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Hi - I'm Mattie!

Matthew J Niznik, PhD

Pronouns: they/them [?]

I am...

  • human (after all) [1][2]
  • queer (πŸŒΈβ˜β˜”πŸŒ‘β„βž•πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™) [1]
  • a number cruncher/muncher
  • an artist
  • a game creator

About Me


Fun Facts

  • The following games/series have had a strong influence on me:
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (3&K, Adventure 2)
    • F-Zero (X/GX)
    • Skies of Arcadia
    • Mass Effect (...not Andromeda)
    • Jet Set/Grind Radio
    • Earthbound/Mother
    • Chrono Trigger
    • Elder Scrolls (III/IV/V)
  • My wife and I love board and card games; some of my favorites are:
    • Wingspan
    • Viticulture
    • Ticket to Ride (particularly US, Pennsylvania, and Japan)
    • Carcassonne
    • Everdell
    • Azul
    • Love Letter
  • Instruments I Play:
    • Piano
    • Cello
    • Guitar (Electric)
    • Ocarina
    • Ukulele
    • Mandolin
  • I have owned the following game consoles (* = current):
    • SEGA
      • Game Gear
      • Genesis
      • Dreamcast (RIP)
    • Nintendo
      • GameBoy Pocket
      • Nintendo 64
      • GameBoy Advance
      • GameCube
      • Super Nintendo (Used)
      • Nintendo DS
      • Wii
      • Nintendo 3DS*
      • Wii U
      • Switch*
    • Microsoft
      • Xbox
      • Xbox 360
      • Xbox One S
      • Xbox Series S*

Game Creator

I enjoy making retro-style games. Many never leave the prototyping phase but I'm happy to share them anyway.

In terms of frameworks, I highly recommend Pyxel by Takashi Kitao. Making simple games just using the HTML5 Canvas and JavaScript is also quite good for learning. This tutorial from Mozilla was very helpful.

Pastel Stalactites

Try out the JavaScript [Source Code] prototype in your browser!
Now also available in Pyxel (shown below)!



You are a rectangular, colorful spelunker who can stretch and shrink on a whim! Pastel stalactites of varying heights will tease, taunt, and tempt you to remain as tall as you can for maximum points. Don't hit your head!


Tempt Your Fortune

Try out the JavaScript [Source Code] prototype in your browser!



A JavaScript prototype of a classic game - can you avoid the Whomper?