James Portnow is a game designer and consultant best known for his theories on socially positive design and writing for the popular web series, Extra Credits.

After receiving his master’s from Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, James worked as a designer for Activision on the Call of Duty franchise before striking out on his own and forming Rainmaker Games, a design and consulting firm that has worked with partners from Zynga to Riot Games.

In addition to being CEO of Rainmaker Games and writer for Extra Credits and Extra History, James speaks and teaches regularly at universities across the globe.

James has written for or been cited in the following publications:

The New York Times

Oxford University Press



Delmar Cengage Learning

Palgrave MacMillan

Global News


Next Generation

Al Jazeera


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