Interview Roundup!

With launch coming around the corner on March 31st, The Axiom Verge studio (aka little ole' me) has been busy as of late.  Part of that business stems from the sheer number of trade shows and interviews I've had.  Here's a few featuring both Dan and Myself.

KindaFunnyGames:

Try as I may I wasn't able to get the twitch player to embed without autoplaying, so here's a link to a separate window:

http://www.twitch.tv/kindafunnygames/v/3859189

GameSpot:

Engadget:

Gamasutra "Metroidvania" Interview

Christian Nutt just posted a full interview with me on Gamasutra on my thoughts on "Metroidvania" games.  Check it out here:

http://gamasutra.com/blogs/ChristianNutt/20150220/237005/Metroidvania_interview_Tom_Happ.php

This is actually part of an "extended cut" he's making of the individual interviews he did for this article, where he interviews a ton of other devs (including Iga himself) as well:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/236410/The_undying_allure_of_the_Metroidvania.php

 

Playstation Experience 2014

Here's me and Dan at the Axiom Verge booth.  Juston Massongill is the one taking the photo, which came out awesome, but which I couldn't figure out how to download from Instagram :)

Here's me and Dan at the Axiom Verge booth.  Juston Massongill is the one taking the photo, which came out awesome, but which I couldn't figure out how to download from Instagram :)

So, Playstation Experience was overall awesome for Axiom Verge.  We got a lot of press.  Destructoid even named AV one of the Top 5 Indie Games at the event.  And there is still more to come as the journalists get done editing footage and submitting stories.

As you know, I live in Las Vegas, so this was the first time I could go to a convention and sleep in my own bed at night!  Though my own bed is probably a bit less swanky than the ones at the Venetian.  Most of the pics below were taken by my wife, Chloe, at least if I was in them, which is why you don't see her, but she was with me 90% of the time.

Here's the banners sitting outside my home office.  We got them from promodirect.com.

Here's the banners sitting outside my home office.  We got them from promodirect.com.

Maya and very sleepy Rami Ismail at Cheesecake factory.  Rami had just taken a 30 hour flight from Taipai and was in need of nourishment.

Maya and very sleepy Rami Ismail at Cheesecake factory.  Rami had just taken a 30 hour flight from Taipai and was in need of nourishment.

Photo by Maya of the atypically heavy fog covering everything.

Photo by Maya of the atypically heavy fog covering everything.

It happens that the delightful Maya Kramer had already booked her room when she discovered that she couldn't get a flight for that day, so she stayed at our house for a couple of nights before the show.    It was a lot of fun and also nice to show her the real Las Vegas as most of its residents experience it.

 

Dan and I did a Twitch LiveCast on stage with Justin interviewing us.  The game was huge on the screen behind us.

Dan and I did a Twitch LiveCast on stage with Justin interviewing us.  The game was huge on the screen behind us.

One of many interviews I did, eyes closed.

One of many interviews I did, eyes closed.

To put things in perspective, Earlier in the day Justin interviewed indie legend Jonathan Blow while playing the Witness.

To put things in perspective, Earlier in the day Justin interviewed indie legend Jonathan Blow while playing the Witness.

Here's me recommending Farscape for EPN's Reviews on the Run.

Here's me recommending Farscape for EPN's Reviews on the Run.

Craig Skistimas of ScrewAttack playing Axiom Verge.

Craig Skistimas of ScrewAttack playing Axiom Verge.

Me and Dan talking to EP Daily about Axiom Verge.

Me and Dan talking to EP Daily about Axiom Verge.

Dan and I did a few interviews, at least one of which should appear on old-timey broadcast television for anyone who gets EP Daily.

But the coolest part of conventions is always meeting other devs and journos in person.

Myself, Craig Skistimas (ScrewAttack), Dan Adelman, and Colin Moriarty (IGN).

Myself, Craig Skistimas (ScrewAttack), Dan Adelman, and Colin Moriarty (IGN).

After years of following their work, it was good to meet the Zeboyd Games team.  Here's Bill Stiernberg.  Rob stopped by earlier but I didn't think to get a picture of him, unfortunately.

After years of following their work, it was good to meet the Zeboyd Games team.  Here's Bill Stiernberg.  Rob stopped by earlier but I didn't think to get a picture of him, unfortunately.

And here's Michael and Chris Frauenhofer, the mother-and-son team behind the fascinating One Way Trip.

And here's Michael and Chris Frauenhofer, the mother-and-son team behind the fascinating One Way Trip.

Matt "Norrin Radd" Creamer and Brian Provinciano in the Retro City Rampage Booth!  Brian is an especially cool dude who started soldering cartridge pins when he was 3 (Or was that Davy Crocket?)

Matt "Norrin Radd" Creamer and Brian Provinciano in the Retro City Rampage Booth!  Brian is an especially cool dude who started soldering cartridge pins when he was 3 (Or was that Davy Crocket?)

Maya taking a break from manning the Close Castles booth to play some TowerFall.

Maya taking a break from manning the Close Castles booth to play some TowerFall.

Here I am with Dead Dodrill (creator of Dust:  An Elysian Tail) and his wife.

Here I am with Dead Dodrill (creator of Dust:  An Elysian Tail) and his wife.

Old colleague Michael Amerson - creator of Dark Breakers - stopped by to say hello. 

Old colleague Michael Amerson - creator of Dark Breakers - stopped by to say hello. 

Here's BustahWuff (world record speedrunner of Shovel Knight) and myself.  I plan to pick this man's brains about how to make AV an even better speedrunner.

Here's BustahWuff (world record speedrunner of Shovel Knight) and myself.  I plan to pick this man's brains about how to make AV an even better speedrunner.

Here's Greg Rinaldi, senior producer on NBA Live.  Back in the day Greg and I were both character animators on various EA Sports games.

Here's Greg Rinaldi, senior producer on NBA Live.  Back in the day Greg and I were both character animators on various EA Sports games.

Maya and Dan chat is I give my wife (the camerawoman here) a skeptical look.

Maya and Dan chat is I give my wife (the camerawoman here) a skeptical look.

Shareef of TicToc games getting ready to show Adventures of Pip!

Shareef of TicToc games getting ready to show Adventures of Pip!

So that about sums it up - a whole bunch of pics.  Hope you enjoyed them.  See you next show (probably PAX East!)