Tag Archive for Monolith

Quest Complete: Work my way up the game designer chain


I was promoted to Senior Game Designer at Monolith Productions!  I’ve been working in the industry for roughly a decade now, and it still doesn’t even feel real.  It’s hard to believe that I go to work everyday to work on games that are much bigger than what I played as a kid.  Life’s strange sometimes 🙂  Next step: Ship a title with a 90+ Metacritic review score!

The First Ever Article Written About Content I Created

I’ve always been a firm believer that games, or even small parts of games, are made by teams, not individuals, but it sure feels nice when someone writes a stunning article about content that you were in charge of.  The first of many 🙂  When I started working on this mission, I remember thinking, “I’m getting paid to make a haunted house.  I love my job!”  Being a game designer is pretty great.



Middle-earth: Shadow of War Story Trailer

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Open World Trailer

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gameplay Trailer

War has come!

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

That AWESOME moment when the game you’ve poured your heart into for the past few years finally gets announced! I’m responsible for designing several of the main and side missions, among other things.


Shadow of Mordor Post Launch

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor appears to have been quite a success.  Tons of people have been posting how amazing the game is.  I’ll use this post to link all sorts of Shadow of Mordor post launch stuff – Players sharing their experiences, things that people have made using/for the game, etc.



GDC Game of the Year (And other awards): http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/winners/

GameSpot Overall, PS4, and Xbox One Game of the Year: http://www.gamespot.com/game-of-the-year/#top

Rock, Paper, Shotgun best action game: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/12/16/best-action-games-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor/

PlayStation LifeStyle Game of the Year: http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2014/12/25/best-2014-game-awards-game-year-2014/#/slide/6

Joystiq Best Action Game: http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/03/joystiq-top-10-of-2014-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-yo/?ncid=rss_truncated

411mania Game of the Year: http://411mania.com/games/411-games-2014-year-end-awards-the-top-10-games-of-2014/

Giant Bomb Game of the Year: http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/giant-bomb-s-2014-game-of-the-year-awards-day-five/1100-5126/

Escapist Best Action Game: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/12789-The-Escapist-Game-of-the-Year-2014-Best-Movie-and-More.5

IGN Best PS4 Game: http://www.ign.com/lists/best-of-games-platform/ps4/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor

Dice Awards – 8 total awards: http://www.polygon.com/2015/2/6/7991149/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-snags-8-dice-awards-dragon-age-named

Many, many more.


Photo Mode:

Steam community: http://steamcommunity.com/app/241930/images/ (Especially this one: http://cloud-4.steampowered.com/ugc/534001598413538279/5BFC893F6C8AADDE2B7A50E3583AF4239E5A359C/)

Imgur: http://imgur.com/a/FDyLU#0 (Especially this one: http://i.imgur.com/3bzf2kS.jpg)


Bad Day in Mordor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BtMTk9NZ6Y

More Photo Mode videos: http://kotaku.com/violent-shadow-of-mordor-montages-are-tragic-pretty-1656155207



Yahtzee: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/9802-Shadow-of-Mordor-Review

Joystiq: http://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/26/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-review-my-precioussss/

IGN: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/26/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-review

Destructoid video review (Max): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTGPwLQzF-M


Player Stories:

Gorfel the Wrestler: https://www.reddit.com/r/shadowofmordor/comments/2i2plh/rip_gorfel_the_wrestler_or_why_the_nemesis_system/




Metal song: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/miracle-of-sound/9799-Shadow-of-Mordor-Music-Video?utm_source=latest&utm_medium=index_carousel&utm_campaign=all

Tips: http://kotaku.com/tips-for-playing-middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-1640847458

Glitches: http://kotaku.com/glitches-make-shadow-of-mordors-orc-hunting-way-funnier-1641703801

Increase difficulty: http://kotaku.com/think-shadow-of-mordor-is-too-easy-try-these-out-1653394248

Me:SoM as a book cover: http://imgur.com/a/umNbm

October, 2014 PS4 best seller!: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/11/07/playstation-stores-top-sellers-october-2014/

Shadow of Mordor Metacritic

With 28 reviews, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is currently sitting at an 85 Metacritic score!  Not bad for the first game that I’ve been a dev on!


Shadow of Mordor “Making Of”

Monolith released a dev diary video:

Shadow of Mordor Live Action Trailer

Monolith released a new Shadow of Mordor trailer.  This time, it’s a live action trailer!