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A game designer practically since birth (back when dinosaurs ruled the world) I went pro in 1980. Since then I was one of the first ten employees at Lucasfilm Games/LucasArts Entertainment, The 3DO Company, and Dreamworks Interactive. From 1996 to 2013 I ran my own consulting company, The Inspiracy  .  Currently I am Chief Game Designer at Google, where I work on game development related technologies throughout the company, and spread the word to the development community about them.  A few of my games that I was project leader, designer, or co-designer on: Sinistar, Koronis Rift, PHM Pegasus, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Chaos Island, Hungry Red Planet, Freedom Fighter 56, and Mata Hari.


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Posted by Noah Falstein on Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:46:00 EDT in Design
My personal opinions on how Google Glass will work as a platform for games. I've been using Glass almost daily for several months now and thinking a lot about how it might be used for game development.

Posted by Noah Falstein on Sat, 06 Oct 2012 02:35:00 EDT in Design
An interesting way to add "alien" or faux-ancient languages to games

Posted by Noah Falstein on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:18:00 EDT in Serious
Overview of a workshop on wellbeing, attention, and video games held at the White House Aug 21-22, 2012. Many neuroscientists, game developers, and government agency representatives attended.

Posted by Noah Falstein on Tue, 26 Jun 2012 06:07:00 EDT in Serious
A survey of some interesting people and projects blending Neuroscience and Game Design

Posted by Noah Falstein on Thu, 24 May 2012 05:31:00 EDT in Design
This article was written with David Fox 15 years ago for the GDC (then CGDC) proceedings, but I was pleased to see it holds up pretty well.

Posted by Noah Falstein on Wed, 02 May 2012 08:44:00 EDT in Smartphone/Tablet
For a long-time boxed game developer, releasing a mobile game can be a scary process. Bad Pets is a multiplayer IOS title, part technology demo, part game, part unfinished. Here are some thoughts on the process.

Noah Falstein's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/14/2016 - 01:54]

Three Stigmata... is Phillip K. ...

Three Stigmata... is Phillip K. Dick, not Arthur C. Clarke. But regardless of that, this is a fun concept.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/15/2015 - 02:51]

You fight like a dairy ...

You fight like a dairy farmer.

Comment In: [News - 04/16/2015 - 04:35]

And Google is very lucky ...

And Google is very lucky to have them

Comment In: [Blog - 10/13/2014 - 02:11]

I have forwarded a link ...

I have forwarded a link to this to Hal Barwood, he has always had a special love for this game and I think he 'll be tickled by your deep dive

Comment In: [Blog - 09/02/2014 - 09:04]

And I thought it was ...

And I thought it was about the nemesis of a famous secret agent...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/26/2014 - 11:34]

1 Very succinct and interesting ...

1 Very succinct and interesting description, and I like the approach you describe. I 'm currently struggling with the issue of designer as keeper of the vision and source of key ideas/decisions versus designer as consensus-bringer, evoking and shaping ideas in a team, and this gave me some great ideas ...