Employer Campo Santo
|Name Chris Remo|
Role Video Game Designer
|Born September 10, 1984 (age 31) (1984-09-10) San Francisco, California|
Occupation Video game designer, composer, podcaster, writer
Residence San Francisco, California, United States
Albums Gone Home: Original Soundtrack, Spacebase DF-9
Similar People Tim Schafer, Heavens to Betsy, Bratmobile, Jeff Gerstmann, Rich Vreeland
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Chris Remo is an American video game designer, composer, writer, and former journalist. As a journalist, he contributed to the original Idle Thumbs website and later co-founded its flagship podcast in 2008. He also wrote for Shacknews and was the Editor at Large for Gamasutra until 2010. He composed the music for Thirty Flights of Loving, Gone Home, Spacebase DF-9 and Firewatch. He co-wrote The Cave with Ron Gilbert at Double Fine Productions. In early 2014, he left Double Fine to join his Idle Thumbs co-stars, Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman, at Campo Santo, where he contributed to the studio's acclaimed narrative adventure game Firewatch as a game and story designer, composer, and audio director.
Chris Remo began his career as a video game journalist, writing for Adventure Gamers. He co-founded Idle Thumbs, a video game culture website, with colleagues from Adventure Gamers and The International House of Mojo in 2004. As a professional journalist, he was Editor in Chief of Shacknews and later Gamasutra, becoming Editor at Large. After Idle Thumbs went dark in 2007, Remo revived it as a podcast in late 2008 with other Thumbs writers Nick Breckon (then of Shacknews) and Jake Rodkin (then of Telltale Games). While podcasting for Idle Thumbs, he composed and performed "Space Asshole", a satirical song about the sociopathic protagonist of Red Faction: Guerrilla, which went viral. He left his position at Gamasutra in 2010 to work as community manager for Boston-based Irrational Games, ending the first run of the Idle Thumbs podcast at the same time. The show's then-final episode was recorded live at the 2010 Penny Arcade Expo.
In early 2012, Remo returned to San Francisco to start a crowdfunded campaign on Kickstarter to revive the Idle Thumbs podcast with current co-hosts Rodkin and Sean Vanaman. As part of the Kickstarter campaign, Remo composed the soundtrack for Blendo Games' Thirty Flights of Loving, a video game that would be released to backers of the campaign. He also took a job in a multi-faceted role at Double Fine Productions, where he contributed to various games, including composing for Spacebase DF-9, an Amnesia Fortnight project, and co-writing The Cave with Ron Gilbert. Remo also composed the soundtrack to Gone Home, a game by former Idle Thumbs co-host Steve Gaynor, and co-wrote Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission for Star Wars Battlefront, developed by Criterion Games.