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Jordan Mechner

Jordan Mechner (born 4 June 1964) is an American video game designer, screenwriter, author, and filmmaker, best known for creating the Prince of Persia video game franchise. Mechner was born in New York City. He is a graduate of Yale University where he received a BA in psychology in 1985. Mechner's first hit game was Karateka (1984), created on the Apple II while he was still an undergraduate at Yale University. His second game, Prince of Persia, was released in 1989. Prince of Persia was noted for its fluid animation of human figures, which Mechner based on videos and photographs of his brother David running and jumping. Both titles were published by Brøderbund for the Apple II and became best sellers, while Prince of Persia was adapted for nearly every computer and console platform. Mechner designed and directed the first sequel, Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame, released in 1993. Mechner subsequently founded independent developer Smoking Car Productions, where he led a 30-person creative team in the production of the critically acclaimed 1997 CD-ROM adventure game The Last Express. Mechner's first four games were all published by Brøderbund.

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