Greetings to any and all who, having found themselves rather recently stumbling upon this blog, are wondering exactly what they themselves are doing stumbling at all, let alone upon something, especially a something which actually happens to be greeting them in such a way that it seems to expect that it might be stumbled upon. You are most welcome here.
And of course to all those who have come here with full prior knowledge of this blogs existence I beg of you please, sit down, be comfortable, help yourself to whatever you have in your own fridge or cheese pantry and let’s help create a charming atmosphere for all the stumblers that might come stumbling.
Greetings done and discarded, let me begin again by introducing the intention of this particular nook in cyberspace. The crux of it is I’m a computer programmer having recently acquired some work doing said programming under contract from a studio calling itself ‘The Chinese Room’.
I think here I should outline the major players at work in this circumstance beginning with the founder and proprietor of The Chinese Room Dan Pinchbeck.
And then we come to Robert Briscoe. A man who had been frivolously wiling his time away working on a remake of Pinchbeck’s Dear Esther.
Which I suppose brings us to the actual meat of the blog. Seems all Briscoe’s wiling was not so frivolous at all. Not quite at all indeed. Seems people tended to admire Rob’s art, the depth of Dan’s story, the genuine sense of a true artistic experience that was inspired in people through this strange and new experiement in game design. And the thought occurred that the project, with all this interest, with all this love borne for it in the world, might have achieved an unforeseen commerical viability. I myself had been grinding away at the project’s lines upon lines of code with my standard programmer issued programmery things under the direction of Robert (some might have called me a ‘wiler’ too) and was never concerned for a moment that it might see a dime, or a nickle, come roll my way (no not me sir, a resounding no!).
And yet, you welcomed stumblers and comfortable fellows, it has become a thing which is now a commercial pursuit. Software licenses have been purchased, investors found and investments secured and we are all ready and go here friends. And what of this blog? Why are you being informed with all this? Because I intend for you to share my journey, the programmer’s journey, as Dear Esther is built.