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Warren Spector earned his Bachelor's Degree in Speech from Northwestern University in 1977. In 1980, he completed his Masters Degree in Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1983, he dropped out of UT's PhD program to begin a career in game development. (His mother cried for 10 years…) Best known for his work on the 'Deus Ex' and Disney 'Epic Mickey' games, early in his career, he also worked on several entries in the 'Ultima' series. He began in 1983 in tabletop games, with Steve Jackson Games and TSR, before moving into digital games in 1989 where he worked at Origin, Electronic Arts, Looking Glass, Ion Storm and Eidos before starting Junction Point Studios, acquired in 2007 by the Walt Disney Company. In addition to his game work, he is a published novelist (The Hollow Earth Affair, 1988) and comic book author (DuckTales: Rightful Owners, 2012). From 2013 until 2016 he was the Director of the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, he is Austin studio director for OtherSide Entertainment working on 'System Shock 3'. He was awarded the Pulcinella lifetime achievement award at the Cartoons on the Bay conference in 2011, in 2012 received a Lifetime Achievement award at the Game Developers Choice Awards and in 2016 received the Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Fun and Serious Games Conference. In 2012, he was given an Honorary Doctorate by Columbia College of Chicago.