i am a systems designer that focuses heavily on how narrative can be implemented into more natural elements of the game. i have experience in complex systems such as abstracting depression as a mechanic. i’m looking to help create more robust systems that allow the player to not only enjoy the game but feel a message while playing.


my name is joseph ruotolo, i am a game designer and artist


i went to depaul university where I got a bs in computer game development/design and a minor in animation.

i love working on smaller projects. they always feel more intimate and personal when finished.

your art looks very, cotton candy pastel.
— Someone at my global game jam