PICO-8 Community Stars:







Nationality: New Zealander
living in Japan

Race/Heritage: Pākehā

Gender: male

Age: 46

Hobbies:
Jazz piano, doodling on cafe serviettes, wandering around aimlessly at night

Where to find me:
BBS | Mastodon

Profession: Fantasy Machine Designer


Creator of PICO-8

Heya, it's nice to meet you. I'm here because I like making small throw-away things just for kicks, even though some of them snowball out of control. My dream is to get so far into fantasy machine development I end up on the other side as a fulltime trashcart author.




Nationality: Hungarian
living in Hungary, land of fine pálinka, wine and lángos.

Race/Heritage:
White, part Felvidéki, a sub-population of Hungarians now living in Slovakia.

Gender: male

Age: 29 (30 soon, sheesh getting old)

Profession:
Back-end software engineer with a little knack for frontend and devops.

Where to find me:
Discord, Twitter, BBS stream on Twitch, gamedev or gameplay and have gameplay videos on youtube.

Hobbies:
Big gamer, pixel artist, anime/cartoon and comic/manga/manhwa/manhua reader, mostly in digial, but I have a fair few of them in physical form. Tabletop games, TCG-s are also something I enjoy dabbling in. Tabletop RPG-s were a big passion of mine I haven't had the opportunity to pursue for a while. Loved streetball, but f***ed up my knee in an injury, so haven't really played it in a while.

Others: Weebs rise up and roll for initiative! I follow seasonal stuff in both anime and manga/manhwa/manhua/webtoon word. Was a 3.5 D&D Dungeon Master for close to 6 years, played Shadowrun, almost started Vampire and Risus.


I'm Achie a solo game dev and PICO-8 enthusiast. I make small little games, pixel/voxel art and stream games from the huge PICO-8 library. I'm also creator and writer of the PicoShorts series which aims to highlight amazing little PICO-8 games I found either on Splore or any part of the PICO-8 ecosystem! Active PICO-8 streamer.




Nationality: Canadian

Race/Heritage: white / European decent

Gender: male

Age: 34

Profession:
Web Developer, Dad

Hobbies:
writing, guitar, drums, print nerd

Where to find me:
Mastodon


I've always had a soft spot in my heart for wacky animals and instruction manuals, and since 2017, PICO-8 has been mushed in there too. I've met wonderful, inspiring people through PICO-8 and now have the privilege of running TweetTweetJam, one of our community's annual gamejams. PICO-8 is near and dear to my heart, and the helpful advice and welcoming attitudes of these devs ended up leading me to my current career in development!




Nationality: Brazilian

Race/Heritage: German decent

Gender: male

Age: 36

Profession: Game Developer

Hobbies:
Lifting weights, painting, playing bass, enjoying nature.

Others:
Dad (9y and 5y boys), twin, kinda obsessed with self improvement and health.

Where to find me:
I'm not very active anywhere tbh, but I have a Youtube channel, Discord server and post sometimes on Twitter. You can find all my links there.


I had some experience making fan games before, but PICO-8 with it's limitations is what pushed me to release finished games. I value creativity in my games, but it sometimes comes at the cost of making my games a bit complex. Trying to balance novelty with simplicity.




Nationality: Greece

Race/Heritage:
Greek with some Albanian blood

Gender: female

Age: 43

Profession:Illustrator.
Currently UI artist at minecraft.

Hobbies:
I play the piano and sing, I cosplay. My Alphonse Elric cosplay won some awards too.

Others:
I’m a trans woman and a dyke.

Where to find me:
Twitter


I’m an illustrator who loves pixel art. I made all the art and animation for Space Jam: a new Legacy: The game. Animating Bugs and Lola Bunny was a blast. I’ve made about 20 jam games, most of them meh, but all of them taught me something about gamedev.




Nationality: Peruvian
living in Lima

Race/Heritage: Latin American

Gender: male (he/him)

Age: 24

Profession:
Part-time random gigs and PICO-8 dev

Hobbies:
Music is huge for me, I play guitar and have been making tracks in famitracker (a NES tracker, where you can make chiptunes) since a teenager. Beyond that, I play a lot of games, I love to tinker and to learn about all sorts of things.

Others:
Musician, Composer, Cinephile, Low-Res Enthusiast, Curious.

Where to find me:
Discord and Twitter


Im LokiStriker (Loki for short), I made "Beckon The Hellspawn" and "Defender X", currently making another, much bigger, shmup. You can find me at twitter posting updates (and possibly on youtube at some point). I love coding in PICO-8 because is such a delight to code in, it has quickly become my only form of making games. I look forward to keep participating on future zines, maybe some Jams here and there and eventually make games in Picotron when it drops.




Nationality: British
living in England

Race/Heritage: British

Gender: male

Age: Older than you might imagine (or maybe not: how old do I sound?) Anyway, it's 32, but that's not in decimal.

Profession: Teacher

Hobbies:
Cycling, as much as possible! Also guitar (building and playing)

Others:
Vegetarian (sometimes vegan). My day job combines teaching with a role in charge of sustainability at the school I work at; everything from power generation and food waste to meadow land and recycling.

Where to find me:
I'm mainly on Youtube and Twitter as Doc_Robs (I do actually have a PhD), but I need to get back into generating some content. Hopefully this will be the kick I need!


I have been a teacher for a long time and I discovered PICO-8 and realised what a fantastic tool it was for learning to code. It reminded me of the old days of coding on a Spectrum or BBC Micro (age hint there!) The lack of distraction and the instant results in a Lo-Fi environment really appealed. The fact that you can get under the hood of the software is incredible and I love learning new things about it. I share my time between PICO-8 and GameMaker and love both of them; I code for fun and relaxation but I'm very bad at finishing things! I guess I just get too excited about the next idea, but surely that's what drives all of us to do this, isn't it?




Nationality: UK

Race/Heritage:
I'm from Yorkshire which probably counts, right?

Gender: male

Age: 37

Profession: IT Teacher
I mostly teach Scratch to 5-11 year olds.

Hobbies:
I'm the proud/hopeless father of a one-year-old so besides some gaming/streaming to relax and gym/swimming to try and keep fit I don't have much time left for anything else!

Others:
I'm a bit of a metalhead so half my wardrobe is black band t-shirts.

Where to find me:
Most active on Twitter (#Pico8 is one of the few good things left on there) and Youtube. I'll trawl through the BBS looking for games to make videos about but I don't tend to post much on there.


I'm the Pico Playtime guy, so each week I post a short playthrough on Youtube of a cool PICO-8 game I've found and try to get across why I think it's good. I love PICO-8 and its community, it's where I first learned 'proper' programming and where I've been able to have so much fun creating my own games.




Nationality: Canadian
living permanently in the U.S. since finishing uni.

Race/Heritage:
Northwest European mutt. So pale you can see what I had for breakfast.

Gender: female
Also, with apologies to the hordes clamoring for my affection, I am happily married. Your princess is in another castle. ;)

Age: A gentleman does not ask a lady her age. Not twice, anyway.

Profession: Retired professional console/PC gamedev. 20+ years spanning SNES thru Xbone, VIC thru RTX.

Hobbies:
Gaming, AI, linguistics, philosophy, learning in general. Also passing down the ancient lore and magic to new devs.

Others:
Oh, I dunno, I don't like labels. I guess "Aspie" might be nice for another Aspie to know. I'm also at least one or two letters in the pride alphabet, depending on my mood, though I'm an ally to all letters, which is what I think really matters. Also an animal ally, so I don't eat them.

Where to find me:
Evenly split between Discord, Mastodon, and the Lexaloffle BBS.


I hang out in the PICO-8 community and co-administer the unofficial wiki. I'm retired from gamedev due to burnout and the neurological fallout that came with it, so I don't work on big projects anymore, but I love tinkering and helping people learn to code, and to optimize their code, which was my specialty. I feel like mentoring is just something we humans naturally like to do as we get older. I sure do. I also try to talk zep into doing stuff. Doesn't usually work. :P




Nationality: American U.S.

Race/Heritage: Caucasian

Gender: male (he/him)

Age: mid-twenties

Profession:
Full stack web & mobile development

Hobbies:
Longboarding, 3D printing

Others:
Not really any other strong identities atm 🙂

Where to find me:
Mostly active on Mastodon & Twitch, Itch.io to find my games, my Discord to chat


I am a hobbyist game dev with a desire to bring other creatives to try game development - I often find that people think the bar to entry is a lot higher than they think. I love to educate and invite people into the processes, frustrations, and joys of game development, and also to create games that everyone can play ❤




Nationality: French

Race/Heritage: ?

Gender: male

Age: 50+

Profession: Software Architect

Hobbies:
A bit of combat flight sim (DCS/VR), movies, theatre, hiking & baking bread

Others:
Likes electronic music very much & modern dancing (spectator, you don't want to see me dancing!)

Where to find me:
Discord + Twitter (trying out Mastodon) + BBS (a lot less recently)


Sticking to PICO-8 (well...until Picotron really comes out 😬 ) as a way to code like my 15 year old me was never able to do! I like digging obsolete 3d techniques and see how they fare on Pico. I am one of the PICO-8 Discord moderators, trying to use my dev experience to help others!




Nationality: Canadian
living in Toronto

Race/Heritage: Canadian
English/Irish decent

Gender: male (he/him)

Age: 39...I think?

Profession:
Musician, composer, educator

Hobbies:
Video games, yoga, and dogs. I have two 5-pound Yorkies named Levi and Lizzie. Thousands of pictures available on request.

Others:
Vegan, and possibly a doomer. I’m fun to hang out with I promise!

Where to find me:
BBS, Discord, Youtube


I’m primarily a jazz pianist (Steinway artist, University of Toronto instructor) who ventured into electronic music and production, including PICO-8! One of my core educational philosophies is that everyone is “inherently musical.” So, I love sharing and making music with all people at all skill levels. I have an ongoing PICO-8 music tutorial series, I write music for the community, and help others make their own music.




Nationality: Italian

Race/Heritage:
Hmm I don't know, not really typical mediterranean dude, more like Germanic maybe? kinda pale and get easily sunburnt 😛

Gender: male

Age: 50

Profession: Mostly IT

Hobbies:
Drawing, wordplay and anything related to words (like creating Palindrome sentences) and a mix of art and letters like Rebus, weird things people usually don't like apparently...

Others:
I don't eat any meat, more relaxed with seafood/fish (I recently discovered there's a specific label for this: Pescetarianism)

Where to find me:
Mostly active on two Discord servers PICO-8 and Lazy Devs..


Hi, I like helping people in PICO-8 discords, most of the time providing -unsolicited- suggestions on how to optimize code. You might have played Dinky Kong recently featured on lexaloffle BBS, a Donkey Kong demake I've developed in collaboration with Trog and his son (gfx, sfx/music).




Nationality: American

Race/Heritage: Caucasian/Irish

Gender: male

Age: 34

Profession: Freelance Programmer, Game Developer, Author, Voice Actor

Where to find me:
I am mostly consumed by the PICO-8 Subreddit, but I also post on Twitter, and you can find me in Discord.

Hobbies:
Streaming on Twitch, World building, Creating Open Source Software, and playing Guitar/Drums (Used to tour the country in a metal band for many years as a singer!)

Others:
I'm secretly just a writer who went way off track. Ive always been told I should be a writer, I love doing it, and I've been paid to do it - but the creative work I hope to produce one day remains a mystery. Perhaps it will never come!


For those who don't know me, I'm iivii (pronounced Vee) - except on reddit, where I am CoreNerd. I am the moderator of the PICO-8 Subreddit. I run the unofficial PICO-8 api. I'm also the guy working on the PICONOMICON. I find teaching others just as rewarding as making games, much like NerdyTeachers. I think of myself as the leprechaun of the community - always popping up with little golden coins from a pot that somehow hasn't emptied yet.




Nationality: Swedish

Race/Heritage: Golden Husky

Gender: male

Age: Millennial

Profession: Designer

Hobbies:
Music, games, drawing, Thai boxing, movies, and TV shows.

Others:
Enthusiast of CRT TVs and monitors. Love seeing PICO-8 and retro game pixels on those good old thick machines.

Where to find me:
BBS, Mastodon, Twitter, Discord, Itch.io


I started making pixel art and games as a kid, stopped doing it for a while, and then found my way back via PICO-8 and the community around it. I love making chunky-funky games in the cozy PICO-8 environment. I also enjoy making pixel art with the PICO-8 palette. Those crisp default colors and the warm ”secret” colors make a versatile palette that’s a lot of fun to work with!




Nationality: Polish
living in Spain

Race/Heritage:
A boring he/him white male with some redeeming qualities.

Gender: male

Age: Sufficient, bordering on excessive? 36.

Profession:
Used to be a corporate software engineer. These days I'm working on my own games full-time.

Hobbies:
Other than games in any shape or form, I'm also a big volleyball fan - used to play a lot, but these days with my programmer's back, I mostly spectate. Recently picked up running again and getting close to my goal of 5K three times a week.

Where to find me:
Today, I'm most often on Twitter, though I'm also trying out Mastodon. In three months, who knows, might be the other way around.


I decided to follow my life-long dream of making games in my 30s. Found PICO-8 kind of by accident, and that gave me my start. I made The Lair, Dank Tomb and Slipways. It took me a while, but I turned that last one into a Steam release, which is the reason I'm quite busy these days and not as active in the community as I'd like. But I do love firing up the old console now and then, whether for a prototype or a quick low-res doodle.




Nationality: Swedish

Race/Heritage: Doesn’t matter 😉

Gender: male

Age: 46

Profession:
Previously product/production, now full time solo indie dev

Hobbies:
Spend a lot of time in my local scout community, also play board games, and sometimes find the time to draw

Others:
Not really, but everything and anything is possible if we try hard and do it together.

Where to find me:
Too old to be hang around online a lot but fairly active on Twitter and on my own discord server.


I’ve been making games for 35+ years, ranging from independent self publishing and social games, to big brand advertising and AAA mega budgets. These days I’ve scaled back to make small games again far away from the traditional industry hustle. People usually know me from games like Icy Tower or Happyland Adventures, or more recent work like picoCAD, Hellgineers, and Ascent.




Nationality: American
living in Sweden

Race/Heritage:
At least 5 different places, all white European

Pronouns: he/him

Age: Well, I technically saw last century

Profession: Game Programmer at Resolution Games

Hobbies:
Besides personal game dev and playing games my biggest hobby is definitely drawing pixel art, which I've been doing continuously since 2018. I've also fallen deeply into D&D in recent years, both as a player and DM.

Where to find me:
I first found PICO-8 through Twitter, and these days am most active there but also lurk on the main PICO-8 Discord and the BBS.


I've been using PICO-8 since 2017 and have always loved how quick it is to work in and how it pushes you to think small and manageable (having a great color palette also makes things nice of course). I've since released well over a dozen carts, my first being the eerie texting game Messages. These days I'm probably best known for FUZ, my demake of FEZ, but you also might have heard of Winterwood, NULL, A Dream's Command, or I Just Wanna Land!




Nationality: German

Race/Heritage: Polish

Gender: male (he/him)

Age: 41

Profession: Game Developer / Teacher

Hobbies:
Photography, Gunpla, FPV Drones, LEGO

Others:
Environmentalist, Cinephile, Dad

Where to find me:
Discord, Mastodon, Twitter, Youtube


I am an indie dev and game dev teacher. I like to use PICO-8 to teach people how to make their own little games. I made games like Mai Chan's Sweet Buns, Porklike and High Stakes.




Nationality: British

Race/Heritage: White

Gender: male

Age: 40+

Profession:
Let's just say things were simpler when I was "just a developer".

Hobbies:
Watching movies (+tv shows). Making narrative adventure games (+building the editor/engine for them!). Retrogaming & collecting (when funds allow!).

