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Who am I?

I’m Matt Porter, a game developer and freelancer based in Essex Junction, VT. I’ve been freelancing for over 10 years, with works including website creation, writing, marketing, and more. Interested in working together?

Game Development

Game development is what makes me tick. I’ve always been fascinated with playing games, and how they work, be it board games, card games, video games, sports, or something more. I’ve been pretty successful with game development in the past, and all the work I do is to allow me the financial freedom to explore and create my ideas through my favorite medium of all, game development.

Web Development

Web development, is a fickle bitch. We have a love hate relationship, but who doesn’t? While I certainly prefer the more logical and common sense aspects of game development, the world wide web is constantly evolving, and always keeps me on my toes. Staying up to date and learning new technologies is an endless endeavor, but luckily for me, one I happen to enjoy.

Writing

Writing is something I’ve come to enjoy with age, much like my late in life appreciation for a good cup (or two) of coffee - coincidence? I think not! Jokes aside, I find writing to be mankind’s peak form of communication, and I love me some communication. Whether writing my opinion on the latest game I’ve beaten, or creating a Kickstarter campaign for a project I’m working on - words and I get along, and they tend to come easily to me.

Tinkering

Like most creative types, I enjoy figuring out how things work. Financial gains aside, I’m the type to build my own computer, not buy one. I enjoy hacking my game consoles to do more than they do out of the box, because I can. Understanding the actual components and raw power of the smartphone in my pocket isn’t an option, it’s a responsibility. Long story short, I’m not afraid to touch my fingers to the keyboard and learn something new.

Making things is what I do

Below are some of my projects, have a look.
Tower of Greed game title screen

Tower of Greed

Game

Tower of Greed is a one-of-a-kind arcade platformer, co-created by myself and Andrew Sandifer, formally known as Epic Shadow. The game received high praise from players and critics alike, and accumulated millions of plays across the web, with over 1 million on Kongregate.com alone.
Pixel Purge game title screen

Pixel Purge

Game

Pixel Purge is a 2D arcade shooter co-created by myself and Andrew Sandifer, formally known as Epic Shadow. The game received high praise from players and critics alike, and accumulated millions of plays across the web, with over 1 million on Kongregate.com alone.
ANightInBurlington website home page

A Night In Burlington

Website

ANightInBurlington.com was a personal project website, that emphasized night life and tourism in Burlington, Vermont. It featured a hand-catered event calendar, with weekly, monthly, and annual events, such as drink and dinner specials.
Gemfruit.com example page article

Gemfruit

Website

Company website for my game development studio, Gemfruit.
HouseOgames incubator program

HouseOgames

Experience

Myself and Andrew Sandifer were just 2 of 7 participants accepted into the HouseOgames incubator program just outside Seattle, WA.
The Untold Legacy kickstarter campaign

The Untold Legacy

Writing

I was the lead writer for The Untold Legacy game, and also wrote the Kickstarter campaign, which while unsuccessful, funded over $17,000.
Custom made Retropie game console

Retropie

Hardware

Custom Retropie console build I made, featuring a Raspberry Pi 3B+.
Customized New Nintendo 3DS with splash screen

CFW New Nintendo 3DS

Hardware

Modified my New Nintendo 3DS to run the Luma custom firmware, opening up far more capability on the system.
Puzzleboss jigsaw puzzles app title screen

Puzzleboss

Quality Assurance

I was the lead quality assurance tester for the Puzzleboss Jigsaw app, bolstering it's quality, ratings, and earnings.

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