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Smith and Tinker
Jordan has been the creative and motivating force
behind the founding and success of a number of entertainment companies,
including: FASA Corporation (roleplaying games), Virtual World
Entertainment (the world's first public networked virtual reality
entertainment centers) acquired by the Disney Family in 1992, FASA
Interactive (PC games, including the MechWarrior franchise) acquired by
Microsoft in 1999, WizKids (collectible games, including HeroClix)
acquired by Topps Inc. in 2003, and 42 Entertainment (alternate reality
At Microsoft, Jordan was the Creative Director for the entire
entertainment business unit which included all PC and Xbox titles. While
there, he conceived of the pioneering transmedia non-linear storytelling
experience for Steven Spielberg's movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence,
which has spawned a whole new genre of interactive entertainment called
Alternate Reality Games. Jordan and the 42 Entertainment team have
remained in the forefront of ARGs with such experiences as "I Love
Bees," "Year Zero," and many others to their credit.
During his career, Jordan has created some of the largest and
longest-lasting franchises in the gaming industry, including
BattleTech/MechWarrior, Shadowrun and Crimson Skies. He has won more
than one hundred awards, including election to the game designer's hall
of fame by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design, and in 2003
was selected as the Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst
& Young. Jordan also serves as an adjunct professor at USC's School of
Cinematic Arts, and at University of Washington's College of Computer
Science and Engineering.
His latest transmedia storytelling experiment, entitled "Cathy's Book,"
co-written with Sean Stewart, became a New York Times bestselling young
adult novel, and has recently gone on to become a bestseller in the UK,
Germany, Sweden and Italy. Cathy's Book is scheduled to release in
seventeen languages before the end of 2008.