Plants vs. Zombies is a highly successful tower defense game from the highly acclaimed casual game developer, PopCap. If you haven’t heard of it before, the aim of the game is to kill attacking creepy zombies walking across your lawn with an array of amazing plants. Some of the plants are pea shooters that spit green balls at the undead, hot tamales that burn everything in their path, and Venus zombie traps. By planting various seeds in strategic locations around your lawn you may be able to hold off the onslaught and keep them from entering your house and eating your brain.

There is a web, PC, iPad, iPhone, Xbox, PS3 and recently released Nintendo DS version. PvZ was also awarded the 13th position of GameSpy’s Top 25 PC Games of the 2000s.The Seattle-based casual games developer also behind the wildly popular “Bejeweled”, which has sold more than 50 million copies since it launched in 2001 and is aiming to go public in the second half of 2011.

It must be every geeks dream to develop and play games all day! So what is it really like to work at one of the most successful game development companies in the world? I found out by interviewing Roy Liu, one of the two developers of PvZ. Roy is originally from Shanghai but now based in PopCap’s Dublin office.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.