princess Peach of Super Mario Bros’ fame

Liney Viking Warrior
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Born and raised in San Francisco. Left the nest to go to college & that’s when the Warriors decide to start winning, so I had to come back to The City as quickly as possible to witness it personally. I also play video games sometimes.

Fave old school video game

Super Smash 64 or Megaman Battle Network 4: Blue Moon

If I could be a game character

I-Tetronmino

Jordan (Pocket) Sapphire Solicitor
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Grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, studied at Northern Illinois University. Love playing sports, being outdoors, and sleeping. I am a casual gamer, but always welcoming challenges.

Fave old school video game

Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside

If I could be a game character

Megaman

Takahiro Buzzer Beater
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IT SysAdmin who has been playing with machines since DOB. I’m a transplant from Columbus Ohio and grateful for the bay are climate. I enjoy computers, pugs, podcasts and sports!

Fave old school video game

Rampage, Barkley Shut Up and Jam!

If I could be a game character

Sora

Jake GOAT
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PhD in Machine Learning, M.S in BioInformatics. Prior to Pocket Gems, co-founded Motown, a music discovery mobile app for Soundcloud users. Produce music and perform in bands as a guitar player when not doing Data Science 🙂

Fave old school video game

Metal Gear

If I could be a game character

Dastan from Prince of Persia

Julien Le French Moustache
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BS in Computer Science from the University of Iceland with a quick stop at UCSB. Gamer since childhood and never looked back. Also into skiing, hiking and climbing.

Fave old school video game

Warcraft III

If I could be a game character

Gyrocopter from Dota 2

Andri Attack Helicopter
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Game designer who focuses on creating long term multiplayer experience.
Goal is to create compelling multiplayer game experience.

Fave old school video game

Mega-Man/Rock-Man

If I could be a game character

Spider-Man

Sun Moon Fox in the box
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Design thinker born out of Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction program, with a degree in Brain & Cognitive Science from MIT. Previously worked on making Autodesk’s Inventor and Fusion 360 easy to use. I used to be pre-med, I love math, chicken, and all types of folk dance.

Fave old school video game

Commander Keen and Amazon Trail

If I could be a game character

Carmen Sandiego

Sony The [U]X-Factor
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Born and raised in Southern China, I have been moving around since 20 yo. Got the BS Accounting degree in Kansas, the MS Accounting degree in New York, and moved to Los Angeles for my prior job. Love Cali!! Love seafood!! Like exploring new places, shopping and traveling. 🙂

Fave old school video game

Monopoly, Super Mario Bros

If I could be a game character

Mario

Miki Seafood Lover
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Studied Culinary Arts before getting my start in video games (I’m always happy to talk food). I’ve worked in mobile for nearly a decade now, including leading teams at GREE and Supercell.

Fave old school video game

Suikoden II

If I could be a game character

Commander Shepard

Jared Battle Chef
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G.U.E. Tech graduate, inspired by The Legend of the Great Implementers. Love building amazing products and teams. Most recently at Square, working on products for retailers.

Fave old school video game

Colossal Cave, Ms. Pac-Man

If I could be a game character

‘@’ from Moria

Victor Stellar Patrol Ensign Seventh Class
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Originally from Shanghai, China. MFA in Computer Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology. I started as a 3D artist working with EA and have been creating game art for over 5 years on consoles, PCs, and mobiles. Also have extensive experience in outsource coordinating and art management. A foodie, a film lover, and of course a gamer.

Fave old school video game

Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen on Sega Genesis

If I could be a game character

Bomberman

Jiaqing New World Discoverer
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Berkeley MBA; BA in Economics and French from Bates. Previously worked in international tax for a consulting firm and the government.

Fave old school video game

Duck Hunt

If I could be a game character

Tails

Hannah (banana emoji)
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Grew up in Indonesia, graduated with BA in informatics engineering. Blessed with a natural abstraction ability, failed miserably in detail. Previously interned at Pocket Gems and worked at local start-up afterwards.

Have wistful thinking to become a researcher or government official.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy IX

If I could be a game character

Bahamut

Adinata Codeseer
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MBA in Marketing from Boston University. Previously worked on TV advertising, Product Marketing, and User Acquisition.

Fave old school video game

Kingdom Hearts

If I could be a game character

Mikasa

Sherry Child of Light
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Proud Chicago native. MS from Northwestern and BS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I love the intersection of storytelling and technology. Prior to PG, I worked in film at United Talent Agency and Sony Pictures, sold screenplays great and small, and operated a 500 Startups company in gaming and mobile commerce.

Fave old school video game

Ninja Gaiden 2

If I could be a game character

ToeJam and/or Earl

Sangram Agent of Chaos
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Has worked as a 3D Artist and generalist on multiple game titles and platforms. He was born and raised in San Francisco. He has always been a terrible Street Fighter player and can’t hit a curveball. Nonetheless, he loves baseball and making games.

