California Rex

San Francisco CA



Ashley Pinnick

Antonio Chang



Cody Conrad

Odell Atkinson


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Who ARE California Rex?

California Rex are a creative studio in the Bay Area made up of Ashley Pinnick & Antonio Chang. Our projects are self-funded, self-published experiences exploring our ideas about storytelling, whimsy and fun in games and VR.

About Ashley & Antonio

Ashley is a technical artist and Antonio is an award-nominated VFX artist. This is their first game! Like a typical independent team, they both handle all aspects of development: from writing, programming, art and game design to voice acting and technical direction. Outside of California Rex, they've worked with clients like Walt Disney Studios, ABC Television, Paramount Studios, TIFF, Lucasfilm, and Sony Pictures. 

About Dead Bug Creek

Dead Bug Creek is a virtual reality adventure game. It sprung from a prototype which debuted late 2015 at Siggraph's inaugural VR Village. The prototype was praised for its story and exploration mechanics, featuring fully animated 3D characters who lead the player on their mission to find "The Ultimate Prize". The game is scheduled for release late 2017 on Playstation VR.

During development, Ashley's partner in creating the game's signature music and voice acting, Cody Conrad, took his own life. Dead Bug Creek is dedicated to Cody and his legacy whose spirit and contribution to the game are immeasurable.


Indie Spotlight: Exploring the Absurd World of Dead Bug Creek VR

- Jonathan Nafarrete, VR Scout

Dead Bug Creek First Impressions

- VRGamesFor

VR Spotlight: Dead Bug Creek

- Shane Miles, Blot Gaming

I lost my friend, but his voice and music live on in my game

- Ashley Pinnick, Engadget

'Citizen Kane' to 'Call of Duty': The rise of video games in universities

- Jess Conditt, Engadget