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
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.
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.