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March 8, 2006 at 7:30 PM

Game ambitions come in giant bites

Add one more video game developer to the list in Puget Sound. And this one is jumping right into the high-stakes business of next-generation games.

Giant Bite Games opened for business in Pioneer Square today and plans to create video games for next-generation console systems and for Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. The studio’s four founders, all in their 30s, are the only employees for now, but they plan to hire more people as they ramp up development.

Two of the four founders worked on the “Halo” and “Halo 2” games for Microsoft’s Xbox. Another was managing gaming-related tools for Windows Vista. The fourth was the technical art director at Zipper Interactive, the Redmond studio that created the “Socom” games and was acquired by Sony in January.

The studio has one game under way, but co-founder Hamilton Chu wouldn’t say much about it. I asked him where the name Giant Bite came from and he said it indicates that the studio is ambitious.

“It has notations of aspiration,” said Chu, 32. “I like to say, ‘One small bite for man, one giant bite for mankind.’ I don’t know what that means, but it kind of works.”

Look for a story on Giant Bite in tomorrow’s paper.

Update: According to this job posting, Giant Bite appears to be working on a science fiction action game and is moving from a conceptual design to a visual design.

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