It's an exciting time to be a simmer, and an even more exciting time to be a SimGuru! With the announcement of The Sims™ 4 on XBOX One and PlayStation® 4 we just had to sit down with our newest SimGuru, SimGuruDuke!
Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself?
Hey everybody, I'm super excited to join the Gurus. I have worked at Maxis for the past 11 years. I started as a Gameplay engineer on The Sims 3, when we were still designing the game. I then worked as a Development Director on The Sims 4, in charge of both the Gameplay Engineering and Design Teams. In my free time, I enjoy running, gaming, and traveling.
What do you do on The Sims 4 now?
I'm currently the Senior Producer on The Sims 4 for Xbox and PS4. We are working hard to make sure this is the best console game we have ever released for The Sims, and I'm thrilled to help bring the game I love and worked on for years to console players. I personally prefer to play on console, and I can't wait to do so this Fall - even though I already get to (the perks of working at Maxis).
What made you interested in becoming a SimGuru?
I really wanted to share with the community more about the console project. You guys have been asking for this for ages, and I want to hear what can make it great and also share our progress with all of you. Also, this community has always been so unique, it is unlike any other gaming community I know of.
What do you love most about The Sims franchise?
All the creative choices, and none of the judgment. I love that I can tell any story I want from one day to another. I love that there is no right way to play the game. There is just the way I want to play today. That freedom creates the perfect escape. I also love that even if I have a story in mind, the game always has a couple twists in store for me. That surprise really keeps it interesting.
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Peanut Butter Cup
Looking to learn more about the people who make (and love) The Sims? Check out our last SimGuru Spotlight featuring SimGuruNinja and our latest Simmer Spotlight on the Family Vacation Build Challenge. Be sure to check out our console announcement and keep up to date on the latest news by following us on Twitter, Instagram & like us on Facebook.