Mike Sellers is Director of the Game Design Program and a Professor of Practice at Indiana University. He also teaches an online course in Game AI for Uppsala University Gotland Campus, and is the author of the 2017 text, “Advanced Game Design: A Systems Approach.” Mike has spent more than twenty years working in the games industry and has founded three successful independent game companies. He has extensive experience in designing and producing MMO, social, and mobile games including Meridian 59, The Sims 2, and Realm of the Mad God. He is a frequent speaker on game design and systems thinking, and worked with DARPA to create advanced social/emotional artificial intelligence. He is also fascinated by the possibility of a resurgence of MMOs, uniting them with systemic game design and NPC AI.
Talk to Mike about: systems design, social AI, starting a game company, ice cream, and struggling to learn Swedish.