Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Interview Part 7: CJ (The Interview I Was Meant To Be!)

Trim the sails and roam the sea (J) indeed! He doesn't really answer anything, so it's rather pointless. But that's how all English folk are! Tricky and Sneaky!

1)Okay, first question coming up. Which one is your favorite AGS game?

Hah! Nice try, but that's one question I'll never answer! :=

2)How hard is it really to have a standard job, and have all those people PMing you, telling you they found a bug, making requests, asking you if you'll join Mittens this year?

As time goes by it's harder and harder to find the time to work on AGS. At the moment for example, I'm very busy with my real life and haven't had a chance to do any work on AGS for a few weeks now. So bugs get reported and start stacking up but I don't have time to fix them. And then of course the list of things to fix is quite daunting when I finally do have some spare time!

3)Where are you working in your real life? And hell, tell us a bit more about yourself and how did you end up a programmer extraordinaire?

I work as a software developer, when I'm not drinking cans of lager on street corners. One day whilst training to become a whale tamer, I accidentally wrote an "if" statement with its blood, and from then on I knew programming would be the career for me.

4)Since you are the man behind the AGS Forum, or at least the AGS part of that,I'm wondering for years, what's with the moderators (like c.leksutin) that are inactive? Why do you guys just keep em there?

c.leksutin is still there as a tribute to him, following his mysterious disappearence. Otherwise, the moderation of the forums seems to work quite well, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

5)There's this really weird question, but it's been bugging me for quite a while now, on the manual, on the part where you explain how to use variables, you have an example with 42.Are you a fan of Douglas Adams, or is it just a reference?

Haha, I think that's just a coincidence. Not everything in life leads back to HHGTG!

Sure, from all integers you choose to equal an integer called life to 42. That's coincidence alright. Gives the impression of coincidence better than coincidence itself.

6)Which AGS game in production are you most excited about? If any?

See my answer to question 1!!

7)What are your plans for AGS Engine (apart from stabilizing its current version). Meaning, what things should we expect?

At the moment with the amount of free time I have, it's a struggle just stabilizing the current version. So I've got no idea what any future versions might have in store!

8)So you're a guy that has built an adventure game engine, and a very succesfull one, how come you've never built a single game(at least haven't shared with the AGS folk)?

There's an old phrase, "stick to what you're good at". And I'm no good at most of the things you need to be able to do to make a game :D

9)Do you really think the forums aren't what they used to be?

They're always changing, and will never be the same as they used to be. Better or worse? People come, people go, but the forums are always there. Well, except when they're broken!

10)Ever planning on working on a game?

Never say never, I just wish I had the time!

I'm planning on inventing a time machine!


  1. Great! Good read! And let's not forget Chris HAS made contributions for some AGS games and other AGS projects...Hoorah!!

  2. Nice interview! The only thing that we (authors and players) can say to CJ is one big "Thank you!".

  3. Ya thanks CJ. Even if I haven't made single game with it, I have played a lot.

  4. Thanks for the interview! That was a really interesting read, since I didn't really know much about CJ beyond his more recent posts on the forums, most of which were technical support stuff.

  5. Well this made my vote to the poll pointless then... Nice read though.

  6. Very good interview. Too bad about not having time to create games (I do not believe in the other excuses).

    @auriond There is an older interview with CJ on Adventure Classic Gaming - you should check it out.

    Especially since in one answer Chris reveals his favorites. :)

  7. That's amazing, Igor. I'll certainly go look for it. Maybe the fallout from that interview is what's making him so reluctant to name favourites this time :)

  8. Thanks for the interview, CJ. Oh, and that AGS thingy as well.


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