Romero in 2014
Brenda Louise Garno
October 12, 1966
Ogdensburg, New York, United States
|Other names||Brenda Brathwaite|
|Occupation||Video game designer|
|Known for||Wizardry 8|
John Romero (m. 2012)
Brenda Louise Romero (née Garno, born October 12, 1966), previously known as Brenda Brathwaite, is an American game designer and developer in the video game industry. She was born in Ogdensburg, New York and is a graduate of Clarkson University. Romero is best known for her work on the Wizardry series of role-playing video games and, more recently, the non-digital series The Mechanic is the Message. She has worked in game development since 1981 and has credits on 49 [ self-published source ] game titles.
A video game developer is a software developer that specializes in video game development – the process and related disciplines of creating video games. A game developer can range from one person who undertakes all tasks to a large business with employee responsibilities split between individual disciplines, such as programming, design, art, testing, etc. Most game development companies have video game publisher financial and usually marketing support. Self-funded developers are known as independent or indie developers and usually make indie games.
The video game industry is the economic sector involved in the development, marketing, and monetization of video games. It encompasses dozens of job disciplines and its component parts employ thousands of people worldwide.
Ogdensburg is a city in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 11,128 at the 2010 census. In the late 18th century, European-American settlers named the community after American land owner and developer Samuel Ogden.
For Wizardry, Romero provided game design, level design, system design, writing and scripting.She also wrote the manuals and documentation for some products in the series. Romero provided writing and documentation for the award-winning Jagged Alliance series. She was the lead designer for Playboy: The Mansion and Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes .
Video game design is the process of designing the content and rules of a video game in the pre-production stage and designing the gameplay, environment, storyline, and characters in the production stage. The designer of a game is very much like the director of a film; the designer is the visionary of the game and controls the artistic and technical elements of the game in fulfillment of their vision. Video game design requires artistic and technical competence as well as writing skills. As the industry has aged and embraced alternative production methodologies such as agile, the role of a principal game designer has begun to separate - some studios emphasising the auteur model while others emphasising a more team oriented model. Within the video game industry, video game design is usually just referred to as "game design", which is a more general term elsewhere.
Level design, environment design, or game mapping is a discipline of game development involving creation of video game levels—locales, stages, or missions. This is commonly done using a level editor, a game development software designed for building levels; however, some games feature built-in level editing tools. Level design is both an artistic and technical process.
Jagged Alliance is a tactical role-playing game released in 1995 for MS-DOS and in 2009 for Nintendo DS. It is the first game in the Jagged Alliance series. It was re-released in 2008 on Gog.com and in 2010 on GamersGate, both with Windows support.
Romero began her career in 1981 at video game developer and publisher Sir-tech Software, Inc., on the Wizardry role-playing team. She worked first as a tester,and moved up through the ranks to designer for Wizardry 8 . While at Sir-tech, Romero also worked on the Jagged Alliance and Realms of Arkania series. She was employed with Sir-tech for 18 years before moving on to Atari where she worked on the Dungeons & Dragons series for consoles before joining Cyberlore Studios in 2003 to work on the Playboy: The Mansion game. Romero's research for the game was ultimately published in a book, Sex in Video Games .
A video game publisher is a company that publishes video games that have been developed either internally by the publisher or externally by a video game developer. As with book publishers or publishers of DVD movies, video game publishers are responsible for their product's manufacturing and marketing, including market research and all aspects of advertising.
Sir-Tech Software, Inc. was a United States and Canada-based video game developer and publisher.
Wizardry 8 is the eighth and final title in the Wizardry series of role-playing video games by Sir-Tech Canada. It is the third in the Dark Savant trilogy, which includes Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge and Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant. It was published in 2001 by Sir-Tech, and re-released by Night Dive Studios on GOG.com and Steam in 2013.
In 2007, Romero was named one of the 100 most influential women in the game industry by Next Generation magazine.Nerve magazine cited her as a "New Radical" — one of "the 50 artists, actors, authors, activists and icons who are making the world a more stimulating place". In 2009, Next Generation magazine identified her as the woman with the longest continuous service in video game development.
Next Generation was a video game magazine that was published by Imagine Media. It was affiliated to and shared editorial with the UK's Edge magazine. Next Generation ran from January 1995 until January 2002. It was published by Jonathan Simpson-Bint and edited by Neil West. Other editors included Chris Charla, Tom Russo, and Blake Fischer.
Nerve is a free magazine published by Catalyst Media in Liverpool, North West England. Combining features on social issues with artist profiles, it runs to 32 pages and is published about three times a year. The magazine has a broadly anti-capitalist stance.
Romero served as Chair of the Savannah College of Art and Design's Interactive Design and Game Development department until November 2009. She moved to San Francisco to consult as Creative Director for social media company Slide, Inc., and then became Creative Director of social gaming company Lolapps, Inc. in May 2010.She co-founded the social game company Loot Drop with John Romero in November 2010, then left Lolapps and joined Loot Drop in February 2011. In 2013, Romero became the first game designer in residence at the Games and Playable Media Program of the University of California at Santa Cruz. She also served as the program's director. Brenda is currently the Program Director of the MSc program in Game Design and Development at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private art school with locations in Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and Lacoste, France.
San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 883,305 residents as of 2018. It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large US city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is also part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area.
Slide, Inc., operator of the Slide.com website, was a Web 2.0 company founded by Max Levchin and based in San Francisco, California. Originally formed to make photo sharing software for social networking services such as MySpace, the company achieved its greatest success as the largest developer of third-party applications for Facebook. The company was acquired by Google on August 4, 2010 and shut down on March 6, 2012.
