My name is John Cooney. I am 26 years old and live in San Francisco, CA.
I was raised in Northern California where I was a creative creature. A box of Legos turned into an obsession with computer-assisted design, which turned into a fascination in art and design. By high school I was publishing my first games to the Internet. At the same time I found a love of mountain biking, so much so that I took the AOL Screenname, jmtb02 (John Mountain Bike 2002). It became my mark.
I am a proud graduate of UC Davis, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Technocultural Studies. In Davis I was inspired to pursue a career in traditional 2D animation but soon took to more interactive design, with game design continuing to take precedent. By the end of college I owned my own business and was producing internet and game design under my company, JMTB02 Studios. It paid for college and the bills. My major client was Armor Games, a small game company seeking creative content for their site. After college they offered me a job in Southern California where I could pursue seemingly open-ended game design, a dream job.
Orange County is certainly a different place but I have found home here. I married my girlfriend of six years and merged our two cats, Muffin and Bagel, together under one roof.
I found a passion for cycling, running, and surf. I rode my first century (100 mile) ride in 2011 and ran my first marathon in 2012. I learned to surf and found myself at the beach at all hours, driving as fast as Southern California traffic allowed to get to the coast.
When there is actual downtime I enjoy rock climbing, video and tabletop gaming, and perhaps even a run.
In 2012 I switched gears, moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area. I joined up with Kongregate, a great, supportive place for game developers, gamers, and everyone in-between.