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 250 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 325 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.

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.

Team

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“- 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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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, Assassin’s creed, NFS, FIFA, Elder scrolls, Joan of Arc & loads more.

If I could be a game character

Altair from Assassin’s creed.

Shimul MIschief Managed
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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While studying anthropology at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!), I worked as a coffee barista. Post college, I maintained my coffee addiction with a job in the mobile gaming industry.

Fave old school video game

Banjo Kazooie

If I could be a game character

Cat Peach

Rebecca Aspiring Star Baker
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I love fine art and movies.

Fave old school video game

Space Invaders

If I could be a game character

Metal Gear Solid Snake

Su Big Ssu
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’ve been in the game industry as a tech artist for over 11 years. It’s been a fun experience with the different games I’ve worked on from PC to Console to Mobile. I like building useful tools and pipeline that help make awesome art and make artists’ lives easier.

Fave old school video game

Galaga

If I could be a game character

Superman, of course

Simon Clark Kent
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After leaving shore on Iceland I embarked on a journey that led me to San Francisco. That was over ten years ago – since then I studied at the Academy of Art and worked in the gaming industry, never leaving the Bay Area.

Fave old school video game

Ghosts n Goblins

If I could be a game character

Gerald from Witcher

Johannes Movie Fanatic
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M.S. in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego.
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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M.A. in Statistics from Columbia; B.S. in Applied Math from USC; Grew up in Zhongshan, China; Love playing drums and snowboarding.

Fave old school video game

Pokemon Red; Age of Empires; Counter-Strike

If I could be a game character

Ash Ketchum

Zac Dim Sum Warrior
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English/Welsh. Was Creative Director at Planet Moon Studios and Ubisoft. Designer/Writer of Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Armed & Dangerous, MDK, and many others. Lead Writer/Designer on multiple Telltale games. Loves reading, writing, traveling, and listening to podcasts.

Fave old school video game

Ultima 2

If I could be a game character

Kurt Hectic from MDK

Tim Mr. Badger
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Proud San Franciscan – born and raised here! B.S. in Business Admin with a concentration in Management from UCR. Prior to Pocket Gems, I worked in recruiting at an internal communications/employee advocacy software start-up! Huge foodie, wanderluster, and a Warriors fan (obviously) 🙂

Fave old school video game

Tetris, Super Mario Brothers 3

If I could be a game character

Kirby

Jenny Boba Connoisseur
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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 have been working as an Environment Artist for AAA games for almost 10 years. I worked on games such as Bioshock 2 and the open world Mafia 3 until I decided to start working in this fun industry of mobile games.

Fave old school video game

Donkey Kong

If I could be a game character

Pikachu

Karina The Traveler
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I have been in the video game industry for 17 years as an environment artist, OS reviewer and Producer. Som of my favorite projects include, The Return of the King Game, Godfather, The Sims 2, Dawngate, and Mafia 3.

Fave old school video game

BattleToads

If I could be a game character

Mega Man

Eric Painter of Tiny People
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I spent a few years in the Indie scene while earning a Bachelors and Masters degree in Digital Art from the University of Utah. (Go Utes!) I did a stint at EA before finding a home with Pocket Gems. Football watcher, Comic book collector, Mountain Dew enthusiast.

Fave old school video game

King of the Monsters 2

If I could be a game character

Protoman

Cory Crimson Comet
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Bachelor’s in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. As a Bay Area native, I’m a fan of all of our sports teams. I spend my free time gaming, playing music, and rock climbing.

Fave old school video game

Super Smash Bros

If I could be a game character

Captain Falcon

Will Deadeye
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Born in the Bay Area, studied Computer Science and Psychology at UC Berkeley, and liked studying games enough to teach a class about it and considered it my “unofficial” major. Also an avid swing dancer who teaches, competes in, and choreographs Lindy Hop.

Fave old school video game

Paper Mario: TTYD

If I could be a game character

¿Quién es ‘Sombra’?

