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Executive Producer, 2K Marin
Alyssa Finley may have sealed her reputation by producing 2K's 2007 hit BioShock, but in her extensive career in the games industry she has actually shipped titles with almost every major publisher.
In the last few years, she has worked on Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers with Electronic Arts, Demon Stone with Atari, and Pool of Radiance II: The Ruins of Myth Drannor with Ubisoft.
Before coming to 2K Marin, Finley worked for LEGO, Stormfront Studios, and Irrational Games. She began her work in games in 1992 when she joined the Rebel Space for the Prodigy online service. She was once the young coder who told Grrlgamer.com, "I decided to become a programmer by chance" and "I got into games as a career as a coincidence, as well," Finley has since become a true veteran.
Finley's title BioShock received a number of awards after its 2007 release. At the Game Developer's Choice Awards alone it was selected for "Best Visual Art," "Best Writing," and "Best Audio." The Spike TV Awards named it "Best Game," "Best Xbox360 Game," and "Best Original Score." Acclaim for the game continues to resound through all areas of the gaming industry -- put forth by fans and developers alike.
Topped off by her 2007 critical success, Finley's games represent a career full of unique approaches.
BioShock alone has been lauded for its innovative approach to storytelling, shooters, and character development. What's more, it challenges the way the gaming industry thinks about how compelling and fun games can be.
What her peers say
Brenda: "As the project lead on BioShock, Alyssa's a shoe-in for this year's list. Like a couple others on our list, she's also a bit under the radar, but she's a true developers' developer and highly respected in the community."