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The Unfinished Swan Dev Diary: Original Music & Sound / 10 Things to Know about the Game / A Profile of Ian Dallas, Creative Director / Indiecade Pix

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

We’re t-minus 13 days until everyone can download and play The Unfinished Swan, and we’ve got 4 pieces of news for you today:

First up, Sony’s posted another excellent developer diary for The Unfinished Swan. This one is about the music in the game, and it features composure Joel Corelitz talking about how he breathed life into the musical world of Swan. Joel works under the name waveplant, and you can find more of his work at

Second, Ben wrote another post for the PlayStation Blog called “The Unfinished Swan: 10 Things You Need to Know,” it’s got some surprises and nifty details (but no spoilers).

Third, Ian was profiled by Evan Shamoon for Polygon in this article: Whitespace: The man behind ‘The Unfinished Swan’

Fourth and finally, we’ve thrown up some pictures of our Indiecade trip on Imgur, check out the album and see which splats we gave away. Also the luscious hair portrait I got with John Romero.

Giant Sparrow: 2010 – today

Sunday, April 29th, 2012
Giant Sparrow is still alive!

Sorry we haven’t been able to talk about the game yet and instead have been subjecting you guys to the banality of our weekly team lunch photos. In honor of your dedication we have MORE TEAM LUNCH PHOTOS. Actually, it’s a video containing every team lunch photo from 2010 – today. The result is not just a chronicle of our tiny company, but also a survey of local waitress photography skills.

We’re getting ready for a big announcement next week, so stay tuned for that!

Team Lunch: Curry House

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011


This week we were joined by three mystery guests for lunch at Curry House. Be sure to try their “Super Hot” spice option.

On an unrelated note: If you are in town for E3 and interested in getting a first hand (but hush-hush) look at how things are progressing, drop us a line! We’re going to hold some playtests next week to mark the occasion.

Team Lunch: Big Jo’s

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Big Jo's

In case you ever thought we were cool, we all made “Pepsi Sandwiches” jokes when we saw the sign.

We’re still alive and kicking. More to come in the not too distant future, but sadly, we still can’t tip our hand on any forward progress.

Also, we have a tiny conundrum: which sounds better, “Dudes in the Future“, or “Future Dudes“?

Team Lunch: Simpang Asia

Friday, February 25th, 2011

2-25-2011 Simpang Asia

It’s been a long week at Giant Sparrow. Many of us have been in and out of the office with various ailments, and it’s got us feeling less than vivacious. We had to meet a pretty substantial deadline that culminated in a playtest this Wednesday, and the timing worked out such that we had to push our usual team lunch off to a later day. Today, Friday, became the day for this week’s team lunch, and we took a short drive through the rain to try the food at Simpang Asia.

Here’s a little background on how team lunch usually works: Ian picks a place to eat via a mysterious method known only to him (Google Maps), everyone picks a car to ride in (we’re now numerous enough to require 2 cars), and we all drive to the restaurant. If you ride in Nathan’s car, he blasts metal and navigates by GPS. When you roll with me, there’s less Metal, Ian navigates, and the eatery is a mystery until it’s time to park. The mystery element is very important, because idle speculation kicks off the conversation for the drive.

This time around, Ian dropped a hint and claimed we were going to a place with delicious frog legs. This started all kinds of speculation about what kind of cuisine we’d be eating (French? A country formerly occupied by the French? South East Asian?), and he gave a little more ground: we’d be eating Indonesian fare, not French. A few minutes later, we arrived at the Simpang Asia.

Nathan was excited to be eating here. He lives close by and vouched strongly variety and quality of the food. For my part, I don’t think I’ve ever been to an Indonesian restaurant before, but I was looking forward to it.

We were a bit short handed today (those various ailments doing their thing), which was a shame because of the wide sampling of things available to try at Simpang Asia. But between the six of us, we managed to get a plethora of things many of us had never had before. From memory (and looking at their website), here’s what we ate: Lumpia Semarang, Spider (Bakwan), Nasi Rames, Sop Buntut, a whole fried tilapia, two different dishes wrapped in banana leaves (I can’t find on theme on the website), Durian juice, Honeydew juice, Kopi Tubruk, Pisang Bakar, and Roti Bakar. But no frogs legs. They had run out of them, but I think we made up for it. Josh, Cory, and Chris all got Nasi Rames, and the line on the menu about how it was a “great combination for the first timer” seems to have borne out. Everyone who tried the desserts (Pisang/Roti Bakar) was suprised by how the cheese/chocolate topping of each played out.

We left in a better mood, and I’m inclined to think this trip to Simpang Asia wasn’t a half-bad way to end a long week. Even if durian was involved.

Wednesday Lunch: A Votre Sante

Monday, February 14th, 2011

As you may have noticed, our blog has been pretty quiet for a long while, which is something we aim to change in 2011. While we haven’t been given the all-clear by our partners to talk about what Giant Sparrow has been working on, we can at least share more of our quotidian doings.

One of the things we do every week is go out to lunch as a team on Wednesday, and we’ve been eating our way through what Santa Monica and its environs.  A few weeks ago, we had a chance to enjoy a meal at A Votre Sante (“To your health!”) up in Brentwood, which is a bit further away from our stomping grounds than we usually travel. I would make crack about their Organic Porridge (it’s oatmeal. Not that there’s anything wrong with oatmeal), but according to Nathan and Joshua it was pretty tasty.

We’ve also grown a fair amount– you may notice some new faces in the above picture. We’ll introduce you to these new folks over the coming weeks.

On a related note as we try to liven up this blog, what sort of things would you like to see here?

Descanso Gardens

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010


We took a trip up to Descanso Gardens in February of this year. Why a botanical garden? Well in their own words, this is what Descanso Gardens has to offer:

“Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. In 1953, Descanso founder E. Manchester Boddy preserved these 150 acres of gardens, woodlands and chaparral for future generations to experience the natural heritage and beauty of Southern California.”

If you’re not pumped about 150 acres of gardens, woodlands, and chaparral, your childhood is missing a little piece of magic by one Mr. Chris Van Allsburg:

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

The gardens themselves are just out of Los Angeles proper, and are a good place to spend a relaxing afternoon walking around, feeding koi, maybe dozing, or just getting your look-at-a-plant on.

Wander around for a bit, and you’ll find yourself pleasantly lost. Each path has its own charms worth exploring, and the closer you look, the more paths there seem to be. Also, there are ducks.


Flavien took photos of the trip, so now you too can get your looking-at-plants on, internet style:

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