[Dtoid community blogger fulldamage shines the spotlight on some of the biggest videogame superfans in the industry. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon]
I first met Zoya Street at GDC last year, giving a talk on swords and economic narrative in the Final Fantasy series, 1988 - 2009. She had a coolly-designed infographic up on the wall, and -- most interesting to me -- she wasn’t actually from a developer or publisher, giving the kind of “Tips for Breaking Into the Industry” or “Post Mortem from my Awesome Triple A Game” or “Best Middleware for Reticulating All Your Splines Efficiently” sort of talks that fill up most of the rooms.
You have to love games a lot to do that, you know?
I’m not really invested in whether or not journalists are the first ones to do it in a big way. To be honest, I am much more interested in the observations and insights of driven non-developers and non-journalists like Zoya and the Game Design Forum and OC Remix. I know games reach out to people, but what really amazes me are the creative ways in which game fans reach back out to games and each other.
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