What He Does: Eric Kinkead is one of the focal points of the surprisingly busy Houston indie video game developer scene. He is both instrumental in spreading the news about Houston game happenings through HoustonGameDev.org and the head of app-developer Lava Level. It's from there that he launched the mobile, old school RPG QuestLord.
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It's a first-person dungeon crawler that uses a turn-based fighting system. The play is along the lines as the original Ultima games, which were a big influence on Kinkead growing up.
In the 1980s Kinkead had uncles that started topping one another in early home computers starting with the TRS-80, then the Atari 400, the 800, and so on. The exposure to programming from the very beginning captured Kinkead's imagination and he scrimped and saved to buy his own computer, an Atari ST where he published his first game. Eventually he landed a job at Bally/Midway and has worked on games for everything from the NES to the Dreamcast. QuestLord was an opportunity for him to finally self-publish a work of his own.More »