Marcus Montgomery

Marcus Montgomery

lead game designer

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hello. I ama game designer.a salsa dancer.a founder.a wrestler.a hard worker.a mentor.a comic book reader.a coach.a leader.a collaborator.

I am a Lead Game Designer who believes rapid prototyping, clear process, and respected people make the best games. I love exploring new ideas and empowering others to make their visions come to life.

I am also the founder of We Are Game Devs, a website dedicated to celebrating diversity with in the game industry.

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SKILLS

LEADERSHIP

Leadership doesn’t always mean you have be in charge, but it does mean taking charge of the areas you can control.  I setup a design processes to encourage creativity and initiative from all team members.

CREATIVE DIRECTION

Guiding a project and the people working on is extremely rewarding.  I like working with a team to define and refine concepts.

GAME MECHANICS

I love to create game mechanics from player abilities to enemy behavior and skills.  This is the meat of the game and I love to find some hook to entice players.

SYSTEM BALANCE

Once the game has all its moving parts, I love to start tuning the game.  This is where the rubber meets the road of game design.

FUN FACTS


9 SHIPPED TITLES


$66,700,000+ IN SALES ACROSS ALL TITLES


354 LINKEDIN ENDORSEMENTS


232 AVG SONGS PLAYED PER PROJECT

WHY SLEEPY GENIUS?

Have you ever been about to fall asleep with your mind spinning from the challenges of the day, and as you start to drift off all of a sudden you sit up in bed and exclaim, “I’ve got it!”  You’ve just had a moment of Sleepy Genius.  When you are clearing the cobwebs in your mind from a long night’s rest and a perfect moment of clarity, hits you solving a long standing problem… Sleepy Genius.  We’ve all experienced it, and sometimes it contains our best ideas.

MY WORKS

TOME: Immortal Arena

TOME: Immortal Arena

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DANCE CENTRAL 3

DANCE CENTRAL 3

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Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon

Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon

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Turn-Based War Game Development Work

Turn-Based War Game Development Work

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Platformer Development Work

Platformer Development Work

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Astro Boy Development Work

Astro Boy Development Work

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1942: Joint Strike

1942: Joint Strike

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Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

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Gauntlet DS – Unreleased

Gauntlet DS – Unreleased

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Rise To Honor

Rise To Honor

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ARMY MEN: AIR ATTACK 1 + 2

ARMY MEN: AIR ATTACK 1 + 2

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UPRISING X

UPRISING X

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Marcus Montgomery

Marcus Montgomery

marcusmontgomery@yahoo.com

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

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SUMMARY

I am a Lead Game Designer, with a diverse skill set and 10+ years of experience, who believes great games are created through prototyping, process, and people.

  • I embrace rapid prototyping to reveal unknowns and push development forward.
  • I establish design processes to encourage creativity and quality while meeting deadlines.
  • I empower teammates through clear feedback/documentation, playtest organization, and mentorship.

WORK HISTORY

2016

Lead Game Designer

LIMBIC SOFTWARE

Unannounced Project(iOS, Android)

2015

Lead Game Designer

GLU MOBILE

Unannounced 3rd Person Shooter (iOS, Android)

  • Created 3 distinct enemy factions designed for creative user-generated base defense combination.
  • Prototyped combat experience to prove out weapon combat and demonstrate flexibility of base defense design.
  • Designed replayable mission structure providing players with mission objective diversity and opposition variation.
2012

Lead Game Designer

KIXEYE

TOME:Immortal Arena (Web Browser, Steam)

  • Designed and organized the tutorial sequence resulting in a 15% increase in D7 retention.
  • Planned the Quests system resulting in 27% increase in D7 retention.
  • Initiated matchmaking algorithm change reducing Glicko-2 score disparity between competing teams.
  • Restructured design team and processes to meet live-op design milestones.
2006

SENIOR DESIGNER

BACKBONE ENTERTAINMENT

Dance Central 3 (Xbox 360, Kinect); Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 (XBLA, PSN); 1942: Joint Strike (XBLA, PSN); Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon (XBLA, PSN); Gauntlet (DS; Unreleased)

  • Headed design of Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, 1942:Joint Strike, and Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon.
  • Designed/tuned enemy behaviors and player abilities for Commando 3, 1942, Ugly Americans and Gauntlet DS.
  • Created supporting designs, mockups, and copy for client proposal requests to land new studio work.
  • Mentored design staff through work critique, creativity exercises, game deconstruction, and task planning.
2001

SENIOR DESIGNER

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT

Rise To Honor (Playstation 2) Unreleased 3rd Person Action Game (PSP)

  • Cultivated and tuned enemy behaviors and melee combat mechanics for an unreleased PSP title.
  • Revamped fight coordination system and improved functionality from Rise To Honor.
  • Implemented and scripted two levels, while developing all fight scenarios in Rise to Honor.
  • Directed animation and engineering implementation of melee related player abilities.
1998

LEVEL LAYOUT DIRECTOR

THE 3DO COMPANY

Army Men: Air Attack 2 (Playstation); Army Men: Air Attack (Playstation); Uprising X (Playstation)

  • Designed and scripted two single player levels for Army Men: Air Attack 2, Army Men: Air Attack, and Uprising X.
  • Mobilized the design team on Army Men: Air Attack 2 by tracking productivity and quality.

