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Doug Church
Doug church.jpg
Church tests an Indie Game Jam 2005 project.
Born (1968-11-16) November 16, 1968 (age 49)
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Occupation Game designer, producer
Employer Valve Corporation

Doug Church (born November 16, 1968 in Evanston, Illinois),[1] is an American video game designer and producer. He attended MIT in the late 1980s, but left and went to work with Looking Glass Studios, when they were making primarily MS-DOS-based immersive sim games, including Ultima Underworld, Ultima Underworld II, System Shock and Thief. His colleague Warren Spector claims, in fact, that Church was the one who originally coined the term "immersive simulation".[2]

Later, Church joined Eidos Interactive as technical director, lending programming and design expertise on a number of games from Ion Storm and Crystal Dynamics, including extensive design work on Tomb Raider: Legend. In 2005, he left Eidos to join Electronic Arts.

In 2003, Church was given the International Game Developers Association's Community Contribution award, in part for his work as co-chair of the IGDA's educational committee developing relationships between the game industry and academia. He has also participated in many of the Indie Game Jams, including developing "Angry God Bowling," the prototypical game for the first IGJ.

From July 2005 to 2009, Church worked at Electronic Arts' Los Angeles office, as team leader on a project supervised by filmmaker Steven Spielberg.[3]

On March 16, 2011, Valve Corporation announced that Church had been hired for an undisclosed position and project.[4]

In August 2016, OtherSide Entertainment announced that Church had been hired as an creative consultant for the development of System Shock 3.[5]


Church worked on the following games:


  1. ^ Paul M Harrison (October 15, 2012). "Doug Church, A Brief Introduction". 
  2. ^ Fenlon, Wes (May 8, 2017). "The designers of Dishonored, Bioshock 2 and Deus Ex swap stories about making PC's most complex games". PC Gamer. Retrieved 29 November 2017. Warren [Spector]: I think Doug Church was the one who came up with [the term 'immersive simulation'], isn't he? He's the first person I ever heard use it. 
  3. ^ Gamespot, Steven Spielberg, EA ink three-game next-gen deal Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ordland, Kyle (March 16, 2011). "Valve Confirms Hiring Of Thief Designer Doug Church". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ Donnelly, Joe. "System Shock 3 reveals 'dream' development team". PC Gamer. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 

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