Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
My editor, earlier tonight: “I really like that Valve can just do whatever the fuck they want.” And that was before this:
I can’t believe these character movies are getting better. The facial animation reflects the voice and mentality in all of them so exquisitely, and never more so than in this one. It just makes me melt. And I love that he’s playing guitar with giant rubber gloves.
They’re planning to do all nine eventually, and retrofit them into the game as character bios in class selection. I’m sort of dreading the Sniper, because he’s my favourite class but a (knowing) travesty of an Australian. But I can’t wait for the Pyro. Everything he does is inherently funny, even burning people to death.
As for me, I like that the most professional company in the industry can be so wildly unprofessional when they feel like it, or just when it’s funny.
The_B: Nice touch with the 'bitches'. Gangsta, dawg. Or something that's hip these days.
Also: I demand the Peggle wildlife characters become secret unlockable playable skins/classes in TF2. Seriously. How awesome would it be charging towards the heavy as a giant blue and white Unicorn?
Iain: Peggle Extreme's only available if you pre-purchase the Orange Box?
BOO. HISS! I don't need to buy Half-Life 2 and Episode 1 again, thank you very much. Though Episode 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2 for Ã‚Â£23 sounds like a bargain to me. Ah, screw it... *pre-purchases*
Tom Francis: Yeah, I think they're under-estimating people's aversion to the very idea of repurchasing. If they cut HL2 and Ep1 out of the PC version and charged exactly the same, I honestly think they'd sell more.
If you're interested in more than one of the three new games, it's always cheaper to buy the Orange Box.
Seniath: I find it vaguely prophetic that the first snippet I look at on the new sit was "Everything he does is inherently funny, even burning people to death.". I need to devote more of my time to pursuing that art. My 'Spies burned per week' average is shockingly low at the moment.
w00dy: anh, u can get it by just purchasing trhu steam (peggle xtreme that is)
w00dy: whoah, dont know what happened there, but yeah... not just pre-ordering