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Donald Mustard is the creative director and co-founder of Chair Entertainment, the Salt Lake City-based team responsible for 2009's Xbox Live Arcade hit Shadow Complex and last year's iOS hit Infinity Blade. He discussed the origin of his studio's during a panel at GDC: "The idea of 'Chair' com...

March 2nd 2011 at 6:40pm 0 Comments
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Bob Berry is the CEO of Uber Entertainment, which launched its debut title, Monday Night Combat, on Xbox Live Arcade last August. Here's his story on the origin of his studio's name: "At least since the late 90s the term 'uber' has been thrown around in online gaming communities. It's always mea...

March 1st 2011 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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During another long night of shakes and sweats, suffering from what was surely some PopCap Games withdrawal, we pondered the origin story of the electronic pharmaceutical giant's name. We spoke with PopCap Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Jason Kapalka for the answer: "First thing is that [...

February 28th 2011 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Feargus Urquhart co-founded Obsidian Entertainment (Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout: New Vegas) after Interplay's Black Isle Studios closed in 2003. After we left Black Isle, we were going to start a company and we needed a new name. We wanted it to be a good name, a strong name, and we w...

February 25th 2011 at 6:10pm 0 Comments
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Feargus Urquhart is now known as the co-founder of Obsidian Entertainment, but before that he helped found Black Isle Studios, a division of Interplay that created some PC RPG classics like the original Fallout series, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. I took over the RPG division of In...

February 23rd 2011 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Most of the time, company names are obscure enough that we have no clue what their origin is. In the case of TimeGate Studios we always thought we had a fairly good idea, but, as it happens, we were just letting our Richard Dean Anderson obsession cloud our judgment. Joystiq: So, TimeGate. You...

February 23rd 2011 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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It's time for another titular origin story! Today, Matthew Findley, president of inXile Entertainment, explains the creation of a studio name haunting English teachers everywhere: I worked with Brian Fargo at Interplay for a number of years and we both left Interplay at the same time. We knew we w...

February 16th 2011 at 10:25am 0 Comments
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We were unable to sleep while wondering about the origin story of Insomniac Games' name, but now we've got the answer from CEO and President Ted Price. Time to make that warm glass of milk and go to bed: It was the spring of 1996 and we were getting ready to announce our first game (Disruptor) at...

February 15th 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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It's time for the BioWare: Origins name story. At DICE 2011, we had the opportunity to ask Drs. Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk how their studio got its name: Dr. Ray Muzyka: "The three founders, Greg, myself and [Augustine Yip] our third partner, we were all medical doctors by training, so it was a...

February 13th 2011 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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It's time for another origin story of an industry presence. Today, Kyle Gabler explains how he and partner Ron Carmel came up with their studio name, 2D Boy, using the process of elimination: Ron and I bummed around for a few weeks throwing names back and forth. They were all either awful, a sexua...

February 3rd 2011 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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It's time for another origin story of an industry presence. Today, we've got Double Fine's Tim Schafer, who can thank Uncle Sam for the inspiration of his studio's name: It came from this sign that used to be on the Golden Gate Bridge. I used to drive down from Sonoma when I was a teenager to see...

January 31st 2011 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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It's time for another origin story of an industry presence. Today, it's Matthew Burns who isn't quite sure if choosing Shadegrown Games makes him a hippie or a yuppie: I worked on big-budget titles in the game industry for about 10 years. I was a producer on the Halo series at Bungie, and before...

January 28th 2011 at 7:10pm 0 Comments