Fave old school video game

Warcraft 2

If I could be a game character

Megaman

Arthur Devourer of Cookies
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Right brain: Herding is what I do. Love is how I see. Grateful is how I live.
Left brain: BSEE UC Davis & MET Carnegie Mellon

Fave old school video game

Super Mario 2

If I could be a game character

Tie: Raccoon Mario + Katamari

Bim Maverick
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I grew up in Oklahoma, went to film school in Canada, and have traveled around the world working on great projects. I first discovered animation at a community college in Kansas, fell in love, and never looked back.

Fave old school video game

Super Metroid

If I could be a game character

Batman

Ben Animation Guru
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I live and breathe the IT world. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel and I now enjoy exploring NorCal. My main interests are computers, gadgets, history, sharks, exotic cars, horror movies, and of course…video games!

Fave old school video game

Duke Nukem 3D, Mortal Kombat, Counter Strike

If I could be a game character

Captain William Blazkowicz

Amir ITerminator
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I graduated with a BA in Linguistics from UT Austin, but came to the Bay Area by way of New Orleans, where I lived for 6 years. I love a good craft project, hiking with my pup, and cooking all the things!

Fave old school video game

The Adventures of Lolo, Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

If I could be a game character

Carmen Sandiego

Amy Happiness Hacker
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East Coast transplant, game enthusiast and lover of all things art! Always looking for new adventures and slowly becoming an old cat lady. Never give coffee after midnight.

Fave old school video game

Legend of Legaia

If I could be a game character

Kirby

Dani Compulsive Doodler
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CalArts, Dreamworks, Lucasfilm alumnus. Fought in the Clone Wars. Intrigued by virtual pipelines, distributed teams, indie 3D animation, and, as of recently, distribution on mobile.

Fave old school video game

Dr. J vs. Larry Bird

If I could be a game character

Donkey Kong

Spyros Greek Geek
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Self-motivated programmer who is also a semi-artist. BS in Information Security from Donghua University, MS in Game Development from University of Southern California. Like RPG games, and crime movies.

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls

If I could be a game character

Geralt of Rivia

Levana Elemental Hunter
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Bachelor’s in Economics, minor in Statistics from UC Davis. Most recently worked at Sega Networks in User Acquisition & Ad Monetization.

Fave old school video game

Mario Kart Super Circuit

If I could be a game character

Chun-Li from Street Fighter

Vanessa App Evangelist
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My childhood ambition was to be either a ventriloquist or magician, so animation seemed like a reasonable alternative. Without really planning it I wound up living in Honolulu, San Francisco, Tokyo and New York. I play bass in funk bands and probably eat eat too much cheese. The most recognizable things I worked on were The Sims and Blue’s Clues (yes, I know Steve, who is still very much alive).

Fave old school video game

Pong

If I could be a game character

Goopy Gils Carbo

Goopy Time Traveler
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Professional email responder. Super human typing powers. Legal Oracle.

Fave old school video game

Counterstrike

If I could be a game character

Lara Croft

Katniss Super Legal Ninja
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Slytherin, and proud of it.

Fave old school video game

Tetris

If I could be a game character

L-Shape Tetris Block

Camille Live Experiencer
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I studied math and physics in school (Cal and MIT), and have spent most of my career doing analytics at startups. I love the ‘aha’ moment I get when a simple model clicks into alignment with reality. I also love the energy of startups — competing with a winning team is great. (Free hoodies are nice too.)

Fave old school video game

Foosball. That’s right. Bring it.

If I could be a game character

Is there a Hawaiian beach bum hero?

Jim Weekend Warrior
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I helped write and produce some beloved shows for Nickelodeon like “Drake & Josh” and “iCarly”. I also co-authored a book on organization and led a start-up called “Goodie Goodie,” a chore and reward app for families.

Fave old school video game

Marble Madness

If I could be a game character

Megaman

Arthur Eyebrow Acrobat
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I’m a biology scientist turned artist with a passion for color, stories, gaming, and life-long learning! My dream is to own three rabbits and a corgi to herd them.

Fave old school video game

The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past / Pokemon Blue

If I could be a game character

Kirby

Finni Tiny Bunny Overlord
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BS in pure mathematics at the University of Melbourne. Currently at USC for an MS in CS. Some finance-related stuff before the two previously mentioned degrees. I enjoy playing board games, watching sitcoms, and exploring cities.

Fave old school video game

Helbreath, GoldenEye 007, Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, CS, Pokemon Blue/Red, Pokemon Trading Card Game (the Game Boy game)

If I could be a game character

Spider-Man

Adrian Noodle Soup Eater
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Studied writing and literature at Sarah Lawrence College and religion at Harvard Divinity School. Background in publishing and coffee-making.

