Who am I?

Tobiah PictureHi there! My name is Tobiah Zarlez. Formerly Tobiah Marks

I am a Game Evangelist at Microsoft.

I am a co-founder of a company called Yobonja.

I also run my own independent game company called PlayPerro.

Let me tell you a little about myself: First off, I’‘m a geek.

I am passionate for programming and game development. I love prototyping new game ideas and learning new tools and techniques. Unsurprisingly, I also enjoy playing games. Not just video and computer games either. I am an avid collector of board games, card games, and pen and paper RPGs. I’‘m always up for a game of Settlers of Catan, Werewolves, or perhaps a night of Dungeons and Dragons or Eclipse Phase. Some of my favorite digital games are The Walking Dead, the Half Life series, and World of Warcraft.

I love to go to live performances like improv shows, concerts, and even the opera. I also enjoy cooking, target shooting, and going to theme parks.

I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area my whole life. I have two Bachelors of Science degrees from Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale. One in Software Engineer, focus in Game Engineering. The other in Digital Art Engineering, focus in Game Design.

After I graduated in 2009, I co-founded an independent game development company called Yobonja. Yobonja is most known for Blast Monkeys, a physics based puzzle game.

I started a second company in 2012 for my solo projects called PlayPerro.

In August 2013, I joined Microsoft as a Technical Evangelist.