Our Studio

Why “Paper Cutter Games”?

Our studio name is a reference to the concept “existence precedes essence,” as presented by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

In university, Val took a course on the psychology of self-deception, which included existentialism philosophy.

During the 20th century when a book was hand-produced, the folding of printed sheets created closed edges that required cutting. A “paper cutter,” “book knife,” or “paper knife” (translated from French), was an object made to cut open these pages so they could be read. Sartre used the paper knife as an example of something that is made for a specific purpose, an object that has meaning (essence) before it exists.

“Existence precedes essence” is the idea that a person exists before they have meaning. A person is not born to fulfill a predetermined purpose, they have to decide the meaning/essence of their life by living it.

The paper cutter later evolved into what is now known as the letter-opener.

Too long; didn’t read: We’re a bunch of nerds.

 

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Our Team

Founder

Producer

Lead Designer

Korra Stecyk

SHE/HER

Metalhead, former digital nomad, and infatuated with sushi. She writes sci-fi/fantasy and speculative fiction to distract herself from lack of adventure boofer. Her favorite level to play is the Clockwork Mansion (Dishonored 2).

@SaltedKorramel

Co-Founder

Art Supervisor

Lead Artist

Val Sellers

SHE/HER

Val is an expert at chronic fatigue and consuming all snacks within the immediate vicinity. Constantly adding to her vast collection of reference photos “just in case they come in handy someday.”

@squidhop_art

@squidhop

lead programmer

Miles Gordon

He/him

Miles is an audio, multimedia, and game dev on a quest for zen in the digital mediascape. He loves fluffy clouds, old machines, and old-growth forests. In his spare time, he makes quiet bass-music for deep sea plants. Favorite games: Nuclear Throne and Final Fantasy XIV.

@miredly

Executive Assistant

Thomas Bexton

They/Them

Crafter of classification schemes. Forever painting miniature skeletons for Warhammer. They write lore, build worlds, and sometimes make and run tabletop RPG campaigns. Their favorite game is Pillars of Eternity II.

Composer

(contract)

Sheena Truong

SHE/HER

Sheena is also a singer–songwriter, currently writing music for her upcoming album. Her favorite video game is Return of the Obra Dinn.

@Sheena.Truong

@sheena_truong

What drives us?

As a studio that embraces diversity, Paper Cutter Games is dedicated to giving voice to people and issues that have historically been crushed or swept under the rug.

We believe that our players deserve to feel seen. And this begins with opening doors that help us better understand our peers. So yes, our goal is to challenge stereotypes and the simplifications saturating the video game market. The “international and diverse team” is a power-up we’re proud to keep equipped. 

 

Get in touch

If social media isn’t your thing, drop us an email at hello@papercuttergames.com.

We’ll do our best to respond within a few days. 🙂

 

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