About Me

Hey! My name is Aidan Takami. I’m an aspiring game developer, a grad from the Interactive Media and Game Design (IMGD) program at USC Games, and currently a Designer at Rockstar Games.

I live in Carlsbad, California, but am originally from the LA area. I have been writing code for about 8 years. I’m most versed in C# & C++, but learned in Java. I’ve worked in both Unity and Unreal Engine.

As a game designer, I get asked a lot about my favorite games. My all-time favorite is The Legend of Zelda, Majora’s Mask. My personal favorite feature is the 3 day time loop. When I think about the types of games I want to make, Zelda titles always come to mind. My other all-time favorite games include OOT, Minecraft, Red Dead 2, Journey, Spiderman on PS4, The Stanley Parable, Firewatch, and Outerwilds. The challenge of combining a compelling narrative with fun mechanics in a simple yet emergent way is very intriguing to me. Game design is an art form.

Fall of 2019 I enrolled as a student in the IMGD program at USC & I graduated in May 2021. I started in August 2021 as an Associate Designer: Open World Events at Rockstar Games. I am currently a Mid-Level Designer: Open World Events at Rockstar.

As far as my hobbies and other passions:

  • I love to go hiking & just being outdoors in general. I’ve spent a lot of hours looking at the stars.
  • I’m a huge music enthusiast. As you can find on my posts here, I think music shares a really important connection with our emotions, & therefore is super important in games as well.
  • I enjoy playing guitar when I have the time! I’ve played since I was ~10. I recently bought a Martin SC-13E.
  • I try to go on a run every day. I’m an active advocate for lunch break runs.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me!

Check out my Resume here!