It’s really inspiring and humbling to get to work with some of the brightest talent on the planet. Not the least because our challenge is, while a tall order, a unique opportunity to make a huge difference.
To make great things you need great people. Being the comic book geek I am, I wanted to write a piece on the Lightneer team – as Marvel Superheroes!
Lauri Konttori – Peter Quill, the Star-Lord
I racked my brain for the whole of one and a half second to come up with a Marvel Super Hero best suited to convey Lauri. That’s Marvel’s very own Space Indiana Jones: the Star-Lord.
Lauri is an artistic genius, a one of a kind visionary, whose brain produces amazing new visions of things ranging from the world of the Angry Birds to what atoms look like when they come to life.
Like Peter Quill, Lauri is also quick to come up with an appropriate quip to make the team mates chuckle – and the enemy alien’s bones chill at the same time.
Lauri is the Chief Creative Officer and Lead Artist for Lightneer, and has previously done pretty amazing and Universe-shaping things, like founding Rovio’s animation studio.
Read more on Star-Lord: Brian Bendis & co did a great job on Guardians of the Galaxy.
Ilari Kaarnakari – Clint Barton, Hawkeye
Ilari was one of the tougher ones to find a match for because of his versatility. But once the idea of Ilari as Hawkeye stuck in my head it has been impossible to erase.
Hawkeye is the sure shot, miss no target superhero of the Marvel Universe. Like Hawkeye’s proverbial quill of arrows, Ilari has an abundance of tools to create more and more amazing (and potentially frustrating!) challenges for the player.
Ilari is our Lead Designer, and his job is to create the gameplay and levels for the atom game, while teaching kids quantum physics.
Read for more on Hawkeye: Matt Fraction’s & David Aja’s Hawkeye run is pretty awesome.
Alberto Alonso – Hank McCoy, The Beast
Alberto’s Marvel-ish alter ego was a reasonably easy call for some reason. The Beast is one of Marvel’s handful of geniuses-in-residence – a brainy supermind you can rely on when things get too complicated for us mere mortals to figure out.
The Beast is also renowned for solving problems, no matter what it takes. Even if it means beaming the entire original X-Men to present time from the 1960’s.
Alberto is our Lead Engineer, and used to previously work as the Lead Programmer for Gameloft. He’s an analytic supermind poised to squash any bug that comes his way.
Read more on The Beast: Brian Bendis’ All New X-Men is an amazing story arc.
Rayco Hernandez – Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic
Just like Alberto, Rayco’s representation just has to be one of the Marvel Super Geniuses. And since his temper is mellow enough to make him practically anti-Hulk, his Marvel alter ego has to be Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic.
Like the elastic superanalyst, Rayco bends to any length to solve problems. He is creating an amazing logical architecture for our game. Rayco is also a math genius, coming up with new ways to test the mettle of his team mates.
Rayco is the engineer in particular responsible for the intricacies of our game’s meta game, where you get to build atoms and eventually the entire periodic table.
Read more on Mr. Fantastic: Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers run collects the Illuminati – Marvel’s Super Geniuses – to face a world-changing challenge.
Marja Konttinen – Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch
Like one of the most powerful members of the classic Avengers, Marja has a way to bend reality to match her vision. She’s amazing in pulling together seemingly separate strands and weaving new potentialities and realities out of them.
Marja works as Lightneer’s Chief Marketing Officer, being in charge of figuring out ways to communicate what Lightneer and our games are all about to the general public. She was previously the Marketing Director of Rovio, and was in charge of doing stuff like inking deals with CERN and NASA to expand the Rovio Universe to, well, the Universe – and beyond.
Read more on The Scarlet Witch: In the finale of Avengers vs. X-Men, The Scarlet Witch saves the world.
Tiina Rantakokko – Natasha Romanova, The Black Widow
Like the Russian super spy, Tiina simply kicks ass. When the rest of us get stuck in the imaginary wonderlands of Idea Heaven, she is already the one taking the steps to make things become a concrete reality.
Tiina’s capacity to absorb ideas in a blink of an eye and convert them to action points is awesome. She’s also a great team builder, creating a sense of focused mindfulness around her whenever she’s involved in brainstorming or decision making.
Tiina is our Marketing Director, and she makes sure that all the crazy ideas that our team and advisors weave up actually do become realilty. She worked previously in Rovio’s Fun Learning unit, helping bring to life such amazing things as the Angry Birds Playground and the NASA-collaboration learning game, Angry Birds Solar System.
Read more on The Black Widow: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run has a lot of great BW kickass moments.
We are still very early in our journey, and no one knows what the future will bring.
One thing I know though.
Just like any good team of superheroes, the Lightneer team packs some massive world changing potential!