Oliver and Krenek Join Aspyr Porting Team
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In his daily online blog, veteran Mac game programmer Brad Oliver has announced that he will be joining the newly-formed Aspyr Media in-house game porting team.
Starting October 15th, Brad, working under the leadership of former Westlake Interactive president Glenda Adams, will be joining the Aspyr porting team and will be be put to work on an exciting new, yet-to-be announced port.
Two weeks ago, Aspyr announced they were creating a new internal programming department in order to expand their development efforts and enable them to bring even more Mac games to market. According to Brad, the new programming division will also be in a position to work on game-related software and coding tools that don't normally fit within the frame of a contract for a single game port:
Being on salary at Aspyr means that patches, the odd large project, and everything else that didn't easily fit into the Westlake milestone payment scheme can be done much easier... If Aspyr wanted us to work on, say, writing an installer that didn't suck, we could. If they wanted to throw a few of us on the task of reverse-engineering DirectPlay (legal issues aside), they could. If they wanted us to design a new killer porting framework based on the latest and greatest Mac technologies, they could.The staff at IMG want to congratulate Brad and wish him the best in his upcoming career move. Stay tuned to IMG as further news regarding Aspyr's new game porting team develops.
Update: After posting our news item regarding Brad Oliver, Aspyr sent out a press release announcing that in addition to Oliver joining Aspyr, another Westlake programmer, Mark Krenek, has also joined Aspyr's porting team.
Here's more about Krenek from the press release:
Mark Krenek has been a Macintosh developer since 1985 and has worked for several companies including TechWorks, where he met Mike Rogers, the President of Aspyr and Glenda Adams, Director of PC and Mac Development at Aspyr. He received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a master’s in Architecture from the University of Texas. Krenek most recently worked at Westlake Interactive on numerous Windows to Macintosh conversions including Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater® 2, Tomb Raider™ The Last Revelation, and several expansion packs for The Sims™. He has also done original software development.
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