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An Interview With Max Geiger, Producer


What do you do at Giant Sparrow?
I’m a producer. Because we’re 12 people, that means I’m a cross between a COO, a project manager, and a janitor. When I started I also did a little design work, but when we got bigger, I specialized more in the dark art of producing.

What did you do before this?
I did bro-science on a reality TV show. Being on reality TV in your early 20’s is this generation’s equivalent of stripping your way through med school, only less noble. It was fun though. Before that, I was a game designer at a Bay Area start-up.

Max is constantly tweaking out, it's troubling
Max ponders at his desk.. “how did I get here?”

Ben asks: What was your favorite school subject? Why?
History? Economics? Anthropology? I like to pretend that I’m interested in a few different things, but I’m a sucker for any subject which is about the “who, what, when, where, how,” and ultimately “why” of human nature.

Eric asks: What’s your favorite office activity or prank?
Drinking coffee. We get to use Sony’s kitchen, and they have Keurig machines, which make surprisingly acceptable coffee. But then I feel guilty over how much waste those little cartridges make. Putting that aside, single-serve coffee-on-demand is a pretty elegant solution to keeping your workforce supplied with fresh java, and no one has to clean or take the fall for not making a fresh pot.

It came out of the camera like this, I swear
Max traverses the labyrinth in the hotel where we announced our game

Hokyo asks: Do you believe in aliens? Have you seen or met them? Explain.
Yes and no. I think the Drake Equation probably bears out, but I think Stanislaw Lem got it mostly right in “His Master’s Voice” about the fundamental “otherness” of intelligent life and the ultimate impossibility of communicating with a truly alien form of life, never mind the distance involved. I think the odds of the human race having a meaningful or important encounter with an alien species are low enough that it’s not worth thinking about. The prospect of what we could learn from finding alien bacteria in our solar system is much more intriguing to me. Plus we’re probably scaring everyone off with our meat bodies. I’m not comfortable with the fact that this alien question, and talking about the Keurig are my longest answers. Please buy our game!

and finally, What do you see?
Ink Blot #1

A goliath beetle, with its carapace open and wings out. He seems like a cool dude.

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