Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Let's get this out of the way: I'm a gamer. I've been gaming since
sitting on my mom's knee playing Rocky's Boots and making a living
off it since I got my first job. I left games for a bit to work at
Google, then realized that working at Google didn't involve working
on games and took a 50% pay cut to go back into the game
As you've probably figured out by now, if you don't like video
games things are probably not going to work out well between
I seem to tear this profile down and completely rebuild it every
few years. I'm replacing it now and going oh man what were you
thinking zorba this is not you
but, hey, let's be honest here,
me, it just ain't anymore. The profile is a
metaphor for my life. Surprise! Two topics, one paragraph,
And just to put this up front, I'm in a poly relationship with
. She is pretty
dang excellent. If poly isn't your thing, then romantic this shall
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
This will come as a surprise to you: it is video
Right now I'm in the middle of starting the Digital Game Museum, a
nonprofit dedicated to preserving gaming culture. Because I'm
insane, this is what I've chosen to fill my spare time. My day job
is senior engineer at a AAA MMORPG studio. In my spare
spare time I'm playing games, developing games, analyzing games,
and oh yeah there is this thing called a "wedding" that's coming up
in a few months that may possibly be important. I guess I should
look into that a bit more. (edit: it turns out weddings are
Part of me is looking at this and thinking "wow zorba you really
are focused on this one small thing", but I sorta don't see it as a
small thing. Games are art. I'm an artist. I'm an artist in a
medium that isn't quite respected as art, but it's a medium that I
deeply consider art, it's a medium that I care about, and it's a
medium that I can delve into at extraordinary length. So, yeah, I'm
quite deeply wrapped up in the world of gaming.
And then there's all the side things like hanging out with friends
and going to see movies and taking road trips up and down coasts
but I don't consider those to be things I'm doing "with my life",
just things I'm doing. Like, I mean, a third of my life is spent
sleeping, but I'm not gonna say "I AM SPENDING MY LIFE SLEEPING" as
if that is somehow a meaningful answer.
There are far more interesting things to focus on than
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
oh come on you know the answer to this one by now
The first things people usually notice about me
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Not their interest in me, I'm not gonna be all "yeah, ladies look
at me and instantly swoon, it's like I'm Leonardo DiCaprio back
when he was making a movie about a really big boat (flexes
No, my interest in whatever the hell it is that you're
interested in. My life has gotten more and more tied up in learning
about other people and learning about what fascinates them, and
I'll carry on a conversation about damn near anything if I can get
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Lately I've been doing the equivalent of just turning the faucet on
and seeing what comes out. I ask friends for suggestions, I don't
ask a single question about what they've just suggested for me, I
just grab it and devour it in whatever manner is most appropriate.
Even when the thing isn't good, it's usually
interesting, and I'm often going through it two or three
times just to carefully pick apart what makes it tick and what
makes it thud.
I think I watched the movie Robots four times. It's not a
particularly good movie, but it makes a fantastic case study on how
not to make a good plotline. There are some bits they nail (see:
the entire Rodney Fixes A Ton Of Robots montage) and there are many
bits they totally fuck up (see: everything between Rodney getting
kicked out of Bigweld HQ and Rodney meeting Piper for the first
And now I've spent an entire paragraph talking about a deeply
mediocre movie as an answer to the "favorite movies" question.
Okay, take 2: I watched Redline like six times because that movie
has the most gorgeous animation I have ever seen holy shit it's
amazing you must watch that movie. The anime movie about racing,
not the crappy live-action movie about racing. There. It's Redline.
Question answered let's move on.
. . . oh, and, uh, Ethiopian. Seriously best food ever. NEXT.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Toss me on a desert island and I'm gonna want something for
inspiration, something for discussion, and something for recording.
Let's break this thing down.
Inspiration: This is basically the "what if your
favorite (insert-media-here)" question revisited. Imagination is
like a compost heap. You toss a bunch of scraps in there, cover it
up and let the worms do their magic, toss a handful of seeds in,
and you get a metaphorical orchard. Keep me supplied with scraps
and I'm happy. So . . . moderately-sized fiction library washed
ashore? DVD player equipped with humanity's thousand best and
thousand worst movies? Every CD released between 1994 and 2007?
Sure. Good 'nuff.
Discussion: In retrospect I perhaps should not
have set this post on a desert island. It's tough to create in a
vacuum - you always need other people to bounce things off. One
person's genius is another person's idiocy. So I suppose I'll need
several other desert islands to collide with mine. Or we can take
the easy way out and toss an Internet connection on the island,
although you'd think I'd use it to, y'know, get off the
Recording: I'm a creator. I gotta have some way to
me to create, and there's only so much data you can store
in carefully-placed coconuts. If we're going to go the
Internet-connection route then I suppose I'll just write things
online, otherwise I'd quite enjoy either a limitless supply or
paper or a computer.
I sort of want to put a jokey answer in like "ho ho, I could not
live without hot showers/hot chocolate/hot food from (insert trendy
diner here)!" but I did a lot of camping as a kid and I'm
surprisingly comfortable being out in the middle of nowhere with
very little on me. Drop me in a desert without any tools and I'd
happily set about trying to build shelter and trap food, I'm not
gonna sit there agonizing over a lack of luxuries.
And then I'd die of exposure because I'd have no idea what I was
doing but we'll just ignore that for now.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Fun is a super tricky concept. People spend a fascinating amount of
effort to avoid fun. I've concluded that game design is the process
of fooling players into having fun.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
There's kinda two typical Friday nights.
One of them involves me diving head-first into whatever project I'm
working on. Lately, that's meant museum exhibit design, museum
research, or doing all that grunt work of trying to acquire new
sponsors and new funding. After that, curl up with the fiancee on
the couch to eat dinner and watch a movie or something. And then,
more often than not, it's back to work - my todo list hasn't been
less than three hundred lines for months.
The other and far more fun Friday night involves slacking the
hell off. Sometimes that's booting up Tribes: Ascend or Path
of Exile and going to kill lots of stuff with the fiancee.
Sometimes that's going out on some trek to a restaurant or a
special event. On serious holidays, that involves wandering around
whatever city we're in and seeing whatever sights we end up seeing.
Frequently, this has little connection to what we intended
to see, but that's just how things go.
I tend to be a bit of an introvert, so there's not gonna be any
"ONE TIME I DRANK EIGHTEEN BEERS THEN PUKED ON A DOLPHIN" stories
Art or companionship. One of the two.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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When I was a kid, I considered other people to be kind of
irrelevant and uninteresting. Today, I consider other people to be
absolutely fascinating in a sort of let's-analyze-your-motivations
kind of way.
I am not entirely sure this is an improvement.
You should message me if
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. . . you want to talk about fun and game design, and see how it
ties into your particular hobbies.
(Which I guarantee it does, somehow. Yep. That's a challenge. Bring
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