Mason McCuskey is a software engineer with 8 years of commercial programming experience. He has successfully managed his own game company since 1990. In 2000, his company, Spin Studios, was one of 9 world finalists at the Game Developer's Conference 2nd Annual Independent Games Festival. He has also written dozens of articles for gamedev.net. and other Web sites. Mason is the author of "Special Effects Game Programming with DirectX" by Premier Press.