Jibb Smart, Game Dev

I'm Jibb Smart. I created the flick stick control scheme (now featured in Steam, reWASD, DS4Windows), JoyShockMapper and JoyShockLibrary, GyroWiki (the gold standard for implementing good gyro controls in your games), and GamepadMotionHelpers. I've advised on controls in Deathloop, House of the Dead: Remake, and Severed Steel. My work has influenced Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, God of War, No Man's Sky, Boomerang X, and more. I'm currently working on Fortnite as a Senior Gameplay Programmer.

The best place to get in touch with me, for now, is Twitter @JibbSmart.

2023+: Gameplay at Epic Games

In April 2023 I moved from contracting to full time employment as a Senior Gameplay Programmer on Fortnite. I'd already done a lot of contracting work on Fortnite, and I'm stoked to be officially part of the team as I continue to work on one of the biggest games in the world!

2020-2023: Consulting Input Specialist

Since 2020 I've been consulting in various capacities to improve the controls in games of all scales, from small indies to huge AAA (such as Fortnite). I specialise in controls design and implementation, but have also been working in gameplay programming generally. While I'm not taking on consulting work for now, pretty much all of my work on industry-leading gyro controls can be found on GyroWiki. Other controls-related topics that are under-explored in games are explored on my cohost page (for short, focused articles) and on GameDeveloper.com (here's 7 Building Blocks for Better Controls).

2018+: Gyro Gaming, Flick Stick, Gyro Wiki

A modern console controller -- or at least, the standard controllers of the Sony PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch -- are capable of so much more than most players or developers realise.

I've created open source tools JoyShockLibrary and JoyShockMapper to help explore the potential offered by the gyroscopes in these controllers.

On GyroWiki, developers can find tutorials on how to use these features much better than we even encounter in games that do embrace the gyro. Learn to use the gyro as a mouse, and then blow past the perceived limitations of aiming with a controller with flick stick. It's also home to other innovations like player space gyro, "tightening" for lag-free aim stabilisation, and other standards that have come to be expected in the best gyro-aiming games.

See gyro aiming and flick stick in action with a DualShock 4 -- the PlayStation 4's standard controller -- playing against PC players. Controls like these significantly reduce between mouse and controller players without aim assist.

When controls like these have been embraced by players and developers alike, we're going to look back at the PS4/Xbox One generation of consoles and be astonished that games treated PS4 controllers like they're just Xbox One controllers.

See more of this in action at the Gyro Gaming YouTube channel.

2010-2013: KarBOOM

2013's KarBOOM was my first published game and is still available. Up to 12-player local-multiplayer action. Play for points, survival, or goals in any combination of teams.

I've come a long way as an input specialist since making KarBOOM. While it does support any standard PC controller, you'll likely want to customise the controls to suit your button layout.

Once that's out the way, I'm proud of the core mechanics of the game -- bumper cars with a high risk/reward boosting system that, depending on your skill, can just as easily spell doom for you or your opponent.

An improved version of KarBOOM was never quite finished before I got caught up in other work, but you can see some behind-the-scenes of some of the rendering tech I was working on here. These days, a lot of that tech is outdated (in particular, my very simple temporal anti-aliasing solution), but if I've put in the effort to keep a record of such things I like to leave it online.

For even older projects, check out the Archive.