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University Alumni David Bagget

When I first started playing video games, Crash Bandicoot was the game that made me fool my parents into thinking I went to bed on time every night.  Once the lights were off and I could hear my father start to snore, I turned on the TV and surrounded myself in a chaotic glow of Crash and his arch nemesis, Doctor Neo Cortex.

Many years later, I have dozens of game franchises under my belt, but Crash Bandicoot always brings me back home to my glory days.

I recently discovered that David Bagget, the co-creator of the Crash Bandicoot series, is a University of Maryland Alumni- I seriously lost my shit. The man who co-inspired the game that made me so passionate about the medium is also a Terp. To say I’m a fan of this man’s work is an extreme understatement.

The One and Only Crash Bandicoot

Bagget graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S./B.A. in Computer Science and Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 1992. After his stay at Maryland, he moved on to join MIT at their Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Shortly thereafter, Bagget joined forces with Naughty Dog, the developing studio who gave us Crash Bandicoot in 1996.

After discovering such awesome news, I’m making sure to reach out and thank him for providing the game that defined my childhood. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, I’ll meet with Mr. Bagget and learn the whole story about his work in the games industry.