Jack is a game developer, writer, designer, and video creator living in Texas.

In 2018, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film. He currently works as a freelance video producer and instructional designer.


What it's like (for me) to have an anxiety attack

I have a condition called Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. I am not an expert on mental health or mental illnesses, or even GAD in particular. I do know what it’s like for me, though. Read the rest on Medium ->

Beat Saber Has Changed My Life

Or: How playing a video game for three months has made me a healthier, happier person. Read the rest on Medium ->

My Top 10s of the 2010s, Part 1: Games

The 2010s represent such a huge portion of my life. At 24 years old, that means this decade encompassed everything from my middle school graduation to my first jobs post-college. I basically grew up and learned who I was in the 2010s. Read the rest on Medium ->

Outer Wilds: A Reflection

I almost always have one or two major problems with the games I call my favorites. Read the rest on Medium ->

How Animal Crossing Taught Me the Value of Savoring the Moment

It’s been almost exactly a year since I graduated college, and suffice it to say I’m not where I wanted to be by this point. The past twelve months have had a lot of ups and downs... Read the rest on Medium ->


September 2018 - March 2019

Roambot - Official Selection, Alt.Ctrl.GDC 2019

An alternative controller prototype and accompanying game demo. Featured on Gamasutra, CNET, and Tom's Guide.

Click to play on itch.io

March 2017


A short experimental work of interactive fiction, accepted into the first Telltale Games Creative Workshop at the 2017 Game Developers Conference.


October 2019 - Present

Gaming is for Everyone

A YouTube channel dedicated to advocating for inclusivity in gaming. Addresses social issues in video game culture and provides beginner's guides to different platforms, genres, and franchises.

Watch more videos at GamingIsForEveryone.com.

May 2017

Play, Don't Show: A Video Essay About Walking Simulators

An attempt to articulate why some "walking simulator" games are better than others, and what that says about narrative in video games.

Created for the Spring 2017 semester of RTF 331M: Digital Remix Cultures at the University of Texas at Austin.

graphic design


Cell: (940) 230-6020
Email: johnbrennanford@gmail.com

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