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Michael Stout
Game Designer in Residence
717-901-5100 ext 1615

Michael Stout loved video games from the time he sat on his father’s lap and played Centipede on an early computer. But it wasn’t until years later, when he designed a game for a high school class project, that he realized he could create them for a living.

“It was like, ‘Oh wow, people make these things,’” Stout said.

Fast-forward a couple of decades and several gaming systems later, and Stout has compiled an impressive 14-year career as a video game designer, a job he likens to an architect of a virtual world. He’s worked on the successful Ratchet and Clank and the trend-setting Skylanders franchise.

Stout’s next stop will take him back to school for a year-long stint as Harrisburg University of Science and Technology’s next Game Designer in Residence. He will use his real-world experience to inspire and train the video game designers of tomorrow.