Interview with Insert Coin
The CMP Game Group (producer of Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, and the Game Developers Conference) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers. They saw how the Sundance Film Festival benefited the independent film community, and wanted to create a similar event for independent game developers as well as the student population of game developers.
John Dexter, aka d000hg, sat down with Patrick and Joe from Insert Coin to discuss their IGF entry Rumble Box, which was nominated for Innovation in Game Design.
Who are you and how are/were you involved in Rumble Box's development?
Congratulations on reaching the finals. What caused you to enter in the first place, and did you hope or expect to do so well?
How and when did your team get together? Can you give a brief history of the team?
Are you guys working as indies full-time, or around other jobs/studies?
Do you plan to return to the indie scene, or was Rumble Box primarily created to get you into the industry?
Would you say your team runs more like a company, or more like a group of people making games for fun?
Where did the idea for the project come from originally, and has it changed much since its conception?
It's certainly novel! Did the name come first or did you have to find a name that fit your ideas?
What were the biggest obstacles to making this game, and how did you overcome them?
What were the best and worst points of development?
How long have you been working on this game?
What do you think makes your game stand out? Is this intentional?
I really like that - for me it's the little details which often get me hooked on a game.
What have you learned from this project?
What are your goals for the future and how has making the IGF finals changed things for you?
What tools and 3rd-party libraries/software do you use for programming, modelling, artwork etc?
MSPaint - Excellent!
Do either of you have any advice or wisdom to share with all would-be indies who are looking up to you?
Interview conducted by John Dexter