John Romero joins Corona Labs advisory board

John Romero joins Corona Labs advisory board
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

October 25th 2013 at 9:20AM

Corona SDK gets help from legendary designer and coder

John Romero has joined the advisory board of Corona Labs, the company has revealed.

The company offers the Lua-based Corona SDK to mobile developers to help them create games and apps for iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle Fire.

Romero is one of the bigger names in the history of gaming, having designed seminal FPS titles Doom and Quake.

Most recently he's worked with his wife Brenda at their mobile studio Loot Drop, and the pair recently began teaching at UCSC.

His interest in working with Corona stems from his experience programming mobile games in the early days of the 21st century before developers had any software support for phones.

Since the smartphone revolution that's changed, and Romero says SDKs like Corona are indespensible to game designers who can't afford to spend time on low-level code to make design tweaks.

"The challenges that game developers are facing today in mobile is trying to make a game that hasn't been made already," said Romero in a video interview provided below.

"With frameworks like Corona, it make it a lot easier to get your game design on the device. That's important, especially to people who are excited about game design."