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Encyclopedia > Dave Ellis (game designer)

Dave Ellis (born 1965) is an author and computer game designer. He is also an avid classic arcade game collector. 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... The word author has several meanings: The author of a book, story, article or the like, is the person who has written it (or is writing it). ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ...


Career

Ellis got his start in the game industry with MicroProse in March 1992 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. He started out in customer service then trasferred to QA and eventually worked his way up to game design. It is here Ellis was first exposed to X-COM, a game franchise he would be involved with one way or another for most of his career. In 1998, Ellis designed a new installment of the X-COM series, a space-shooter, X-COM: Interceptor. ... MicroProse Software, Inc. ... 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Hunt Valley is located in Baltimore County, Maryland just north of the Baltimore, Maryland metro area, on Highway 145 off I-83, by Loch Raven Reservoir. ... A game tester is a person whose profession consists of testing video and computer games in order to find bugs, errors and possible conflicts as a quality control process. ... ... X-COM is a series of computer games, started by MicroProse in 1994. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


Ellis remained with MicroProse for seven and half years, surviving two buy-outs (from Spectrum Holobyte and then Hasbro Interactive in 1999). During these years he served in various roles on several games. During this period, Ellis moved to the former MicroProse office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to work as the designer of X-COM: Genesis. He along with the rest of the studio were laid off that same year when Hasbro decided it didn't want to be a video game developer. Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. ... Hasbro Interactive was a video game production and publishing subsidiary of Hasbro, the game and toy giant. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... City nickname: The Southern Part of Heaven County Orange County Mayor Kevin C. Foy Town Council Sally Greene Ed Harrison Cam Hill Mark Kleinschmidt Bill Strom Dorothy Verkirk Edith Wiggins (mayor pro tem) Area  - Total  - Water 51. ... X-COM: Genesis (Genesis or XCG) was a computer game in development in the X-COM series. ... The Hasbro logo uses a smile to indicate the carefree nature of its products. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ...


Ellis then went to work for a new developer formed by former members of the Chapel Hill studio, Vicious Cycle Software. After less than a year, he left to work as a game designer for Random Games in Morrisville, North Carolina and remained there until November 2001, since which time the company has gone out of business. Morrisville is a town located in Wake County, North Carolina, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 5,208. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Since 1995, Ellis has written numerous computer game strategy guides for different publishers. As an avid classic arcade game collector, Ellis is also the author of The Official Price Guide to Classic Video Games, an authoritative work covering all the ins and outs of collecting classic arcade games, handheld electronic games and classic video game consoles. 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Strategy guides are instruction books that contain hints or complete solutions to specific video games. ... The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a current generation video game console. ...


Ellis holds a BS from Towson University in Mass Communication (film and television production). Ellis has been married to Meghan Harkins since June 20, 1992. Currently, Meghan and Ellis make their home in North Carolina. A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... Towson University Towson University, located in Towson, Maryland, is part of the University System of Maryland. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... State nickname: Tar Heel State Other U.S. States Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Official languages English Area 139,509 km² (28th)  - Land 126,256 km²  - Water 13,227 km² (9. ...


External links

  • Ellis' personal web site
  • DavesClassicArcade, Ellis' web site dedicated to his arcade game collection, covers many aspects of collecting
  • MobyGames' rap sheet on Ellis
  • Dave Ellis Interview: A three-part interview with Ellis regarding X-COM: Interceptor and X-COM: Genesis

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X-COM: Genesis at AllExperts (1091 words)
As a precaution, the game designer, Dave Ellis, had provided for a feature where players could easily stop the action and issue commands to their units.
Meanwhile, Dave Ellis was busy developing the game design and the artists were producing concept art.
Dave Ellis, leveraging contacts at Mattel, arranged for a demonstration of the demo to Mattel's management.
The Last Outpost - Taking names and... using harsh words? (2951 words)
The biggest hurdle during the development of the game was the fact that I was working remotely at the time?I was in Hunt Valley, Maryland while the rest of the team was in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Dave: At the time of the layoff, we had a tech demo that allowed you to run around in a city and fire non-lethal projectiles.
The design document was incomplete at the time of the layoff, but some sections?the back story, the economy, the combat, and the research tree?were done.
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