Laralyn McWilliams

Moby ID: 14305

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Laralyn McWilliams (February 25, 1965 – February 5, 2024) was an American game designer and video game producer.

Laralyn was Creative Director for Free Realms, an MMORPG developed and operated at Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego. She was recognized by Massive Online Gaming as one of the most influential people in MMOs in 2010, sharing the #1 slot with SOE president John Smedley.

Laralyn was also Lead Designer for Full Spectrum Warrior at Pandemic Studios. She was also one of the Gamasutra 20 for Women in Games. At the 2011 Game Developer's Conference, Laralyn shared the stage with Brenda Brathwaite in a talk about "Intuition vs Metrics: How Social Game Design Has Evolved".

McWilliams had a B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College, and a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law.

Credited on 15 games

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System Shock (2023, Windows) Humanoid Mutants
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (2020, PlayStation 4) Additional Story Development
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption (2018, Windows) Gamers
Archangel (2017, PlayStation 4) Original Story Concept by
Gears of War 4 (2016, Xbox One) Additional Creative Direction
Deal or No Deal (2013, Android) VP Creative
Waking Mars (2012, Windows) Tiger Style Loves Our Playtesters
Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (2011, Windows) Very Special Thanks
Free Realms (2009, Windows) Creative Director
Over the Hedge (2006, Xbox) Game Director
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life (2004, Windows) Public Beta Test Team
Full Spectrum Warrior (2004, Xbox) Lead Designer
Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 (2002, PlayStation 2) Lead Game Designer
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (1999, Windows) Beta Testers
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall (1996, DOS) Beta-Testers and Council of Wisdom

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