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playthisthing interviews jesse venbrux, fails to ask interesting questions

jesse venbrux is one of the designers i most admire, exploring persistence in games (often in unexpected ways) and subverting traditional expectations for player goals. wouldn’t it be amazing to hear him talk about any of this? what this is is a missed opportunity.

jesse isn’t a big studio developer, and playthisthing isn’t the mainstream games press. there’s no reason for softball questions like “what’s your favorite nintendo game?” i appreciate the words spent on pointing out jesse’s work and existence to a potentially unfamiliar audience, but what i’d really like is to hear one of the most interesting and progressive designers of our time talk about craft.

jesse does acknowledge a similiar frustration with the lack of deeper investigation at his game design school: it is a frustration i know well.


  1. daphny wrote:

    why dont you interview him then, jeez

    your site would be AWEOSME if it had interviews i mean MORE AWESOME

    9/1/2008 at 11:30 pm | permalink
  2. Cycle wrote:

    i may interview for my upcoming feature!

    9/3/2008 at 8:01 pm | permalink
  3. auntie wrote:

    so may i!

    9/3/2008 at 8:50 pm | permalink
  4. Cycle wrote:

    damnit, I meant to say I may interview HIM. I was distracted by a cow in my backyard.

    9/5/2008 at 6:33 pm | permalink
  5. daphny wrote:

    cycle do wild animals visit you often

    9/6/2008 at 7:06 pm | permalink

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