Matt Rix will be speaking at SCREENS 2011 about the overwhelming success of his app-based game, Trainyards. Matt took the time to answer a few of our questions so FITC fans and followers could get to know him a little better leading up to the event. Meet Matt Rix...

What are you passionate about?
I'm really passionate about games more than anything else. I love that they require such a wide range of skills to create, and game design is fascinating to me. I love where the games industry is heading, and I'm excited to be a part of it.

What personal projects are you working on?
I just finished up a big update to my game Trainyard, and now I'm porting a couple Flash projects to the iPad. I'm also starting development on a brand new iOS game that I haven't announced yet.

What tools are you working with now?
I work with a lot of programs in the Adobe Suite, especially Flash Professional. I make all of my graphics assets in Flash, even when I'm not actually coding games with it. For my next project I'm going to be using Unity to develop it. I don't have a whole lot of experience with Unity yet, but I'm excited to learn more about it, and I know it's capable of what I want to do.

Where do you get your news?
I get most of my information from Twitter and Reddit. After that, I also read TouchArcade, Engadget and Joystiq, but that's pretty much about it. I also participate in a great project called iDevBlogADay where a whole bunch of indie iOS developer all write blog posts as part of a community.

What app could you not live without?
Twitter and Alien Blue (Reddit). Those are by far my biggest sources of news, and they're definitely the most popular apps on my phone.

Connect with Matt Rix online:
[Twitter] @mattrix [blog]

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