I’m a hip-hop obsessed visual artist, designer, writer, and speaker. I have ~13 years experience directly working in games, with experience working both independently and in the corporate world.
I recently launched Treachery in Beatdown City on Nintendo Switch & PC as the game designer/producer/artist/writer/business/marketing/QA manager person for the game.
Previously I worked at Rockstar Games for close to 5 years, working on game trailers that have been seen by millions of people. I also voiced & wrote a few characters, advocated for game design changes, and brought up critical game balancing issues. This is because I can’t work on games in any one fashion without yearning to see the best game possible.
Currently I am a producer, designer, and live ops manager on Free to Play mobile games and VR projects for a big company.
Resume available upon request.
Speaking and Writing
My focus used to be speaking and writing about race and representation in the games industry. I have transitioned to focusing on how these things overlap and can/might/possibly/should inform game design (at least, my own).
If you want to book me for speaking, feel free to email me at shawn at nuchallenger dot com.
Please note: I don’t do Advocacy/Diversity talks anymore, because I don’t think those do anything. I found that direct action is better than spending years talking about it.
Mentorship / Organizing
To that end, I am also a co-organizer of the Game Devs of Color Expo, the first games conference in Harlem.
On the independent side I have been involved in game design, art direction, graphic/type design, sound design, marketing a successful kickstarter, trailer editing/creation for independent games, and consulting on culture & “diversity and inclusion” as well. I even made a commissioned board game that ended up in the Museum of the Moving Image.
I also make political art.
Being black in America— Shawn Alexander Allen (@aNuChallenger) June 8, 2015
(image made by me) pic.twitter.com/p4tA2vCLCG
You can find me here – Twitter: @anuchallenger