Class of 2007

Presenting the 20 Under 30 Class of 2007.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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The Game Boy

Matt Raithel, 25

Director of Art and Design, Black Lantern Studios, Inc.

If you’ve read Wired or shopped for a kid lately, you know video games are the future of entertainment. Good thing for Springfield it has home-grown, talented electronic artists like Matt Raithel to keep it on the cutting edge. Matt is Director of Art and Design for Black Lantern Studios, Inc., a local company that conceptualizes, designs and tests titles for big-time video game companies. What does a Director of Art and Design do? Take something old-school—Super Mario Bros., for example: Raithel decides where to put each pit bottomless pit, each green warp tube and each bouncing green turtle. Not a bad gig, eh? Actually, he oversees the team that makes such choices, but we still say it’s the Best Job Ever. Currently Raithel—B.A. in electronic art at Missouri State—is working on a number of national releases, including a Dora the Explorer PC game and Balls of Fury for Nintendo systems. On the side, Raithel designs websites, teaches courses at Missouri State and volunteers for Phi Delta Theta, his college fraternity. He’s also a loving husband to his wife, Jennie, and father to one-year-old daughter Ali

You have an iPod. You can only download one album. What is it? Sufjan Stevens, Illinoise
Who would play you in a movie of your life: Ving Rhames
When I’m 40 I hope  _____________? “I’m proud of the last 40 years.”
If you could eat one meal in Springfield, and budget isn’t an obstacle, where would you eat? “Merle’s, the Chicago dog.”
In an honest moment, what would you tell someone about your job? “It’s a lot of work, but so much fun.”
If you could be on a reality show, what would it be? Project Greenlight
Predictions for two dead characters in the last Harry Potter book: Harry and Voldemort
First website you hit every morning:
Biggest phobia: “Losing what I have (family, etc.)”
One night, no complications, whom do you seduce? “My wife.”


Movie: Endless Summer II
Adult beverage: Red Stripe “Hooray beer!”
TV show: Scrubs/Lost/Heroes (Editor: He cheated, yes.)
Fast food indulgence: Bacon, egg and cheese biscuit at Hardee’s
Book: Rules of Play, a book about why people play video games
Bar: “That’s tough: Patton Alley Pub.”

Take your pick:

Time machine or omniscience? Time machine
Black tie or comfy sweats? Comfy sweats
John or Paul? John
MySpace or Facebook? Neither
Deal or No Deal? “Can we negotiate this one?”

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