James Phinney is a games writer and designer. Phinney has been working with Undead Labs, Mass Media, Shiny Entertainment and ArenaNet. Phinney's first published game was Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness released in 1995. Next, James Phinney worked on StarCraft taking on the role of designer. Later, Phinney also was part of the team who developed State of Decay published by Microsoft Studios for PC and Xbox 360. The latest work of James Phinney was State of Decay: YOSE, published in 2015.