JOHN F. KAISER III
Growing up, John F. Kaiser III, or just “Kaiser”, managed to be an art geek, band geek, theater geek and dumb jock at different points throughout his formative years in school. Since his youth, Kaiser mass consumed pop culture and all things geek. Summers in the arcade. Morning trips to the local 7-11 to pick up comics from the spinning rack. Weekends at the movies. Reading books in an open field. And, of course, sitting in front of a home gaming console for many many many many hours, days, weeks, years…
Professionally, Kaiser has been in the video game industry going on 20 years where he’s held titles such as Tester, Producer, Creative Manager and PR & Marketing Manager for companies such as Midway Home Entertainment, SouthPeak Games and Digital Tribe. During that time he worked on many game concept pitches, design doc creations, managed dev teams, and was producer on some cult favorites such as Dementium II and Big Bang Mini for the Nintendo DS as well as the highly rated PC/Mac indie puzzle platformer Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube and rogue-like indie horror game Depths of Fear::Knossos. Kaiser even has dabbled in doing Voice Over work in such games as Legion: The Legend of Excalibur and Haven: Call of the King as well as one stint doing mocap for the Defender remake. For a few years, if you ever called the Midway tip line, you heard his voice all throughout the menu system. “Press 1 for NFL Blitz. Press 2 for MORTAL KOMMMBAAAAAAT. Press 3 for…”
As the industry changed, so too did his career. Starting with a AAA Publisher, his work has been in the indie dev scene over the last 5 years. This inspired him to rethink how publishing can work in this new gaming era and thus established the Digital Publishing arm of GPAC, a Board, Card and Video Game company he formed with a longtime collaborator. There he works continuously discovering and engaging with up and coming indie developers while fleshing out and developing new concepts of his own.
Outside of gaming, Kaiser has worked as a writer and producer on a few children’s animated projects (Sara and the Starfish and episodes of Starfish Cove) and written a few “yet-to-be-developed” movie scripts.
When not working on GPAC or Total Geek stuff you can find Kaiser binge watching content on Netflix or Hulu, reading comics, or trying to play catch-up on his backlog of games.