Others:
Cinephile probably, as I really do love movies! (esp. "contained thrillers")

Where to find me: Mastodon


Tinkerer of PICO-8 since 2016, with a history of gravitating toward creating "demakes" of well-known (+some lesser known) games. I'm the guy who spent almost 3 yrs (on & off) demaking the RTS classic, Dune II and came out with "UnDUNE II". Also kinda known for making "Low Mem Sky" (a No Man's Sky demake within a single P8 cart), and "SCUMM-8" (demake of the engine that powered classic point+click adventure games like Monkey Island). Currently working on "SAGE": a web-based Simple Adventure Game Engine, while waiting for Picotron to be released.




Nationality: English
just moved from Sheffield in New Zealand

Race/Heritage:
Nothing interesting as far as I'm aware!

Gender: male

Age: 20 odd

Profession: I jump around!
I've worked bars and cafes most my life, did a brief stint in insurance, and was briefly a pyrotechnic for power rangers LOL. Wouldn't do it again, the film industry stressed me tf out HAHA

Hobbies:
Whatever I can get my hands on really! Love trying new stuff, cooking has been my new obsession- but mostly because I'm newly skint lol. I'd love to give pottery a go, perhaps that's my next obssession.

Others:
Not really! I'm just an uncomplex guy trying his best lol

Where to find me:
Twitter as 0xFFB3 or the LazyDevs discord mostly, but I'm fairly responsive just about anywhere I am. I'd like to give Twitch a go at some point.


I'm a PICO-8 dev making whatever strikes me as interesting at the time! I made Warwind, Oracles Inn, Calico, and soon will be release a taster of my shmup I've been working on. Outside of that I'm just looking to learn and grow as a dev, as well as an "internet person"- still getting the hang of it all! My dream is to quit my day job. XD




Nationality: American

Race/Heritage: white, various European

Gender: male

Age: Millennial

Profession: Software Engineer

Hobbies:
I like to spend time outside, especially in the mountains: hiking, skiing, occasional light peakbagging. Sometimes I also make music (though I haven't done very much of that recently!). Also cooking and baking.

Where to find me:
Discord, Lexaloffle BBS, Twitter, Mastodon


Former graphics researcher, longtime audio synthesis enthusiast. I made RP-8, a virtual analog groovebox for PICO-8, along with various other audio and physics toys, tools, and tweetcarts.




Nationality: Citizen of Earth.

Race/Heritage: I am a Marina

Gender: female

Age: 19

Profession: Cool-leg

Hobbies:
I draw. I write songs and play a variety of stringed instruments.

Others: I'm a very manic and depressed person, but not manically depressed. Just both at once, or just one or the other. I don't know if that's an identification.

Where to find me:
I use Twitter and Lexaloffle BBS mostly.


Mostly, Marina is the persona I hold to create games. It's usable as an icon or as a username. Sort of like Nerdy Teachers, but more publicly personal. In the end I'll either move on from Marina or use Marina as my source of living.




Nationality: American
living in Thailand.

Race/Heritage: Mixed
Black / White

Gender: male

Age: Millennial

Profession: Primary School Teacher

Hobbies:
Gardening, Tabletop Gaming, D&D Critter, Art (Pixelart, Drawing, Ink & Watercolor)

Others:
Vegan, Trekkie, Former Track & Field Athlete, Bug Enthusiast

Where to find me:
Discord, Youtube, Twitter, Reddit, BBS


I am a creator and educator who simply follows my many many interests, learns as much as possible to create in that space, and then I am driven to teach others how to do the same. As soon as I saw PICO-8 way back in 2015, I immediately fell in love with its aesthetic, all-in-one package, and how it takes minutes to learn, years to master, and a lifetime to enjoy. I also believe it is the best way to get anyone into game dev and learning how to code.




Nationality: Northern Europe

Race/Heritage: Northern European

Gender: male

Age: Pretty Young

Profession:
Student with odd jobs here and there

Hobbies:
I play the guitar, listen to good music and go hiking.

Others:
Math rock enjoyer

Where to find me:
My games are on Itch and Lexaloffle BBS, and I'm active on Twitter and Discord too.


I love small, unique games with a focus on quality over quantity, which is exactly what I think the PICO-8 community is best at. It's a perfect engine for my jam entries and other small projects.




