Mark Voorsanger

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Mark Voorsanger
Company(ies): ToeJam & Earl Productions Inc
Role(s): Programmer
Education: University of California, Berkeley

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Mark Voorsanger is a former video game programmer, best known for his work in the ToeJam & Earl series.

Mark received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 and soon after he joined Hasbro where he was one of the lead programmers for the Control-Vision (codenamed Nemo), an unreleased console by Hasbro (that work was eventually to become Night Trap). Still earlier in his career, he programmed two games for Imagic[1],a short-lived American video game developer and publisher, Fathom for the ColecoVision, and Demon Attack for the Tandy Color Computer (TRS-80 Color Computer).

Throughout 1999, Mark served as Project Lead for the Palo Alto (Santa Clara, California) based software company ePlanet, Inc[2] (also known as Electric Planet Interactive, a spin-off of Interval Research Corporation[3][4], owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen), where he led the team to create Freeblenux[5][6][7][8][9] (with financial backing of companies such as Intel, Mattel, Logitech, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, and The Lego Group), an unreleased game, where a virtual alien character[10] could interact with the player through a camera on top of the monitor (similar to today's Toys-to-life[11], and probably an "ancestor" of such devices). He also consulted in the design and development of games with companies such as LucasArts, Activision, and Accolade.

Mark Voorsanger left the game industry in 2005 to become a business consultant, establishing a company called Wayward Consulting (staying in the same office as ToeJam & Earl Productions Inc). He currently manages his own company Skyward Coaching & Consulting[12].

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