Video Game Pioneer Speaking at WPI

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Steve Meretzky, considered a "god" of computer gaming, will speak at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). His lecture, titled "Interactive Storytelling: Memoirs of a Cranky Old Game Designer," will focus on his nearly 25-year career in the game development industry.

Meretzky's talk is in conjunction with the current WPI library exhibition, Save the Princess: The History of Storytelling in Video Games, an interactive look at the history and evolution of storytelling through video and computer games. The exhibit features artifacts (hardware, software, and memorabilia) from Stanford University's History of Video Game Collection and includes an interactive media section where visitors can experience elements of video games.

A reception will follow in the third-floor gallery of the George C. Gordon Library, where the Save the Princess exhibit is on display through December 15, 2005.


Thursday, December 8, 2005, 5 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Atwater Kent Laboratories
Newell Lecture Hall (room 116)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.




Steve Meretzky is currently the lead game designer for Floodgate Entertainment, a premier developer of mobile games. He began designing games at adventure-game pioneer Infocom in 1982, where he worked on Planetfall, Zork Zero, and Leather Goddesses of Phobos. He was co-founder of Boffo Games, and has worked as a freelance game designer for Legend, Activision, Disney, Hasbro, and Blizzard. Prior to joining Floodgate, Meretzky was principal game designer for WorldWinner, the leader in skill-based game competitions, where he continues to serve as games advisor.

Meretzky is a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Game Developers Association; a founder of Post Mortem, the monthly gathering of Boston-area game developers; and organizer of the annual Game Developers Workshop. The 20th anniversary edition of his game The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which he co-authored with Douglas Adams, recently won the annual award for Best Online Entertainment from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

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