Nationality: American

Race/Heritage: white (jewish)

Gender: agender

Age: 27

Profession: Software Developer
Outside of PICO-8, I work with some friends on a dating site -- it's not glamorous, but it makes some cash!

Hobbies:
music, writing, hypnotism

Others:
Transgender, Autistic, Otherkin

Where to find me:
Discord (@pyrexbold)


I wrote my first game when I was 8. I emailed it to a bunch of my relatives, who thought it was a virus. Since then, I've broken my arm, crashed my car, and made a lot of games about the structure of desire and the awful way it feels to be torn by force from a body that was made for you.
Design the games you want to live in. Explore the moral complexity of your vision. Draw cuddly bats! 🦇




Nationality: North American

Race/Heritage: white

Gender: non-binary

Age: late twenties

Profession:
Composer and music teacher

Hobbies: songwriting

Others: bisexual

Where to find me: Discord


I enjoy making story-focused and vibes-y games. I'm particularly interested in game-ai steering and decision-making systems. I love Pico8 because it keeps my scope creep in check and because its community is an unbelievably supportive and positive place to be.




Nationality: British
living in New Zealand past 20 years

Gender: male

Age: Somewhere in between my dad and my 3 kids (okay, 50+)

Where to find me:
Twitter

Hobbies:
Games (retro mainly, I have a very limited attention span), music, movies, Taekwon-Do, reading. I tend to get a new obsession every few years!

Profession: Software Architect (hate titles but found the company I work for would pay me more by changing my title from "Senior Developer" - who am I to argue?)


I'm Paul and, a few years ago, PICO-8 reignited my passion for hobby games programming (which I started on the C64). I find the PICO-8 community a breath of fresh air. I tend to remake old arcade or 80s home-computer games. I just enjoy the process, and find it a relaxing break from my day-job. I'm really looking forward to using Picotron in the future.




Nationality: American
living in Canada

Race/Heritage: white

Pronouns: he/him

Age: I used to use Twitter but I've never used Tiktok

Profession: Games!

Hobbies:
Reading, Hiking, Tennis

Others:
Puzzlescript, Math, Tweetcarts and other demoscene-y stuff

Where to find me:
Discord, Itch.io, Mastodon, Cohost


I love games that go in a weird direction and really commit to it. I grew up making horribly unfair paper maze adventures, moved on to Game Maker 7 and TI-83 basic, and then stopped making games for a long while. But I'm back at it now and I couldn't be happier! I love how understandable and bounded PICO-8 is — it's a cozy environment for experimentation, and very fun to stretch right up to its limits. You might know me for The Tower, Bigmap Editor, or my TweetTweetJam entries.




Nationality: American

Race/Heritage: white

Gender: male

Age: 21

Profession: College Student

Hobbies:
furry, artist, composer, gamer. My golf handicap is abysmal, but at least I'm good at Mario Golf

Others: LGBTQ+ represent

Where to find me: Discord


Hi, I'm Para! I've been into retro tech for about as long as I can remember, so PICO-8 has been a great fit for me. The community here is wildly creative--it's always fun to watch folks make new things and continue to push the boundaries of what's possible.




Nationality: American

Race/Heritage: Multiracial

Gender: male

Age: 28

Profession: Security / Military / Pro Pico-8 Gamer

Hobbies:
Beating my wife and kids in gaming and spending time with my wife and kids

Others: Christian :)

Where to find me: Mostly active on the Discord, but I'm in all areas PICO-8. BBS, Reddit, Discord, Youtube


Hi, I'm Pico-8 Gamer and I just want the PICO-8 community to pop! I create PICO-8 gaming content on Youtube and I host the PICO-8 specific game jam called the Cre8-Jam. As I learn more game dev with PICO-8, I'm certain I can make a staple of PICO-8 in the game development community as a whole. PICO-8 is the best game development tool hands down. You can't convince me otherwise.




Nationality: American

Race/Heritage: White / Caucasian

Gender: male (he/him/they)

Age: 34

Profession: It's complicated lol

Hobbies:
Creatively, I also do a bit of fiction writing separate from games work. I'm a huge horror nerd, movies and podcasts in particular. I used to be a really competitive person, and was close to becoming a semi-pro bowler at one point!

