Upon perusing the always fabulous mmogamerchick’s blog, I happened upon this ‘holiday’ of sorts, where gamers of all genres put aside their grievances and jaded past to thank gaming teams or individual developers for all the hard work they do to bring us the games we all enjoy.
So to take part in this event of sorts, I thought up a few devs whose work I have admired over the years, but the very first one that popped into my head neigh-instantaneously was the fairly warped genius who brought us Twisted Metal and God of War: David Jaffe and the rest of his crew over at Eat Sleep Play. (As if the title of the post didn’t give this gem away.)
He thankfully has a very open online presence and just recently has been posting on his blog again after like half a year hiatus. Cramming content into his newest and most awesome Twisted Metal took a toll on his blogging, but he has charged head-on into the fray and is back with some killer posts in just under two weeks.
Mr. Jaffe has always been willing to reach out to gamers and has been in contact with fansites such as Twisted Metal Alliance for years before even starting his blog. He went so far as to include TMA in the thank-you portion of Twisted Metal Black’s credits and offered a few of the nearby members of the site to play test the game before it went retail. Odds are if you were to check out his twitter feed the only time it isn’t buzzing with really great information and insight is when he is sleeping or eating dinner with his family.
Just recently the Jaff-Man posted a rant to youtube about terrible customer service, which happened to be directed at a near-by Apple store. (Extremely Language heavy, yee hath been warned. The dog chilling on the couch in the background is awesome, by the way.) He was very understanding of the worker’s situation, but was astounded by their indecency and incompetence, stating that “there is nothing worse than people who work for a company and don’t put the customer first.”
It speaks a great deal of his work ethic. He does not have a lofty, elitist outlook on things, he does not expect people just to buy his game because of the brand name on the spine. He sees them from not only the dev’s perspective, but more importantly from the player’s perspective. He knows people want to have a great time playing his games and he puts forth all of his effort to make sure they get the best experience possible. He is a gamer at heart, who happens to be making awesome games that I cannot get enough of. Heck, my Minecraft avatar is based on a certain homicidal ice cream truck driver.
Thank-you, David Jaffe, and thank-you Eat Sleep Play. I eagerly await the next Twisted installment, along with whatever else you deranged group of people come up with in the near future.