What is the weirdest job you’ve ever held?
My mother has always been a horse owner and trail rider. When I was about twelve, Mom and about 50 other horseback riders participated in a parade in my home town. The drove of riders and horses brought up the end of the parade and behind them, a little pickup truck, bed full of dung, and me with a shovel. I think the crowd cheered us on more than the rest of the parade. It probably helped that I would jump out of the truck and shake my shovel in the air like a Tusken Raider before cleaning up the large, steamy piles. A good day!
What is your favorite all-time game?
Whew, this may be a tough one. Baldurs Gate springs to mind pretty fast but also Silent Hill. I think these two games really helped set the foundations for my interest in all things gaming! (Alan Wake, Dead Space, Mass Effect, Bioshock, and anything with an engaging story ranks high on the list as well).
What games are you playing right now?
I’m in the middle of quite a few actually! I pick them back up as I have the time. On the PS3 – Alien: Isolation, Ni No Kuni, Remember Me, and The Puppeteer. On PC – Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Pt 2, Kentucky Rout Zero, and Transistor. On iOS – MTG and Fat Princess. On Android – Icewindale: Enhanced Edition, Horde of Heroes, and The Silent Age Pt 2.
What motivated you to begin working in the game industry?
It was the amount of creative expression that the industry tends to allow! Besides compelling visuals, games also represented an opportunity to do storytelling, music, and acting! I was solidly heading towards a career in comics but wanted to diversify more, already played a lot of games but never considered making them until a couple of semesters before I graduated school. I changed my plans, worked hard, and here I am!
What inspires you?
Fashion design, our amazing planet and its many mysteries, good books, and other artists!
What is your proudest achievement?
Getting to marry my best friend. I alternated between grinning like a fool and bawling like an idiot on our wedding day. At about the same time I landed my first industry job. Again with the grinning and crying.
What piques your curiosity?
Abstract ideas, deep woods, and old cluttered shops full of trinkets (you know, like before there was eBay).
What is your hidden talent?
I haven’t found it yet.
What is the best thing about working at Schell Games?
Its commitment to its people and all that the company does to show it. The leadership is extremely genuine, considerate, and talented. I’ve worked for companies who have exhibited some of these things but never one that makes every day about exhibiting all of these qualities. The company is quick to listen, welcoming, and gives back to the community. It’s a tucked away gem in loud industry, and I am honored to be a part of it all.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I like My Little Pony.
How long have you worked at Schell Games?
Only about five months now
To learn more about Ben, visit his blog: LinesofSanity.blogspot.com