Backward Compatible is a games and new media commentary site which explores tabletop games, video games, transmedia and other, related topics in an academically-informed, yet casual and conversational way. As practicing game designers and avid gamers, the crew is interested in exploring what games are, have been, and could yet become.
The Backward Compatible Crew
The site’s core group are a trio of game designers from the Dallas area, and, incidentally, each of them has at least one graduate degree. They contribute to Backward Compatible as a way to dialogue about gaming and new media, and it’s a chance to exercise their creative muscles as a change of pace from their normal routines.
Adam “Doc” Brackin
Adam, “Doc” to his friends, is a humanities scholar, the co-owner of Doc & Krueger Games, an independent media consultant, writer, professor-for-hire, and full time dad. He’s currently working on his second Master’s, this time in Cultural Apologetics. His teaching and research interests include: Social Media, Transmedia & ARG, all forms of non-linear & interactive narrative, story mechanics models, and game studies & design!
Chris graduated with both a BA and MFA in Arts & Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas, where his studies focused primarily on game design and creative writing with a particular interest in game narratives. He is a co-founder and senior designer at Doc & Krueger Games and has developed a number of original tabletop roleplaying games.
Jim K. Weaver
Jim has been gaming since his parents bought him the NES way back in 1986 and soon became absorbed in the grand adventures found in classics such as The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Final Fantasy. Going without a new home console for the next 15 years, Jim has played nearly every game in the NES and Game Boy libraries, supplementing his formative years with adventures and RPGs on his rad Windows 3.1 PC along with trips to the arcade to get schooled by every kid and their little sisters at Street Fighter II. After trying his hand at an accounting career for a few years, Jim hit the reset button on his life and returned to academia. After graduating with a MFA in Arts & Technology—with a focus in game design and system design—from the University of Texas at Dallas, Jim got hired to the Quality Assurance arm of Istation, where he currently serves a dual role as an Activity/Interface Designer and QA Tester.
The Backward Compatible crew frequently interact with friends and colleagues who contribute to the site in a number of ways. This page will be updated with their profiles soon.