It's no secret that I love Cart Life, having already dubbed it "game of 2011" and breaking down why it succeeds, mechanic by mechanic. I even begged Adam Smith of RPS to take a look at it. He called the police because I wouldn't leave his bathroom, but he still posted about it anyway.
But an important question remains: Who is Richard Hofmeier?
I wanted to find out, figuring Electron Dance readers might be interested too, so I utilised modern games journalism techniques such as phone hacking and the hiring of private investigators.
The result is an Electron Dance podcast: one hour of conversation with the man himself. As an added bonus, it is low on Cart Life spoilers, so no excuses! I will warn you, though, I consume food at a critical juncture.
This Is Richard Hofmeier
This is what you can expect to hear.
00:50 "I'm just a regular fella."
07:00 "Zynga's right down the street."
12:00 "A lot of that stuff is made in opposition to the false compliments of mini-games in mainstream titles."
17:00 "Tarn is a rare genius."
20:00 "We uploaded the ZIP file, popped the champagne and ran to the airport."
30:00 "And it was a real struggle to inform him how misinformed he'd been."
35:00 "...they're also accelerating the entropic decay of their memories of the game."
42:00 "It's not really your discovery, it's the developer telling you you've accomplished something."
47:00 "I'd watch very carefully how they dealt with waiters and waitresses, cashiers and street vendors."
56:00 "It's like a knock-knock joke that's told over a ninety-minute period."
Download the podcast MP3 (35MB) or play it right here in your browser:
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