Anthony Palma

Technology has always entranced Anthony throughout his life. From his toddler days of abusing his sister's Atari to keeping up with today's newest innovations, Anthony has always found the world of interactive entertainment fascinating.

After discovering he had a knack for mathematics and logic coupled with his love for technology, he knew programming was a perfect fit for his skill set. Anthony attended West Virginia University for his undergraduate degrees, majoring in both Computer Science and Computer Engineering to explore the hardware and software sides of development. During his junior year, he took a computer graphics programming course that suddenly made him realize he not only LOVED game programming, but he excelled spectacularly when he could debug his code visually through playing his creations.

Once his specialty was clear to him (which just so happened to be one of his great passions in life), Anthony began researching his best possible route into the interactive entertainment industry. It didn't take long for him to discover the ETC at Carnegie Mellon, and knowing this was by far his best option he applied and waited nervously until the glorious day on which he received his acceptance letter.

This past January, Anthony founded an independent video game development studio called Kermdinger Studios and is working with three other ETC students in the company: Ethan Gagorik, Russ Mester and Ross Treyz. Together, this group is developing viral comedic video games; they are giving their players the ability to CREATE humor in their games, not just experience it, and then share their funny creations online via social networks. Anthony and his team were lucky enough to be granted an internal co-op here at the ETC and are working on the company and their first game title full-time in lieu of a semester-long project. After graduation, Anthony will move the company to San Francisco and pursue his dream of running a successful game studio long-term.

Anthony spent the summer of 2011 in Los Angeles, CA working as a Creative Technology Intern for Walt Disney Imagineering. He and two other ETC students, Tyler Emptage and Alex Kowalski, also released an iPhone and iPod Touch game titled Aww, Eggplant!? during that time which is in the App Store for only $0.99. He hopes you will check it out and support them as indie developers!

In his third semester at the ETC, Anthony worked on a pitch project titled Action in Motion that experimented with the Microsoft Kinect's use in hardcore games. He spent his summer between schools in 2010 designing and programming iPhone games for LeftRight Studios, a start-up company here in Pittsburgh. He couldn't feel luckier or be happier than he is here at the ETC.

Educational History

B.S. Computer Science, B.S. Computer Engineering West Virginia University