Everyone loves a good game, but the who, what, and how a good game gets created is a whole other side of the coin most don’t get to see. Though lots of devs would love to tell you how they personally contributed to making that cloth sim look just right or the A.I. track you just a little better, most are too busy actually doing just those things to get a minute to talk about it! Plus what I consider to be even more interesting is the added layer of, who inspired them, who continues to inspire them, and who they want to be in this still new and relatively small industry. Today PlayXBLA is getting a rare treat to look into what makes Remedy’s Head of Franchise Development, Oskari Häkkinen tick! Click Read More check it out, plus some new Alan Wake American Nightmare screenshots!
PlaxXBLA: Where did you grow up?
Oskari Häkkinen: In between a super small town in Finland and a little less smaller middle of nowhere town in Warwickshire, UK, that’s main attraction is it’s castle.. Though, in the big scheme of things, castles are pretty cool aren’t they?
PlayXBLA: How would you like to be remembered?
Oskari Häkkinen: I’d just like to be remembered, and preferably by my children.
PlayXBLA:Tell me about how you got into your line of work.
Oskari Häkkinen: I guess I could be considered a second generation gamer after jumping on board the bandwagon when my parents agreed to buy my brother and I an Atari 2600. I was always fascinated by games but never thought I’d work in games. Funnily enough 3 of my childhood friends whom I spent most of time button mashing with now also work in the industry. It feels like something that just came true from a childhood dream rather than something I intentionally pursued.
PlayXBLA:What lessons has your work life taught?
Oskari Häkkinen:Sometimes good enough is enough. Perfection isn’t waiting around the next corner either.
PlayXBLA:If you could do anything now, what would you do? Why?
Oskari Häkkinen:This is weird so I apologise in advance! I’ve always wanted get stranded on a desert island. Learn to survive, live wildly, hunt, build a hut and grow beast muscles. Then build a raft and make my great escape to land so I could appreciate things more and tell every one of my adventures!
Play XBLA: Do you have any favorite stories from your work life?
Oskari Häkkinen:We do pranks on each other at the office on a daily basis- all of them are my favourites- mine done to others at least. My most recent was cling filming one of our writers desks- including individual pens, staplers etc..