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John Hattan
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Attended Texas A&M University
Lives in Southlake, TX
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  • Texas A&M University
    Computer Science, 1985 - 1989
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(my byline from the Gamedev Collection series, which I co-edited) John Hattan has been working steadily in the casual game-space since the TRS-80 days and professionally since 1990. After seeing his small-format games turned down for what turned out to be Tandy's last PC release, he took them independent, eventually releasing them as several discount game-packs through a couple of publishers. The packs are actually still available on store-shelves, although you'll need a keen eye to find them nowadays. He continues to work in the casual game-space as an independent developer, largely working on games in Flash for his website, The Code Zone (www.thecodezone.com). His current scheme is to distribute his games virally on various web-portals and widget platforms. In addition, John writes weekly product reviews and blogs (over ten years old) for www.gamedev.net from his home office where he lives with his wife and daughter in their home in the woods near Lake Grapevine in Texas.
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I've written the following commercial games for various discount game packs or the web. Adjacent See, Arcade Poker, Backgammon, , BaffleBees, Bulldozer, Bulldozer II, Bulldozer III, Um El Bagara, Black Box Chess, Brain Bones, Cheesy Pursuit, ChessCards, Checker Connector, ConFusebox, ConFusebox II, Core Meltdown, Countdown Dice, Cryptograms, Deductive Logic, Dice-A-Rama, Double Twelve, Duck Tiles, Elementris, Engulf, Head-on Collision!, Hex, Hexapawn, Hexapies, Invaders From Neptune!, Kizbot, Laser Clash, Make4 3D, Meltdown, CardMatch, MazeRace, Moku, Neutron Trails, Nim, Olive Wars!, Pangki, Pegopolis, Poker Patience, Poker Machine, Pop Pies, Pop Pies 2, Pop Pies 3, Push-Pull, Quinto, Reversi Plus, Robottack, Sechseck, Shi Sen, Siege, StackBlitz, Suzy Sushi, Think Tank, Tic Tac Toe 3D, Ultimine, Vanishing Cross, Voracity, Wari, Winding Standoff, WordGrid, Worm Sojourn, Zap Pod!, Zombie Kitten Attack.
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I write games
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  • The Code Zone
    His Ownself, 1996 - present
  • About a dozen companies, none of which still exist
    Programmer, 1989 - 1996
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Southlake, TX
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Actually the "town square" outdoor mall near me makes a pretty good Pac Man maze.

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My wife now regrets not ever designing a subdivision that was a perfect clone of a Pac Man maze.
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I think the correct way to pronounce it is 'AutoRAD' while doing 'devil fingers'. So essentially its like paying for Adobe Cloud all in one go?
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New leaked #Unity3D target.
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Inaccurate lack of color clash! BOOOOOOOOO ;)
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Three Days of the Condor
The Godfather
Silence of the Lambs

#MoviesThatWereBetterThanTheBook  
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I just checked. They're 86 and 69 years old, respectively. It's gonna be animated, so I guess they can make 'em any age they want, but I'd watch a movie of 'em as retired superheroes clinging to past glory, ala Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
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If there was nothing in my pants but a clock, it would be high-noon right now.
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+Joseph Burchett  WHAT A LOVELY DAY!
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Credit to the publisher for not pretending that this was found 95% complete in the author's closet and is now being released just the way the author would've wanted it.

Contrast this with Tom Clancy, who was apparently just putting the finishing touches on seven books when he died :)
The girl with the dragon tattoo is back—under slightly different circumstances. The fourth book in the best-selling Millennium series by Stieg Larsson will be published in the U.S. on September 1, under the title “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” Alfred A. Knopf and other publishers of the series announced today.The book was written by Swedish writer David Lagercrantz, a former crime journalist and novelist best-known for co-authoring the 2014 memo...
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Extra points for having Clippy speak in Comic Sans.
 
Introducing Clippy for Sunrise - Sunrise

Sunrise + Microsoft = Clippy for Sunrise

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Introducing Clippy for Sunrise To our friends and Sunrise users. Following our recent integration into the great Microsoft family, we have more news to share with you today! Brace yourself, this is...
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Be sure to check out ThinkGeek's yearly lineup of April Fool's products.
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I'm all in for their steam machine, but I'll wait until HL3 is announced to get it. 
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Okay, Amazon offered me $20 off $50 worth of Amazon groceries. So I bought a buncha stuff I need. Delivery is in an hour. Wife will be confused.
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I just got an email message this morning from Amazon that I can get Prime Now also. A couple days ago, I checked, and it wasn't available.

On a similar note, I got another message from Amazon this morning. They must have been watching because now they set a delivery day of May 21st for my Echo. 
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Not a bit surprised that Windows RT is going away. Turns out that "It's a lot like a Windows Laptop, except it won't run <insert about a thousand existing Windows apps/games here>" wasn't making 'em fly off the shelves.
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Mobile tech history is littered with failed Microsoft Windows operating systems.

I still wonder what might have happened if Bill Gates had gone all in with Windows CE--making it the main desktop OS (instead of, say, Windows Me).
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I wonder if now Chromebooks are gonna grow an optional "big chunky icon" mode more suitable for tablets and TV's.

Ironically, it'd be the opposite of what Microsoft is doing with Windows 10, making their big chunky icon-mode look decent on desktop screens.
 
Google launches $100 Chromebit dongle that turns your TV into a Chrome OS computer, shows off flipping Chromebook http://tnw.me/TbWeLpU
Google is making a big push into Chrome OS today. The company just announced a $100 TV dongle that turns any TV into a Chrome OS computer, as well as new Chromebooks. https://youtu.be/lHjNxscOY_M The ...
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