Developer BIOWilliam Kus' first video game experience was Adventure. He began working at THQ in 1998 testing Ricky Charmichael, MTV Snowboarding, Brunswick Pro Bowling (credits), Road Rage 64, Sinistar PC, Danger Girl, Wrestlemania 2000, Totally Angelica (credits), and other games. After about 9 months of being a temporary employee, he was hired permanently as a tester by THQ.
Later he moved up north to Oakland and would start working at Sega of America in Downtown San Francisco for 6 months right as they launched the Dreamcast. He tested all sorts of 1st Party Dreamcast games at Sega: Seaman, Space Channel 5, Jet Grind Radio, NBA2K, NFL2K, Skies of Arcadia, Ecco the Dolphin, Quake III, and others. His main project was Assistant Lead for Shenmue (credits) under Mike Rhinehardt.
After Sega, he would work 6 months at Sony Computer Entertainment of America in Foster City. Working in the 3rd party testing division, his ability to crash games was uncanny, to say the least. He also ran backwards compatibility tests on the PSX.
Moving back to Los Angeles, Kus worked for Activision as a temporary tester for over a year. He began as a console tester on Matt Hoffman 2 Dreamcast (credits). He worked on Total War Medieval (credits), Castle Wolfenstein, Tony Hawk 2, Spider-man, and other games. With his indepth knowledge of Star Trek and the Klingon language, he ended up working on Bridge Commander (credits). With a solid track record, Billy Kus would be promoted to Database Manager of Starfleet Command III.
Kus would then work for TDK in Agoura Hills, before they were bought by 2K Games. He worked for about 6 months before being hired as a permanent employee. Some of his games include Tonka Trucks, The Haunted Mansion (credits), Corvette (credits), The Guy Game (credits), and other games.
Kus worked for a cell phone developer Alacre in Santa Monica for about half a year. Some of the cell phone applications that were tested include TV Guide, 24, and others.
The last company he would work for would be Vivendi Universal in El Segundo. His main project would be Caesar and a Nintendo DS game starring Crash Bandicoot. An unfortunate motorcycle accident on the way to work would leave Kus bedridden for 2 weeks.
Kus is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science and is employed as a traffic counter for a company that collects traffic data. He enjoys playing classical guitar and hiking on his free time. He is also a big fan of Ron Paul and small government.
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- Will Kuss
- Will Kus
- William Ryan Kus
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- Caesar IV (2006), Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
- UFC Sudden Impact (2004), Global Star Software Inc.
- Corvette (2003), TDK Mediactive, Inc.
- Disney's The Haunted Mansion (2003), TDK Mediactive, Inc.
- Star Trek: Bridge Commander (2002), Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX (2001), Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (2000), SEGA Enterprises Ltd.
- NBA 2K1 (2000), SEGA of America, Inc.
- BassMasters 2000 (1999), THQ Inc.
- Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling (1998), THQ Inc.