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Monday, July 18, 2005

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Shadowbane's Lead Designer Interviewed
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MMORPG.COM has posted the results of a short interview with Sara "Lietgardis" Jensen, Lead Designer and Data Manager for the PvP-based MMORPG Shadowbane. The interview is fairly general, covering how Jensen acquired her current position, her views on women working in gaming, and the more challenging portions of her duties.

One aspect aspiring game industry workers may want to note is the ladder Jensen had to climb to get where she is, starting with working data entry jobs while doing a lot of volunteer writing for various game-related websites.

After a short stint as a web developer, I moved to Austin and saw a Ubisoft ad on for a data entry monkey at an Austin MMO studio. Hey, I have data entry experience AND I love MMOs! I got the job four months before Shadowbane shipped, and I moved up to a real design position shortly after launch. It's all been upwards from there.
She also notes she believes that the challenges women used to face in the industry are fading fast, and encourages them to pursue game development as a career.

As far as the future of Shadowbane goes, Jensen states that they are committed to delivering quality PvP play, with improved social systems and PvP ranking systems currently being in the works.

MMORPG.COM - Dev Profile: Sara Jensen
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