Calvin Four word foreword for Word
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Studying CS at Princeton, but spend most of my free time singing and arranging music for school groups.

Fave old school video game

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

If I could be a game character

Toon Link

Hun Designated Hunny
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Currently pursuing a BS in Computer Science at Cornell University. Loves fitness, esports, the beach, and pop punk music.

Fave old school video game

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

If I could be a game character

Link

Anthony Bottom Fragger
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Graduated from Entertainment Technology Center, CMU, concentrating on illustrations and concept art. The biggest wish is to live where there are mountains, rivers and food delivery, with lots of dogs and cats.

Fave old school video game

Legend of Sword and Fairy

If I could be a game character

Peashooter

King Kong Not the Gorilla
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Before joining pocket gems, I spent 4 years in consulting. I am an engineer by background (degree) and also attended business school before PG.

Fave old school video game

Tetris

If I could be a game character

Piranha Plant

Pallavi Cookie Monster
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Originally got into making games by creating Counter-Strike maps in high school. Earned a BS from Georgia Tech and Masters from Carnegie Mellon. I moved west in 2011 have been making games in the bay area since.

Hobbies include: RPGs, climbing, soap making, watching Survivor.

Fave old school video game

King’s Quest VI

If I could be a game character

Faith from Mirror’s Edge

Andy Pierogi Enthusiast
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B.A.Sc. in Electrical & Computer engineering degree at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Born in Cairo, raised in Abu Dhabi and Waterloo. I’m trying to escape the cold so SF here I come! I also openly dislike avocados and am a member of FIFA addicts.

Fave old school video game

Tetris

If I could be a game character

Solid Snake

Youssef Mango Muncher
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Master from Case Western Reserve University, undergrad in CUHK. Love cooking, eating and working out to get in shape.

Fave old school video game

Tetris

If I could be a game character

Ada Wong

Faye Calorie Calculator
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Originally from the east coast. Graduated from Cornell University with a degree in CS. I enjoy rock climbing and playing piano/ukulele!

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VII

If I could be a game character

Link

Jennifer Number Muncher
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Graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Media Studies. I’ve always had a deep love for games and stories.  My other interests include theatre, music, and consuming carbohydrates!

Fave old school video game

Nancy Drew, Spy Fox, Dance Dance Revolution

If I could be a game character

Phoenix Wright (“Objection!”)

Angela Tab Fiend
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M.S. in Computer Science from GWU. B.S. in Automation from USTC. Games lover since very young.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario, Metal Slug, Pokemon

If I could be a game character

Ash Ketchum

Xutian Shadow Fiender
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Hey, I’m just a small town boy. Livin’ in a lonely world. Sometimes I, too, take the bart train, goin’ anywhere. Don’t stop believin’ my friends.

Fave old school video game

1980s Oregon Trail. It’s green!

If I could be a game character

Lv. 100 Magikarp

Justin Snorlax in Real Life
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M.S from Stevens Tech in Computer Science. Previously worked in a mining industry and interned in a leak detect company. I love mobile/video game, fitness and traveling. Made in China.

Fave old school video game

Warcraft III

If I could be a game character

Arthas (from WoW)

Eric Leetcode Crusher
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Graduated from UCSD, deep Dota fan and game lover

Fave old school video game

Warcraft 3

If I could be a game character

Leon

Siyu Ninja
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Graduate from Northeastern University in MS/CS. Had in internship experience in Django/MySQL. Proficient in Java and Python and Hadoop.

Fave old school video game

Diablo 2, The lord of destruction

If I could be a game character

Pikachu

Charles Gold Digger
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BA in Radio, Television, Film from San Jose State University. Prior to Pocket Gems, I was at Lyft and the San Francisco Giants before that. Outside of work, I teach figure skating and am a dog mom to a sassy cockapoo named Rose (named for the Doctor Who companion).

