• Art + Design

Chris Foster

Part-time faculty

A professional game designer and developer for over twenty-five years, Chris has worked at Fire Hose Games, Harmonix Music Systems, and Turbine Games on such titles as The Beatles: Rock Band and The Lord of the Rings Online. Chris has been teaching the Game Design and Analysis course for three years. In his non-existent spare time he makes games with his kids, including the ever-in-progress arcade game for tablets and phones, called Loose Nozzles.


  • B.A., Film Studies, Wesleyan University


  • The Beatles: Rock Band - Best Music Game, Video Game Awards; Best Family Game, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
  • The Lord of the Rings Online - Massively-Multiplayer Online Game of the Year, Gamespy Magazine, PC Gamer Magazine

Professional Experience

  • Fire Hose Games: Designer, Writer
  • Foster and Family Games: Designer, Programmer
  • Harmonix Music Systems: Lead Designer, Design Director, Project Lead, Senior Designer, Programmer, Data Analyst
  • Turbine Games: Senior Designer, Lead Designer, Creative Director, UI Designer
  • Impressions Games: Designer, Producer

Courses Taught

  • Game Design and Analysis

Research Interests

  • Game Design
  • Game Prototyping
  • Real-time Simulations