Eric Zimmerman (born 1969) is a game designer and the co-founder and CEO of Gamelab, a computer game development company based in Manhattan. GameLab is known for the game Diner Dash. Each year Zimmerman hosts the Game Design Challenge at the Game Developers Conference. He is also the co-author of four books including Rules of Play with Katie Salen, which was published in November 2004. Eric Zimmerman has written at least 24 essays and whitepapers since 1996, mostly pertaining to game development from an academia standpoint. He's currently a founding faculty at the NYU Game Center.
Eric Zimmerman makes games and teaches game design, having previously directed videos for Nine Inch Nails (Down in it). Zimmerman has taught at universities including MIT, the University of Texas at Austin, Parsons School of Design, New York University, Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts. Beginning in 2010, he serves as an Arts Professor at the NYU Game Center, within the Tisch School of the Arts.
Since 2009, Zimmerman has created a series of large-scale, performative games for art galleries and public space, in collaboration with architect Nathalie Pozzi. These games include Sixteen Tons, Cross My Heart + Hope to Die, Starry Heavens, which was shown at the New York Museum of Modern Art, and Interference.
Zimmerman is a director of the RE:PLAY series of events and activities on gaming that included an exhibition, conference and accompanying book.
The first online game he helped create was a collaboration with Word.com called SiSSYFiGHT 2000.
Eric Zimmerman is also a co-writer of a screenplay for a short film Play (2009).
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- "IndieCade 2012 Award Winners-The Complete List". IndieGameReviewer.com. October 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
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