Fave old school video game

Bust-a-Move, Pokémon Blue

If I could be a game character

Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw

Tori Rainbow Unicorn
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Hi there! I am Zoe, born and grown up in Beijing, China. Pursued M.S in CS from UC Irvine, B.E in IoT Engineering from BUPT, and has transferred to UPC, Barcelona in 2015 for NetSys research. I am a dog lover, esp for Bulldog and Italian Greyhound! They are really sooo cute!!!

Fave old school video game

Sheep (video game) in 2001

If I could be a game character

Adam Halfpint

Zoe Explorer
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“grew up reading Manga, play Atari and NES all days.
Tried schools. Bachelor of the Arts and Master of fine arts.
Meh `\_(-_-)_/` I’ll stick with video games”

Fave old school video game

Battle City

If I could be a game character

Vegeta ベジータ (Really, he’s in video game too!)

Eddy It's over 9000!!!
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Born in Detroit, Michigan. Received a BS in Computer Game Development from DePaul University and an MS in Interactive Entertainment from UCF. In my free time, I’m an amateur photographer, avid MtG player, and SCUBA diver.

Fave old school video game

Tomb Raider III

If I could be a game character

Garrus Vakarian

Lukas Plot Seeker
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Places I have worked include Electronic Arts (where I made way too many Harry Potter games), Disney, LucasArts and Rumble among others. I have been a gamer for a long time, and still have my old Atari 2600 Console from the *cough* Seventies !

Fave old school video game

Dragons Lair

If I could be a game character

Dirk the Daring

James North Country Boy
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Masters in Computer science from IIT Madras. Before Pocket Gems, worked in Directi, Amazon and couple of early stage startups. I love Chess and Tea.

Fave old school video game

Duck Hunt

If I could be a game character

The prince from prince of persia

Karthik Pawn Grabber
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Chronic polymath with a background in theatre, drones, and VR. A firm believer that anything can be fixed with duct tape, elbow grease, and a deep breath.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros. OG

If I could be a game character

Carmen Sandiego

Angela Fix-It Fairy
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Yale undergrad. U of M honorary degree (according to some, based on intense team fandom). Reformed corporate maven. Lover of canines, sushi and ‘the old ballgame.’

Fave old school video game

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (turtle power!)

If I could be a game character

Carmen Sandiego

Paige Change Agent
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Born in China, Bachelor in Kyoto University, Japan, Master in UCSD. Addicted to coding.

Fave old school video game

Contra

If I could be a game character

Scorpion

Jianchu Dog Lover
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New Yorker born + raised, Music Business graduate of Berklee College of Music, and newly Northern Californian! Working on providing the best in games by gamers, for gamers. Support main, tiefling paladin, retro collector, Ravenclaw spellcaster, Toadette karter, and (if you haven’t guessed) total nerd. @Crissanthemum (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Fave old school video game

Banjo-Kazooie / N64 + Pokémon Crystal / GBC

If I could be a game character

Kris, Pokédex Completist or Lucina, Future Witness

Criss Pokémon Master
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Leveled up in KPMG and another gaming company to increase stats before reaching this stage at PG =D Loves dog; have cats. Loves outdoor activities; want shade.

Fave old school video game

Left 4 Dead… Anyone?

If I could be a game character

Spyro!

Josephine Mojo Jojo
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Software Developer. Graduated from UIUC in 2015 and have been happily coding away ever since.

Fave old school video game

What counts as old school anymore? Yoshi’s Island

If I could be a game character

Toad in a catsuit. The Knight from Hollow Knight. The Chosen Undead. Ganondorf.

Solaman The Guy
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Graduated Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Computer Science. Born in New Jersey and ported to West Coast compatibility by Microsoft. Lover of family, video & board games, poker, baseball, music of all sorts and fluffy animals.

