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What’s your job at Bethesda?
I’m the lead producer on Fallout 3. The easiest way to describe it is to think of it as more or less “Head of Communications” for Fallout as far as the development team goes. My job involves working with our department producers and leads to communicate task requirements, schedules, and ongoing status updates to the team, along with making sure everyone has everything they need to do their job efficiently.
What other games have you worked on?
I worked on Morrowind and Tribunal as an intern, then came on full-time shortly after Oblivion got off the ground. I’ve been working on Fallout 3 since day one of the project, and it became my sole concern pretty much the day Oblivion went gold. (...)
What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
Usually my cat putting her blasted paws in my face. She’s got a major sense of entitlement about that whole breakfast thing. Beyond that, I get up every weekday at 6AM and hit the gym. There’s little I hate more than getting up earlier than absolutely necessary, especially during the winter. But I find that spending a couple hours there wakes me up, keeps me in shape, and I feel like any day that starts under a couple hundred pounds on a squat rack can only get better from there.
Worst job you’ve ever had?
Working on a roller coaster at an amusement park was pretty bad. Not just because of standing up all day long in the heat or mandatory public restroom cleaning duty, but mostly just the random awfulness that occurred each and every day. For instance, having a kid projectile vomit all over me, getting supremely cursed out in front of everyone in line by a mother whose child came off the ride crying, and having to ask a gentlemen in line if he might consider, you know, wearing pants. A close second would be doing tech-support for a small-town ISP. Particularly the time when I accidentally deleted some woman’s entire email archive, including tens of thousands of dollars in grant applications.
Any other hobbies and interests? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Most of my hobbies outside work revolve around being a huge mediaphile. I love consuming books, dvds, TV shows, music, anime (the good ones, at least), and lots of games. I love to travel, especially for treks and camping in exotic places. I did a four-day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, and I would love to climb Kilimanjaro next. I also want to start playing guitar again. I played for a few years when I was younger, but gradually gave it up. There’s a broken but beautiful Ibanez Talman guitar sitting at home, and I’ve just been too cheap and lazy to get it fixed up. I imagine it silently weeping each time I reach for my Guitar Hero controller.
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