Fave old school video game

Oregon Trail

If I could be a game character

Cloud from Super Mario Bros.

Andi Washingtonian
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A New England native with a BA from NYU, I found my home in San Francisco with all its moderate weather and rolling hills. Lover of plants, peanut butter, people, positivity, and alliteration. My goal everyday is to improve the lives of those around me, and find recruiting to be an excellent way to do so.

Fave old school video game

NES Track & Field

If I could be a game character

Sonic

Caitlin Captain Carrot
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Stanford BS/MS in CS. Prior to Pocket Gems, spent many years at PayPal (from before it was eBay), founded a social media startup, and built advertising products at Quantcast.

Fave old school video game

Wolfenstein 3D

If I could be a game character

Simba

Nick Doer of Things
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Starting in tv and film in 2005, Greg made the jump to video games in 2008. He has worked for a veritable who’s who of mobile game companies including Supercell, Telltale Games, and Nexon M.

Fave old school video game

Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger

If I could be a game character

Todd “Maniac” Marshall

Greg Fighter Pilot
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Started out life as a programmer, took a brief detour into the world of stage management, and combined the two to end up at EA as a project manager on console games. Since then, I’ve made a couple of stops along the way (Kabam, DeNA) to learn the mobile industry ropes.

Fave old school video game

Xwing

If I could be a game character

Minecraft’s Steve. So resourceful!

Dave The Commodore
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Graduated from CMU with a M.S. in software management. Love swimming, hiking, cooking, and traveling! Proud to be a backpacker in Europe and Asia.

Fave old school video game

The Legend of Sword and Fairy

If I could be a game character

Yueru

Yixin Foodie
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Bachelors in International Studies from UC San Diego. Previously worked in financial sales then at an ad network, bringing me here to Pocket Gems!

Fave old school video game

Mario Party

If I could be a game character

Yoshi

Shaleen Monetization Mogul
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Born in Upland California and raised in the Central Valley in cow country. Came to the Bay Area at age 18, ate my 1st hamburger, got a BFA in Illustration and never left. Artist, sleep head and small dog collector.

Fave old school video game

Chrono Trigger

If I could be a game character

Lucina

Lindsay Potato Peeler
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Graduate at California Institute of the Arts. Previously did audio engineering and QA for pro-audio hardware/software products. I am passionate about music, fashion, and all Asian cuisine. Also 100% dog lover ^__^

Fave old school video game

Doom, Pokemon Blue/Yellow

If I could be a game character

Samus from Metroid

Youngmin KBBQ Enthusiast
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Dedicated product manager. Avenues of exploration have included humanoid robots, Sesame Street games, intuitive and creative AI, race cars, and educational technology. Former Unity 3D games engineer, Former IBM Strategy Consultant, Carnegie Mellon Mech. E.

Fave old school video game

King’s Quest; Full Throttle; Wolfenstein

If I could be a game character

Sheik/ Zelda

Amy Keeper of Enchantments
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I have a BA in Economics and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. Ad tech experience in the bird, the book, and the gram. Professional consumer.

Fave old school video game

Paperboy

If I could be a game character

Ms. Pac Man

Morgan Wanderluster
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Northwestern Undergrad for Computer Science. Love chill games like cities skylines and stardew valley. If I could I’d live somewhere different every year.

Fave old school video game

Minesweepers

If I could be a game character

Jigglypuff

Shuai Wandering Potato
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Born and raised in Sweden. Went back to school after years of odd jobs and military service to get a BA in Game Design. After doing a startup in Sweden he moved to the US for a long stint at CCP Games as Creative/Design Director.

Fave old school video game

Syndicate

If I could be a game character

Shodan

Jon Bork Bork Bork Meatballs
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MS in computer engineering from Columbia University. I love traveling, hiking, cooking, and gaming. Always been a big fan of world of warcraft!

Fave old school video game

World of Warcraft

If I could be a game character

Anduin Wrynn

Baokun King's Defender
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B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon. Previously did product stuff at a couple of cool startups. Crazy about League of Legends, Counter Strike, and the Los Angeles Clippers!

Fave old school video game

Warcraft 3

If I could be a game character

Star Fox

David Shortcut Detector
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Born in southern China. B.S. in Mathematics and Materials Science & Engineering from the Ohio State University. M.S. in Computer Science from University of Southern California, but still a die-hard Buckeye fan. Also a Sci-Fi maniac addicted to Overwatch.

Fave old school video game

Castlevania, Suikoden, King of the Fighters

If I could be a game character

Alucard from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Nate Clutch King
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Bachelors from NIT Surat, India. Pursuing masters in Computer Science at USC. Previously worked at Practo and Samsung Research. I like chipotle.

