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Prince of Persia - Jordan Mechner Interview
Prince of Persia - Jordan Mechner Interview
Published: 2015/07/31
Channel: gamereactorTV
Jordan Mechner: The Shadow and the Flame: Facing our Dark Side in Video Games and in Life
Jordan Mechner: The Shadow and the Flame: Facing our Dark Side in Video Games and in Life
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: gamereactorTV
[Making of] Prince of Persia (1989)
[Making of] Prince of Persia (1989)
Published: 2011/04/25
Channel: NeoGamer
Classic Game Post Mortem: Prince of Persia
Classic Game Post Mortem: Prince of Persia
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: GDC
design3 - UCSC "Inventing the Future of Games" Symposium - Jordan Mechner
design3 - UCSC "Inventing the Future of Games" Symposium - Jordan Mechner
Published: 2011/05/20
Channel: design3channel
Jordan Mechner "Delivering a universal gaming experience" 1998
Jordan Mechner "Delivering a universal gaming experience" 1998
Published: 2017/02/15
Channel: Classic GameNET
Karateka (Jordan Mechner, The Connelley Group) (MS-DOS) [1986]
Karateka (Jordan Mechner, The Connelley Group) (MS-DOS) [1986]
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: La Mazmorra Abandon
Star Fluxx: Alex Albrecht, Chloe Dykstra, and Jordan Mechner Join Wil on TableTop, episode 16
Star Fluxx: Alex Albrecht, Chloe Dykstra, and Jordan Mechner Join Wil on TableTop, episode 16
Published: 2012/11/01
Channel: Geek & Sundry
Mechner - Surfacing (Official Music Video)
Mechner - Surfacing (Official Music Video)
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: Mechner
Prince of Persia - Jordan Mechner Interview
Prince of Persia - Jordan Mechner Interview
Published: 2010/05/18
Channel: Starving Dogs Productions
Karateka - Behind the Scenes at G4 / X-Play
Karateka - Behind the Scenes at G4 / X-Play
Published: 2012/02/16
Channel: Jordan Mechner
Les Dieux de l
Les Dieux de l'Informatique S01E03 - Jordan Mechner et « Prince of Persia »
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: Epitech
Jordan Mechner - Uncanny Valley as a Pitfall
Jordan Mechner - Uncanny Valley as a Pitfall
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: Critical Path
Interview Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia) ★ en Français
Interview Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia) ★ en Français
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: Le Fétiche Micro
Jordan Mechner extended interview from Star Fluxx - TableTop ep. 16
Jordan Mechner extended interview from Star Fluxx - TableTop ep. 16
Published: 2012/11/01
Channel: Geek & Sundry
Making of Prince of Persia Journals 1985-1993 Book Review | Jordan Mechner
Making of Prince of Persia Journals 1985-1993 Book Review | Jordan Mechner
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: GRay Defender
Exclusive Interview with Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner (Part 1/2)
Exclusive Interview with Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner (Part 1/2)
Published: 2010/01/17
Channel: globalgameport
Prince of Persia Creator Interview - Jordan Mechner
Prince of Persia Creator Interview - Jordan Mechner
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: GamerHubTV
[Apple II] Karateka (1984) (Broderbund)
[Apple II] Karateka (1984) (Broderbund)
Published: 2009/11/14
Channel: LordKarnov42
Prince of Persia: Jordan Mechner Exclusive Interview
Prince of Persia: Jordan Mechner Exclusive Interview
Published: 2014/07/15
Channel: ScreenSlam
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Intro
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Intro
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: Khushal64n6
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 11
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 11
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: Khushal64n6
Karateka: Official Trailer (2012) - Extended Director
Karateka: Official Trailer (2012) - Extended Director's Cut
Published: 2012/11/07
Channel: Jordan Mechner
The creation of Prince of Persia (1986-1989)
The creation of Prince of Persia (1986-1989)
Published: 2011/04/25
Channel: NeoGamer
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 01
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 01
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: Khushal64n6
Animation: Making and Remaking Karateka (1982-2012)
