Mars Ashton is an award-winning Indie Game Developer, Assistant Professor of Game Design at Lawrence Technological University, and a QA Tester for Finji. He explores social structures and human-centric narratives both within the play space of games and through the process of creating them. His work includes the topics of transhumanism, existentialism, and the often conflicting role of the self vs. the group that can be found throughout folklore and mythology.
His work has received the Taco Bell Feed the Beta Award, been nominated for Best in Show - Art at GDEX 2020, has been selected as a finalist for the Intel Level Up! Competition and Indie Prize 2019, been showcased at Meaningful Play, PixelPop Festival, GDEX, Terminus, and more.
Mars has received an Epic MegaGrant for the Epic Center for Unreal Technology at Lawrence Technological University, a Unity Educational Grant, and was awarded the Global Game Jam Reboot Develop Scholarship.
As the Director of IGDA Detroit and co-founder of IGDA Ann Arbor, he is a core component of the Michigan game development community and has been able to utilize his vast network of students and professionals to provide the talent and support to help establish several local startups. As a frequent exhibitor and public speaker, Mars is always looking for new opportunities to share his work and learn from the work of others.
A collection of games built via Lawrence Tech's Game Design/Software Development programs, jams and other events!