Award-winning game designer, artist, writer, and creative director Brenda Romero looks back on her career and provides advice on breaking into the video game industry.
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Brenda has become known for an award-winning series of nondigital games titled The Mechanic Is the Message. So far, Train, Síochán Leat, the New World, and Pre-Conception have been released. In 2009, her game Train won the coveted Vanguard Award at IndieCade for "pushing the boundaries of game design and showing us what games can do."
Brenda serves on the advisory board of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong Museum of Play. She also works with John Romero and the Romero Archives to record game designers discussing their game design process for historical archiving. Brenda served on the board of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).
She received the 2013 Women in Games Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by Microsoft and the 2015 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award and was nominated for Microsoft's 2010 Women in Games game design award. Brenda was also named one of Forbes "12 Women in Gaming to Watch" (2013); Woman of the Year by Charisma+2 magazine (2010); one of the top 20 most influential women in the game industry by Gamasutra.com (2008); and one of the 100 most influential women in the game industry by Next Generation magazine (2007). Nerve magazine also called her one of the 50 artists, actors, authors, activists, and icons who are making the world a more stimulating place. In 2014, she received a Fulbright award to study Ireland's game industry, academy, and government policies.
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