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Dan Mayers

Lecturer

Dan Mayers

BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

E: d.mayers@ucs.ac.uk  

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Introduction

Dan Mayers holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Plymouth and a Post Graduate Diploma in Publishing, also from Plymouth. His background is in games-related writing and games design, with thirteen years experience in publishing and development.

As a freelancer writer Dan has written game guides and cover-mounted books and contributed features and reviews to publications including Official Playstation Magazine, PC Gamer, Edge and Sight & Sound before becoming Deputy Editor of Official Playstation Magazine at Future Publishing. He continues to contribute to magazines and websites, including PlayStation Magazine, PC Zone, in-flight magazine Flybe and pocketgamer.co.uk

Dan has served as Acquisitions Manager at Eidos Interactive, where he was involved with quality evaluation of projects including Tomb Raider, Hitman, Championship Manager and Deus Ex. As a Producer at Eidos, Dan managed projects and budgets and teams and has worked on The Italian Job (2003), Crash 'n' Burn (2004), Just Cause (2006) and the pre-production phase of Just Cause 2 (2009). Dan developed the intellectual property (IP) for Just Cause in collaboration with Avalanche Studios. He has also worked as a designer for Emote Games, contributing to Emote's launch project, The Hunter.

As co-founder of a design consultancy specialising in alternate reality games (ARGs), Dan is currently working on projects in the heritage and health sectors. He has also delivered the full script for a game based on a Hollywood licence for Eidos Interactive and has been contracted by Disney to write the script for a game based on a major forthcoming film release.