My Resume

William Anderson

(909) 585 – 5601 – Will@AwakenGames.com
Skype: MagicByDesign

Objective

I’m looking for contract work where I can use my decades of game design and development experience.

I have many unique techniques for designing games which I’ve used over the years on many highly successful products. These techniques have shown the studios I’ve worked for how to keep products on track, establish a clear vision and helped them to evaluate the quality of games long before a great deal of money has been spent on development.

Games I’ve Worked On

  • (2) Console Games in Development @ Client Location (Designer)
  • Domino Rally iOS (Concept/Designer)
  • Melting Point, iPad/iPhone/Android. (Lead Designer)
  • Babes Vs. Robots, iPhone / iTouch. (Level Designer)
  • Mumuhug, Nintendo DS (Designer)
  • Cold Energy, Xbox 360/PC (Lead Designer)
  • Vacation Isle: Beach Party, Wii (Producer/Lead Designer)
  • Leap Frog NFL Rush Zone (3D Artist/Level Designer)
  • Pinball Hall Of Fame: Williams Collection, PS3/Xbox 360 (3D Artist/Assistant Producer)
  • Game Party 2-3 (Concept Designer)
  • Hotel for Dogs, PC/Wii/DS (Producer/Lead Designer/3D Artist)
  • Game Party, Wii (2.3M Sold) (Producer/3D Artist/Lead Designer)
  • Pinball Hall Of Fame: Williams Collection, PS2/PSP/Wii (3D Artist/Assistant Producer)
  • Peanuts Baseball (NP) (Designer/Assistant Producer)
  • Hard Rock Casino, PSP/PS2 (Assistant Producer)
  • Scarface, PSP (Greatest Hits) (3D Artist/Level Designer)
  • Daxter, PSP (3.99 Mil Sold!) (Game Designer)
  • Gauntlet Seven Sorrows, PS2 (World Designer)
  • Army Men Sarges War, X-Box/Game Cube (Lead Level Designer)
  • Maximo Ghost to Glory, PS2/PS3 (Senior Game Designer)
  • Abes Oddysee, PSX. (Lead Game Play Designer)
  • Izzy’s Quest, Sega Genesis/ SNES (Lead Designer)
  • Jungle Book, Sega Genesis (Game Designer)
  • Aladdin, Sega Genesis (Senior Game Designer)
  • Cool Spot, Sega Genesis/ SNES/ Game Boy (Lead Game Designer)
  • Global Gladiators, Sega Genesis (Lead Game Designer)
  • Double Dragons, Game Gear (Level Designer)
  • 4 Games for the Atari ST
  • 3 for the Atari 8-Bit computers. (Designer/Programmer/Artist)

Experience Overview

Extensive knowledge in development and publishing; Developed 50+ full game design documents; Designed 300+ game environments; Experience in UI, A.I and game controls; Worked on 2 major Walt Disney Licenses; Worked on 1 DreamWorks License; Worked with 7UP and Olympic Committee; Worked on 3 Hollywood movie scripts to game projects; Experienced with Word/ Excel/ Visio/ SketchUp; Some experience using Studio Max/Maya/Blender and Unity 3D. 

Industry Experience

Awaken Games
Position: Outsource Senior Game Designer and Development Consultant
Duration: April 2007 – (Present)

* * Designer, Programmer, and Artist on a Number of In-House Titles.
** Developer of Proprietary Database System for Industry Research and Staffing.
* Mission Critical Studios – Lead Game Designer and Business Consulting.

* GuruShots – Interactive Development Consulting.
* Psycraft – Co-Owner, Manager of Design.
* Pyntail – Business Consulting, Game Designer.
* SCEA – Game Play Consultant.
* Keystone Games – Business Consulting and Lead Game Designer.
* InterFUEL – Game Play Consultant.

Mission Critical Studios
Position: Outsource Senior Game Designer and Development Consultant
Duration: June 2013 – (Present)

* Business Consulting.
* Game Development Consulting.
* Studio Promotion.
* Level Game Play Designer on TBA Titles.

GuruShots
Position: Interactive Consultant
Duration: 2015/ 2016

* On Call Interactive Content Consultant.

Psycraft LLC
Position: Creative Director and Senior Game Designer
Duration: August 2011 – 2014

* Senior Game Designer on Melting Point for iOS/Android.

Pyntail
Position: Contract Game Designer and Consultant
Duration: April 2011 – 2014

* Concept/Designer on Domino Rally (iOS)
* Lead Level Designer on Babes vs Robots (iOS)
* New business venture consultant.