Brenda has won several awards in her long career.Some highlights include RPG of the Year for Wizardry 8, a Fulbright Scholar award in 2014, the Game Developer's Choice Ambassador Award in 2015, the Development Legend award at the Develop:Brighton awards.
|2018||Honorific Award||Awarded by the Fun & Serious Game Festival|
|2018||Top 10 Most Influential Women in Game Development||Awarded in recognition of Brenda's most popular games.|
|2017||BAFTA Special Award||Awarded in recognition of her creative contribution to the industry.|
|2017||Development Legend||Awarded at Develop:Brighton|
|2015||Ambassador Award||Awarded at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco for helping the game industry advance to a better place.|
|2014||Fulbright U.S. Specialist Award||To carry out master classes and cirriculum reviews of Digital Games courses at a number of Irish universities.|
|2014||100 Most Influential Tech Women on Twitter||Named #74 by Business Insider|
|2013||Top 10 Game Developers of 2013||Awarded a position on the list by Gamasutra|
|2013||Lifetime Achievement Award||The Women in Gaming session at GDC 2013 honoured Brenda Romero with an award for her service to the industry.|
|2009||Vanguard Award||IndieCade awarded Brenda the Vanguard Award for Train.|
|2008||Top 20 Women in Games||Gamasutra named Brenda one of the Top 20 Women in Games.|
|2006||Top 100 Most Influential Women in the Game Industry||Next Generation named Brenda one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Game Industry.|
|2001||RPG of the Year||Wizardry 8 awarded RPG of the Year by Computer Gaming World|
Romero married game developer John Romero on October 27, 2012. [ citation needed ]Together, they worked on Ravenwood Fair , with John as lead designer and Brenda as creative director and game designer. John and Brenda had become engaged on March 24, 2012. Brenda has three children from a previous marriage.
Brenda Romero was an active member of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). In 2008, she was elected to the IGDA's Board of Directors. On March 28, 2013, she resigned as co-chair of the IGDA Women in Games SIG.
She had founded the International Game Developers Sex Special Interest Group (Sex SIG) in 2005.Since working on Playboy, she has studied adult and sexual content in video games and is regularly interviewed about the subject in the media. She has written a book on the subject, Sex in Video Games .
She is an anti-censorship activist and a proponent of parental rating awareness.
She is a regular speaker at universities and conferences, including the Game Developers Conference, Austin Game Developers Conference, and Montreal International Games Summit. Some of her lectures have been held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University, and Clarkson University.
In the spring of 2007, she was awarded the Presidential Fellowship at Savannah College of Art and Design to develop an exhibit and presentation titled, "What You Don't Know About Video Games...". In April 2008, Romero became Chair of the Interactive Design and Game Development department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Brathwaite left SCAD in November 2009 to return to full-time commercial game development.
In December 2012, she was appointed "Game Designer in Residence" at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
In March 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.
In February 2008, Romero began work on a series of non-digital games known collectively as The Mechanic is the Message. According to the series abstract:
The Mechanic is the Message captures and expresses difficult experiences through the medium of a game. Much like photographs, paintings, literature and music are capable of transmitting the full range of the human experience from one human to another, so too can games. Due to their interactivity, the installation suggests that games are capable of a higher form of communication, one which actively engages the participant and makes them a part of the experience rather than a passive observer.
The series is composed of six separate non-digital games that experiment with the traditional notions of games.
Of the six, Train has received the most attention, and won the Vanguard Award at Indiecade in October 2009 for "pushing the boundaries of game design and showing us what games can do."Train was also featured in the Wall Street Journal as well as on game industry sites including Gamasutra, where it received accolades for its ability to evoke meaning through gestures, the Escapist Magazine, Extra Credits, and on Kotaku. Romero delivered Train: How I Dumped Electricity and Learned to Love Design at the 2010 Gamesauce Conference.
Síochán leat (Irish for "peace be with you") chronicles the history of her children's heritage.Romero made the game following The New World, a game she originally made to teach her daughter about the slave trade. Romero designed Síochán leat to teach her daughter about her Irish heritage and traces the family's history from the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland to their ancestor's eventual immigration into the West Indies on the paternal side and Canada on the maternal side. The game features a burlap pillow simulating an earthen mound covered by 26 pieces of grass, each representing a county in Ireland. In a talk given at the Austin Game Developers Conference in September 2009, Romero noted that the burlap was filled with mementos of her upbringing and her heritage, including photographs of her great grandfather, Paddy Donovan, and one of her mother's rosaries. On her blog, Romero notes that, "the game is signed in many ways and is highly autobiographical. It is my history and it also reveals my feelings about its present state."
|Jagged Alliance||1994||manual writer|
|Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure||1996||manual and dialogue writer, scripter|
|Jagged Alliance 2||1999||writer|
|Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business||2000||game and manual writer|
|Wizardry 8||2001||game designer, game and manual writer|
|Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes||2003||lead designer|
|Playboy: The Mansion||2005||lead designer, manual writer|
|Playboy: The Mansion - Private Party||2005||game designer|
|Ravenwood Fair||2010||game designer|
|Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Commander||2012||director, lead designer, writer|
|Pettington Park||2012||game designer|
|Dodger Down||2013||game designer, tester|
|Gunman Taco Truck||2017||game designer|
|Empire of Sin||2020||game designer|
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Credits for work on Jagged Alliance and Realms of Arkania, among several others.
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