Our Team

The Squad

Andy

Cofounder

When Andy was a kid, he said he was going to make a living playing games. Fam laughed at him and it got him so mad that he decided to spite everyone by dedicating his life to working on games.

With a background as both a Software Engineer and a Product Manager, Andy has worked on some of the most successful mobile and Facebook games of the past decade, but nothing has him more excited than Zenith and VR!

Favorite Games
Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy 7, NieR: Automata, Star Craft, DOTA AllStars, Diablo II!

Lauren

Cofounder

Lauren was everyone's favorite type of technical whiz kid: the one who takes electronics apart, lays out the pieces, then gets bored and plays video games while you swear under your breath and try to rebuild your VCR. After graduating from UPenn with a Master's in Computer Science she worked for companies like Google and Unity before deciding to make the leap into game development full time. She enjoys solving hard engineering problems in gaming, but if games don't work out she's also a Shakespearean actor and light opera singer, so at least there's a fallback career option.

Favorite Games
Final Fantasy XIV, NieR: Automata, Skyrim, Overwatch

Kristani

Chief of Staff

Kristani spent her formative years rerolling Animal Crossing characters, playing any MMO a 10 year old was allowed to play back then, and befriending neighborhood cats. Since then she's built games
education programs and partnerships at Girls Make Games, produced indie
games, and co-founded a nonprofit in New York. At the 2017 Oculus Launch Pad program, she got bit by the VR bug and coincidentally met Ramen VR's cofounders. Now Kristani is proudly pouring her passion into building Zenith alongside them and the many talented folks at Ramen VR.

Favorite Games:
EverQuest, Animal Crossing, Ori and the Blind Forest, Beat Saber

Jessica

Environment Artist

Jessica has always been that person to stop in the middle of a game and look at the roses. A self taught artist who started out in the VR industry, she is very passionate about the environments she creates and who they are for. Creating 3D art has always been the perfect blend of her love for art, games, and technology. When she’s not moving cubes around, she enjoys playing instruments, watching anime, and thrifting.

Favorite Games:
Fallout Series, Binding of Isaac, The Sims, Zelda Series

Kyou

Concept Artist

Kyou is a self-taught concept artist who loves fantasy and science fiction more than anything. They’re very passionate about creating characters, creatures and their worlds. Since childhood, they like to imagine what doesn’t exist in our world, lands far away and the people inhabiting them, as well as their customs, beliefs and explaining how it all works through art.

Favorite Games:
FFXIV, FF Ivalice Alliance, Nier Replicant, Bloodborne, Armored Core series

Todd

Lead Animator

From an early age Todd has had a deep appreciation for video games and animation. After spending nearly his entire youth in crafted online worlds, art classes and sketchbooks, it was the natural step for him to become a professional artist and game developer. Many years later he is delighted and honored to be a part of such a special team at Ramen VR.

Favorite Games:
Everquest, Dark Souls, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Conan Exiles, Arma 3

Jordan C

Composer & Sound Designer

Raised on a steady diet of 90’s RPG’s, anime, and progressive rock, Jordan has always been fascinated with storytelling. Now he’s devoted himself to telling stories with music and sound. As both a longtime gamer and musician, creating game audio helps to fuel two of his major passions in life. When he’s not working on audio, he enjoys painting Warhammer miniatures, scoping out new places to eat, and playing with his dog (who also stars in Zenith). 

Favorite Games:
Final Fantasy VII, Diablo II, Bloodborne, Starcraft, Resident Evil 5, Persona 4

Jay F

Senior Gameplay Engineer

Jay is an experienced software engineer with a love for VR and a particular interest in user experience and crafting high skill ceiling games. She's worked on indie games projects for well over a decade and brings creative software planning experience from her time as a solution architect.

Favorite Games:
Audica, Elite Dangerous, Dirt Rally, Phantasy Star Online, Hotdogs Horseshoes and Handgrenades

Jordan J

Gameplay Engineer

Jordan uses the latest cutting-edge technology to push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of VR. He loves nothing more than creating experiences that have never been achieved before, and he's always on the lookout for new and exciting challenges to tackle. In his free time, Jordan also enjoys tinkering with modding other games, video editing, and playing guitar.

Favorite Games:
Mirror's Edge, Need for Speed, Guild Wars 2

GoS

Gameplay Engineer

At school, learned C++ just to do graphics. And been weaving them into all the projects ever since, be it a website, a machine learning system or a simulation of simple living things. Enjoys deeply interconnected systems and the beautiful chaos they can produce.

Favorite Games:
Sekiro taught me how to breathe calmly.

Adam

Gameplay Engineer

Adam acquired his creative spark from video editing at a young age. In his teenage years he took an interest in VR at its early stages and got involved in making content for VR through modding communities. At RamenVR he focuses on creating rich marketing content alongside game development. Adam is an avid reader, enjoys listening to indie music and expanding his tea collection.

Favorite Games:
Tetris, Spelunky, Audica

Oliver

Gameplay Engineer

Playing countless hours of games as a kid, Oliver always knew he wanted to develop games one day. VR hooked him the moment he put on a headset for the first time and soon began creating content and modding in VR communities. If he's not coding, he can be found playing his guitar, playing tennis, or learning some kind of new skill.

