Michel Sabbagh

QA Tester at Bethesda Softworks, Part-Time Game Designer/Writer Rockville, MD

Bug smasher at Bethesda by day, word wrangler by night; wrote for Kill Screen, Gamasutra, Destructoid and Kotaku.

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My name is Michel Sabbagh and I'm a game writer/designer from Montreal, Quebec who's currently working for Bethesda Softworks as a Quality Assurance Tester.

I regularly pen articles that have been featured on various reputed websites such as Gamasutra, Kotaku, Destructoid and Kill Screen that cover several topics such as the effective structure of a tense survival horror gaming experience, the craft of solid storytelling in video games and the multifaceted structure of open-world video games. Additionally, I interned at Bethesda Softworks as a QA Tester during my college years and was credited for my work on Skyrim: Special Edition.

My academic works also garnered attention from game developers such as Monolith Productions who were impressed with my thesis on the influence of Japanese culture in Western-made first-person shooters, and I was named a Gold Winner for my paper on Thief: The Dark Project as part of the 2017 GDC Game Narrative Review Competition. Other achievements include having won the 2015 Worcester Game Pile’s Lightning Pitch Contest with a panel of jurors that include professional game developers such as Trevor Stricker and Ichiro Lambe, and penning two visual novels, “Make Love Not Politics” and “Streams of Nurture”.

Feel free to visit my blog if you’re interested in reading my game design articles:

https://michelsabbagh.wordpress.com/

References: https://www.slideshare.net/MichelSabbagh/michel-abbaghs-references?ref=https://www.linkedin.com/

Was quoted on Kotaku:
http://kotaku.com/what-makes-a-good-video-game-gun-1729217476

Was featured in Telegram & Gazette:
https://twitter.com/telegramdotcom/status/661217033837789185

Primary skills:
- Creative Writing
- Narrative Design
- Screenwriting
- Worldbuidling
- Script Doctoring
- Character Design
- Quality Assurance Testing
- Copywriting

"Creativity is recombinant, and the more inspiration designers take in, the more they have to draw from and the higher the chances they'll produce something with a distinct perspective." - Craig Hubbard, game designer/writer

Experience

Contract QA Tester

Bethesda Softworks

Ran assigned test requests, tested and verified bug fixes, and identified game issues for Skyrim Special Edition.

Intern

Booz & Company

-Received training on targeted data-bases and research tools covering Thomson Reuters, Informa, and the World Bank

-Worked as an Analyst in the Research Department directly supporting client engagements across industries (Telecoms, Energy, Financial Services, Public Sector)

Education

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

BS in Interactive Media & Game Development

GPA: 3.81/4.00, May 2017

Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou

Economics & Social Sciences Stream

Was part of the Economics and Social Sciences stream throughout my high school years (2011-2013) and graduated with High Honors upon receiving my Baccalaureate diploma.

Skills

Java Javascript Racket C C++ Python FPS Creator Ren'Py Source Engine SDK Electron toolset Photoshop Game Design Storytelling Game Development Gametesting Organization skills Writing Teamwork Narrative Design Final Draft Unreal Engine Quality Assurance Ludology

Specialties

Creative Writing Narrative Design Screenwriting Worldbuilding Character Design Script Doctoring

Awards

2017

Game Narrative Review Competition – Gold Winner, GDC Narrative Summit Review Board (I’ve been placed in the Gold Category for the 2017 iteration of the GDC Narrative Review Competition as a result of my Thief analysis paper.) [link]

2016

Dean’s List, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2015

Dean's List, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2015

Lightning Pitch Contest 1st Place, Worcester Game Pile [link]

2014

Dean's List, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2013

French Baccalaureate Economics & Social Sciences stream, Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou (Received with High Honors)

2012

Kangourou 11th Grade Mathematics International Competition Award, Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou (Ranked 1st in school, 28th internationally)

2010

French Brevet, Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou (Received with Honors)