EDUCATION HISTORY

1995

Computer Science

CORNELL COLLEGE

I got my Bachelor of Arts Degree at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Ia.  I majored in Computer Science.  My education enabled me to learn scripting languages really quickly.

DOWNLOAD MY CV

You can download my CV in pdf format if you like. I am currently looking work. I love working with teams to make ideas come to life.  With the correct prototyping, process and people anything can be done.

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VIEW MY LINKEDIN PROFILE

You can view my LinkedIn profile. I am currently looking work. I love working with teams to make ideas come to life.  With the correct prototyping, process and people anything can be done.

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TESTIMONIALS

MORAKOTH TANG

MORAKOTH TANG SENIOR GAME AND UX DESIGNER / LEAPFROG

Marcus is one of the best people to work with. He’s a great designer and knows all the ins and outs of many design disciplines and I can talk about that all day, but what I truly value in Marcus is his seniority and leadership qualities. He has been the voice of reason on many projects we worked together/. He keeps the team calm, collected, and focused. As a lead in many of the products we worked on I recognize time and time again qualities that standout are: honesty, clear communication, confidence, positive attitude and approachability. He’s honest in his assessment and lets you know how the situation it is. Being upfront with the realities of the situation allowed me and many of the time to be honest with our work as well. It’s inspiring and goes a long way when quality is important. He clearly communicates not only within the design team but cross disciplines to get what we need done. He makes sure the goal is clear so that everyone on the team is on the same page in order to achieve it. He never waivers in his confidence in himself and his team which I believe is his best character. It’s encouraging when deadlines hangover us. Marcus is always confident in his ability to lead but his confidence in the team’s ability creates a cohesion and trust for everyone. I personally grew under Marcus’ mentorship and he has taught me a lot about being a good designer but he has also shown me a lot about being a good leader on a team.

OMID FARIVAR

OMID FARIVAR UX RESEARCHER / FACEBOOK

Marcus is one of the greatest people to work with. Ever. He also happens to be a great game designer, which is good because that’s his job.

Heading to work everyday knowing I was going to be working with Marcus made me feel super warm and fuzzy inside. He has a great knack for just knowing what’s missing to players, what to tune next, or what makes something fun or not. As a researcher, I invited him to watch sessions regularly. I often didn’t need to give this guy any deliverables, because a debrief was enough. He just GETS IT. And I love that in people I work with!

Marcus rocks and I hope our paths cross again in the future.

GLEN MCKNIGHT

GLEN MCKNIGHT DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE / OTHER OCEAN GROUP

Marcus is one of those designers you want to be, quick, sharp, clever, & funny. Those qualities translated directly into his work which always challenged design conventions & were informed by his wealth of experience. Marcus is a master of taking an army of so-so AI with basic behaviors, and tweaking and tuning them into being fun, interesting and diverse set of opponents. And when it came time to direct ideas on new player behaviors and mechanics, Marcus had a incredible knack for knocking out visual prototypes of new mechanics.

Beyond his solid core of design sensibilities, he is also great at leading and mentoring Jr. Designers to rise above their new skill sets and become great designers. Always positive & willing to motivate others to be more than they are also extended to the entire team, who could look to Marcus for guidance when things got rocky. Marcus is a designer I would look forward to having on my team at any opportunity.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Founder of the wearegamedevs.com, a website dedicated to featuring diverse game developers.
  • Advisory board member and volunteer for non-profit Gameheads.
  • Prototyped 1942:Joint Strike mechanics in 16 hours~.
  • Participates in Game Jams and organized the Backbone’s first internal game jam, called Spinal Hack.
  • Featured twice in Gamasutra member blog articles (Article 1 / Article 2).

 

INTERESTS

  • Hip Hop over Rap
    • Love 90’s era hip hop, but have an appreciation for some artist today with their spirit.  I believe Rap – Lies = Hip Hop.
  • Sonic over Mario
    • Sonic was the icon I grew up with.  While his games have suffered in recent years, he embodies the twitch action and spirit I love in a character.  Bayonetta has similar traits.
  • Wrestling over Football 
    • I participated in both sports while growing up.  I love wrestling more.  Qualified for State competition twice and continued wrestling in college.
  • Salsa over R+B
    • If I go to a club, I’d rather is be salsa.  The act of partner dancing reminds me so much of wrestling, but without the competition.  There is still body manipulation, but it is with the permission of your partner.