Warren Spector


Before entering the computer game industry, Spector worked for Steve Jackson Games producing role-playing games. Most notably, he developed Toon with colleague and high school buddy Greg Costikyan. Soon thereafter, he went to work for TSR, Inc., where he spent some time in their R&D department, helping launch among other things, Spelljammer.

Subsequently he worked with Origin Systems and Looking Glass Studios. He worked on games including Ultima Underworld I and II, System Shock, and worked briefly on Dark Camelot, which later became Thief: The Dark Project. Later he founded Ion Storm Inc.'s Austin branch, which went on to develop Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Invisible War, and Thief: Deadly Shadows before being closed by owners Eidos Interactive in February 2005.

In 2004, Spector left Ion Storm to "pursue personal interests outside the company". In 2005, it was announced that he had established a new studio Junction Point Studios, where he is working on an unspecified game to be built with Valve's Source engine and released through Valve's Steam digital distribution system.A job advertisement for the studio called for artists for a game that has "classic Hollywood cartoons" featuring "cartoon mice, cats and wabbits". On July 13, 2007, it was announced that Disney Interactive had acquired Junction Point Studios.

According to his blog, Spector's top twelve favorite video games are as follows:

  • Diablo
  • Guitar Hero
  • Half-Life
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Suikoden
  • Super Mario 64
  • Tetris
  • Ultima IV
  • Warcraft II
  • Ico
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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Warren Spector (WS)

D.o.b. – 1955

Worked for – Steve Jackson Games(1)
TSR, inc(2)
Origin Systems(3)
Looking glass studios(4)
Ion Storm(5)
Junction Point(6)

Worked since – 1984

Key titles – Toon (RPG W/ GC)(1)
Wing Commander(3)
Ultima underworld I&II(3)
System shock(3)
Theif: the dark project(4)
Deus Ex(5)
Deus Ex: Invisible war(5)
Theif: Deadly Shadows(5)

Details – Industry veteran, famed for merging RPG to FPS. Founded Ion Storm’s Texas branch, worked on lots of Wing commander titles but not the shit ones, Ultima+++. ExR&D for TSR!

Interesting facts – married to Caroline Spector – Fantasy novelist

Connections – Greg Costikyan

Links –
blog - http://junctionpoint.wordpress.com/
Interview -http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=319

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