Need 2 Know
A long time ago some kid picked up a controller and they’ve never been the same since. Maybe you were like that too. More than a few of us here at Swequity Gaming fit that description. Now we’re a cross-country group of friends making our first indie video game. How might we summarize what’s lead us to this point? How about a haiku.
Retro Nintendo game plays
No root beer today
Our game is making its debut on Friday, September 13 at an event held by and for game developers. Game Slice is held in London, Ontario where industry professionals can catch a glimpse of things to come and offer constructive feedback to help fellow developers succeed in this cut-throat industry. We are excited to nerd out with our peers.
From the start we’ve been saying we wanted to make great games, so that’s what we try to do. Weird and proud of it, we value one another’s unique talents and decided to combine our forces to make something worth sharing.
Bob (aka “BMFS”) is a natural leader and an associate director. His background is in reading an insane amount of books in an unreasonable amount of time - otherwise known as a history major. Following in his grandfather's footsteps he joined the military and served 7 years. He built his first computer back in 2003. He's been playing video games since he could hold a controller. Among the first games that he remembers playing, is the 2-in-1 Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt cartridge on NES.
Lane (aka “Darmock”) is a crazy smart dude. In school for computer engineering, his focus was nanoscale system design. It's no wonder his kryptonite is problem-solving games like Factorio. An avid cribbage and backgammon player at the cottage, he plays more than just computer games. He’s never met a chip he didn’t like. All about balance though, he enjoys going out for a run now and again (weather permitting).
Michelle (aka “Michgal”) is a business grad, a full-time stay at home mom and a part-time post-grad student. An odd fit amongst the team, her video game skills peaked early. Her crowning achievements were either button mashing as Chun Li in Street Fighter II on SNES or tip-toe sprinting across a plastic Power Pad in World Class Track Meet for NES. Aside from a brief addiction to Terreria she’s not a gamer. She likes singing though, in English, Spanish and French.
Mike (aka “Nitz”) has always pursued his passions, of which he has many. He wrote his first number guessing game in Turing in grade 9. He's a software engineer, Final Fantasy enthusiast and makes his own wine. Down for any kind of game, he also enjoys euchre, chess and bocci ball. He's husband to a fellow sports fan, father to two girls and a giant dog and has a mulberry tree in his backyard. Dude couldn't be happier, especially now that he's making video games - a lifelong dream.
Ryan (aka “Ryan Hammond”) enjoys games and enjoyed programming when he went to school for civil engineering, so he switched programs. He wanted to make video games. His wife, a non-gamer, has been suckered into his passion over the years. Supportive and willing to try new things, she now plays in a D&D campaign he runs just for her. An amusing balance of patience and sarcasm, he’s a fun guy to have around. He constantly baffles us all on two counts though. For such a tall dude, he’s got a tiny stomach...unless chocolate is involved. Secondly, he can glide through hours, weeks or even months of friendly banter then blindside you with a quick-witted bomb.
Willian (aka “SilkPuppet”) has been making art since he was 7. He studies computers in school but loves the idea of making games and combining those two worlds. No style of art is beyond attempt. He'll try anything because he loves to learn. He ran away with his girl to draw their new future. Now they live in a house with a two-sweater minimum - brrrrrrrr. Maybe he’d feel warmer if he ate something - the guy is aaalways hungry.