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David is a Producer/Programmer/Designer that has been making games since the dawn of time. He originally did mainstream application and OS dev work in respectable society during the day to cover these aberrations, but eventually decided working two full time+ jobs made it tough to see his wife and kids. Abandoning his disguise, he now does game making as his primary career.

David has been involved in a wide range of projects, including building the world's first subscription based internet MOG (Valhalla), extensive military simulation AI, several MMOs (Pirates Online, Toontown, etc..), and a boatload of standalone games.

He is currently adventuring in Europe, with an initial stint at Black Forest Games in Germany, and now headed over to the UK to do AI work for Splash Damage.  He has also done freelance design and process consultation, so feel free to message him if you need a hand.


Expert Blogs

Posted by David Paris on Mon, 19 May 2014 01:03:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC
From where Dieselstormers was envisioned to where it stands today is a bizarre path that reflects the trials of many small dev houses. We invite you to see how it really happened.

Posted by David Paris on Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:45:00 EST in Programming, Console/PC
These are some quick hints to make AI construction easier and more effective.

Posted by David Paris on Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:51:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
A quick look at some of the recent F2P discussion and what makes it so issueful. One thought on how that could be addressed.

David Paris's Comments

Comment In: [News - 10/10/2016 - 06:36]

Why does GTA have to ...

Why does GTA have to be the example of human online interaction GTA creates a world where people are disgusting and encourages players to act accordingly. I 'd much rather point to any of a large number of more positive online interactions. Heck, how about the first Asheron 's Call, ...

Comment In: [News - 10/07/2016 - 10:16]

Possibly a fair accusation, but ...

Possibly a fair accusation, but I don 't think their existence precludes such an organization from trying to exist. I mostly just think it would be really hard for what you describe to work and this is kind of the only thing that can survive in its absence.

Comment In: [News - 10/05/2016 - 07:25]

I was such a fan ...

I was such a fan of HoMM 1-3, but have just never been pleased with the products that followed. They screwed up the basic things that made the game great and never got back to it. This always amazed me, since there have got to be other project vision keepers ...

Comment In: [News - 09/26/2016 - 04:10]

He is a publisher, but ...

He is a publisher, but one that currently focuses on smaller developers I believe. Very enjoyable talk and yes, does reflect well on Devolver Digital, which I 'm sure is the idea.

Comment In: [News - 09/27/2016 - 05:03]

Shame Hearthstone has just flat ...

Shame Hearthstone has just flat out failed in this challenge. The classes have never been well balanced for Arena, and continue to not be. r n r nReally, these days I find Hearthstone to be a cautionary tale of what happens when you let some marketing directives override proper game ...

Comment In: [News - 09/13/2016 - 11:57]

How does this change interaction ...

How does this change interaction from dubious reviewers at all If I wanted to inflate my ratings with a bunch of bogus reviews, I now have to pay the reviewer to 'buy the game '. r n r nOk, we 're not generally talking expensive games here that are the ...