In this series, the Venture Cafe team will facilitate a conversation with a local founder about how they got their start on the road to success. This is a great opportunity to get inspired and learn more about building your own venture.
At seven years old, video games were the way in which Joe Granato experienced and communicated with the world. They were more than a passive sensory experience to consume, they were an impetus for the desire to create worlds of his own. When he rediscovered childhood illustrations for these game worlds as an adult, he set out to create a simple novelty project that realized these forgotten ambitions. Unexpectedly, this became a lightning rod for like minded creatives, and was the basis for creating a first-of-its-kind tool that put the power of creating games for legacy consoles in players’ hands, helping tens of thousands of users all over the world realize their own childhood ambitions.
NESMaker has germinated from a personal passion project to over ten thousand active users around the world. It is also being used in educational institutions to teach game development, and as a tool to create games for both legacy systems like 8-bit NES, as well as modern systems like Nintendo Switch, Xbox and Steam.