Author Archives: Ben Retan

About Ben Retan

I'm a designer/developer/musician and my life revolves around music and technology. I spend most of my time playing guitar, working on games, or recording music. In what little free time I have outside of that, I like to act and sing whenever I get the chance.

Fates Forever Released!

We at Hammer & Chisel have just released the game Fates Forever, a MOBA game designed exclusively for touch-devices. We are really excited to share it with the community and look forward to all the new contestants that we have in the … Continue reading

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Debut Trailer

After working on this for so long, I’m happy that we can finally share our debut trailer for Advanced Warfare starring no other than Kevin Spacey himself! Can’t share anything on multi-player yet. Stay tuned later in the year for … Continue reading

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Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault

After over four years of working at Lucas Arts, I came in today to find out that Disney is shutting the doors on the studio. I would have really liked to have been able to share First Assault with the … Continue reading

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Star Wars 1313 Announced

I’m glad we have finally announced one of the projects we have been working on here at Lucas Arts. It has been in development for several years now and I worked on it during the early concept/prototyping phases including designing … Continue reading

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Common Game Design Anti-Patterns – San Francisco IGDA Meeting

I will be speaking tonight, April 11th 2012 @ 7PM, at the San Francisco IGDA meeting about Common Game Design Anti-Patterns. Come check it out! Here are the details. Talk title: Common Game Design Anti-Patterns Description: Anti-Patterns are patterns that … Continue reading

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Talk Of Alabama Interview

After the Birmingham News article, a local morning talk show also asked me to do an TV interview. The host was a somewhat mistaken about my role on the project but he was very enthusiastic!  

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Birmingham News Article With David Jaffe

The Birmingham News gave The Force Unleashed 2 an A+ review and the reporter contacted me about doing an interview. While telling him my story, I mentioned how, as a designer from Birmingham, David Jaffe (also from Birmingham) had inspired … Continue reading

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