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I founded Happion Labs in 2012. But I've been making games for a lot longer than that.

My biggest bragging right: I was a programmer, technical director and designer (and the second employee) at Treyarch, instrumental in helping it grow to the juggernaut it is today, but of all I did there I'm most proud of inventing the dynamic, physical swinging system in Spider-Man 2...loved even by Zero Punctuation! Spider-Man 2 has made a lot of top-games lists and was nominated for Excellence in Gameplay Engineering by the AIAS. 

After Treyarch I was partner, technical director, and designer at Torpex Games where, with help from Richard Garfield, I invented the game Schizoid--"The Most Co-Op Game Ever"--available on Xbox Live Arcade. Schizoid was in the PAX 10 and nominated for both Best Original Game and Best Co-Op in the XBLA awards.

I also wrote the "Manager in A Strange Land" column for Gamasutra and I think I hold the world record for writing game development post-mortems in Gamasutra and *Game Developer* magazine. I was also on the committee for the IGDA Leadership Forum for several years.

 

Expert Blogs

Posted by Jamie Fristrom on Sun, 05 Jan 2014 04:21:00 EST in
Game development isn't quite as fun as we thought it would be when we were kids. One of the reasons is obligation - once we're extrinsically motivated to do something, we lose sight of the intrinsic motivators, of the inherent play in our job.


Posted by Jamie Fristrom on Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:46:00 EST in
I'd like to do a little off the cuff research - what makes you an unhappy game developer?


Posted by Jamie Fristrom on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:13:00 EST in Indie
A quick look at why some indie devs aren't happy and how to deal with it.


Posted by Jamie Fristrom on Tue, 10 Dec 2013 01:31:00 EST in Programming, Indie
I used to be the sort of ass who said "there are people who can grok coding and people who can't". I've completely flipped since then.


Posted by Jamie Fristrom on Mon, 04 Nov 2013 01:31:00 EST in Serious, Indie
I put my daughter in front of rpgmaker to see what would happen. Amazing stuff did.


Posted by Jamie Fristrom on Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:56:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
If you can keep your spending *way* down you can be an indie game developer ... forever!



Jamie Fristrom's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 12/10/2013 - 10:16]

Yes, it 's brutal out ...

Yes, it 's brutal out there. There are a couple rays of hope: r n r nKickstarter probably doesn 't want to be called a market but it is. It 's somewhere between the maturity of Steam / Mobile and the embryonic/new markets. It has lost its initial luster but ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/28/2013 - 01:56]

Jason saw my post That ...

Jason saw my post That 's awesome. Thanks for taking a look. You 're an inspiration.

Comment In: [Blog - 08/02/2013 - 04:05]

I feel your pain Been ...

I feel your pain Been indie for 8 years now and haven 't been able to make it sustainable yet. Yeah, chasing publisher funding is brutal and part of what killed my previous company, Torpex Games. Why did we try so hard to chase such terrible deals We were ready ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/30/2013 - 02:22]

Oh Another lesson learned: when ...

Oh Another lesson learned: when looking for Unity assets / code, don 't go straight to the asset store. Google it. There 's a lot of free stuff out there that isn 't in the asset store.

Comment In: [Blog - 06/23/2013 - 11:36]

In the stateless curtain system ...

In the stateless curtain system none of the components using the curtain need to know of or worry about other components either - because none of the game-state components use the curtain at all the curtain uses them. But purely in a read-only capacity. r n r nSo I prefer ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/30/2013 - 06:46]

Side note: it 's called ...

Side note: it 's called Trimble Warehouse now and has been for some time, I just can 't stop thinking of it as Google Warehouse.