Hello there! Thanks for checking out my portfolio. I'm Jason Meisel, and I love to make games. I found that game development was my true calling while at DigiPen Institute of Technology, and created award-winning student games year after year.

I've since graduated and am looking for the next chapter in my game development life. I have a strong passion for creating new experiences for players, especially those that challenge existing notions of what games are capable of.

Please, take a look at my work. If you like what you see, shoot me an email. You can also twit me on the Twitters @jasonmeisel, link me at the LinkedIns, or look at my boring resume.

I'm currently working at Microsoft on the OneDrive Applications team.

Perspective

Perspective is an experimental game combining a first-person puzzler with a 2D platformer. This was my Junior project at DigiPen, but was worked on into my Senior year as well. I was formally the Design Lead and Gameplay Programmer on this project.

My Responsibilities

  • Designing the feel, experience, and flow of the game and working with a level designer, a musician, and a team of artists to implement them
  • Playtesting the game and responding to user feedback
  • Creating the DirectX 11 graphics engine to allow for rapid art iteration
  • Writing many different shaders to help iterate on the art style
  • Assisting with the design and coding of the game's editor, built with WXWidgets
  • Implementation of all gameplay code, as well as much of the UI
  • Assisting with the general production of the game by managing the team's wants and capabilities, seeking out feedback of experienced developers, and creating trailers and other press materials

Honors

  • DigiPen Game Awards 2012 - Most Innovative Design, Best Physics, Best 3D Visual Design, Best Junior Technology, Best Junior Game, DigiPen Game of the Year
  • Independent Games Festival 2013 - Finalist for Technical Excellence
  • Game Developers Conference 2013 - Experimental Gameplay Showcase
  • Develop Conference Indie Showcase 2012 - Showcase
  • Brazilian International Game Festival - Finalist for Best Gameplay
  • hoPLAY Festival 2012 - Finalist

Nous

Nous is a 2D free-flowing action game developed by the team Awesome Shark Volcano. It was my sophomore year game project at DigiPen Institute of Technology and was developed from May 2010 to September 2011.

My Responsibilities

  • Creating a 3D graphics engine using DirectX with deferred lighting, normal maps, texture atlasing, depth sorting and billboarding for sprites, text rendering, and an extensible particle system
  • Creating graphical effects in HLSL including meta-balls, edge lighting, motion blur, desaturation, pixelization, radial pixelization, 2 types of distortion, bloom, pixelized explosions, and 3 types of “screen glitching”
  • Brainstorming, designing, and implementing game concept prototypes
  • Integrating, extending, and bug-fixing the UI library (originally using CEGUI, then switching to Gwen)
  • Integrating the Audio library (FMOD Ex)
  • Creating 3D art content
  • Creating game logic scripts in Lua
  • Designing and implementing the boss chase level
  • Implementing screen capture facilities

Honors

  • Independent Games Festival 2012 - Student Showcase
  • DigiPen Game Awards 2011 - Best Sophomore Technology
  • PC Gamer - #2 Free PC Game of 2011
  • Toronto After Darkcade 2012 - Showcase
  • Brazil International Game Festival - Finalist for Best Best Sound, Best Narrative
  • FILE Festival 2012 - Showcase

SONAR

SONAR is a 1940′s spy comic book stealth/action/puzzle papercraft game with visible sound waves in a web browser. It is the first full commercial game made from the ground up with WebGL. SONAR marks my first commercial game project. It was independently developed by Subsonic LLC: a company formed by myself and three other developers. It was created from scratch by a small team of 3 programmers, 1 designer, and 2 artists in just 3 months. It was written in Javascript and used the (at the time experimental) WebGL API for rendering the graphics.

My Responsibilities

  • Creating a 3D graphics engine using WebGL with bone animation, phong lighting, a custom pipeline from Blender, glass rendering with screen-space reflections, specialized wall rendering, and optimized environment rendering
  • Creating a 2D physics engine with support for tile-based environments, circular rigid bodies, dynamic particles, collision detection and resolution, and raycasting Working with artists to improve the art pipeline
  • Implementing gameplay code such as the character controller, weapons, power-ups, and more
  • Creating and optimizing UI elements including tutorial text, subtitles, and achievement pop-ups

Honors

The Y-Front

The Y-Front is a 3D forward-scrolling shooter rendered completely in the Windows Command Prompt. It was created as my second semester Freshman game project from January to April 2010 at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

My Responsibilities

  • Scheduling the team’s tasks over the course of the project
  • Writing the Technical Design Document
  • Creating the core game engine Creating a 3D math library
  • Creating a 3D rasterizer Creating data structures (dynamic array, hash table, linked list, binary tree)
  • Creating a gameplay behavior system
  • Creating a 3D level editor (based in Blender)
  • Creating the high score system
  • Designing and implementing all the game logic (character controller, levels, bosses, etc.)

Honors

  • DigiPen Game Awards 2010 - Best Freshman Technology, Best Freshman Game

Barry's Magical Escape: DigiPen Ball-Stars Edition

Barry's Magical Escape: DigiPen Ball-Stars Edition is a tribute to DigiPen's wonderful collection of games over the years. It builds on the gameplay of the Bumper Balls minigame from Mario Party. It was built in Unity during my final semester at DigiPen.