University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Heather Kelley Papers, 1998-2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kelley, Heather
Title: Kelley, Heather, Papers
Dates: 1998-2014
Abstract: Heather Kelley (aka moboid) has worked on interactive smart-toys, hand-held games, and is a co-founder of the experimental game collective Kokoromi. In her career Kelley has worked on AAA-games such as Thief: Deadly Shadows and Splinter Cell 2: Chaos Theory. Kelley currently focuses on experimental games and interfaces.
Accession No.: 2008-198, 2009-239, 2009-362, 2011-061, 2011-134 2016-206
OCLC No.: 954604188
Extent: 5ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English, French, and German.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Heather Kelley (aka moboid) has worked at Human Code, Ion Storm-Austin, and UbiSoft, on AAA games such as Splinter Cell 2: Chaos Theory and Thief: Deadly Shadows. Kelley has also worked on interactive smart-toys, hand-held games, and is a co-founder of the experimental gaming collective Kokoromi.

While working with Kokoromi, Kelley produced and curated the GAMMA event which promotes experimental games as creative expression in social context. Kelley also co-curated the 2012 exhibition Joue le jeu / Play Along at La Gaîté lyrique in Paris, France. Kelley has been prominent in creating games centered around female sexuality through her design of the original version of the OhMiBod Remote app, which used the iPhone touch screen to control a connected vibrator, and Lapis, where the player used the Nintendo DS to play with a rabbit in a manner that mimicked the female orgasm.

In 2011, Kelley was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company. She was also named as one of the five most powerful women in gaming by Inc. magazine in 2013.

Scope and Contents

Design Documents, Correspondence, and Audiovisual materials focus on Kelley’s development of the above titles as well as brainstorming for non-traditional games, and play test research.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kelley, Heather
Subjects (Organizations)
Girl Games
Video games
Video games-Authorship
Video games-Design
Video games-Equipment and Supplies
Video games for women
Video games in art
Video games industry
Video games-Social aspect
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

Forms part of the UT Videogame Archive

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Heather Kelley Papers, 1998-2014, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Matthew McKinley, February 2010.

Subsequent revisions made by Jennifer Allen, July 2016.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Game Design

2008-198/1 Thief: Deadly Shadows
Level design notes
Map sketches
2009-239/1 "Thief 3"
Mission Document
Game Design (1 of 5)
2016-206/1 Game Design (2 of 5)
Game Design (3 of 5)
Game Design (4 of 5)
Game Design (5 of 5)
Design / Art Notes + Scribbles
TechnoSexual Bodies exhibition, Hong Kong: First Presentation of Body Heat prototype app
Lapis thru v. 09
Lapis thru v. 15
Lapis 2.0 - Panoscope Interview Mar 06
2.325/AAA30 Design documents
2016-206/1 Kokoromi
E3 badges
2 badges.
Notes from 2004 + on (Montreal, early days at Ubi) (Kokoromi)
Business Cards
LGC: LL Photos (LL) + Video (Flip) [Live Game Code!: Love Letters with Cindy Poremba and TAG lab]
Processing Redbeard's Pirate Quest
7 jaz disks
Ellie's Enchanted Garden


Employment Documents

2008-198/1 Zowie Intertainment File
Human Code / Sapient
2009-239/1 Promotional Folders and Brochures
2008-198/1 Girl Games
Company document
2009-239/1 Business card, programs, clippings, correspondence
2016-206/1 Notes, concepts, etc./ some notes related to time at GG
2009-239/1 Bowerbirds
Correspondence, Clippings
Sketched Notes
"Swords and Sandal" Game Idea Submission
2016-206/1 Artificial Mind + Movement and Hexagram


Resumes and performance Reviews

2009-239/1 Correspondence (with Warren Spector), Color Prints, and a performance review from Sapient


Production Videos

VGABox #338 Sapient GDC demos, 1/30/2001 [betacam]
Human Code Redbeard Animation Revisions
9/14/1999 [betacam]
9/7/1999 [betacam]
Redbeard RPQ Comm - SC 14, 8/20/1999 [betacam]


Production Audio

VGABox #338 Argh commercial - music recording


Play Test Research

2008-198/2 Miryo Confidential (dub), 3/1998 Focus Testing Highlight
Child Play Observation Video, 11/2/1998
Miryo Kid Testing, 11/23/1998
Miryo Kid Testing, 11/30/1998
Mryo Child Studies Lab, Dragonfly Study (Pirate), September 1998
Miryo Kid Testing, 11/2/1998
Zowie Child Studies Lab, Iguana Study (Pirate), February 1999
Zowie Child Studies Lab, Koala Study (Pirate), March 1999
Kidvertisers, Redbeard, Work in Progress, 9/20/1999
Redbeard, n.d.
Hasbro Computer Games at Performance Plus, Boston: Mall
Madness and First Daughters
Group 1: 1/25/1999
Group 2: 1/25/1999
Group 3: 1/25/1999
Kid Test Dub Tapes 1, 2, and 3 (2000)
Kid Test Dub Tape 4


Conferences and Events

2008-198/1 Notes and Programs
2009-239/1 Programs and Flyers
Index Cards
Handwritten Notes on / for presentations
2016-206/1 Ephemera from Events Participated in or organized
Badges from Events
Art of Play
2.325/AAA30 Posters from GAMMA 3D and 8-Bit
2009-239/1 IGDA Annual Report 2004
2008-198/1 IGDA Annual Reports, 2001-03
"Cyberspace Opera" libretto, H. Kelley as Sandy Clone
2009-239/1 "Cyberpsace Opera" libretto, H. Kelley as Clone of Liquid Identity
College - English


Magazines and Newsletters

2009-239/2 Magazines/Newsletters Featuring Kelley
Canadian New Media(pg.5) 2007.
Societe (French) (pg.8)
Liberation (French) (pg.33)
Game Developer (pg. 64) 2003.
3 copies.
The Gazette Montreal 2005.
Quebec Mirror (pg.20)
2 copies.
Clipping 2008.
Magazines, Newsletters, and Catalogs
2016-206/1 Independent Amazing The Adventurous Art of Playing 2014.
2009-239/2 Books


Performance Art

2016-206/1 Photos of Performance: "Blow" with Knut Graf at Home of Sandy Stone, Austin TX, 1995 December 1995.



2016-206/1 sifteo cubes
2 sets of 3 cubes.
Processing Prototype hardware for Zowie Intertainment projects


Published Games

Processing Redbeard's Pirate Quest, 1999, Zowie Intertainment [PC]
Ellie's Enchanted Garden, 1999, Zowie Intertainment [PC]