This post is an excerpt from the Foreword to “Side Stories: Short Fiction by Game Developers”.
What’s the story of Tetris?
Success disappears, and failure piles up.
Game developers are unique creatures, just as games are a unique art form.
And games definitely are an art form.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way…
Game developers tend to be voracious consumers of media, especially entertainment media. Most game developers I know are also rabid readers, cinephiles, comic book nuts, music lovers, and news junkies. They are cultural sponges, soaking up everything that modern media has to offer, and letting it all simmer in a dynamic mix of references, influences, information, trivia, memes, styles, and themes.