Fave old school video game

Wing Commander 2

If I could be a game character

Blue Koopa Shell

Justin Steering Wheel Percussionist
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Graduated from Penn with a degree in Computer Science and Business. Prior to PG, I worked as a consultant at Oliver Wyman. My favorite things to do are watching football, eating food, and playing games.

Fave old school video game

RollerCoaster Tycoon

If I could be a game character

GlaDOS

David Minion
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A mix of Beijinger, Industrial Designer, 3D Animator, Motion Designer and daydreamer.

Fave old school video game

The Legend of Sword and Fairy 1995

If I could be a game character

Doraemon

Huan Ad Addict
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Originally grew up in Germany before coming to the US and graduating from Claremont McKenna college with a degree in Computer Science.
A strong passion for video games led to a Program Manager role at Blizzard Entertainment, followed by the current position at PocketGems.
Big soccer (Bayern Munich), tennis, snowboarding and Lord of the Rings fanatic – the latter ultimately leading to a loyal dog named Samwise Gamgee.

Fave old school video game

Tony Hawk Pro Skater (N64)

If I could be a game character

Definitely not my Dark Souls character

Oliver Proud Hufflepuff
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Raised in Reading, schooled in St. Andrews, and settled in SF.
When not scouring the globe for ramen, you can find me in Bill’s PC.

Fave old school video game

QuackShot

If I could be a game character

The Lich King

Aaron Goblin Liaison
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Born and raised in the Bay Area; also lived in Philadelphia, Boston, and London. Formerly did BizOps in fintech, MBA at Stanford, management consulting, and undergrad at UPenn in Biology.

Fave old school video game

Worms, Pokemon Red

If I could be a game character

Ash! Or maybe Link from Zelda

Simren Expert Fun-Enabler
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Background: 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 (there’s a Spider-Man game so this counts, right?)

Adrian Noodle Soup Eater
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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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MS in Computer Engineering from UMass Amherst, BS in Instrument Science and Technology from SEU (China). Violin player, anime lover, fantasy dreamer

Fave old school video game

Super Mario

If I could be a game character

Saber

Quan Gems Collector
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I graduated from Art Institute of California – San Francisco. Gaming has been my passion since i was young. I am Currently playing any FPS and Fighting games that are on the market.

Fave old school video game

Metal Gear Solid, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy

If I could be a game character

Akuma

David Top Tier Masher
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Too many years spent developing console games starting with a launch title for the original Xbox( game was cancelled! ). Got into the field because of a love of graphics and rendering. Moved to social / casual games back in 2012- Chefville, Zynga Poker and lately Big Fish casino. Looking forward to a writing a new episode in my career ! :p

Fave old school video game

Unreal Tournament

If I could be a game character

GLaDOS from Portal – “the cake is a lie”

Pradyut Game Ninja
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Born and raised in San Francisco. Studied Environmental Engineering and Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. Picked up some sweet data science skills while working on the analytics team at a renewable energy company before coming to Pocket Gems. Life-long Star Trek fan, burrito enthusiast, and more recently, mediocre ping-pong player.

Fave old school video game

Smurf Racer

If I could be a game character

Captain Jean-Luc Picard (totally counts)

Maxim Flux Capacitor
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Originally from the Bay Area. Graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Worked as a UX designer for mobile and gaming applications.

Fave old school video game

Mario Kart N64

If I could be a game character

Snake

Carlene Coffee Addict
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“I grew up in SF and have a keen interest in creature design – love making monsters! Ancient history, biology and folklore are where I look for inspiration.
I’ve lived in Oregon, Beijing and a few spots in California and am glad to be back in my home town to make great things”

Fave old school video game

Legend of Zelda

If I could be a game character

Geralt – Witcher 3

Luke Ambulating Oak
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Graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a MS in Intercultural Communication. Before Pocket Gems, I was in consulting, with a focus on brand and business strategy. Having lived in North Cyprus, Japan, with the most recent years spent in US, I am always inspired by all things arts and culture.

