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Computer science graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and holds a master's degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University. Worked as a Software Engineer for IBM and Bell Communications Research before joining Disney Imagineering in Los Angeles.
David Kushner is a writer who has contributed to publications including Wired, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN, IEEE Spectrum and Salon. From 1994 to 1996 he worked as a senior producer and writer on the SonicNet website. The first edition of his non-fiction book, Masters of Doom, was published in 2003. His second non-fiction book, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, was published in 2005. Kushner's book, Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb, was published in 2009. In 2012, his narrative non-fiction book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto was published. Jacked provided an inside look at the inner-workings of the video game company Rockstar Games, makers of the controversial Grand Theft Auto series, and attorney Jack Thompson's attempt to destroy it. The book served as the basis for a film on the BBC, Game Changer. Kushner's 2016 autobiography, Alligator Candy, describes the abduction and murder of his preteen brother, Jonathan Kushner. One of the individuals convicted for murder, Johnny Paul Witt, was executed by the State of Florida after a lengthy appeal (see Wainwright v. Witt). David Kushner's book investigates details of the murder and describes the emotional trauma this inflicted on the family.
Designer/Programmer of Braid and The Witness. President, Thekla, Inc. Partner in IndieFund. Working on good new things.
Video game designer and former programmer. Known for designing and programming the cinematic martial arts game Karateka and the widely ported hit game Prince of Persia.
AI and games researcher. Associate professor at NYU; director of @NYUGameLab; co-founder of http://modl.ai.