Hi. I’m Scott Jon Siegel. The following facts are true.
I’m a game designer.
I’m proud to be a part of the Popcap team, working as a Senior Game Designer in their San Francisco office.
Previously I found myself at Playdom, helping launch the critical successes City of Wonder and Gardens of Time. And even earlier I worked on games for Zynga including Word Scramble for the iPhone, and Café World.
I have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to game design, and constantly ruminate on new mechanics and new game ideas, particularly in the still-nascent field of games on social networks. I spoke on the topic at the 2010 Montreal International Game Summit. I think it went well.
I really, really like interaction.
Call it the intersection of game and interface design. Interaction is key, above all else. So I want to create games where every interaction is meaningful; I want to build experiences with definite rule-sets, but with the potential to invite emergent behavior; I want UIs to bleed away and be counted as part of the game; I want to make players re-evaluate their relationships to screens, to controllers, to themselves, to each other. And, above all else, I want it to be fun.
I’m a Bard alumni.
In May of 2007, I received my B.A. from Bard College in New York, where I majored in Literature and the Integrated Arts, with a concentration in game design. My senior thesis focused on the creation of a theoretical academic curriculum for game design, along with a portfolio of games.
I’m married to a pretty cool girl.
It’s true! On June 21, 2009 I got married to the incomparable Bonnie Ruberg, former freelance journalist and Ph.D. candidate at Berkeley. Changing my relationship status on Facebook was downright surreal.
I’m living in San Francisco.
I moved to California from the east coast in March of 2008. I like it here, and I think I’ll stay awhile.
I love Quiznos.
I know it’s weird, and my foodie friends make fun of me for it, but I absolutely adore Quiznos subs. I’ll write a blog post about it eventually.
If you have any questions, or would like to get in contact with me, feel free to send off an e-mail to my first, middle and last name Ã„T gmail DÃ–T com. Thanks for your interest, and have a nice day.