Aleks Krotoski

The Guardian, Thursday 12 March 2009

Tell most people of a certain age that you’re involved with the games industry and you get two responses: a contemptuous, “Must be great to play games all day” snarl, or a starry-eyed, “I’ve got a great idea for a triple-A game!”. Newsflash, folks: as a hack, I’m only one industry evolutionary seam above the slime mould, belonging to the bulging genus Liggerus Maximus, which is presumed to survive by feeding on free beer and launch party swag.

But while I can spend countless words refuting the first response (you have to give Mary King’s Riding Star the same amount of time as Fallout 3, for example), I can now adeptly deflect the second, parrying the excited gaze of someone who thinks I can get him or her a direct line to Shigeru Miyamoto, by saying: “See the range of tools that enable you to put your money where your mouth is! Now don’t come back until you have something to show, dreamer. I’m up to my pits in level 73 of Pizza Syndicate.”

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