Fave old school video game

The King of Fighters ’97

If I could be a game character

Pac-Man

Cherry Third Culture Kid
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MS in Computer Engineering from USC, BS in Computer Science and Technology from ECNU (China).

Fave old school video game

Pac-Man

If I could be a game character

Kapp’n

Biru Villager B
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East to West coast convert; life learner; story-obsessed. Believer in cultivating our own joy! Along with creating stories for Episode, I’ve also spent time as a writer for Thought Catalog and an assistant to a screenwriter.

Fave old school video game

To have a favorite video game would’ve meant prying me away from The Sims.

If I could be a game character

Yoshi!

Kathryn Growth Mindset Groupie
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Bay Area native who graduated with a business degree from USC. I love working on DIY projects and I can never say “no” to french fries.

Fave old school video game

Cooking Mama

If I could be a game character

Princess Peach

Jessica Making Fetch Happen
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Born @ Beijing, China, Product Design BS @ Stanford, Product @ Pocket Gems.

Fave old school video game

Contra

If I could be a game character

Shadow Fiend

Kai Captain Wonderland
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MS in Computer Science from USC. Move from foodie’s paradise LA, dedicated food hunter in SF. Cat person, love lego, roller coaster and stuffed toys.

Fave old school video game

Crazy Arcade, Doodle Jump

If I could be a game character

The Doodler

Xue Life explorer
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I studied business / finance but realized ultimately my passion was for gaming! Before Pocket Gems, I spent 2.5 years at Twitch.

Fave old school video game

Super Smash Brothers Melee

If I could be a game character

Ezio Auditore

Cathy Child At Heart
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Born in New Jersey, and raised in San Diego. I completed my undergrad at Stanford University obtaining a degree in Public Policy. I am extremely close with my family and talk to them daily. I have a passion for sports, and enjoy going to games with friends.

Fave old school video game

Donkey Kong 64

If I could be a game character

Sonic

Kyle Sports Fanatic
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Bay area native. The terminator autographed one of my diplomas. Commercial legal teams at media and technology companies before Pocket Gems.

Fave old school video game

Stadium Events and Duck Hunt

If I could be a game character

Wheelchair Racoon from Overcooked

Kathleen Paper Pusher
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After studying Classical Languages and Literature at UC Berkeley, I spent about ten years in the Pacific Northwest before going to graduate school in Texas for a Master’s degree video game development. I then worked as a content designer at Cryptic Studios for six years.

Fave old school video game

Monster Rancher 2

If I could be a game character

Spyro

Jaddua Cuttlefish Wrangler
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BA in Physics & Math at Washington University in St. Louis; MS in Data Science at University of San Francisco

Fave old school video game

Is Super Smash Bros Melee old school yet?

If I could be a game character

Funky Kong

Spencer Local Wobbler
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Born in CT and raised in Saratoga, CA. BA in Mathematics and Statistics at UC Berkeley. Interests include swimming, lifting, playing card games, and chocolate.

Fave old school video game

Super Smash Bros Melee

If I could be a game character

Mr. Saturn

Michael Defender of Stonehill
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Born and grow up in China. M.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University. An astronomy amateur, cat lover and gamer.

Fave old school video game

Pokemon

If I could be a game character

Altaïr from Assassin’s Creed

Guankun Guankun Stargazer
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MS Data Science from USF. BS Commerce from UVA. Love puzzles and dogs, plus bubble tea. Was in a completely different industry before joining PG:)

Fave old school video game

Monopoly

If I could be a game character

Mario’s Cap

Dixin Roller Coaster Terminator
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I started my career developing mobile games and I loved it since then. I love that I work in the industry that I’m very passionate about. I come from Santiago, Chile, worked a few years in Vancouver, Canada, moved to San Francisco in 2015.

Fave old school video game

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

If I could be a game character

Captain Toad!

