DAVID J. SUSHIL, AWARD-WINNING GAME DEVELOPER
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
My name is David J. Sushil. If you’re anything like me, video games have provided a great deal of joy in your life. My very first console system was an Atari 2600 – a hand-me-down from an older cousin. I was maybe five years old. But even back then, I always wanted to make games more than I wanted to play them. I remember storyboarding design ideas as a kindergartner!
As I grew older, I began learning all the skills I needed to be productive in the game industry – programming, art, music and sound – you name it. In most areas I’m self-taught, having put countless hours of practice, trial and error, and good old fashioned elbow grease under my belt.
My hobby began to blend with my academic career, and as an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida, I worked in the research lab of Dr. Valerie Sims, a cognitive psychologist with an interest in video games. I ended my stay at UCF with a BS in Psychology and an MS in Modeling and Simulation.
Around that time, I incorporated my own business, Nickelpig Media LLC (now dissolved) with the intent of releasing some of my creative projects. My first independent PC title was Orbles, an action puzzle game with multiple modes of play and a soundtrack featuring music from local Florida bands. It was well received critically, but not nearly the commercial success I had hoped it would be.
But that project gave me the experience and confidence I needed to apply for a job teaching Game and Simulation Programming at DeVry University. I’m sure at least a few people felt as though they were rolling the dice on me – at 24 I was the youngest faculty member onboard by a long shot – but I haven’t let them down. By the end of my second year at DeVry, I had lead faculty training sessions, developed course materials, and had been awarded both the Ron Taylor award, and the PRIDE award, DeVry’s highest honor for faculty.
I currently live in Orlando with my lovely wife Kimberly and an undisclosed number of cats. In my spare time I enjoy working in the yard, designing and programming games, and causing all sorts of mischief.
I launched this site as a way to chronicle my experiences and provide additional content for my students. It continues to provide me with endless hours of fun, and there’s not a month that goes by where I don’t hear from someone who found a tutorial or example file useful. So feel free to contact me if you’d like!
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