DG Dev Profile - Steve Kramer
07/25/2014 by Kaboom
I’m afraid not, I was born in Chula Vista, California. My dad was in the military, so I’ve lived all over the United States, but somehow ended back in Chula Vista for all of High School and College.
I understand you’re an avid Twitch streamer. How did you get started and what do you enjoy streaming?
I’ve been interested in streaming in its many forms for years and years. In fact I used to be one of those 24 hour webcam people who just left it on at home every day during the early 2000’s. Ever since game streaming started to take off in recent years I've toyed with the idea of streaming, but it was only earlier this year that I finally got a setup that I was happy with to stream on a regular basis. I stream a variety of games including DG2, Windborne, Risk of Rain, Resogun, and Dota2. I’ve found that I get more enjoyment out of my streams when I’m playing games that are a little more relaxed in their requirements for your concentration levels lately.
What was the longest stream you've ever done and what were you playing?
I hosted a 24 hour long stream playing Defense Grid here at Hidden Path Entertainment in honor of our DG2 Kickstarter a couple years ago. It was brutal, but I’d love to do another one someday. I was lucky to have a lot of help from our HPE team here, who helped sub me out for breaks. (www.twitch.tv/devgamer)
If you could time travel back to your childhood bedroom, what toy would you bring back with you?
I still have many of my favorite childhood toys to be honest. I have my Winnie the Pooh doll from when I was 6 years old, and I have all of my Gen 1 Transformers toys still. If I could go back in time though, I would tell my younger self to save the boxes and manuals for my games, as I’m an avid game and game system collector… I wish I kept those boxes!!
What are a few of your all-time favorite movies?
My favorite movie is “The Goonies” hands down. I live around 3 hours away from where they filmed it and visit Astoria a couple times a year! As for the rest it’s a bunch of random stuff like Happiness, Baraka, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Secret of NIMH.
What exactly do you do on Defense Grid 2?
I’m primarily responsible for the challenge modes. Other than that, I focus on multiplayer and lend Lead Designer, John Daud, a hand wherever he needs it.
How long have you worked in gaming? What did you do before?
I’ve been in the game industry around 20 years now. The first game I worked on was called Fun n’ Games on the Genesis as a tester. When I first got into the industry I was paying my way through junior college with a dishwashing job at a pizza place. I held both jobs for months before dropping the dishwashing job just in case it didn't work out. I guess it worked out, hehe.
What video game(s) do you think changed the industry the most in the last decade?
I can think of several games that were massively influential on the games that get made today. Off of the top of my head I would list World of Warcraft, Minecraft, and Gears of War to mention a few.
What’s the most rewarding thing about making video games?
There are so many things I love about making video games! Every day brings new creative challenges and it never gets boring. I’ve made friends all over the globe including players and developers, and I’ve had my name inside of what has probably been millions upon millions of Christmas presents around the world over the past 20 years. The idea that my day to day efforts result in people having fun all over the world fills me with a sense of pride and motivate me to do my best.