Brenda Romero

aka: Brenda Garno Brathwaite, Brenda Louise Romero, Brenda Garneau, Brenda Garno, Brenda Brathwaite
Moby ID: 6264

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Brenda Romero (formerly Brenda Brathwaite) is a game designer, artist, writer and creative director who entered the video game industry in 1981 at the age of 15. Brenda has worked with a variety of digital game companies as a game designer or creative director, including Atari, Sir-tech Software, Electronic Arts, Firaxis and numerous companies in the social media space.

Brenda served on the board of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and presently chairs the IGDA’s Women in Games Special Interest group. She also serves on the advisory board of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong Museum of Play. She also works with John Romero and The Romero Archives to record game designers discussing their game design process for historical archiving.

She was named Woman of the Year by Charisma+2 Magazine in 2010 and also was a nominee in Microsoft’s 2010 Women in Games game design awards. In 2009, her game Train won the coveted Vanguard Award at IndieCade for “pushing the boundaries of game design and showing us what games can do.” She was named one of the top 20 most influential women in the game industry by in 2008 and of the 100 most influential women in the game industry by Next Generation magazine in 2007. Nerve magazine also called her one of the 50 artists, actors, authors, activists and icons who are making the world a more stimulating place.

She also works on a series of non-digital games titled The Mechanic is the Message. So far, Train, Siochan Leat, the New World and Pre-Conception have been released.

Credited on 38 games

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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (2023, Windows) Original Team
Empire of Sin (2020, Windows) Game Director
The Church in the Darkness (2019, Windows) Guest Writers
The Darkside Detective (2017, Windows) Special Thanks
July 4, 1976 (2017, iPhone) Design
Gunman Taco Truck (2017, Windows) Designer
Four Sided Fantasy (2016, Windows) Special Thanks
ADR1FT (2016, Windows) Thank You
That Dragon, Cancer (2016, Windows) Patron Consultants
Techno Dash (2014, iPhone) Special Thanks
In the Kingdom (2014, Windows) MagmaHaus would like to thank the following
Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge (2013, Windows) PlayerMaster's Guide written by
Dodger Down (2013, iPhone) Vocals
Pettington Park (2012, Browser) Additional Design
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Commander (2012, Browser) Project Lead
Ravenwood Fair (2010, Browser) Game Designer
Playboy: The Mansion - Private Party (2005, Windows) Additional Design
Playboy: The Mansion (2005, PlayStation 2) Lead Designer
Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes (2003, Xbox) Lead Designer
Wizardry 8 (2001, Windows) Game Design

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