Kwalee Quiz: Steve Clark

Its that time again! Server Ninja, Steve Clark, talks about early gaming and unskippable cut-scenes.

What is your first gaming memory?

The first game I remember playing was King Tut on the Commodore VIC-20. It was amazing at that time because it actually had graphics! You weren’t just controlling an asterisk! You were a little Indiana Jones style character with a hat. I remember thinking it was cool that you could see the sting coming out of the enemy scorpions’ tails. I did most of my early gaming on the VIC-20.

What made you want to work in the video game industry?

I have always loved playing games, right from the age of 5. I wanted to get involved after writing code from magazines. My older brother also did some programming so I had some idea of how to get into the games industry. Though I went to university before video game courses really existed.

What did you study at university?

I studied Computer Science at Luton university (now The University of Bedfordshire). The course gave me a good base of theoretical programming knowledge. There were modules on logic, AI, graphics and many other things.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a video game Programmer?

There is much more choice today when it comes to video game degrees, so it may be better to focus on one of those. If you want to work more on the server side of things like myself, then learn Sequel and database programming. .Net and C Sharp are also very important.

What is your favourite video game and why?

For me, its a tie between Max Payne and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. These are amongst the few games which I have started over immediately after finishing them for the first time. I love the story in both games. Sands of Time also had some great innovations with the time reversal mechanic to correct mistakes and the bullet time in Max Payne was just really cool!

What is your gaming pet peeve?

Unskippable cut-scenes – I understand not letting you skip them the first time, but if you keep dying and are forced to watch cinematics over and over it becomes extremely annoying

How did you come to work at Kwalee?

A bit of luck. I was looking for a new job and Kwalee were advertising. A recruitment agency suggested the job to me.

What is your favourite thing about working at Kwalee?

Everyone is friendly and easy to have a conversation with. Its a really good place to work!