Brenda and John Romero, renowned game developers, speaking at CoderDojo Athenry on Saturday 9 April 2016


We are very excited to announce that Brenda and John Romero, who between them have been involved in developing exceptional games such as Doom, Quake, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, and Dungeons & Dragons, will be at CoderDojo Athenry on Saturday 9 April 2016. They will be speaking to us about their extensive experience as leading game developers. They will be joined by their 11-year old son Donovan, who has also started developing games.

Brenda and John have recently moved to Galway from the West Coast USA, and are currently in the process of establishing a game studio, called Romero Games, in Galway. Their brief biographies are below.

Regular attendees at CoderDojo Athenry are welcome to bring a friend if they wish. These talks should be really fascinating for our budding coders and game designers in CoderDojo Athenry, and inspirational for boys and girls alike!

PS: Huge credit to Kieran (lead mentor of the Unity stream) for organising this!


Brenda Romero 

Brenda is a game designer, artist, academic, and Fulbright Fellow. She has been in the games industry since the early 1980s. Her credits include such notable games series as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Wizardary and Dungeons & Dragons.  She’s previously sat on board of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and chaired several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) including one representing Women in Games. 

John Romero

John is best known as the founder of Id software. An exceptional programmer and game designer, he is the inventor of the “deathmatch”. His best known games include such timeless classics as Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake each of which broke new ground, both in technical and gameplay terms and even spawned new genres.


John and Brenda are currently in the process of establishing a game studio, called Romero Games, in Galway. Their son Donovan, also visiting us, is writing a game with the help of his Dad and friends and will hopefully be demonstrating it on the day.


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