Juan Ramen Profitable
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As a lifelong gamer I spent my youth organizing events for my local community of RPG and CCG gamers. Around age 20 I abandoned my previous studies when I was offered a shot at designing games for a living and I haven’t turned back since.

Prior to Pocket Gems I was the lead designer on a number of card and board games, served as lead designer and game design director for CCP Games on EVE Online and as game design and creative director for Solfar Studios on Everest VR and In Death.

Fave old school video game

Ultima IV

If I could be a game character

Hector LeMans

Petur Eyjafjallajökull Person
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Born and raised in San Francisco with a degree in Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management. Interests include marathoning TV shows, playing video/board games, eating all forms of potatoes, and consuming milk tea.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros

If I could be a game character

Sona from League of Legends

Steph Chaotic Neutral Human Female
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Most of my background is in editing reality television, where I gained a skill set that includes music editing, sound design, and picking the perfect close-up. I’m also enjoy setting up technical workflows and teaching. In my free time, sometimes I make silly cat videos.

Fave old school video game

Soul Reaver

If I could be a game character

Femshep

Laura Level 100 Cat Whisperer
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Erstwhile adventurer and student of storytelling in all its forms, I’ve worked in games, books, television, and comics. I run, I read, I write, I meditate, I make games, I play games, I go to sleep, and then repeat.

Fave old school video game

Gauntlet

If I could be a game character

Dirk the Daring

Rob Conceptual Cartographer
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California native and game designer with a narrow, laser-sharp focus on narrative design, content design, systems design, level design, game design, and design design. The only employee being paid entirely in gemstones and rare minerals.

Fave old school video game

Myth II: Soublighter

If I could be a game character

Bayonetta

Adam Quest Giver
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MBA from Presidio Graduate and BS in Animal Science & Management from UCDavis. Worked for The Walt Disney Company and nonprofits in the past.  Also a well traveled adventurer in Azeroth and constantly on a quest to expand my mind palace.

Fave old school video game

Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

If I could be a game character

Tyrande Whisperwind

Vivian Subtlety Rogue
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Has an MFA in abstract painting, and taught art theory at the college level. Wanted to be a noir detective, but compromised by becoming a recruiter. Previously worked at tech behemoths and scrappy games studios, and was once in a meeting where a champagne-laden miniature horse showed up partway through.

Fave old school video game

Perfect Dark

If I could be a game character

(any innkeeper)

Josh Wildlife Conversationalist
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Prior to Pocket Gems, I worked on Rhythm Games as Artist and Designer. Love Sakamoto Ryuichi, MoGraph, Illustration and Concept Art. My goal is heading to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Fave old school video game

Golden Sun I & II

If I could be a game character

Geralt of Rivia

Evan Kimo-Ota
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Digital Media graduate from Full Sail University with an extensive background in website and graphic design. Once had a cubicle at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Wrangler of two fluffy cats and lover of everything pink!

Fave old school video game

Super Mario 64

If I could be a game character

John Marston

Amanda Friend of Porgs
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Math degree from Stanford, originally from South Texas. Hmu if you’re getting tacos/boba/ramen. Team Bron Bron.

Fave old school video game

Ninja Gaiden

If I could be a game character

Doom Slayer

Eduardo Texan 3-pt specialist
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Born in San Francisco. Avid Giants, Niners and Golden State Warriors fan 🙂

Fave old school video game

Pac-Man

If I could be a game character

Mega Man

Randall Hashtag
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DC->Seattle->Bay Online game startup -> helped found a non-profit -> sold out to the man -> interned for a Senator -> grad school -> sold out to the man AGAIN -> returned to making games. I once went to sleep on a train and woke up on a boat

Fave old school video game

X-COM: UFO Defense

If I could be a game character

Chell

Krister Nerf Herder
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BA from UCLA in Economics. Formerly at PwC prior to joining Pocket Gems. Warriors, Eagles, UCLA Bruin fan. Enjoys gaming, sports, and eating.

