About Irresponsible Games
Irresponsible Games focuses on quirky and independent stories from America's past. The company is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was founded by Gene Mocsy, writer/designer on the adventures 1954: Alcatraz, A Vampyre Story, Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, Perils of Man, Duke Grabowski, and A Salty Lass.
Gene worked at Autumn Moon Entertainment and EA Redwood Shores (Visceral Games) as an artist and designer on titles including The Godfather, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, and The Simpsons.
About 1954: Alcatraz
1954: Alcatraz, Irresponsible Games' first official title, is based on extensive historical research into San Francisco's Beat past. Writer/designer Gene Mocsy explored the real-life locales of North Beach, Chinatown, and Alcatraz, taking reference pictures, making sketches, reading Beat journals, and interviewing people about the era. In addition, Gene managed to get special tours of the hospital and Building 64 on Alcatraz—areas most tourists never see.
Gene entered a prototype version of the game, simply titled Alcatraz, in the 2011 IGDA competition in San Francisco. Daedalic Entertainment saw its potential, and after meeting Gene at GDC and E3, decided to fund full-scale production.
Gene previewed the game to journalists at Gamescom 2012 in Cologne, Germany, where it was nominated for Best of Show by GameStar/GamePro.
The game launched on Steam in March 2014. It was translated into five languages and has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide.