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!
Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy 7, NieR: Automata, Star Craft, DOTA AllStars, Diablo II!
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.
Final Fantasy XIV, NieR: Automata, Skyrim, Overwatch
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.
EverQuest, Animal Crossing, Ori and the Blind Forest, Beat Saber
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.
Fallout Series, Binding of Isaac, The Sims, Zelda Series
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.
FFXIV, FF Ivalice Alliance, Nier Replicant, Bloodborne, Armored Core series
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.
Everquest, Dark Souls, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Conan Exiles, Arma 3
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).
Final Fantasy VII, Diablo II, Bloodborne, Starcraft, Resident Evil 5, Persona 4
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.
Sekiro taught me how to breathe calmly.
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.
Tetris, Spelunky, Audica
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.
Kingdom Hearts, inFamous, TLOZ, Rocket League, Audica
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.
Rimworld, Beat Saber, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, VALORANT, League of Legends
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.
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
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.
Halo 3, BioShock, Shadow of the Colossus, Super Mario 64, Chrono Trigger
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.
Dark Souls, Elden Ring, Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim VR, DOOM, Heretic, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
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.
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 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!
Tomb Raider, Dishonored, Life is Strange, Sims 4, Syberia, Nancy Drew series.
DevOps / IT Lead
Rob, although new to the Gaming industry (ie: getting paid to work on games instead of just spending all his free-time playing them), brings over 10 years of DevOps industry experience to RamenVR's engineering team. He is very excited to be working with the super-duper-crazy smart crew developing ZenithMMO. As the IT Lead, Rob is responsible for managing the development and deployment of RamenVR's gaming applications, ensuring that the infrastructure is scalable, reliable and secure. Automation is key! As a family man, during his free time you can find Rob working on his wife's honey-do list, hanging out with his kids, trying some new whisky with a friend, or attempting to get in some gaming time on his PC or Steam Deck.
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]
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.
Super Mario 3, VRChat, Synth Riders, Diablo Series, Persona 4
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, anime and fitness.
World of Warcraft, The Elder Scrolls Online, Black Desert Online, Gears of War, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion