Throwback Thursday: MMO Systems Designer for Cryptic Studios, Chris Meyer


This Throwback Thursday is dedicated to our guest, Chris Meyer, the MMO Systems Designer for Cryptic Studios on Neverwinter. He helps design and implement various gaming aspects from player experience to interaction with the product and its related content. Some of the content he has added includes powers, items, enemies, gameplay systems and combat.

Thank you for your time, Chris. Let us dive into his Sonic the Hedgehog story:

“I distinctly remember being 11 or 12 and going over to my neighbor’s place to play Sonic the Hedgehog on his Sega Genesis. My brother and I used to sit for hours with him as we took turns racing through the stages. The three of us would be laughing and bonding over the game. All of us loved playing as Sonic, and I think he really stands out for me as my favorite because he symbolizes that bond and period of my life when I really started falling in love with games. It took us a long time to finally get the hang of clearing stages and moving through the various levels. My friend had to move away before we finished the game, but some of my most memorable moments were spent in the Casino stages shooting Sonic around like a pinball. It felt like such a wild gearshift and we all loved it. It was definitely a nice offset to the portions we spent underwater, with the terrifying countdown music haunting us as we hunted for more air bubbles. I still use the Air Bubble noise for a notification ringtone today.


I feel like this was a really formative experience for me because it helped solidify my strong bond with gaming, especially with people who I never really had a great connection to before. It was amazing to explore these incredible places with amazing heroes and cool characters and share all of that with people who loved it just as much as I did. It really helped push me into working in multiplayer games as well as MMOs. I feel like it was definitely an important milestone for me and I wholeheartedly recommend Sonic the Hedgehog to anyone who hasn’t yet played it. My recommendation also extends to Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 (Sonic and Knuckles).”

Thank you again for your time, Chris and thanks for stopping by! If you want to know more about Chris, you can follow him on Twitter: @CrypticGMC. If you want to stay updated on more Gamer Compatible reviews, you can follow us on Twitter: @gamercompatible or on Facebook: @gamercompatible.

Game on! And signing out.

Images were taken from Droid Life, and iDownloadBlog.

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