I Really Love Video Games

I found this document while poking around in various files and folders on my computer and I thought it would be fun to share it with you guys. I originally sent this to Rare when I applied for a job there many years ago–back in 1999 I think it was, and possibly even earlier on a previous occasion–and I also sent the same document to Rockstar North too when I applied for a job there many years later. Even after all these years I feel it perfectly sums up my passion for and commitment to video games, and the views expressed within still hold true to this day:

Note: The text has been slightly modified a couple of times over the years, generally just to improve the writing and to update some of the games that are mentioned, but other than that it’s basically the same as it was in the original version that I sent to Rare all those years ago.

“Over the years I have played many great video games; from classics such as Super Mario World, Street Fighter 2, Pokémon and GoldenEye, to newer games like Eternal Darkness, Halo and Journey; to name a few. Each time I experience a genuinely great video game it reminds me why I love them so much, and why over the years I have dreamt about and worked hard towards a career in the industry.

As a child there is a certain magic quality about many occasions: The night before Christmas, waiting for Santa to visit and deliver your presents; that excitement, tension and anticipation that something special is going to happen. On Christmas day when you open your presents it is enchanting playing with your toys for the first time. When people grow up and as the world itself matures this excitement is often lost and along with it those childlike feelings of wonder and magic.

I want to recreate the magic I experienced as a young boy discovering the power of video games for the first time. I would like to work on video games that are so special that when a child, teenager or adult plays them they are immediately inspired and their lives are changed. I want to help inspire the next generation of game designers and enkindle the passion in people who had not previously been interested in video games to become a part of this amazing industry.

It is my ambition and desire to create exciting new worlds, characters and experiences that allow people to escape from the daily routine for just a little while and travel to wondrous new places full of imagination and adventure; and through electronic entertainment it is possible to achieve this goal. Some people do this by directing awe inspiring film epics or by writing wonderfully enchanting fairy tales. Others compose beautifully moving and uplifting melodies. I wish to realise it in video games.”

I always enjoy reading this every once in a while, just to remind me that true love really is forever 🙂

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