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Arka Ray
Los Angeles, California

Building fun things while waiting for Cthulhu to rise again.

About Arka

I knew that I wanted to make games when I was 8 years old. So I got a degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!), and got a job at the Xbox team at Microsoft in the early days of the Xbox 360. I had a wonderful time at Xbox, helping build games such as Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Street Fighter IV, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Rock Band, Dark Souls, and a few Calls of Duty.

Having seen how the gaming sausage is made, I decided to pursue my other passion — sports, and started a company called Sidelines, which grew to over 10M monthly readers.

Then I realized that it wasn’t enough for me to just help build entertaining stuff. I wanted to entertain people. I wanted to tell them stories. I wanted to use my tech chops in a different way. Hence Popularium.

My greatest joys are creating products and content that entertain smart consumers, playing well-designed board games and PC games, and watching the Seahawks, the Spurs, and HBO’s Sunday night lineup.

Stories by Arka

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. | Wishing for a thing does not make it so
Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
Wishing for a thing does not make it so

Picard’s drink of choice is the humble tea. Here was the first tangible connection between me and the man I wanted to be.

Gods Of Rock | Build it and they will play
Gods Of Rock
Build it and they will play

Ad-Rock screams into my ears, penetrating my muscles, compelling me to play the notes with precision. Kunal's on the drums, locked in a trance that makes his hands a blur. The energy radiating from the giant speaker next to me threatens to knock me off my feet.

My Nights In The Old Republic | A romantic evening in KoTOR
My Nights In The Old Republic
A romantic evening in KoTOR

I plop down on the carpet as the familiar Star Wars opening crawl takes over the TV screen, filling me in on events that occurred a long, long time ago. 4000 years before Episode I. Whoa. That was unexpected. That must be the “old” in Old Republic.

Hope, Longing, & Loss In The World Of Warcraft | The Birth
Hope, Longing, & Loss In The World Of Warcraft
The Birth

These new heroes would live forever in the post-launch Azeroth, eventually becoming binary representations of the hopes and dreams of 13 million mortal human beings.