On Thursday, software engineer David Kirsch, aka “Zoid”, announced on Twitter that he was retiring from the video game industry. Zoid previously worked for Retro Studios as an engineer on the original Metroid Prime, later working for Valve, and then on World of Warcraft at Blizzard at the time of his retirement.
In a thread on Twitter, Zoid reflected on his three decade long career and shared anecdotes from his time at various developers, including Retro Studios. While on a conference call with Nintendo, Zoid shared his miniboss designs with several of their designers, including Shigeru Miyamoto, who called him “Zoid-o-san”.
Zoid’s last tweet in this thread says he is retiring “For now,” which may suggest he could return to game development in the future. On behalf of us at Shinesparkers, we wish to thank Zoid for his huge contribution to Metroid Prime and gaming in general, and wish him a happy retirement, however long it may be.