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Hi, I’m Trent Polack (@mittense on twitter). I make video games as a Senior VFX Artist and Technical Artist working on Crowfall. I’m also the CEO and Creative Director for Joy Machine, LLC working on Sacrilege.

Before that, I was Creative Director and Executive Producer at Team Chaos, working on games like SUPERCHROMARooster Teeth vs. ZombiensLoot Raiders, SPACE COLORS, Dragon Raiders, Cat vs. AliensDragon Academy, and Elements: Broken Lands.

And even before that, I worked as a Senior Designer on various projects at LightBox Interactive as well as spending years on Starhawk and the initial design/development of Plundernauts.

In the past, I was a game developer at Stardock Entertainment where I worked on Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor, Sins of a Solar EmpireThe Political Machine 2008, and Demigod. I was also involved with a large amount of the development of Elemental: War of Magic. I’ve also worked as a programmer working on satellite monitoring programs, a game journalist, an author, a door-to-door salesman, a PR dude, and a grocery bag boy. That last one is really the highlight of my career, I think.

I have a degree in English (with a focus on Creative Writing, Computer Science, and Secondary Education) from the University of Michigan. I’m also a self-taught programmer of twelve years and I dig game design, level design, screenwriting, and writing about games and television shows.

In my spare time I also like making games. It’s fun. Most recently I’ve been working on a variety of games using Unity, most of which are listed on my games page. I’ve also worked on side-projects for the PC/Xbox 360 using XNA (Asplode!), level design with UnrealEd 3, mission design with Call of Duty 4’s SDK, the Far Cry 2 editor, and various other toolsets.

I write a whole bunch about bunches of things. In the past, I have been known to write entire books such as Focus on 3D Terrain Programming. I also coauthored Graphics Programming Methods and Game Programming: Tricks of the Trade.

Bestest Games
Monster Hunter, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Far Cry 2, Half-Life, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Final Fantasy Tactics, Pokemon, Warcraft 3 (The Frozen Throne & Defense of the Ancients), Forza Motorsport 3, Resident Evil 4, Diablo 3, The Sims.

Rad Movies
Sweet Smell of Success, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, O Brother Where Art Thou, Glengarry Glen Ross, Mulholland Dr., Minority Report, Slither, Die Hard, Sunshine, Chinatown, Lost in Translation, Cabin in the Woods, Identity, The Shining.

Fantastic Books
The Fall (bestest), Fight Club, IT, 1984, Ubik, Catcher in the Rye, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, High Fidelity, The Martian Chronicles, Heart of Darkness, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Studs Lonigan, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, Savage Night, The Known World

Sweet Music
Sister Hazel, Anberlin, SR-71, The All-American Rejects, Ben Folds, New Found Glory, Travis, Tool, The John Butler Trio, Bad Religion, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, The Offspring, Felt, Trapt, The Who, Calexico, Sufjan Stevens, Iron and Wine, Elliott Smith, Jump (Little Children), Andrew Bird, The Decemberists, The Format, Live, American Hi-Fi, Damien Rice, All Time Low, Houston Calls, Atmosphere, Motion City Soundtrack, Paramore, The Hush Sound, Flyleaf, Aesop Rock, Bloc Party, Alesana, Porcupine Tree, Cire, Rishloo