Michael J. Sellers


Michael Sellers BS ’85, June 27, 2022, age 60. Sellers, who was fascinated by artificial intelligence, spent his career designing and creating video games and virtual worlds, including Meridian 59, the first three-dimensional massively multiplayer online game. Later in his career, Sellers founded the game design program at Indiana University. He also authored a well-respected textbook on game design. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jo Anna; six children; six grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.


Mike Sellers BS ’85 is director of the game design program at Indiana University. He authored the textbook Advanced Game Design: A Systems Approach (Addison-Wesley, 2017). Mike enjoys life with wife Jo Anna, their six adult children, and six grandchildren.


Mike Sellers BS ’85, after working in the games industry for more than 20 years, joined Indiana University in 2014 as a professor of practice teaching game design. In 2017, he took on the additional role of program director. Sellers says, “The education I received at L&C doing a self-designed major in cognitive science has served me well in my career and continues to yield benefits in my current work.”