Others: Gay/Queer

Where to find me:
Discord; Twitter - hopefully a different platform soon?


I'm a generally quiet guy who tinkers away at projects in his spare time and kinda does a lot of things backwards/upside-down/wrong because it tends to work better for me. My most well-known game now is probably Astra but prior to that, Pip! The Pelican got a lot of positive responses from P8 community folk. I'm a permanent lurker and PICO-8 fan but don't always start convos well - feel free to say hi to me pretty much whenever, I'm better at replying than initiating!




Nationality: Croissant Country, also known as "France"

Gender: I'm genderfluid babyyy, I prefer to be referred to with the pronouns they/them!

Age: I turned 26 this year, someone make it stop please.

Profession: I'm a video game developper!! I co-founded the indie studio PUNKCAKE Délicieux and I'm very happy to say that working there is my fulltime job!

Hobbies:
I read quite a few books, I do some calisthenics, I enjoy tea and cooking and walking in the woods, and I have three cats! One of them is called Pico in fact!

Others: My two favorite bands are 'The Armed' and 'King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard'. They're both amazing and I love them. Also I'm queer but honestly who cares, listen to these bands they're great!

Where to find me:
Well it used to be Twitter... I'm on Bluesky now, and I'm trying to motivate myself to get on TikTok, but I think the easiest way to find me right now is on the PUNKCAKE Discord server!


I'm Rémy! I made quite a few of my first games on PICO-8, experimented a lot with it, and wrote a bunch of programming guides on my website that used my PICO-8 experiments as basis! I made One Room Dungeon, Lands of Yocta, Gar's Den, Embrace, and more! Right now I'm working on my own game engine inspired by PICO-8, called SUGAR, and I'm making games with it for my indie studio PUNKCAKE Délicieux! We're mostly known for our chess game Shotgun King, but we actually made a new game every month for most of 2021 and 2022 and we're preparing to do it again in 2024!




Nationality: Japan

Race/Heritage: Japanese

Gender: male

Age: 26

Profession: Software Engineer

Hobbies:
Walking, Reading (Haruki Murakami etc.), Drama

Where to find me:
Twitter, Itch.io, BBS


I studied interaction design and interface design at an art university. I participate in game jams on itch.io using PICO-8. I want to release a bundle of works once I finished 10 projects. Additionally, if a work has a great idea, I would like to remake it for consoles and mobile platforms. I love PICO-8 because its strict constraints promote development and, it's easy to create sound.




Nationality: German/American
living in Germany

Race/Heritage: Mixed
German / Indian

Gender: male

Age: 23

Profession: Software Development

Hobbies:
Recreational math, Language-learning, drawing

Others:
Free and Open Source Software enthusiast

Where to find me: Discord


I've been using math and shapes to make up for my lack of pixel art experience ever since I've started PICO-8. I like making tools to make the PICO-8 gamedev process easier.




Nationality: Spanish
living in Barcelona

Race/Heritage: Caucasian
(Mediterranean Subrace/Type)

Gender: male

Age: 48

Profession:
Software & Platform Engineer, though nowadays more a Software & Platform Engineer Manager (less hands-on)

Hobbies:
I read a lot, play guitar & ukelele, cook & bake and act (amateur theatre actor for many years).

Others:
B in LGBTQ+, and to an extent Otaku & Gamer

Where to find me:
BBS, Itch.io, Discord... when really active add Twitter/Mastodon for progress updates


I've been coding longer than anything else, started early with the Speccy back in 1983-4 (Basic, then Z-80 ASM). Started "gaming" on the Spectrum too and did some (horrible...) small games. Joined Fenix project building an open source 2D game engine port of DIV Games Studio in C. Tried several Game engines & languages, but ended up falling in love with PICO8 where limitations and DIY are a delight... Not discarding doing something bigger someday, who knows?




SmellyFishstiks

Nationality: American

Age: 20

Profession: Pets Huskies

Hobbies:
Drawing, Audio Synthesis

Where to find me:
Discord, BBS, Youtube


Hi I'm Smelly, and currently I'm working on finishing up long-term projects like my platformer Redash I hope to finish soon. Really enjoy working inside of PICO-8; it's so pleasant to have the whole IDE there. And of course surfing the BBS from time to time.




Nationality: Irish
living in Scotland

Race/Heritage: Just Irish

Gender: male

Age: 43

Profession: Java developer

Hobbies:
I used to do photography and some 3d Modeling but both of those are kind of by the wayside.

Where to find me:
Almost exclusively on Discord. I've participated in all platforms to some degree or other, Youtube and Twitch as consumer/commenter.


I'm someone who got into PICO-8 to recapture the joy of coding for the fun of it. Over the past 20 years I have become jaded with code and a lot of that is to do with coding commerically. I stayed around because I find the community wonderful and helpful and there are so many interesting projects for people to be involved with.




Nationality: USA

Race/Heritage: Caucasian
(descendants are British/Scottish/Irish) but like 1/64th Native American.

Gender: male
(he/him, sometimes ho/hum)

Age: 58
(was Heinz 57 last year, this is the first year I can’t say “mid-fifties” 😭)

Profession:
Professional Game Designer for 35 years. Unprofessional Game Designer / Coder for 7 years.

Hobbies:
photography, cinephile, meditation, disc golf (once junior state champion of Wisconsin), geocaching, massage therapy, reading. Is creme brulee a hobby? I think it is….

Where to find me:
Definitely most active on 1) Discord, 2) Twitter 3) Reddit 4) BBS (but may change as I have more free time), 5) YouTube.


I was one of the co-founders of id software, and made Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, and DOOM there. Later Rise of the Triad, Anachronox, Diner Dash games, Demeo / Blaston / Bait! social spaces in VR. Now a secret project!




Nationality: Japan

Race/Heritage: Japanese
(maybe Alien)

Gender: male

Age: 41

Profession: Web Engineer

Hobbies:
Drawing

Others:
Actor in a theater company

Where to find me: Twitter


I made the fighting game "Uchu Mega Fight" made in PICO-8 and it is available on my site. It's a full multi-cart project, and I've been developing it for three years. The game is designed to be easy for anyone to play, so please give it a try!




Nationality: American

Race/Heritage: White

Gender: male

Age: 29 last I checked

Hobbies:
Gaming, Programming, and Mathematics

Others:
Long curly red hair. When I was young, I got a hair cut I didn't like. Never again.

Where to find me: I am on multiple Pico-8 discord servers and post my games on itch.io. Sometimes post on the BBS, Mastodon, Youtube, or Twitter. Potentially on Twitch.


I'm mostly known for my games, Sokocode, Slime's Light, and SB-1800, and their stylish itch.io pages. I've spent years working on tons of game prototypes, many of which haven't fully completed or been shown publicly. Though switching to PICO-8 really helped with finally completing some of these. I still have a huge backlog of ideas that I eventually want fully realized.




Nationality: American

Race/Heritage: Jewish
(emphasis on the "ish")

Gender: male

Age: Pushing 40

Profession: Visual Effects Artist/Teacher
(I have an IMDB!)

Hobbies:
Music, cooking, retro gaming.

Where to find me:
Reddit, Discord, BBS.


I have been working in the entertainment industry as a visual effects artist for over 10 years. During the pandemic under lockdown, I was playing a lot of Celeste on my Nintendo Switch. One fateful day, I decided to google what "PICO-8" was all about. I had some limited experience writing custom tools for Maya and Nuke but had never considered myself a "programmer" before then. I highly encourage everyone who thinks that they aren't good at this kind of thing to give it a try. I currently work in the Learning & Development department of a visual effects studio as a software trainer. I'm hoping one day to give a presentation on PICO-8 as a gateway to learning to code. One of the things I love the most about PICO-8 is the community. Whether it be in the subreddit, the Discords, on Mastodon or Twitter, everyone involved in the PICO-8 scene tends to be friendly, welcoming to newcomers, and generous with their knowledge and skills. Thanks to all of you for helping me to learn, and to teach.



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