Amanda Gardner

Co-Founder/Writer for The Deep End Games

Amanda Gardner is a lifelong nerd, gamer and storyteller. She began her career as an English teacher for over 10 years, while her husband Bill worked in the AAA game business at Irrational Games as Lead Designer on BioShock and the Design Director on BioShock Infinite. Amanda and Bill partnered up as the game dev duo The Deep End Games three years ago and launched Perception, a thriller about a blind woman’s journey to prove herself by exploring the haunted mansion from her nightmares, on PC/XB1/PS4/Switch. Amanda’s also a mother of four, a yoga teacher, and a self-improvement lover.

Amanda Gardner made Perception with her husband in their basement while nursing a baby, caring for a toddler, and wrangling two elementary schoolers. She also worked up to four different jobs outside of games during production. This. Is. Indie. Amanda recounts the struggles but also victories of scrapping her way into games, deconstructing their debut Perception, and talking how they’ll be doing it differently next time with their next project. She learned meditation, read a ton of self help, and learned to *gasp* ask for (and take) help. Listen in if you want to try this from home – it’s not for the faint of heart, but Amanda’s got some tips (and warnings) for you.

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How to Make a Game from Your Basement and also Live

Amanda Gardner made Perception with her husband in their basement while nursing a baby, caring for a toddler, and wrangling two elementary schoolers. She also worked up to four different jobs outside of games during production. This. Is. Indie. Amanda recounts the struggles but also victories of scrapping her way into games, deconstructing their debut Perception, and talking how they’ll be doing it differently next time with Dark Web. She learned meditation, read a ton of self help, and learned to *gasp* ask for (and take) help. Listen in if you want to try this from home – it’s not for the faint of heart, but Amanda’s got some tips (and warnings) for you.

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