ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT // MATTHEW WASTELAND
the Best Video
Game Studio in
Welcome, ne W employee.
You have arrived.
That’s right. You have arrived at
your new job at The Best Video
Game Studio in the World. All your
hopes and dreams and ambitions
in life have led up to this moment.
Now you are here, and it is time to
start the real work, the reason you
came into existence: the work you
will do for us.
As you might imagine, we do
things a little differently here. This
isn’t what you’re used to at those
other, terrible, awful video game
development studios under whose
jack-boot regimes you have labored
in the past. Our studio is nothing
like those clueless suit-infested
businesses that populate the lower
depths. Up here, our studio is a
sanctuary, an oasis for nursing
talent—Valhalla, really, though that
might sound a little arrogant.
Here, we have no schedules.
No producers, no managers, no
stockholders. Actually, we do have
those, but they will be far away.
Very, very far. You will never know
they exist. We will keep you in a
bubble. A happy, comfy bubble of
pure ideas: design as you always
wanted to do it, as you always
wished for. The irritating constraints
that always dogged you in the
past—milestones, technical ability,
other people—have been removed
matthe w wasteland writes about games
and game development at his blog, Magical
Wasteland ( www.magicalwasteland.com).
Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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