Fave old school video game

Spyro the Dragon

If I could be a game character

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Yi Rhythm Guitar/Stretch Five
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Grew up in the Boston area, but got tired of the winters and made my way to California. Studied computer science at UC Berkeley, but spent most of my time there dancing in parking garages and occasionally onstage.

Fave old school video game

Counter-Strike 1.6

If I could be a game character

Tingle from Legend of Zelda

Max Quest Dialogue Reader
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Grew up in the beautiful, humid state of Florida. Got a BS in Business Management from the University of Florida (go Gators) and moved to California to do HR. After a year and a half of that, and lifetime of playing video games, I’m happy to be working a dream job while helping others get their dream jobs.

Fave old school video game

Mario Party 3

If I could be a game character

Paper Mario

Nathan The Master Commander
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Non bay area native from the Midwest, Lifelong content creator and gamer, 16 years of art game development experience.

Fave old school video game

Herzog Zwei

If I could be a game character

Bowser

Ira Mana Dork
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Cornell MBA, BS in Marketing from Emerson College. Lived in four countries, speak two languages. Have a habit of moving cross-country/cross-continent.

Fave old school video game

Aladdin for Sega Genesis

If I could be a game character

Wrecking Ball from Overwatch

Anel Cheeky Hamster
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MS in Accounting and Economics from UIUC. Prior to Pocket Gems, worked at Samsung Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications in Korea. Love going to museums and checking off my foodie list.

Fave old school video game

Bubble bobble, Street Fighter II, Super Mario Bros

If I could be a game character

Wizard from Diablo III

Hwajin Gourmet
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Been testing & playing games since I was two years old. Really. I have a degree in Industrial Design and I’ve worked in creative marketing for decades. Making things easy to use, perform well while also looking awesome is my life.

Fave old school video game

Ducktails

If I could be a game character

Miss Pacman. Her bow is fab!

Kathy Queen of the Universe
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From Taiwan. Studied computer science at University of California, Irvine. Like to play basketball. Also a dog lover.

Fave old school video game

Counter Strike 1.6

If I could be a game character

Sonic the Hedgehog

Kyle Sleepaholic
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BS in Economic and MS in Financial Mathematics from UCSD. Previously worked as data analyst under the decision science department at Disney. Mildly obsessed with mobile games, and hopelessly addicted to boba milk tea.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros

If I could be a game character

Yoshi

Sylvia Boba Addict
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Grew up in the Bay Area, and went down south to UC Irvine to study Biology. Studied to be a physical therapist, but now I’m an office coordinator! Interests include board games, coffee, whiskey, and adventures!

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VII

If I could be a game character

The Dovahkiin

Benjamin Pokemon Master
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Graduate Student at Duke studying Engineering Management. Made a game at the age of 12, which got me really excited about being in the gaming industry. Prior to Pocket Gems, worked in technology consulting with Deloitte. Also love writing and playing original music.

Fave old school video game

Super Contra

If I could be a game character

Dante from Devil May Cry series

Nihit Dr. Jugaad
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I’ve been all over– I started off in Cognitive Science, moved onto screenwriting, and have been working in script development at various production companies in London and LA. Harvey Keitel’s character National Treasure would wonder, “What did she want to be when she grew up?” Well, Harv, I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Fave old school video game

Mario Kart on Nintendo 64, what a classic!

If I could be a game character

Yoshi

Sonali Dream Extractor
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14 years of industry experience in software production, thereof 8 years in games, working on CCP Games’ sandbox MMO EVE Online in various roles such as QA Analyst, QA Lead, QA Manager, Game Design Manager and Development Manager.

Fave old school video game

Heroes of Might and Magic

If I could be a game character

Yuri Volte Hyuga

Helga Grease Monkey
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Hailing from a combination of Philly, Boston, and the Bay Area, I studied English at Dartmouth, then worked for a year in Rauner Library with the archives and rare books. I’m fascinated by stories, especially fairy tales and myths, and am a huge gamer, bookworm, and film nerd. I also love cooking, swimming, writing, and most things that let me get outside and am always in search of a good adventure!