Animation: Making and Remaking Karateka (1982-2012)
Published: 2012/12/03
Channel: Jordan Mechner
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 10
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 10
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: Khushal64n6
"Il Principe dei Videogiochi" • Prince of Persia, 1989 [Documentario]
"Il Principe dei Videogiochi" • Prince of Persia, 1989 [Documentario]
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: DadoBax - Feel the VideoGames
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 13
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 13
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: Khushal64n6
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 06,07
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 06,07
Published: 2012/06/12
Channel: Khushal64n6
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 08
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 08
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: Khushal64n6
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 12a,12b
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 12a,12b
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: Khushal64n6
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 10
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 10
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: Khushal64n6
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 05
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 05
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: Khushal64n6
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 04
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 04
Published: 2013/01/25
Channel: Khushal64n6
Making of Prince of Persia
Making of Prince of Persia
Published: 2011/10/12
Channel: Jordan Mechner
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 11
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 11
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: Khushal64n6
Histoire du jeu vidéo: le cas Jordan Mechner
Histoire du jeu vidéo: le cas Jordan Mechner
Published: 2015/12/12
Channel: Apple II Festival France
Jordan Mechner.MOV
Jordan Mechner.MOV
Published: 2010/04/04
Channel: latinoreview
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 01
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 01
Published: 2013/01/06
Channel: Khushal64n6
ANÁLISIS CHANATESCOS | JORDAN MECHNER & PRINCE OF PERSIA (PETICIÓN DE @kuke82)
ANÁLISIS CHANATESCOS | JORDAN MECHNER & PRINCE OF PERSIA (PETICIÓN DE @kuke82)
Published: 2015/11/21
Channel: chanatosenterprises
Jordan Mechner on the red carpet of Prince of Persia
Jordan Mechner on the red carpet of Prince of Persia
Published: 2010/05/21
Channel: Forrest Kelly
Jordan Mechner
Jordan Mechner
Published: 2010/10/21
Channel: MrRussiaGamer
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 09
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 09
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: Khushal64n6
Karateka (1984, Broderbund and Jordan Mechner) Gameplay
Karateka (1984, Broderbund and Jordan Mechner) Gameplay
Published: 2014/05/26
Channel: GamingClassicsHD
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 04
Prince of Persia 1 - Original (Jordan Mechner,1990) - Level 04
Published: 2012/06/12
Channel: Khushal64n6
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 03
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 03
Published: 2013/01/22
Channel: Khushal64n6
Karateka de Jordan Mechner sur floppy-legend pour ibm pc
Karateka de Jordan Mechner sur floppy-legend pour ibm pc
Published: 2011/02/06
Channel: Floppy Legend
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 12a,12b,13
Prince of Persia 1 - Mirrored Levels (Jordan Mechner,) - Level 12a,12b,13
Published: 2013/02/05
Channel: Khushal64n6
Exclusive Interview with Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner (Part 2/2)
Exclusive Interview with Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner (Part 2/2)
Published: 2010/01/17
Channel: globalgameport
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Jordan Mechner
Jordan Mechner at WonderCon 2010 3.JPG
Jordan Mechner at WonderCon 2010
Born (1964-06-04) June 4, 1964 (age 53)
New York City
Nationality American
Occupation Video game designer, screenwriter, author, filmmaker
Known for Creator of Prince of Persia
Spouse(s) Whitney Hills (m. 2014)[1]

