Hey! My name is Z and I’m the founder of Serenity Forge, a video game development and publishing company located in Boulder, Colorado. I built my first PC when I was 6, and programmed my first game when I was 10. Since then, I’ve always had a passion for exploring the power of interactive media.

I believe that the video game medium is still in its infancy, and I wish to push the industry forward, building interactive experiences that inspire art, foster education, promote health, and facilitate business operations.

My TEDx talk on how video games will save our world


Outside of running a company, I’m a public speaker, impressionism artist, foodie, finance nut, and tea fanatic. I’m a believer of determinism, and I’m currently working on a book on the topics of value-driven game design.

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Some of my favorite games:

Taikō Risshiden 5, Uncharted Waters 4, 軒轅劍 series, Gone Home, Bastion, Chrono Trigger, Fire Emblem series, To the Moon, Zero Escape series, The Stanley Parable, Shovel Knight, The Walking Dead (TellTale), Castlevania series, Braid, Ōkami, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros Melee, Minecraft, Papers Please, Inside, Orwell, and 1979: Revolution.

Some of my favorite books:

Slaughterhouse Five, Nineteen Eighty-four, Great by Choice, Reality is Broken, Of Mice and Men, Economics in One Lesson, Actionable Gamification, The Happiness Advantage, The Grapes of Wrath.

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