Before Johnny, there was McGee.
Before “Evacuate, Princess!”, there was Alice.
Before comparing yourself with one of the best known game designers, you should at least have something to compare!
Anyway, do you know American McGee? Well, first of all he’s the guy who chose the worse nickname in the history of Gaming. He is also known as the twisted mind behind “American McGee’s Alice”.
The association between “the artist” and “the art” may have positive or negative outcomes. When the art is appreciated, the artist becomes an “object of devotion” himself or a “brand” on his own. When the art fails to get public recognition, the artist´s name may fall on the dumpster.
Gathering visual material to help me imagine the “darker princess” for my game, I remembered this Alice. A google search took me to an interview with McGee @Gamespot on the beginning of this year. On it, the designer explains why Alice has his name on the title (it was not a douchy self-centered choice), gives some names of people who he considers as important parts of his success, talks about his other projects (including the worse ones) and his “not always excellent” experience working with EA.
It’s a good read, and if you have 5 minutes to spare, spend them here!