Ara Shirinian is a video game developer, writer, and co-host of Chatterbox Video Game Radio. Most recently he was design lead on Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the 3DS.
His gameography also includes The Red Star, Cars: Mater-National, Dood's Big Adventure, and NightSky. His specialties are player psychology, mechanics design, and human-computer interaction.
You can find out more about Ara at http://www.shirinian.net and http://chatterboxgameshow.com.
Features Ara has written for Gamasutra include:
The Value of Repetition [07.31.12]
Intuition, Expectations and Culture: Learning from Psychology to Build Better Game Interfaces [04.04.12]
Dissecting The Postmortem: Lessons Learned From Two Years Of Game Development Self-Reportage [07.08.11]
The Uneasy Merging of Narrative and Gameplay [01.26.10]