"Ngmoco dropped us a line about its upcoming virtual pet game for the iPhone, Touch Pets Dogs. It's being developed by famed game designer Andrew Stern's new company, Stumptown Game Machine, and is expected to hit the App Store sometime this spring.
Stern isn't a household name--yet--but he's garnered a lot of industry recognition for his work in artificial intelligence and virtual life games. Most recently, he was one of the co-developers of Facade, a pretty amazing social simulation that makes use of experimental language-parsing technologies. Some time before that, he worked on the Petz series of virtual life games, which is now published by Ubisoft. If there's one thing we've learned about ngmoco so far, it's that the publisher has a real eye for talent!"