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.
“You let Messer get away?”
“One of your boys let Messer get away, I got the driver. Besides, these boots aren’t made for running.”
“And yet chasing fugitives is a marshall’s primary function.”
“It’s ironic, isn’t it?”
I really like Justified. Timothy Olyphant is a US marshall in backward Harlan County, Kentucky, but the show focuses at least as much on the local gang leaders. A white supremacist who finds god in prison, a plump store owner who acts as matriarch for a huge crime family, a sleazy security consultant who operates out of a caravan.
It conjours its own vivid version of this sunny, rural, booze-soaked culture bristling with guns and grudges. It’s a place where even the criminals – even the idiot criminals – address everyone with a folksy politeness, and speak in colourful euphemisms. And watching it feels a little like going there, to a part of the present day that feels like an older, slower time.
The store owner, Mags Bennett, was the main character of the excellent second season. The third’s just starting in the US now, and it’s already introduced some great new candidates for the role of lead antagonist.
moni: I quite like that Raylan has ascended to almost super-hero status. He walks into a room with guns pointed at him, he says something awesome, shoots everyone, and walks away.
I think the bad guys almost have super-powers too, like trick guns, and crazy buckets of lime.
Actually, it's almost Batman without the costumes.
Brian: Harlan is in Kentucky, brother!
But, anyway, yes! Justified continues to bring it. The best show on TV right to watch character actors be awesome in every single way.
Dan Thurot: I'm loving Justified. I was a bit worried that any new villains wouldn't be able to live up to Mags' constant aura of threat and control, but so far my fears have been allayed. Oh, and you're spot-on about the way everyone speaks: their drawling eloquence is sublime to listen to.
ff: Harlan county, KY
Tom Francis: Cheers, fixed.
Chynes: I only just recently figured out that the creator, Graham Yost, was also responsible for the excellent but short-lived show Boomtown. If you haven't seen that I highly recommend it.
Mikey Mike: It's a cool show but the problem with Justified, right, is that Timothy Olyphant is a badass and a smart guy who's rolling around town taking down total slack-jawed drooling angry-as-fuck-dumb-as-a-bag-of-shit morons.
It's like Superman beating the shite out of muggers. It's real hard to say "Man, Superman's cool, the way he batters those guys who are a million times weaker and dumber than he is."
I dunno. Feels like he needs an intellectual and physical equal to challenge him. I haven't seen it recently. Has that happened yet?
Chris: Boyd Krauter was (is?) a great nemesis, as was Mags. I don't think you need to have an exact evil copy of the hero to make them a challenge. What Boyd lacked in sharp-shooting he more than made up for in his insanity. Mags had enough charisma and smarts to be able to lead a gang and to not get caught. The security firm guy was just super slimy. Yes Raylan could just shoot them all but he can't do that, as he is trying to be a lawman.
sQUEAKYfOAMpEANUT: Hey Tom, I know this is entirely unrelated and you've been busy been a super-cool indie game developer, but have you had time to play the Mass Effect 3 demo? You're still one of my favorite gaming writers and I'd love to hear your opinions on it. I was a little disappointed, to be honest.