Last updated: October 2002
E-Mail: chriscrawford [at] wave.net
Brief Biographical Information:
Chris Crawford received an MS in Physics in 1975. After four years
teaching, he joined Atari, designing several games before becoming Manager
of Games Research, working for Alan Kay. Upon the collapse of Atari in
1984, he became a freelance game designer and designed several games, one
of which (Balance of Power) was a best-seller. He founded and chaired the
Computer Game Developers' Conference. Crawford has three published books:
De Re Atari, The Art of Computer Game Design, and Balance of Power. He has
lectured on computer game design in many countries and universities. His
current projects include another book, Understanding Interactivity, and a
technology for interactive storytelling, for which he holds a US Patent.
Chris Crawford is an active amateur meteor observer, who has specialized in
developing interactive devices for meteor observing.
Research on Leonid MAC:
near-real time flux measurements
Chris Crawford will provide the counting tool that will be used during
the 1999 Leonid MAC. In his first effort at counting meteors, he detected
85 percent of meteors on pre-observed tapes, while even experienced
observers typically detect 60 percent
of meteors at their first try.