Despite several set backs and an astonishing number of ‘near death experiences’, John pursued his ambition and created real opportunities for himself through making contacts and sharing his innovations online. It’s an inspiring story about how the right mix of determination and creativity can get you where you want to be in life. Most definitely worth a watch.
This documentary feature on the creation of LittleBigPlanet™ for the Sony PlayStation truly symbolises what Sony is all about. ‘make.believe‘ is Sony’s brand proposition reflecting the power of its creativity, its ability to turn ideas into reality and the belief that anything that can be imagined, can be made into a reality. LittleBigPlanet is a real life example of this concept with regard to how a group of designers fuelled by a passion for gaming managed to come together and work with Sony to turn their imagination into one the biggest hit games over the last few years.
It’s truly inspiring as a bit of a gamer myself to see that a group of gamers from different backgrounds were able to turn their passion from a hobby into a full time career. I have to admit this was also one of my dreams when I was around eleven or twelve to become a games designer. Unfortunately though, after a summer of playing around with C++ trying to make a simple pinball game, I gave up this dream indefinitely and went back to simply playing games. LittleBigPlanet™ does look like a brilliant great game though and I particularly like the fact that levels can be made and shared by the community. I think that will the closest I will get to becoming a games designer for now, but that will do for me.