Name: Katie Roberts
Favorite thing about Wizard101: My favorite thing about Wizard101 is the storyline, characters and environments. The team has created such an imaginative and engaging world.
Favorite thing about working at KingsIsle: My favorite thing about working at KingsIsle has got to be all the amazing co-workers I’ve been able to work with. Every team is packed with talent, accepting of my ideas, and everyone is just so fun to work with.
What is your proudest accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment is succeeding at becoming a Game Designer. I had not planned to work in the gaming industry, but always loved playing games (especially RPGs). I found my life leading me towards the direction of game design, and I worked very hard teaching myself an editor at home. I still work constantly to improve my skills, and look forward to teaching myself more in depth C# programming, modeling and 2D art. I’m very proud of how far I’ve come, and my self-motivation.
What is your favorite book to read? I’m an avid reader, so picking a favorite is difficult, but I can say that one of my favorites recently (and I recommend it to people that hate reading) is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Although I have critiques about how the creation of the MMO in the novel is constructed, I realize that it is Science Fiction, and I’m probably too close to the subject matter (working on an MMO, myself). I read Steven Spielberg is directing the movie adaptation to Ready Player One and I’m really curious about how they’ll transition the world from a novel to the big screen.
What did you want to be when you were small? I wasn’t always interested in game design. In fact, I had no idea the job “Game Designer” existed when I was younger. My mother and great aunt took me to see the musical, Cats, and I fell in love with theatre, and decided I was going to star on Broadway in Cats. Up until 6 years ago, I was still pursuing acting, but grew tired of the stress involved in film auditions. That’s when I started looking into game design. I still do have the acting bug, and at some point, would love to grace the stage or screen again.