Based in Los Angeles.

Mark Essen is an independent game designer and artist with ties to both the games industry world at large, and the newly emerging world of art-games. Characterized by pixelated animations and graphics, Messhof games look like “retro” games from the 1980s, but play like the most advanced games out there. Mark teaches classes at USC’s Interactive Media and Games Department and holds a MFA from UCLA's Design and Media Arts program. He created many independent games under the label Messhof such as "Flywrench" and the IGF and IndieCade award winning "Nidhogg". His work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, FILE in Sao Paulo, the New Museum in New York, MoCCA in Toronto, FACT, [DAM] Berlin, and Vice/Intel's international Creators Project.

Kristy Norindr joined the Messhof team in 2011 and co-founded the llc with Mark. Kristy has a game development background as a producer and project manager with experience working for a social game startup, as well as managing a video game research lab. She specializes in making awesome things awesomer, and helping projects move smoothly to the finish line. Kristy received a Masters degree from UCLA’s Cinema and Media Studies department, a BA from UCLA’s Women’s Studies department, and grew up in New York.

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Nidhogg 2

Nidhogg 2

Fighting

The wurm has returned and it must feed! Shed your garments and paint the walls with the flesh of your enemies, for only one can be worthy of sacrifice.

Flywrench

Flywrench

Combat Sim

Flip your ship’s polarity between three different colors to get around obstacles. Each maneuver that you perform, such as flapping like a bird, or tumbling...

Nidhogg

Nidhogg

Platformer

Nidhogg is the epic award-winning fencing tug-of-war, full of graceful acrobatics and clumsy stabs. IRL yelling and excitement may occur, in this ultimate...

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We're hiring! Looking for an engineer/programmer to join the team on an ambitious 3d project that does not involve… T.co

Nov 28 2022

RT @dsmarcade: Gotta love that Arcade Glow™️ T.co

Nov 28 2022

RT @WinnipegGameJam: 🎉Winnipeg #gamedev Meetup #100🎉 Celebrating 100 meetups in 8 years! When: Tues, Nov 29th 6pm Where: @NewMediaMB |… T.co

Oct 31 2022

RT @wondervillenyc: Featuring: Nidhogg 2 by @messhof (Coming soon to the Arcade! Courtesy of @dsmarcade ) Youtube.com

Sep 21 2022

RT @dsmarcade: Nidhogg 2 Arcade Launch Locations: Up-Down - @updowndsm Dangerzone Arcade - @Dangerzonebar Spacebar Arcade -… T.co

Sep 20 2022

RT @wondervillenyc: Wednesday 9/21 - Duel! Wonderville.nyc

Sep 18 2022

RT @dsmarcade: pov: you’re about to touch your Nidhogg 2 arcade T.co

Sep 16 2022

RT @dsmarcade: Any Nidhogg 2 arcade order we receive by end of day tomorrow ships this Fall! DSMArcade.com

Sep 15 2022

RT @wondervillenyc: There’s a 3D printed Nidhogg 1 trophy for the winner! T.co

Sep 11 2022