Your writing seems damned pretentious, do you think yourself some kind of academic?

Yes and no.  Most of the words stuffed into this website are the result of mad scrawling, head sideways and inches from the paper, hand cramped and sweaty, in order to deliver sincere criticism and opinion.

But, there are times when I throw a smoking jacket over my shoulders, grab a pipe and a quill pen, and piece together something factual and objective.

And sometimes these personas get schizophrenic, and a sort of combination can occur.  Hopefully it provides a voice that isn’t already present in the forum of videogame criticism and game design discussion — if it comes across as pretentious, then throw a frock and wig on me and lock me up, I don’t care.

You seem to think of yourself as a game critic and a designer, which is it?

If you’re asking this question then you know that I think of myself as both, and you’re wondering why I’ve got the nerve to think so.

The answer is that this is about all I do.  Really, it is.  If I were a designer and reviewer of tea I would be sipping several brews a day and then opining as to how tangy the aftertaste in whichever brand was.  Then I would discuss that tanginess with other tea afficionados, so that the next year’s batch of tea might be tangier.  If you can say the same then you’re welcome to try and disprove any credibility I may have.  En garde.

The site is called Vancouver Game Design, why isn’t the focus on Vancouver?

It is, kind of.  Countless people abandon their old lives and come to Vancouver to learn about games and break into the industry, and by reading this site I hope people can get a better idea of what they’re coming into.  At the same time, it’s a selfish personal soapbox for myself, and I just happen to live in Vancouver.


2 Responses to “EFF AY Q”

  1. Flopsy November 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm #

    Is there any place on the site to speak with previous VFS graduates, and see how their transition into the workforce went? I’m gearing up for the March start in the VG Design course, and I wouldn’t mind seeing how the transition is for a student to find themselves in a position with a company.

  2. nickhalme November 12, 2008 at 5:26 am #

    Send me an email and I can get you in touch with some people; nickhalme@gmail.com

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