Steve Meretzky reflects on one of the earliest (1982) NPCs (non-player characters) to evoke an emotional investment from videogame players. Meretzky draws attention to the fact that character development - integral to fiction and film - is not often emphasized in game design.
Author: Steve Meretzky
Steve Meretzky has been designing games since 1982. His games have included text adventures, graphic adventures, role-playing games, children's games, and online casual games. In 1999, PC Gamer named Steve one of the industry's twenty-five "Game Gods." In March of 2005, the twentieth anniversary edition of his game The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which he co-authored with the late Douglas Adams, won an award for Online Game of the Year from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He is currently Lead Game Designer for Floodgate Entertainment in Waltham, Massachusetts, creating the latest generation of multiplayer and 3D games for cell phones and other mobile devices.