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DepthQ, Inc. is an interactive entertainment software development company located in San Diego, California.  Founded by two former Sony Computer Entertainment America engineers in August 2000, DepthQ provides the design and development of interactive entertainment software on a contractual basis for top game publishers and developers.

Our Mission

DepthQ’s mission is to create engaging, scalable multiplayer, interactive entertainment of broad appeal.

To carry out our business mission, DepthQ pursues the following goals:

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Produce only top-quality products.

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Employ efficient and smart business practices.

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Build and sustain an exceptional reputation.

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Remain conscious of mass-market trends.

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Maintain a technological edge.

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Keep a focus on game design and gameplay.

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Provide employees with an optimal working environment and quality of life.

The objectives that support these goals include:

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Hire only the best talent.

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Enforce an engineering methodology in the development process.

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Periodically focus-test products in development.

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Promote code and content reuse.

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Maintain an efficient and optimal burn rate with ample cash reserves.

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Ensure appropriate company branding on all our products.

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Promote our titles and reputation through an attractive, entertaining website.

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Partner with reputable companies and A-publishers that will strongly market our products.

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Participate in community and industry activities.

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Perform periodic market research prior to product development.

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Encourage each employee to spend a portion of their day researching the latest technologies and competitive products.

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Create a forum for the discussion of the current and upcoming technologies.

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Send employees to an educational conference of their choice each year.

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Permit reasonable flexibility in working hours.

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Offer employees bonuses for achieving milestones and producing high quality work.

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Implement a comprehensive benefits plan for all full-time employees.

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Offer fringe benefits to promote employee moral.

Company Profile 

DepthQ’s management team consists of the its founders, Jim Buck and Michael Riccio.  Jim and Michael are former software engineers of Sony Computer Entertainment America.  They have worked together for four years on numerous best selling game titles for the Sony Playstation.  These titles consistently shipped on time and on budget and have a cumulative sales total of over three million copies.  A brief description of the founders and their responsibilities follows:

 

bulletJim Buck (President) – Jim was a Senior Software Engineer at Sony Computer Entertainment / 989 Studios from March of 1996 to March 2000.  He was the Lead Software Engineer on the Twisted Metal IV team and a contributing software engineer on the Twisted Metal III, CART World Series, and Rally Cross teams.  Previous to Sony, Jim was a Programmer at Vision Data Equipment Corporation for three years.  Jim has a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the State University at Albany, New York.  Jim’s primary responsibilities at DepthQ include game design, technical design, and programming.

 

bulletMichael Riccio (CEO) – Michael was a Senior Software Engineer at Sony Computer Entertainment / 989 Studios from November 1995 to March 2000.  He was a contributing software engineer on the Twisted Metal IV, Twisted Metal III, and 2Extreme teams.  Previous to Sony, Michael was employed as a Fixed Income Analyst at Weiss, Peck & Greer Investments for three years.  Previous to Weiss, Peck & Greer, Michael was employed as an Experienced Senior Consultant at Andersen Consulting for four years.  Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.  Michael’s primary responsibilities at DepthQ include business operations, project management, game design, and programming.

 

DepthQ values quality of life and provides a stimulating, fun working environment conducive to our employee’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. We recognize each employee’s potential and provide challenges and rewards to encourage their contributions. 

DepthQ dedicates itself to the principals of honesty, integrity, and respect with regard to our stakeholders:  publishers, business partners, consumers, employees, the industry, and the community at large.  DepthQ values the quality of its products with respect to gameplay, content, technology, and robustness.

Contact Information

Telephone
(619) 525-1612
FAX
(619) 230-0007
Postal address
1446 Front Street
          Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
Electronic mail
jbuck@depthq.com
          mriccio@depthq.com
 
Send mail to mriccio@depthq.com with questions or comments about this web site.
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Last modified: 07/18/01