“My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.”
Usula Le Guin on anthropology, Vonnegut, going to school with Philip K. Dick, feminism, gender constructs and just about everything else. This is an excellent interview.
Last weekend I was at MineCon. My colleague Nick and I were showing off Maia and, though my contribution to the game is only really a modest one, I was both proud and excited to fly to Florida to represent it. I was also very pleased to have the chance to meet other independent developers and see their games. Marketing, expos and getting the word out about your game can be one of the biggest challenges that independent developers face, so this was a rare and rather special chance.
As you may well know, as well as writing for Maia, I also write about and review video games as a freelance contributor for all sorts of clients. I’ve mentioned before that there are potentials for a conflict of interest here and I think, in the wake of this convention, it won’t hurt for me to clarify my position and my views on this, as well as restate exactly what it is I do. Here are some points and reflections, assembled in a sort of mini-manifesto. My apologies if it reads a little too plain-speaking, or even patronising. That’s for transparency’s sake and, lately, in the games industry, it feels like you can never be transparent enough. My reasons for feeling this will hopefully become apparent as you read on.
Onward to the reflections!
As promised in one of my Spelunky Daily Challenge videos, here’s the text from a feature I did for a digital photography magazine nearly ten years ago now. I’ve cleaned it up a bit, as the first draft was pretty terrible, and popped in some images. There’s a boxout hidden away at the bottom, after the main body of the article.