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Hi, I'm David Pittman. I do a lot of things, but mostly, I make games.

I am one half of Minor Key Games with my twin brother J. Kyle Pittman.

I am currently developing Slayer Shock, a role-playing shooter about hunting vampires in Nebraska.

In 2015, I released a political thriller stealth game called NEON STRUCT.

In 2013, I made a Lovecraftian action roguelike called Eldritch.

I gave a talk at GDC 2015 about Eldritch's procedural level generation, as part of the "Level Design in a Day" sessions. The slides for that are available in PDF and PPTX formats.

I previously worked with the fine people at 2K Marin, programming AI for games like BioShock 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

Before that, I worked briefly at Stormfront Studios and Gearbox Software, contributing in small ways to The Spiderwick Chronicles and Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway respectively.

In addition to my work on commercial games, I have developed and released a number of smaller games for free, often as part of game jams or competitions:

Where's Tango?: A classy game of deduction, voyeurism, and murder!
Davy Dreams of Flying: Game poem about childhood dreams
Second Order: Infinite procedural action roguelike
TKtics: 2-player hotseat turn-based strategy game
Guitarguy Rocks Out: Retro platformer with a musical twist
Cockpit Crash 1984: Simple tank game with "vextor" graphics
Strange Visit: Atmospheric first-person walker

I attended UNL and SMU Guildhall, and wrote my Master's thesis on Goal-Oriented Action Planning.

I may someday write some words on this blog.

You can follow me on Twitter.


Expert Blogs

Posted by David Pittman on Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:44:00 EDT in Design, Indie
Indie game developer David Pittman examines the structure of professional wrestling storylines, learns how to adapt them to his vampire FPS game, and draws parallels between the wrestling and games industries.

Posted by David Pittman on Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:12:00 EDT in Programming, Console/PC
The author recalls how the BASIC language introduced him to computer programming and shaped his game development career.

Posted by David Pittman on Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:18:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Programming, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Eldritch developer and Minor Key Games co-founder David Pittman shares an honest and transparent look at the creation of Eldritch and the figures from its first three months on sale.

Posted by David Pittman on Fri, 17 May 2013 12:06:00 EDT in Design
In this article, I examine the meaning of the word "immersion" as a descriptor for video games and defend its use despite its overloading as a buzzword.

David Pittman's Comments

Comment In: [News - 04/28/2014 - 03:13]

I got my start on ...

I got my start on GW-BASIC, required line numbers and all, mostly by copying program listings out of a children 's science magazine 3-2-1 Contact . r n r nQBASIC was my stomping ground for years. At the time, I couldn 't really appreciate the sophistication of its IDE, debugger, ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/03/2014 - 11:18]

The engine was something I ...

The engine was something I 'd been doing as a hobby project for the past six years. It was mature enough to be an obvious choice for this game. If I had been starting from scratch, I would almost certainly have used Unity there wasn 't enough time to make ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/23/2013 - 06:16]

I believe games on Greenlight ...

I believe games on Greenlight are ranked according to their total number of Yes votes only. So there 's not a huge difference between voting No, voting Ask Me Again Later, or simply leaving the page.

Comment In: [Blog - 05/17/2013 - 12:06]

Thanks for the reminder, I ...

Thanks for the reminder, I 'd been meaning to check Kairo out It definitely sounds like something I would enjoy.