Favorite Games:
Kingdom Hearts, inFamous, TLOZ, Rocket League, Audica

Sam

Gameplay Engineer

Sam learned how to use a computer from the Windows XP self-help videos, before he even learned how to read. He has been dabbling in programming since he was about 8 years old, but it was only when he started secondary school that he really started taking it seriously. He often spends more time taking games apart to see why things are broken than he does actually playing them, but can still be found whiling away the hours until the sun comes up, entirely engrossed in a Rimworld colony or good story.

Favorite Games:
Rimworld, Beat Saber, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, VALORANT, League of Legends

Jashan

Gameplay Engineer

Dreaming of creating massive virtual social worlds even as a kid, Jashan finally started actual game development after he found Unity and got a Mac to use it in 2007, building on a decade of freelance software-engineering experience and hobbyist music and 3D production. In 2015, he had one of the first books about Unity in German published and went full-time with his own Virtual Reality game development studio. Jashan also teaches meditation, enjoys Windsurfing and knows Kung Fu
(Matrix reference intended). To him, joining Ramen VR to help build Zenith means coming full circle.

Favorite Games:
Missile Commander (on Atari 2600), Elite (on C64 and later Amiga), Bard's Tale, Ambermoon, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shenmue, EverQuest, World of Warcraft, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (only in VR), Half-Life: Alyx

Chris J

Game Designer

Having been raised by a cartoonist and a graphic designer, Chris was fascinated with art and storytelling since birth. From the moment he first held a controller he developed a lifelong passion for video games as entertainment and as a method of artistic expression, eventually majoring in Game Design and entering the industry, never to look back. At RamenVR, Chris works to help craft and expand our immersive world with new content and systems for our players to enjoy. Outside of video games, Chris designs clothing, is a PC building hobbyist, and loves exploring the outdoors.

Favorite Games:
Halo 3, BioShock, Shadow of the Colossus, Super Mario 64, Chrono Trigger

George

Game Designer

George is a recent graduate, and a new game designer at Ramen VR. In his free time, George can be found running epic Dungeons and Dragons campaigns for his friends, working on personal game projects, and playing trading card games. With a passion for all things gaming, George is always looking for new and creative ways to engage with his favorite hobby, and as a VR game designer, George is excited to bring his love of gaming to the next level and help shape the future of virtual reality.  At Ramen VR he can be found working on economy, balance, and a few upcoming features.

Favorite Games:
Dark Souls, Elden Ring, Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim VR, DOOM, Heretic, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Stephen

Game Designer

Having grown up playing everything from Atari 2600 to current-gen consoles, PC, and VR since the DK1, Stephen's passion for gaming led him to a nearly two-decades-long career in games at studios such as Konami, Rebellion, and Ubisoft. Now part of RamenVR's design team, Stephen leverages his wealth of design and XR experience to tackle the new and unique challenges of VRMMO development. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys working on his own game projects, board gaming, LEGO, and learning new dev-related skills.

Favorite games:
Zelda series, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Moss, Asgards Wrath, Guild Wars 2, Monster Hunter World, Alien Isolation, Phantasy Star Online EP I&II, X-Com (Originals)

Anastasia

QA Lead

Anastasia likes being paid to play games and that's how she started her QA career in gaming industry. Ramen VR has found her in the right time and she enjoys this journey very much. In her free time she prefers all the typical introvert's fun activities - staying at home with a good book or movie, impulsive online shopping and playing cozy video games. However, she'll never say no to an open air rock festival or a karaoke night!

Favorite Games:
Tomb Raider, Dishonored, Life is Strange, Sims 4, Syberia, Nancy Drew series.

Rob B

QA

Rob is a newcomer to the game dev scene, and has been learning more than should be possible in his role as a part time QA, part-time Ops, part-time documentation writer.On the other hand, Rob has been playing games for a long time and remembers back in the day you copied game code taken from the back pages of a COMPUTE! Magazine.

Favorite Games:
ARK (embarassing number of hours in this game), Oxygen Not Included, World of Warcraft Classic, Wing Commander: Privateer and Final Fantasy (NES) [Let’s not mention my new Valheim addiction]


WinterZ

Support Executive

Despite being over 6 feet tall and a native Canadian, WinterZ traded in his hockey skates for a game controller at a young age. After Best Buy failed to deliver his piano, he bought his first VR headset instead. This brought about the great shift, where WinterZ evolved from a regular video game nerd to who he is today. As he delved into VRChat, he found his passion in 3D modeling, building worlds and avatars for VRChat and Synth Riders. After several years moderating the Zenith Discord and combining nearly two decades of support experience, WinterZ joined the Ramen team. His roles include Support, QA/Testing, Gamemaster, and the
voice of Marcus.

Favorite Games:
Super Mario 3, VRChat, Synth Riders, Diablo Series, Persona 4

Joe

Community Manager

Joe graduated college with degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering. However, after starting his first job at an engineering firm, he realized it wasn't the career path he wanted to take. Being a passionate gamer since age 5, he started his own website, as well as YouTube & Twitch channels to showcase MMORPG gaming content & guides. He ended up finding success as a content creator, and was a full-time YouTuber & streamer for 4 years. In 2022, he decided to try and parlay his experiences as a creator into a job in the gaming industry, and landed a position at Ramen VR as their community manager! Outside of gaming, Joe enjoys racing his car at HPDE events, trading card games, anime and fitness.

Favorite Games:
World of Warcraft, The Elder Scrolls Online, Black Desert Online, Gears of War, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion