Michael Barba is an Associate Gameplay Programmer at Lightforge Games working (remotely from Western Massachusetts) on an unannounced project. He graduated in Spring 2022 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from UMass Amherst, and previously spent 8 months at Blizzard on the Diablo 2 Resurrected Gameplay/UI team as a co-op engineer. He also has created multiple well performing game jam projects, which you can view below.
At Blizzard, working in the last few months of production on D2R, he mainly worked on UI features and UI/Gameplay bugs, which you can read more about here. He also assisted with Nintendo Switch (NintendoSDK), and audio tasks. He authored and owned the Input Method Editor (IME) implementation, interfacing directly with Windows and enabling chat input from Korean, Chinese, and Japanese players.
Michael also previously worked as a Software Engineer (Contract) for Buh! Gaming creating the third person MOBA Tournament of Tamers, where he worked in a variety of areas such as gameplay, minion AI, UI, networking, and animation, in addition to authoring and owning the player analytics system used to balance gameplay and track player retention.
Michael likes to participate in game jams, such as the Brackey's 2020.1 Game Jam, in which his game ANTIGOLF was selected as one of the 10 winners from over 700 games, and the WGJ160, where his game HUEb won 2nd place overall.
CS 187 Programming with Data Structures
CS 197u Introduction to Unix
CS 220 Programming Methodology
CS 230 Computer Systems Principles
CS 240 Reasoning Under Uncertainty (Stats)
CS 250 Intro to Computation (Discrete)
CICS 305 Social Issues in Computing
CS 311 Algorithms
CS 320 Software Engineering
CS 373 Intro to Computer Graphics
CS 377 Operating Systems
CS 575 Graph Theory and Combinatorics
CS 596 Independent Study - Targeting Motion to Neural-Net Generated Rigs
Math 131, 132, 233 Calculus 1-3
Math 235 Linear Algebra
Math 551 Scientific Computing
An exciting new third person MOBA created by Buh! Gaming, where you pilot a dragon into multiplayer combat.
A 2D puzzle game made in Unity, for the Brackey's 2020.1 Game Jam, and selected as one of the 10 winners.
An award winning app that can help astronauts identify objects on the International Space Station.