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Steve Meretzky Teams Up With Blue Fang Games

by Rainier on Jan. 8, 2007 @ 9:46 a.m. PST

Zoo Tycoon developers Blue Fang Games announced that award winning game designer Steve Meretzky, known for creating The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is joining its team as Senior Designer.

Steve Meretzky brings more than two decades of game design experience and award winning design expertise to Blue Fang Games. He is well known for creating some of the famous Infocom games in the early '80s, crafting such best selling classics as Planetfall, Sorcerer, Zork Zero, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, and the interactive fiction version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (co-written with Douglas Adams). Meretzky has consulted for Blizzard Entertainment, Hasbro and Disney and he designed games for numerous companies, such as his Spellcasting 101 series for Legend Entertainment. Steve was co- founder of Boffo Games, the developer of such highly-lauded games as Hodj 'n' Podj and The Space Bar, and served as Creative Content Director at WorldWinner, Inc.

Steve Meretzky has won numerous awards, including being named one of the industry's 25 "Game Gods" by PC Gamer and the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for his work on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He is also one of the first writers of interactive fiction to be admitted to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Steve is a founding member of the International Game Developers Association, organizer of the Casual Games Summit at the Game Developers Conference, and founder of Post Mortem, the monthly gathering of Boston-area game developers.

"Steve brings a wealth of talent and experience to our development team and his level of accomplishment and track-record of success in the gaming industry is second to none," said Adam Levesque, the Creative Director and CEO of Blue Fang Games. "Steve will play a key role as we begin work on an exciting new set of game development projects at Blue Fang and I personally look forward to the collaboration."

In his role as Senior Designer, Meretzky will play a leadership role within the Design department and help shape the vision for the company's development projects. He will also be responsible for the creation of functional designs and for continually ensuring the quality of the game's design throughout development.

"I've always admired the quality of Blue Fang's games, the focus on family-friendly designs, and the company's commitment to quality of life issues. I'm delighted to be joining the team, and I look forward to playing a lead role in the innovative new projects that are underway here," said Steve Meretzky. "The Zoo Tycoon games are beloved by millions, and I hope to be able to help take animal-based games to an even higher level, a level that will set a new benchmark, even though I'm not really sure what a benchmark is."


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