An avid gamer since childhood, Josie Nutter started contracting for Microsoft after high school graduation instead of attending college like most of her peers. While providing QA in the MS Action, Adventure & Strategy (AAS) Games department, she worked on several titles, including Age of Empires 2, Age of Empires: Rise of Rome, Close Combat 3: The Russian Front, Urban Assault, Asheron's Call, NBA Inside Drive 2000, Outwars and Pandora's Box (lazily credited in some as "Recon Test Team").
After discovering insurmountable barriers to advancement, she left the games industry for a few years to do professional web development, eventually returning after the dot com crash as a gameplay/AI scripter for Zombie on Shadow Ops: Red Mercury. Afterwards, she took the opportunity to spend some time in the San Francisco bay area, as a scripter and technical designer on Tomb Raider: Legend
for Crystal Dynamics
. Giving in to homesickness, she eventually came back to the Pacific Northwest as a gameplay/AI scripter ("Systems Designer") for Snowblind Studios
on Justice League Heroes
and another title currently in development.
She currently works at PopCap Games