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Marie the Bee A Conversation with Cactus & Petri Purho [Interview]
Wed, Apr 22, 2009 12:33pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
Ever since our How to Be Me interview with Petri Purho, HCF has been eager to delve deeper into the world of indie game developers and their awesomeness. Indie darlings (and budding BFFs?) Cactus and Petri Purho, who recently gave back-to-back lectures at GDC, agreed to sit down with us for some fancy, three-way IM action. In the conversation that follows, we cover topics ranging from game-related depression, to the fear of the judgment of our peers, to making games that aren't fun, to the winner that's inside each and every one of us.

Cactus, do you think you could tell us a little about yourself? Better yet, Petri, do you think you could tell us about Cactus?!

Cactus: That's way more interesting, yeah.

Petri: He's awesome and he does awesome games.

And then Cactus can take a turn describing you...

Cactus: Petri's Finnish, makes cool games when he's not being a magician. He has really nice hair.
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Marie the Bee How To Be Me: Matt Chandronait, Area 5 Founder & Producer
Tue, Apr 14, 2009 1:13pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
How to Be Me is HCF's series of casual, vaguely instructional interviews with games industry professionals, conducted entirely over instant messenger services.

For this week's interview, HCF chatted with Matt Chandronait, former producer of The 1UP Show and co-founder of Area 5 Media, a video production company comprised of the former members of 1UP's Gamevideos team, who were laid off following the UGO buyout of 1UP. Matt works as producer, editor and *actor* for Area 5 Media's flagship show CO-OP, "a weekly look at the meaningful, the important, the interesting, or the just plain fun games that are out there or will be coming out." If you're unfamiliar with the show and have a moment (or half hour), you should definitely check out CO-OP's last episode, Indie Special -- Roundup of the Best of IGF:



Howdy, Matt! Could you tell everyone a little bit about yourself and what it is you do?

Matt: I edit videoz fer da internetz. Done! Interview over! Wow, that was easy!

Whew! 100k diggs!

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Marie the Bee How to Be Me: Petri Purho, Independent Game Developer
Tue, Mar 31, 2009 12:41pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
It's time once again for How to Be Me, HCF's series of casual, vaguely instructional interviews with games industry professionals, conducted entirely over instant messenger services.

This week we spoke with Finnish independent game designer Petri Purho, who creates monthly experimental games on his website Kloonigames.com. Petri's best-known game Crayon Physics Deluxe won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival Awards in 2008 and is currently available for PCs and iPhone.

Hey, Petri! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Petri Purho: No. Well, maybe a little. I'm an independent game developer, I live in Helsinki, Finland and I like to watch weird movies.
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Marie the Bee How to Be Me: Will Armstrong, Lead QA at Telltale Games
Tue, Mar 17, 2009 12:11pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
Welcome to another edition of How to Be Me, HCF's casual, vaguely instructional interviews with professionals in the video games industry. This week I spoke with Will Armstrong, Lead QA at Telltale Games, developers of Sam & Max, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, and the upcoming Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures.

Hi, Will! Could you tell us who you are and what you do?
Will Armstrong: Hello! Well, I'm Will Armstrong and I'm the Lead of Quality Assurance for Telltale Games.

When you were a little boy is that what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Will Armstrong: Not in the slightest! Honestly, I had no idea that some day I would work into video games. It's something I accidentally stumbled upon.
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Marie the Bee How to Be Me: Leigh Alexander, Video Game Journalist
Tue, Mar 10, 2009 2:02pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
How to Be Me is our series of casual, vaguely instructional interviews with video games industry professionals.

For our inaugural interview, HCF spoke with Leigh Alexander, video games journalist. Leigh is News Director at Gamasutra, writes reviews for Variety and a monthly column for Kotaku, and maintains her own blog, Sexy Videogameland, in which she covers video games topics various and sundry.


Leigh, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Leigh Alexander: My name is Leigh Alexander, and I'm a video game journalist. (Crowd: Hi, Leigh)

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