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John Alvarado

Also Known As

  • Juan M. Alvarado

Game Credits


Zoboomafoo: Leapin' Lemurs! (2001)   (President)


Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (2002)   (President/Technical Director)
Disney's Dinosaur (2000)   (Director and Programming)


Alpha and Omega (2010)   (Designer)
Monster Mayhem: Build and Battle (2009)   (Designers)
Defendin' De Penguin (2008)   (Game Design)
Line Rider (2008)   (Design)
Line Rider 2: Unbound (2008)   (Designers)
The Bard's Tale (2004)   (Director Engineering)
Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (2002)   (Game Design)
Zoboomafoo: Leapin' Lemurs! (2001)   (Game Design)
Demolition Man (1994)   (Original Game Design)
Monopoly Deluxe (1992)   (Interface Design)


Wasteland 2: Director's Cut (Limited Edition) (2017)   (Engineers)
The Impossible Quiz (2014)   (Technical Director)
Wasteland 2 (2014)   (Engineers)
Choplifter HD (2012)   (Technical Director)
Hunted: The Demon's Forge (2011)   (Senior Programming)
Alpha and Omega (2010)   (Technical Director)
Monster Mayhem: Build and Battle (2009)   (Managing Engineer)
Defendin' De Penguin (2008)   (Tech Director)
Line Rider 2: Unbound (2008)   (Managing Engineer)
The Bard's Tale (2004)   (Director of Software Engineering)
Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (2002)   (Programming)
Zoboomafoo: Leapin' Lemurs! (2001)   (Technical Director)
R/C Stunt Copter (1999)   (Programming)
Wild 9 (1998)   (Programming Talent)
Toonstruck (1996)   (Additional Programming)
Demolition Man (1994)   (Game Programming)
The Terminator (1993)   (Programming Assistance)
Future Classics Collection (1990)   (Programming)


Alpha and Omega (2010)   (Writing)
Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (2002)   (Voice Script)
Zoboomafoo: Leapin' Lemurs! (2001)   (Script)


Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (2002)   (Additional 2D Art & Layout)
Zoboomafoo: Leapin' Lemurs! (2001)   (Additional Art)
Centipede (1983)   (Artist)


Wasteland 2: Director's Cut (Limited Edition) (2017)   (Cast)
Wasteland 2 (2014)   (Cast)
Demolition Man (1994)   (Film Excerpt Selection)


Choplifter HD (2012)   (Voice Over Cast)
Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (2002)   (Voices)

Quality Assurance

Zoboomafoo: Leapin' Lemurs! (2001)   (Play Testing)


Super Caesars Palace (1993)   (Tech Support)


What the Golf? (2019)   (Backers)
Shadowgate (2014)   (Special Thanks)
Gex (1995)   (Gextra Thanks to)
Cool Spot (1993)   (Special Thanks to)
Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (1993)   (Special Thanks to)

Developer Biography

John Alvarado began programming games in high school in the early 80's on the Atari 800 and Commodore-64, back in the days when programmers created the artwork! He and his high school buddies, Gregg Tavares, Greg Marquez, Ron Nakada and Andy Brown (not the producer/developer on Moby Games) worked under the name The Nighthawk Group.

After graduating with a B.A. degree in Linguistics and Computer Science from UCLA (1989), John reunited with his old friends Gregg Tavares, Greg Marquez and Ron Nakada under the name Echidna, later joined by Dan Chang. Echidna created the map/tile editing tool called tUME that was licensed by many companies in the early 90's for console game development.

Following Echidna, John worked for over three years as a lead programmer at Virgin Interactive Entertainment on PC and console titles. There he met the eventual co-founders of the company Seven, including artists Brandon Humphreys, Willis Wong, Barry ‘Baz’ Pringle, producer Barry Pringle (Baz’s father), and programmer Ron Mar. These five left V.I.E. with John and, joined by Gregg Tavares, worked for about a year on a launch title for the “M2” - codename for the never-to-be-released successor to the 3DO console platform.

After the short-lived Seven, John started Big Grub with Gregg Tavares, Brandon Humphreys and Willis Wong. Willis and Gregg moved on after about a year but John and Brandon forged on for another six years with John as President/Technical Director and Brandon Humphreys as Art Director. In addition to managing the business, John was actively engaged in game design, programming and production management.

John and Brandon joined Brian Fargo 's startup inXile entertainment, where John served as Technical director for over 13 years, developing RPG PC/console games and mobile games. At the end of 2018, after a couple years at Blind Squirrel Games, John joined an old co-worker from Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Tommy Tallarico, at newly revived Intellivision Entertainment, where he is helping develop a new game console called Amico for release on 10/10/2020, with a mission of bringing back family gaming.

Last updated: Jun 01, 2019

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