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Women in Games: The Gamasutra 20

May 21, 2008 Article Start Previous Page 4 of 21 Next

Linda Currie

Producer, Creat Studios

Career overview

The lead designer for Zoo Tycoon 2 and Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals, both published by Microsoft in 2005, Linda Currie oversees production at her studio Blue Fang Games. Aimed at a broad-based family market, Blue Fang Games is dedicated to creating "compelling, emotionally engaging games focused on the animal kingdom."

In a career that has spanned more than twenty-five years, Currie herself has worked on at least fifteen commercial titles, and even founded her own studio, Sirtech Cananda. Though no longer active, Sirtech created many important titles, such as Jagged Alliance and Wizardry 8, which won Computer Gaming World's RPG of the Year award in 2001.

Major accomplishments

Currie has worked on award-winning games, founded a studio of her own, and continues to bring color and creativity to her games after almost three decades.


At a time when strong female presences in the gaming industry were still rare, Currie was branching out on her own and making her own games -- setting an innovative example for women developments then and now.

What her peers say

Brenda: "Linda started in the game industry at the ripe old age of 15, I think, and was actually part owner of a software company at that time [Sirtech]. She and I worked together on many great series including Wizardry and Jagged Alliance, and she continues as a designer in the industry working at Blue Fang on the Zoo Tycoon series.

Linda's under a lot of people's radar, and doesn't get nearly as much notice as she should, but she's a consistent presence in the industry and a great inspiration for women who value smashing the glass ceiling. (She smashed it and owned it)."

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