Jordan Mechner (born June 4, 1964)[2] is an American video game designer, author, screenwriter, and filmmaker, best known for creating the Prince of Persia video game franchise and the 8-bit computer game Karateka.

Early life[edit]

Mechner was born in New York City, into a family of European Jewish immigrants, and his father is psychologist Francis Mechner.[3][4] He attended Yale University in the 1980s.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

While at Yale, Mechner wrote several Apple II games that he submitted for publication, but which were rejected. Asteroid Blaster, an Asteroids clone, was submitted to Hayden Software and abstract arcade game Deathbounce to Brøderbund. He then spent two years at Yale writing his first published game, Karateka (1984), which went to number one on the Billboard software chart.

His second game, Prince of Persia, was released in 1989 after more than three years of work. He wrote both games in 6502 assembly language for the Apple II, though that system was in decline through the late 1980s and little new software was released by 1989. Initially Prince of Persia sold poorly, but as it was ported to other systems sales increased. Eventually it was adapted for nearly every computer and console platform.

Mechner designed and directed the first sequel, Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame,[citation needed] released in 1993. By then, he was focused on game design and story mechanics and was no longer programming.

Mechner founded independent developer Smoking Car Productions in 1993, where he led the production of the CD-ROM adventure game The Last Express. Smoking Car grew to sixty people,[8] a huge game development team for the mid-1990s, and the game took longer to finish than anticipated. When finally released in 1997, it was positively reviewed but sold poorly. The Last Express was re-released in 2012 by French publisher DotEmu for mobile and other platforms.

Mechner's first four games were all published by Brøderbund.

Prince of Persia revival[edit]

In 2001, Mechner worked with Ubisoft to reboot Prince of Persia. Developed at Ubisoft Montreal with Mechner as game designer, writer and creative consultant, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was released in 2003. It received 12 nominations and 8 awards at the Interactive Achievement Awards (D.I.C.E.).[9] Ubisoft has since published four more Prince of Persia sequels and several spinoffs.

Mechner became one of the few video game creators to adapt his own creation as a feature film with Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Mike Newell, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, and Alfred Molina. Disney released Prince of Persia movie on May 28, 2010. Mechner wrote the first drafts of the screenplay and is an executive producer of the film.

Writing and directing[edit]

In 2003, Mechner wrote and directed the documentary film, Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story. It won the 2003 IDA award for Best Short Documentary, was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination, and received its broadcast premiere on PBS Independent Lens in 2005.[10]

Mechner collaborated with a team on the 2008 Prince of Persia graphic novel. Mechner's completely original graphic novel Templar was published in July 2013.[11][12] Templar became a New York Times best-selling book and was nominated for an Eisner award.[13] Mechner also wrote the graphic novel, Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm, to tie in with the release of the film in 2010.

Mechner has written a screenplay for a film adaptation of Michael Turner's Fathom for Fox Studios with actress Megan Fox.[14]

Mechner has published his game development journals from the 1980s, describing the making of the first Prince of Persia game and its predecessor, Karateka, on his website,[15] where he also posts sketches and current information about his projects.[16] Mechner was able to recover the source code of the Prince of Persia game from recently found 23-year-old 3.5″ Apple ProDOS floppy disks[17] and posted it online.[18]

Gameography[edit]

Title Year Platform Publisher
Karateka 1984 Apple II Broderbund
Prince of Persia 1989 Apple II Broderbund
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame 1993 MS-DOS Broderbund
The Last Express 1997 Windows, MS-DOS, Classic Mac OS Broderbund
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003 PlayStation 2, Xbox Ubisoft
Karateka 2012 Xbox 360 D3 Publisher

Bibliography[edit]

Title Year Publisher Collaborators
Templar 2013 First Second Books LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland (illus.)
The Making of Karateka: Journals 1982-1985 2012 Amazon
The Making of Prince of Persia: Journals 1985-1993 2010 Amazon
Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm 2010 Disney Todd McFarlane, Bernard Chang, Cameron Stewart, et al. (illus.)
Solomon's Thieves (Templar: Book One) 2010 First Second Books LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland (illus.)
Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel 2008 First Second Books A.B. Sina (writer), LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland (illus.)

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mechner, Jordan (7 April 2014). "Jordan Mechner on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Mechner, J.: "Blog 4 June 1989", Jordan Mechner's website
  3. ^ "The Last Express: Video Game as Art – 25fps". 25fps.cz. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  5. ^ Steve Fulton (September 29, 2014). "What Indie Game Developers Can Learn From Jordan Mechner's Book "The Making Of Karateka"". Gamasutra. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "How Prince of Persia's famous jump animation was made / Boing Boing". boingboing.net. 
  7. ^ Charles McGrath (May 21, 2010). "A Gamer's World, but a Dramatist's Sensibility". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jordan Mechner - The Last Express". jordanmechner.com. 
  9. ^ Prince of Persia award page from Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences website
  10. ^ "Independent Lens . CHAVEZ RAVINE - PBS". www.pbs.org. 
  11. ^ "Templar: historical caper graphic novel from Prince of Persia creator / Boing Boing". boingboing.net. 
  12. ^ "From Games to Comics: First Second's Prince of Persia OGN". 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  14. ^ "Megan Fox to star in 'Fathom'" from Variety
  15. ^ "Jordan Mechner - Journals". jordanmechner.com. 
  16. ^ "Jordan Mechner - Biography". jordanmechner.com. 
  17. ^ Raiders of the Lost Archives page on Mechner's personal site
  18. ^ Mechner, Jordan (7 November 2017). "Prince-of-Persia-Apple-II: A running-jumping-swordfighting game I made on the Apple II from 1985-89" – via GitHub. 

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