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Women in Games: The Gamasutra 20

May 21, 2008 Article Start Previous Page 14 of 21 Next

Laralyn McWilliams

Lead Designer, Sony Online Entertainment

Career overview

As a lead designer at Sony in San Diego, Laralyn McWilliams is currently working on a new project called Free Realms, a free MMO with cross-gender appeal. In the past she has worked on such critically acclaimed titles as Full Spectrum Warrior.

She began her career in games in the early 90's when she sold her first adventure title to Micropose. Since then, she has been a project director at Edge of Reality, and a lead designer at Pandemic Studios and High Voltage Software -- where she has worked on a variety of titles in different genres, including strategy, platformers, and shooters.

Major accomplishments

During a career that spans two decades, McWilliams has worked on all different kinds of games, and is now moving into the world of MMO's: an impressive range and collection of titles.


McWilliam's current title, Free Realms, combines the look and feel of a traditional MMO with the conversational capacity and mini games of a youth-oriented title.

It also makes use of the both the game's website in order to allow the player to jump directly into the experience of play.

What her peers say

Brenda: "Laralyn is another woman I think should receive more attention in the industry. She consistently produces quality work as a lead in fields traditionally dominated by men. I completely respect her work."

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