GameRecruiter
Position: Contract Associate Recruiter
Duration: Jan 2012 – Jan 2013

* Research Candidates for Open Positions.
* Work directly with Managers to help Place Candidates.
* Maintain Active Database of Candidates.

SCEA
Position: Design and Play Consultant on Sony Home
Duration: September 2011 – October 2011

* Game Play Design Consultant on Sony Home.

Keystone Games
Position: Contract Senior Game Designer/ Producer/ Industry Consultant
Duration: March 2007 – September 2010

* US Game Industry and Marketing Consultant.
* Senior Game Designer Cold Energy, Xbox 360
* Senior Game Designer Mumuhug Nintendo DS
* Staffing Consultant.

interFUEL
Position: Contract Game Designer/ Development Consultant
Duration: June 2010 – July 2010

* Game Play Design Consultant.
* General Development Consultant.

FarSight Studios
Position: Acting Producer/ Assistant Producer/ Designer
Duration: April 2006 – March 2010

I created the Game Party franchise for the Nintendo Wii, which to date has sold 5.62 million units.

* Game Designer/ Level Designer Game Party 4
* Producer / Game Designer on Vacation Isle: Beach Party, Wii
* Designer on Game Party 3
* Level Designer, Leap Frog NFL Rush Zone
* Designer on Game Party 2
* Lead Designer/ 3D Background Artist, Hotel for Dogs, Wii/PC/DS
* Project Producer/ Designer Midway’s Game Party, Wii
* Assistant Producer/ Level Designer, Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection
* Assistant Producer / Designer Hard Rock Casino.
* Assistant Producer / Level Designer Scarface.
* Assistant Producer / Charlie Browns All Stars Baseball.
* Design coordinator/ designer
* 3D Environments Model Designer.
* Scenario, tutorial development.
* Text localization.
* FarSight’s web site manager.
* Help with new product research and creation of new product pitch Power Point presentations for the studio.
* FarSight’s pinball hardware engineer. Responsible for maintaining, taking apart, reverse engineering and reassembling all of the real world pinball machines for product research.

Ready at Dawn Studios
Position: Game Designer Lead Roll on Daxter for Sony PSP.
Duration: November 2004 – March 2005

* Game Designer on Daxter for Sony PSP.
* Responsible for level design.
* Character A.I and Design Coordination.
* Designed mini-online game system.

JGI Entertainment, Inc.
Position: Lead Game Designer
Duration: February 2004 – September 2004

* Lead Game Designer on Shaolin Streets.
* Developed the game story and play structure.
* Helped with the design of combat system.
* Worked with programmers on movement systems.
* Designed about four production level for the project.
* Designed Camera AI/ Character AI and Controls.
* Help with pitching the game concept to publishers.

Midway Home Entertainment
Position: Lead Game Designer
Duration: March 2003 – August 2003

* Member of Midway’s company restructures team.
* Original lead world designer Gauntlet Seven Sorrows.
* Developed game structure and helped with the story.
* Designed the over all world structure for the game.
* Designing player character and NPC combat A.I.
* Did competitive research work on other titles.

Eagle Claw Studios, Inc.
Position: Founder / Creative Director
Duration: March 2002 – March 2003

* Studio Founder.
* Created the game concept for Clown Combat.
* Lead Game Play and Level Designer on Clown Combat.
* Designed a 3D Game Development Tool.
* Studio & Project Promotion, Fundraising.

The 3DO Company
Position: Contract Game and Level Designer
Duration: March 2002 – March 2003

* Worked on Army Men Sarges War, X-Box/Game Cube.

CAPCOM USA
Position: Senior Game Designer
Duration: November 1997 – March 2002

I worked for Capcom for many years, where I was Senior Game Designer on Maximo Ghost to Glory and managed the gameplay design and design staff for the product.

* Senior Game Designer on Maximo (PS2).
* Produced the game design bible.
* Helped with funding approval with Capcom Japan.
* Created the game structure and story plot.
* Designed Maximo’s combat system with Producer.
* Designed most of the in-level play mechanics.
* Designed 2/3’rd of all levels for the game.
* Designed the power-up management system.
* Worked on Character A.I. and Game Camera.
* Did final product tuning work.
* Recruited, trained and managed design staff.
* Helped with yearly performance reviews for staff.
* Evaluated and recruited outside Sound studio.
* Helped to design world builder tool for the project.
* Evaluate and report on external Capcom productions.
* Responsible for new concept development.
* Pitched new concepts to company directors.

