C.V.

John D. Moore

Curriculum Vitae (Game Design)

Portfolio: Whatnot Studios

Twitter: @jdm0079

Profile

Independent, outsider game developer who makes creative, mechanically inventive, bizarre, and personal video games in a variety of genres, styles, and scales. Typically works as a solo developer, handling everything from programming and animation to level design and sound effects. Open to collaborations and contract work. Interested in new approaches to traditional video game mechanics. Since 1997, have self-published over ninety games.

Exhibitions and Showcases

March 2018: Glorious Trainwrecks X Babycastles. Babycastles. New York, New York.

  • Group show. Games exhibited: Koi Puncher (2012), Watch Ducks Legacy (2010, 2017), Ungrateful Birds (2017)

July 2018: SAAM Arcade 2018. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Washington, DC.

  • Indie games showcase. Exhibited Explobers (2017).

Major Works

Temple of the Wumpus, 2018.

Koi Puncher MMXVIII, 2018.

Explobers, 2017.

Caverns of Khron, 2012.

Education

Summer 2017: University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon. MA in East Asian Languages & Literatures.

  • Thesis title: Inside the Boy Inside the Robot: Mobile Suit Gundam and Interiority.

Spring 2014: University of Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah. BA in Japanese Language and Literature; Asian Studies.

Video Game Writing Published Online

August 2016. Review of State of Play, Contemporary Japanese Literature. Edited by Kathryn Hemmann.

June 2018 to present. Writer of Jots on Dots: Thoughts on Digital Games, a review and essay blog.

Organization

June 2018: Wumpus Jam. Host of month-long game jam at itch.io

Spring 2015 to Spring 2017: Transdisciplinary Asian Film Series at the University of Oregon. Co-founder and lead organizer.

Spring 2016: 2016 Asian Studies Northwest Graduate Conference. Organizing committee member.

Other Creative Work

2009. Director, co-writer (with Enoch Allred), co-producer of Legends of Minigolf: The Flamingo’s Challenge, a feature-length film comedy. Produced by Shannon Fugal.

2004 to 2008. Director, writer, editor, videographer, and actor for various productions for Bombdotcom Productions.

Work Experience

2017 to present. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, Maryland. Library specialist.

2017 to present. Freelance proofreader.

2014 to 2017. University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon. Graduate Teaching Fellow.

2013. Leaf Cup. Tokyo, Japan. Chat host, private English instructor, substitute group lesson teacher.

2006 to 2012. The Law Office of Paul Toscano, P.C. Salt Lake City, Utah. Legal assistant.