I’ve been fortunate enough during my time with Unscripted 360 to meet a lot of great developers and publishers. Plenty of these guys and girls support what I do here and for that I have perhaps a better respect for the “other world” in gaming than most of you do. I tend not to shout off about how crappy games are (most of the time) because I know what these guys and girls go through to make these games.
There are a rare few that truly manage to separate themselves from being just another developer dishing out games to people that they couldn’t care less about as long as the $ was in. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting one of the rare few who have separated themselves from the norm. I give you Strange Flavour’s Aaron Fothergill or as you may know him around these parts, Zwilnik. He’s part of team behind a series of Xbox Live Arcade titles including Totemball, Spyglass Board Games and the upcoming Airburst. Totemball is still the only game that truly makes use of the Vision Camera for whatever that’s worth to ya. (smile)
I wanted to mention Zwilnik to everyone because he’s quite honestly an incredible guy whose actions I didn’t want to go unseen. For a developer to do the things that he does for a community that doesn’t have his games on their brains constantly, it is quite remarkable. For those of you who don’t know, Zwilnik donated to both the U360 Care effort and here recently, to the Power of 360 effort. Beyond that he’s constantly mixing it up with everyone here with comments, advice and general banter.
He is an anomaly in the usual world of the selfish and unattached developer. For many of these reasons, I’m proud to drop whatever amount of Microsoft Points on his Xbox Live Arcade titles that they require. I support what he does because of his choice to simply “fit in” amongst us normal geeks. Had I not pointed him out, I’m sure a lot of you would think he’s just another guy in the community. And you’d be right because that’s just how he wants it.
When I told you he was an anomaly, I meant it. You don’t see many developers maintain their sense of community, regard or even humanity the way that he’s has managed to maintain. So I’m calling on all of my peeps to get behind Strange Flavour when Airburst releases on Xbox Live Arcade. If there were an option to pay and download twice, I’d do it because a guy like this deserves it after giving so much of himself in an industry that doesn’t require it. It’s just how Zwilnik rolls and I’m hoping everyone rolls with him to show him some love with his new release.
Thanks for being a genuine friend, developer and example for people to follow Zwilnik! I wish you nothing but success my friend because the gaming world is better with developers like you in it.