David Doak

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David George Doak (born 11 November 1967) is a Northern Irish video game designer. Originally from Belfast,[1][2] he later moved to England, where he studied at Oxford University on biochemistry specialty[3] and worked as a research scientist.[4] Doak began his video game career working with Rare where he provided network support for Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and helped develop the critically acclaimed GoldenEye 007[5] and Perfect Dark for the Nintendo 64. His facial likeness and name were used for a non-player character in Goldeneye 007, a scientist named 'Dr. Doak'.

Doak left Rare in 1998[6] with video game composer Graeme Norgate to help start Free Radical Design. From there he worked on the hugely successful video game series TimeSplitters[7] and two other video games called Haze[8] and Second Sight.[9]

Doak left Free Radical (which now is known as Deep Silver Dambuster Studios) in 2009 and set up his own Nottingham-based studio, Zinkyzonk, which would develop games for Facebook.[10] The company evolved from his defunct studio Pumpkin Beach.[11] Zinkyzonk released their first game, Gangsta Zombies, at 11 July 2010 in partnership with Jolt Online Gaming. The company was dissolved in April 2013.[12]


  1. ^ David Doak talks Haze - Page 2, 11 June 2007.
  2. ^ Doak's profile at Giant Bomb.
  3. ^ David Doak's profile at LinkedIn.
  4. ^ "Free Radical Splits GameCube". IGN. 11 October 2002. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  5. ^ Matt Martin (2 October 2008). "Doak to deliver GoldenEye Director's Commentary at GameCity". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  6. ^ http://platform-online.net/2009/11/interview-martin-hollis-david-doak/
  7. ^ David Becker (23 September 2004). "Game publishers sweat console change". CNET.com. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  8. ^ "David Doak talks Haze". Eurogamer. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  9. ^ https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-05-04-free-radical-vs-the-monsters
  10. ^ Free Radical founder opens Facebook studio, 12 August 2009.
  11. ^ David Doak gets 50,000 £ for Facebook project. 1 April 2010.
  12. ^ http://www.dellam.com/06776775-ZINKYZONK%20LIMITED