James M. Stewart
Game Development Experience
Red Accent, Senior Gameplay Engineer, Unannounced title September 2014-present
Implemented numerous game play systems and authoring tools for a AAA mobile game.
Collaborated remotely with engineering team located in Shanghai, China.
2K Marin, Senior Gameplay Engineer, Mafia III October 2013-September 2014
2K Marin, Gameplay Engineer, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified September 2010-October 2013
Implemented RPG economy systems for character progression, experience, research
mechanics, perks and other unlocks. Developed tools for rapid iteration in these systems.
Maintained player weapons code—added numerous performance optimizations and new
features (especially for converting game from first- to third-person view).
Developed data-driven framework for validating, targeting, and executing orders in
The Bureau’s Battle Focus mode.
Developed rule-based dynamic training system to select loading screen and
in-game tutorial messages based on player behavior.
Implemented the client side of a telemetry solution to queue and transmit events
related to in-game player behavior.
LucasArts, Gameplay Engineer, Lucidity and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II September 2008-September 2010
Contributed to numerous gameplay and UI systems for Lucidity, an XBLA title.
Developed importer to pack compressed versions of very large multiplane background
images for Lucidity.
Wrote photoshop scripts to export animation frames and timings for Lucidity artists.
Implemented Gorog boss AI for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.
Prototyped physics-based gameplay and other systems for an unannounced title. Served as
gameplay engineer on a small team that developed the title through alpha.
Visual Concepts, Presentation Engineer, NBA 2K9 April 2008-September 2008
Extended a proprietary scripting language to expose engine functionality for game flow,
audio/commentary events, and UI animation.
Implemented new UI feature for 2K9: Coach’s Clipboard, an interface for the user to send
commands to AI players during live play or timeouts.
Implemented numerous statistical splashes and overlays (as per televised basketball games).
Stormfront Studios, Programmer, The Spiderwick Chronicles May 2007-April 2008
Developed for Xbox 360, PC, PS2 and Wii platforms
Implemented several game objects, sprite powers (player power ups and attacks),
AI behaviors, a dumbwaiter minigame, input buffering/filtering, and a cheat system.
Developed two C# tools: File monitor and server for a live update system (edits on PC appear
in the game); and a GUI for all developers to manage local project/branch settings for Perforce
and the Build system.
Implemented HUD elements: 3D power selector, quest pages and updates, multiplayer menus
Delivered Xbox 360 demo; implemented systems related to Xbox OS issues: achievements,
rich presence, player profile management.
Maintained particle system and authoring tool. Optimizations and bug fixes.
Gearbox Software, Programming Intern, Brothers-In-Arms: Hell’s Highway July-September 2006
Wrote script for the multiplayer mode of forthcoming title for PC and Xbox 360.
Gained experience with Unreal 3 engine, especially networking issues and UnrealScript.
Santa Rosa Junior College, Adjunct Professor August 2009-current
Developed curriculum and taught five semesters of an Introduction to Game Programming
course. The class learned fundamental programming concepts presented via examples from
of this class covered more advanced concepts such as A* pathfinding and simple physics
simulation using Euler integration.
Taught weeklong summer seminar on game development in Adobe Flash for high school students.
AI Game Programming Wisdom 4, Contributing Author February 2008
Co-wrote article “Intrinsic Detail in Navigation Mesh Generation” for a yearly anthology of AI
papers published by Charles River Media (co-author: Colt McAnlis)
Gamasutra, Immediate Professionals: Dev Kits and University Game Degrees, Author March 2006
White Wolf Publishing, Inc., Copyeditor, Freelance Editor and Writer January 2000–June 2005
Co-authored nine sourcebooks for company’s various role-playing properties.
Copyedited eight novels and 26 source books for company’s various role-playing properties.
The Guildhall at SMU, Plano, TX July 2005-March 2007
Master of Science, Interactive Technology
Specialization: Software Development
State University of New York, New Paltz, NY January 2004-June 2005
Master of Science, Computer Science
University of Texas, Austin, TX December 2000
Bachelor of Arts, English
Recipient of National Merit Scholarship and Dedman Scholarship
Console development experience with Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS2, PC, Wii, XBLA
Mobile development experience with Android and iOS
Development experience with Unity 3D, Unreal 3, Unreal 2.X
Software Familiarity: Visual Studio, Perforce, Subversion, Git, DevTrack, Hansoft, Jira,
SourceTree, Test Track Pro, XLAST, Araxis Merge, Unity, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Studio Max,
MS Project, RAD Telemetry
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