Namco USA
Position: Manager of Design/ Producer
Duration: March 1996 – September 1997

I joined Namco USA as Manager of Design responsible for coming up with new concepts for the company and handle the transition and staffing of the studio from PC/Sega Saturn development to Sony PlayStation development. I was also responsible for evaluating outsourcing companies and incoming products for the company.

* Responsible for converting studio to PSX Development.
* Produced 6 New Namco concepts in 3 months.
* Helped to evaluate outside studios for Namco.
* Helped to secure Treasures of the Deep from Black-Ops.
* Lead Game Designer on Pac-Man Ghost Zone.
* Managed production funding approval.
* Managed a production staff of 17.
* Help to design world builder tool for the project.
* Namco Japan’s consultant to Rhythm and Hughes.

Oddworld Inhabitants
Position: Manager of Design
Duration: 1995 – June 1996

I was brought in as Manager of Interactive Design by Sherry McKenna, Lorne Lanning and venture capital group CPTV to come up with a game play system for the studios first game product Abes Oddysee.

* Established the game play system for Abes Oddysee.
* Designed (4) worlds of game play for the product.

Alexandria, Inc.
Position: Lead Designer and Design Coordinator
Duration: February 1994 – June 1995

I joined Alexandria, Inc. as Lead Designer on Izzy’s Quest, the mascot character game for the 1996 Olympics, published by US Gold (Now EIDOS). Later promoted to Design Coordinator of all productions at the company.

* Lead Game Designer on Izzy for the 1996 Olympics.
* Level Designer on Max Mayhem (NP)
* Managed all designers for the studio.

The owners of Alexandria CPTV asked me to move over to help launch Oddworld Inhabitants, a new start-up also owned by CPTV at the time.

Zono, Inc.
Position: Game Research Consultant
Duration: January 1995 -January 1995

* Evaluated current handheld games on the market and consult on future trends in this area. Only a one month contract.

Abracadabra, Inc.
Position: Movie Consultant
Duration: September 1994 -October 1994

* Contracted to evaluate the movie script for Cutthroat Island and provide feedback.

Spectrum Holobyte
Position: Manager of Design
Duration: September 1993 -December 1993

I was brought in to manage game design for non-PC products for the company by the President. Was laid off with most of the staff in department shortly after they were bought out by MicroPros.

* Designed two proposals for Star Trek lic.
* Consulted on VR project.
* Consulted on game play on outside project from PF Magic.

Virgin Games
Position: Senior Game Designer
Duration: October 1991 -September 1993

I was the first game designer ever employed in-house by Virgin Games US and helped to build and train the design staff during the early 1990’s. I also was the design lead on Global Gladiators (3rd Party Game of the Year), the award-winning Cool Spot for Genesis/SNES and senior designer on Aladdin for Sega Genesis (4K Units Sold/ Developed in less than 4 months)

* First Game Designer employed by Virgin Games US.
* Helped to create the Design Group with David Bishop.
* Co-Managed all designers for the studio.
* Did first pass designs on many products for License approval.
* Senior Game Designer of Aladdin (Genesis).
* Lead Designer of Cool Spot (Genesis/SNES)
* Lead Designer of Global Gladiator (Genesis).
* Did the GDD for Jungle Book and many other products.
* Help to design the tile world builder tool tUME.

Astra System Software
Position: Lead Game Designer/ Programmer
Duration: February 1988 -September 1990

* Help to start new game development group.
* Designer/ Programmer of Dweaby’s Quest.
* Designer/ Programmer of Legends the Tower of Doom.
* Designer/ Programmer of Legends 2 The Underworld.


Skills & Expertise…

* Video Game Design (Expert, 35+ years of experience)
* Video Game Development (Expert, 35+ years of experience)
* Visio (Expert)
* SketchUp (Advanced)
* Microsoft Office (Intermediate)
* PowerPoint (Intermediate)
* Project Management (Advanced)
* Product development (Advanced)
* Executive Producer (Advanced)
* Video Production work with Camtasia Studio 8

Programming Expertise…

* Programming in 6502 and 68000 Assembly Language
* Some Experience in C++ Programming.
* Visual Basic Programming.
* ASP Programming.

* HTML Experience.
* Game Maker Studios.

* Unity 3D (Some)