Sean Hinz (Co-Head of Animation, Rooster Teeth)
After earning his MBA from the University of North Texas and working in supply chain logistics, Sean Hinz made the move to the entertainment industry in 2011. He did freelance writing and worked for web-based media companies working on such projects as ScrewAttack, Death Battle, and a handful of video games. He now serves as the co-head of Rooster Teeth‘s animation studio, overseeing work for clients such as HBO Max and Netflix, as well as their own internal projects like RWBY, Red vs Blue, and Camp Camp. In his free time, Sean is enjoying life with his family in North Austin and getting lost in the latest video game.
What is the first video game that you remember playing?
“After playing games for the last 30 years, it is pretty tough to remember my first one, but I do remember my first console. My dad started out playing games himself in college, so when I was very young we had an Atari 2600. I loved River Raid, Pitfall, Missile Command, lots of classics. But my brother and I would get very competitive playing a game called Outlaw where two cowboys dueled throughout different environments. Eventually, we’d get a Super Nintendo and that would pretty much change everything, but the Atari 2600 will always be special.”
What are your favorite games of all time?
“My taste has certainly changed over the years, but I really dig open-world games. Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher, Far Cry all scratch that itch for a really personal adventure. I’ve also become more excited by modern action games and battle royale games, like everyone else. Soulsborne games have a way of creating the same tension I used to find in an MMO raid without the time commitment. Same goes for APEX Legends, which I cannot seem to get enough of these days. And I still enjoy a good platformer, though Super Mario Bros. 3 might just be the greatest of them all.”
Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?
“Not a whole lot of time for hobbies. I spend a lot of time in my yard, landscaping, gardening, etc. They really upsell you on the trees when buying a house, but rarely mention the upkeep. I also enjoy cars and I am currently restoring a 40th anniversary edition RX-8. One day I would love to own a S15 Silvia, but will probably have to go back to Japan to get it. And my family and I like to travel as often as we can!”
Do you and your children play video games together?
“We do! Recently my son and I have begun playing Mario together. We started with Super Mario Maker 2, where I could build him levels that slowly introduced him to the concepts of a platformer. We worked together to get through it and now we’re on to New Super Mario Bros. for Switch. If he’s going to end up being anything like me, this is just the beginning of a life well spent enjoying video games.”
How do you make time for gaming with a busy family life and career?
“I suppose I just don’t get much sleep anymore if I want to play games. Fortunately, my wife is very understanding and often when everyone is down I can get in a few dailies on APEX or try something new. Recently I’ve been playing through Control which has been pretty great!”
What is your proudest moment as a parent?
“That’s kind of tough to nail down at this point. Every day holds something different, but I think it’s a series of moments. Seeing my son grow and develop his own perspective on the world. An act of kindness sharing with a friend or just giving out hugs. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of challenging moments as well, but it’s a pretty incredible experience being a parent and I am enjoying every minute of it.”