October 12, 1966: Happy birthday Brenda Romero!
Brenda Romero (née Brathwaite), current COO of and designer for Loot Drop (Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Commander, Pettington Park), got her start in the early 1980s at Sir-tech Software, best known for their Wizardry and Jagged Alliance series. She remained at Sir-tech for almost two decades before going to Atari to work on their Dungeons & Dragons video games. In 2010, she and co-founder John Romero (whom she would later marry) established Loot Drop, a social media games developer. Since 2008, she has also been working on a series of non-digital games under the umbrella title The Mechanic is the Message. These games, starting with the first title, The New World, focus on human experiences involving the emotions and difficulties associated with historically tragic situations, such as the Oliver Cromwell’s invasion of Ireland (1649-1653) and the development of Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Romero’s career is also marked by plenty of respected accolades. She once served on the board of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and is the current chair of the IGDA’s Women in Games Special Interest group. We here at UWG, along with gamers across the world who have enjoyed her works, wish her a very happy birthday!