Fave old school video game

Virtua Cop 2

If I could be a game character

Hitman

Rishit Darkshadows
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Graduated with a Bachelors from UC Berkeley, Go Bears! Previously worked in Digital Marketing at Oracle. Passionate about DIY projects, blogging, and cooking.

Fave old school video game

Mario Party

If I could be a game character

Lara Croft

Stara Karaoke Connoisseur
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I have a Bachelors in Bioengineering and a Masters in Engineering Management from Duke. Dabbled in Cybersecurity, Adtech, and Financial Services before doing channel ops, optimization analytics, and product management.

Fave old school video game

Duck Hunt

If I could be a game character

Kitana, from Mortal Kombat

Keertana Yin & Yanger
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I love films, video games, tv, and live sporting events. The last bastion of real drama. I love working with people who want to go beyond the expected. I have directed feature films, music videos, theme park rides, and shorts. And I have always wanted to work on an interactive narrative. And now I’ve found it at Pocket Gems with Episode! A true branching narrative that puts you in the story completely.

Fave old school video game

Flashback

If I could be a game character

Faith Connors

Simon Bangers and Masher
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Won a silver medal in national Biology Olympics, BS in Microelectronics from Fudan University and minored in Economics, and now pursuing MS in Computer Science at UCSD. Diverse background makes me see more and love more about the world.

Fave old school video game

Battle City

If I could be a game character

Kratos from God of War: I serve to no one!

Juntao Running Lizard
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BS in Computer Sciences from University of Hawaii. Previously worked at Epic Systems. Hong Kong dessert maker!

Fave old school video game

Warcraft III

If I could be a game character

Arthas Menethil

JinHao Blade Master
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I’m half San Franciscan, half Santa Cruzian. I was born and raised in San Francisco but moved to Santa Cruz for college and lived there the past 10 years. I last served as Academic Services Manager for the Humanities Division at UC Santa Cruz.

Fave old school video game

Puzzle Fighter

If I could be a game character

Morrigan

Kim Animal Lover
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From a very small town with big city dreams. I crossed over form retail into games to fulfill my lifelong goal of being in the industry. I’ve been a CS Manager for another studio, before making the jump to Pocket Gems.

Fave old school video game

Skyrim, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

If I could be a game character

Cortana

Trinady PX/CS Connoisseur
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A research scientist turned into a business guy. UCLA MS in organic chemistry and worked for many years to make safer versions of addictive over the counter drugs, Recently, digitally remastered with a Berkeley MBA, trying to make games and apps more addictive…no comment on safety.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros 3

If I could be a game character

Snake (Metal Gear Solid)

Erik Big Scandinavian
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M.S. in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego. I like strategy games, card games, and hiking. I also enjoy reading books, watching movies, news and various sport games

Fave old school video game

Football manager series, Romance of the three kingdoms series, Civilization series

If I could be a game character

Zhang Wuji

Sam Water Drinker
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BA in Sports Medicine from University of the Pacific. Post-bac cancer research at UNCG. Things got really nerdy then moved back to Ca. Prior to Pocket Gems worked in hardware operations at mid-sized start-up.

Fave old school video game

Crash Bandicoot

If I could be a game character

Coco Bandicoot

Lynn Little Foot
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Pocket Gemser, Columbia CSer, New Yorker, photographer, motorcycle and car lover!

Fave old school video game

GTA

If I could be a game character

James Heller

Guanlin Old Driver
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I grew up in Boston and now study computer science at MIT. I like running and hiking, karaoke and salsa, getting nerd-sniped and playing guitar really badly.

Fave old school video game

Jak and Daxter

If I could be a game character

Cole MacGrath

Bertie Console Cowboy

Pocket Gems Values’

1

Always do the right thing

Doing the right thing means acting ethically and honestly in ALL situations because we are building for the long-term and our integrity matters. Our space is dynamic and sometimes there are opportunities to cut corners by compromising ethics. We won’t do things that are unethical.

2

Work together as one team

It’s everyone’s job to take initiative and have a company-first mindset to make PG great. Everything we do requires collaboration across teams and functions. Our best work is done together.

3

Value people and develop their greatness

Having the best team in mobile is the key to success. Teaching, training and supporting our teammates and co-workers are crucial to developing great people. We highly value mentorship and we should never stop taking on new responsibilities or building new skills.

4

Fun comes first in our products

We aspire to create wildly FUN games and products. Innovation and originality are the key in creating these fun products loved by all. Our respect for our community of loyal players should inspire us to make great things!

5

Care for our players

In order to succeed, we must care for our players. We want to create amazing experiences and gameplay and we aspire to support them through excellent player support, thoughtful game design and player-first mentality.

6

Continuously iterate and improve

We should have the attitude that we can always do or make something better. We take risks and learn from them. Iteration means collecting feedback and constantly improving on processes, projects and initiatives.

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