Google hires LucasArts veteran

Techology giant brings on Noah Falstein as Chief Game Designer for reasons unknown.

Google has hired industry veteran Noah Falstein as Chief Game Designer, though it is unclear what his duties at the technology giant will be. The news comes by way of TechCrunch, which spotted Falstein's updated LinkedIn resume, stating he joined Google last month.

Falstein has been in the games business since 1980, holding positions at LucasArts, 3DO, and DreamWorks Interactive. Most recently, he launched The Inspiracy, a consultancy firm for game production and design.

As part of his consulting work, Falstein worked with Remedy Entertainment to review a "major revision" to Alan Wake during a two-week "course correction" procedure.

No specifics about Falstein's position at Google have been specified, but TechCrunch points out that he has previously shown a significant interest in making "Serious Games." Falstein defines the endeavor as "using games, game technology, or game industry techniques for a purpose other than pure entertainment."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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baxwam
baxwam

Man why all the Googles are on all still in beta 

baxwam
baxwam

OH GOD THE GOOGLES DON'T BRING MORE GOOGLES.  

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

LinkedIn seems to have a purpose for Leak-dIn...that's cool.

I hope a former Lucas Arts chap can bring some force still.

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

Google is working on a gaming service, a la Apple's Game Center. I would imagine that's what this hiring is about.

EDFXNights
EDFXNights

Me Thinking. Meh. programmers have programming work to do... not really big deal

Then i thought of Google Glasses...

AAA Game on that would be interesting... My Thoughts got way too carried away lol

senjutsu
senjutsu

Software engineering and developpement for a video game is pretty much the same as any other software. He will surely not work on a game, but surely on a Google project. Maybe related to mobile (as mobile have restrictions like a console does), and maybe related to media (we can suppose). That's all we can suppose for now.

zulwalks
zulwalks

Perhaps they want to make a AAA game for an upcoming Nexus device......

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

Making games for there social network?

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

A Google Console? Google, the publisher? Sh*t just got real.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Google.... Gaming?????.... I'm curious to see where this is going.....

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

That's good news.  Google has a lot of billion dollars that's why they hire LucaArt employees to work and make a plenty of money. :O

ggregd
ggregd

I expect to see a "Google Games" along with maps, images and news on their home page, with games that work in the browser and Android devices.

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

I don't think it's gonna be huge like a new Google "console", but it's something to keep an eye on.  In the short term, Google will add more support for its Chrome browser games, but who knows where it will wind up in the long term.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Google Cloud gaming hehe using google fiber. Eh who knows.. it could always be an app or something.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I also like Serious Games, if that involves Serious Sam :P. I play games for entertainment, not much else.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

I can totally see Google making a console..If google steps into console making.....well we will see more of the same shit lol

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Hopefully Google will get in the gaming business, the more games the better, the more competition the better.

XZeroKPS
XZeroKPS

Certainly would be interesting seeing Google developing games...

walidras
walidras

Next you know Google is a big Gaming Publisher lol

enartloc
enartloc

Microsoft just shit in it's pants

Johny_47
Johny_47

Could be a great move, maybe Google wants to make a game... or a console. They could name it Googlestation or Googlebox or even Google U haha =P

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Happy to see both Lucas Arts vets AND Google in the gaming industry.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

there are certain reprecautions If google turns to game development. I believe that her games will most propably be litered with microtransactions. I think that this will be Google beign google.

Adavanter
Adavanter

If it's Google Squadron I am so there. G-wing versus Bing fighter count me in!

Anything else... meh. :P

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

Wow that is interesting. I mean it's not about DRM or Nintendo so there's not a lot of comments. But Google hiring a "Chief Game Designer" is pretty big news. 

DarckArchon
DarckArchon

it be so sick if Google decides to enter the gaming business

Stebsis
Stebsis

I would like to know if Falstein himself applied to work on Google, or did Google scout him out. If he himself went there, then it'd most likely be just some "normal" Google stuff etc.and not game related, but if people from Google personally contacted him and wanted on board, that could suggest they're also planning to put him to good use too.