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May 21, 2008 Article Start Previous Page 16 of 21 Next

Patricia Pizer

Senior Designer, Disney Interactive Studios

Career overview

Now a senior designer at Disney Interactive Studio, Patricia Pizer has spent the span of her twenty-year career working with innovative studios such as Harmonix Music, Boffo Games, and THQ/GameFX. In 2006 she came to Disney, where she has worked on far-reaching titles, like the online Toontown.

Though she currently specializes in virtual worlds, she has a history of exploring new technologies and their implementation within games. She has worked for alternate-reality game studio 42 Entertainment, as well as Turbine Entertainment, where she was part of the forerunning online world Asheron's Call. "Mostly though," Pizer says of herself, "she just likes to play games."

Major accomplishments

As a designer at Disney, Pizer's games have reached countless children. As a designer, she has made a name for herself within the industry as a reliable, experienced woman in the field of game development.


Pizer is currently working on a new platform for Disney Interactive Studios called DGamer, which aims to bridge the gap between traditional PC and console titles and help expand the player experience with access to an online community.

What her peers say

Brenda: "Patricia's another woman who's been in the industry for decades. That alone should be worth some kind of commemorative pin, no?

Patricia's worked on everything from ARGs to Disney games to MMOs to adventure games, and since her career so closely parallels mine (she started in testing and worked her way up), I have a lot of respect for her and her work."

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