Fave old school video game

Pokemon Emerald, FE: Sacred Stones, LoZ: Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart!

If I could be a game character

Sheena Fujibayashi

Sara Sharkbait HOOHAHA
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BA in Film and Media Design, with a deep love for video games, cartoons, and all things pop culture. Getting a fan based hyped up is what I live for!

Fave old school video game

Parappa the Rapper

If I could be a game character

Wii Fit Trainer

Melanie Ambassador of Cute
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I majored in Multimedia Programming with a Music minor at Eastern Washington University. After some time creating 3D models of invention ideas, I spent the next 12 years at Electronic Arts in QA and Production, where I worked on The Sims and EA Sports titles. I’m a life-long gamer and have been playing since I was old enough to hold a controller. To say I’m living my dream by making video games is an understatement!

Fave old school video game

Final Fantasy VI

If I could be a game character

Schmidty the Giraffe from SimAnimals Africa

Brett Guy Who Breaks Stuff
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I was born, raised and schooled in New Zealand. I spent a fair few years living and working in various countries before settling in sunny California. I’m trying to only vacation in new countries, but the fishing in Cabo keeps drawing me back.

Fave old school video game

Cabal – the only game I ever completed.

If I could be a game character

Agent 47

Stuart Number Crunching Ronin
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Graduated with MS in Computer Science at University of Southern California. Loves cooking, classical music, and boba tea!

Fave old school video game

Wolfenstein

If I could be a game character

Tanooki Mario

Chun-Kai Boba Tea Addict
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I began my career as a teacher then transitioned into recruiting!

Fave old school video game

Barbie Fashion Show

If I could be a game character

Jigglypuff

Max Maxslingingslasher
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BA in Applied Linguistics and BEdu from Griffith University, Australia. Spent five years in Japan snowboarding, playing taiko and trying (unsuccessfully) to sample all the ramen in Tohoku. Landed in California after a quick trip around the world.

Fave old school video game

Lemmings

If I could be a game character

Snorlax

Emma Little Miss Sunshine
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M.S in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University and B.S in Finance at UNSW, Sydney Australia. G’day Mate! Lifelong R&B, Jazz Hiphop lover. Spent time as a world explorer on traveling over 15 countries.

Fave old school video game

Super Mario Bros, Rich Man 4

If I could be a game character

Jill Valentine

Dannie Little Pepper
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Graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Pre- Medicine. I have two goals in life: to become the first international frisbee based spy, and to eat all varieties of curry available on this Earth.

Fave old school video game

Gauntlet, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Star Wars Battlefront 2

If I could be a game character

Nathan Drake from Uncharted

Ghenki Curry Connoisseur
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Fixing computer problems has been my “thing.” Joining our I.T. team to learn and help mitigate the annoying bugs! I am here to experience different cultures, meet people and create incredible memories. I enjoy trekking, playing computer games and love watching movies!

Fave old school video game

Mario, Doom, Recoil, Counter-Strike 1.6

If I could be a game character

Ezio Auditore da Firenze (the Assassin)

Pravin Network Sniper
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USC M.B.A., LSU B.S. (Finance). Born in Malaysia, grew up in Bangladesh, and worked in Singapore prior to business school. Live for food, travel, and friendships.

Fave old school video game

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Crash Team Racing,

If I could be a game character

Sora

Wen Xian The Global Nomad
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Born and raised in South Bay Area. Graduated from UPenn/Wharton with a Finance/Marketing degree. Before Pocket Gems, I was an M&A investment banking analyst at Evercore. Interests include traveling Japan, rock climbing, board games, tea, and geocaching!

Fave old school video game

Maplestory

If I could be a game character

Jigglypuff

Kevin Zesty Cat

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