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Tommy Refenes's Blog   Expert Blogs

Tommy Refenes was born on the battlefield on June 14th, 1981 to his mother, a USMC Sergent, and his father, an Abrams-M1 Tank. Tommy was trained in CQC and learned to survive on his own as a mercenary. After stealing a truckload of Packard Bell computers back in the mid 90's, Tommy accidentally turned one on and instantly knew everything about programming. In May 2006 Tommy founded PillowFort and created Goo!, which earned an IGF Technical Excellence nomination, grand prize in the 2008 Intel Game Demo contest for Best Threaded Game and finished 3rd for Best Game on Intel Graphics.

Expert Blogs

Posted by Tommy Refenes on Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:07:00 EDT in
I got to play Super Meat Boy and Spelunky with the Steam Controller!

Posted by Tommy Refenes on Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:10:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online
A post about piracy, quantifying loss, and why treating customers with respect is more important than preventing people from pirating your game.

Posted by Tommy Refenes on Mon, 07 Jan 2013 07:52:00 EST in Programming, Indie
A response to countless emails I get because of Indie Game: The Movie and Super Meat Boy asking "How do I get started programming games?". I hope it helps.

Posted by Tommy Refenes on Thu, 26 Feb 2009 05:32:00 EST in Programming
I'm an engine man. Something about resource management and threading gets me all hot - an introduction post to Tommy Refenes.

Tommy Refenes's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 03/18/2013 - 05:10]

Yea I thought about DRM ...

Yea I thought about DRM being implemented for peace of mind. I am personally of thinking that locks don 't keep people out and that if someone wants to steal something out of my house bad enough, no lock will ever keep them out. But that 's just how I ...

Comment In: [News - 03/27/2012 - 03:39]

Shay, you made the right ...

Shay, you made the right choice for sure. Great article, its one of the only ones I 've read to completion in the last few months. Best of luck with everything.

Comment In: [News - 02/16/2010 - 04:02]

I hate you Sean.... ...

I hate you Sean....

Comment In: [News - 01/26/2010 - 02:39]

Actually while Edmund is explaining ...

Actually while Edmund is explaining it to you, I sneak up behind you and get down on all 4's so Edmund can push you over.

Comment In: [Feature - 09/10/2008 - 01:05]

Goo is no longer using ...

Goo is no longer using brute force collision or the constant creation of threads, this article was about the very first attempts, not the latest build breifly mentioned in the epilogue.