of requests for interviews, some are met with a POLITE no, some
are never answered. I guess sometimes that can be directly attributed to
the way I ask for these interviews. . . I simply ask for them the way
you'd ask a friend a question. I try to be funny, I attempt to convey
the importance of the interview to me and my readers and most of all, I
try to let every interview subject know that "it's only 15 minutes
of their time" .
Except poor Mike Wilson.
He gets the standard letter begging for an interview. . . and with
companies like Epic, ThirdLaw, Monolith, Ritual, Terminal Reality and
3DRealms in the G.O.D. stables. . you KNOW Mike Wilson is a very busy
man. So I get the response that says "Sure, Steve. . no problem,
I'll do an interview and while I'm at it. . how about I send you some
G.O.D. games to give away on your site too" . . . wow, what a great
guy!! I send the requisite "Gee, thanks Mike. . your tha man. .
smooch smooch" letter back and wait for the interview. . .
and I wait. . . . I have a few e-mail problems in the middle of all
this, so I mail everyone making sure no interviews are lost. . . Mike
responds politely, "nope. . . didn't send any e-mail to you".
. . So I continue to wait. After a few weeks, I am a little worried
about poor Mike ( lotsa interviews have come and gone. . ) still no
So I decide to clean out
the old Interview folders one day, and I notice. . . . I don't have
record of ever sending Mike Wilson's interview to him. . "OH
SHIT". . . I begged an interview, the guy gleefully commits to
sending me free games. . and I forgot to send his interview. I am now
M-O-R-O-N of the Century. Here comes the ass kissin' BIG TIME, Maybe I
can salvage this interview. So I spend hours on the phone telling Mike
What an attractive man he is. . . butter-butter, stroke-stroke, he falls
for it. . and agrees to let me send him the questions and he'll do them.
LORD, if only the story would've ended there. . . . .
I received Mr. Wilsons
timely response ( with E3 so close, ya know he was crackin' ass to do
this for me ) this morning, only to find his interview scrambled. . .
garbage. . . kaput!! How can this be?? I have a fresh Win2000 install,
Office2000 Premium. . . what can be the problem??? Who knows. . . . I
have to ask Mike to copy and paste the damn interview into NOTEPAD and
send it to me.
So the next time you think
someone is being a jerk by not submitting to an interview. . . they
might have been treated to the ol' Hypothermia shuffle and forever SCARRED
No longer willing to ever do interviews!! So remember that the next time
you read an interview, what these guys go through for us. Thanks Mike. .
Before and After
1.) How'd you get started in the Games game and/or who was your
I was lucky enough to have a friend in the
original id Software crew,
when they were still in Shreveport, LA, working at Softdisk. I got to
know the other guys casually though late night D&D sessions.
John Carmack's campaign featuring his character, Quake) Anyhow, I kind
of followed their progress through the Keen games and Wolfenstein 3D,
and then got a chance to get involved after DOOM II came out and DWANGO
was born. I moved down to Houston to help get DWANGO off the ground,
and was later hired by id to head up their marketing and distribution
efforts. That led to Ion, Ion to g.o.d. I guess John Romero was my
inspiration he was the only one of the crew that really radiated how
much fun he was having being in the industry. He still enjoys his work
more than most developers I know.
2.) What's the most outrageous thing you ever did ON the job?
Man that should be a top ten list. I guess it was
when I was still
at DWANGO, but I got a topless pizza delivery girl to go around to each
of the id offices, knocking and delivering pizza. I remember the
priceless expression as Carmack saw her crossing the common area and
doing a major double take, trying not to show his surprise. It was
hilarious she was gorgeous, and it was like one of those candid
3.) People you admire in the industry. ( please limit your answer to
2 people and
EXCLUDE me, that's a given. . )
I admire John Carmack quite a bit he compromises
nothing and pursues
what he's passionate about and nothing else. He is truly without
peers in his area of expertise. And he's a complete workhorse. Other
than that, I think Mark Randel at Terminal Reality. He's completely
underrated, and has about 1/10th of the ego of his contemporaries.
3.) What's the most annoying thing to deal with as a GameGod.
Being referred to as such. ;) That's a silly name
for me I don't even make games.Only the
creators can be GameGods, IMO.
4.) Does your WIFE still nag you to "Get off that damn computer
before I break it" now that your a famous GameGod??
My wife and my daughters. Right now, in fact. But I'm glad they do,
whatever they pull me away to is generally vastly more rewarding :^)
5.) Tips you can give GameMaker-Jedi in training
Make damned sure your biz guy knows what he's
doing. And then make sure you have a very
good attorney who agrees. Also, if it ain't in the contract, it ain't an
6.) Drink of Choice
7.) Tunes of Choice
Pink Floyd, well above all others. Then, after the
ten mile gap The Doors, Alice in Chains, The Rolling Stones, Metallica,
Alanis Morrisette, Dave Matthews. Kid Rock is my favorite new artist.
(even though he contends he's not a new artist)
8.) Babe of Choice
9.) The real answer to no. #9 for the married guys who had to say
Madonna (only in her 40's, though I never liked
and the bonus question
Since we hang out together all the time, and are fantastic friends,
share something with everyone
that most people don't know about you.
Hmmm. I still haven't graduated college? I'm one french class away from
2 degrees (PR and Marketing) but I have been for about 6 years now and
it's not looking likely that I'll get around to completing that. LSU
listed me in their 'who's who of alumni' for a couple of years until I
demanded that they either send me a diploma or stop advertising w/me. ;)
There is simply not enough
that can be said about Mike Wilson and the kind of guy that he is. It's
funny though how in Question #3, Mike answers "That's
a silly name for me I don't even make games.Only the creators can be
" But I think what Mike is overlooking is the fact that it takes a
great person and a great team to get such a fantastic group of game
developers under one roof like he has. . . So as much as he may hate to
admit it, What Mike Wilson has done with G.O.D. has made him a GameGod
to many of us. . . simply by bringing us the best and the brightest.
over and see what the G.O.D. group has going, and if your at E3 this
year. . . give Mike a Hug, he needs one ;^)