Max Szlagor

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mszlagor AT gmail DOT com

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Max is passionate about making amazing games for the best companies in the world. He has 16 years of experience in the industry, including 5 years of gameplay programming in C/C# and over a dozen shipped AAA titles. The franchises he has worked on have shipped 10s of millions of units and two games received metacritic scores above 90 percent. 

Max leads design of large games and systems including the all new action card based Blitz Mode of Halo Wars 2, the unified Halo experience on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, The Champions Bundle DLC for Halo 4, and the skirmish mode for Age of Empires Online. Max drove UX direction and multiplayer experiences for Halo Wars 2, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Max also enjoys driving design in core player systems, having brought Mario's controls to life in Mario vs. Donkey Kong. He also created several monsters and world objects in Metroid Prime: Hunters. Max created and balanced weapons for Halo 5: Guardians Warzone and tuned the cameras, powers, and weapons for Destroy All Humans!: Path of the Furon and The Agency. He designed and tuned multiplayer modes, maps, and gameplay in Halo Wars 2, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 4, The Agency and Age of Empires Online.

Max has developed mastery with a variety of game engines and tools including custom editors he coded and designed for Mario vs. Donkey Kong and Metroid Prime: Hunters, the Unreal Engine, and the Age of Empires editor.

Max is also a passionate gamer who has played over 500 games to completion.  He won the 2nd Magic: The Gathering Junior Pro Tour.


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