Dave Perry has one of the games industry's greatest success stories to tell. It all began in the early 1980s, when he wrote a batch of game programs for a magazine and was paid the grand sum of £450 for his trouble. Two decades later he sold his development studio, Shiny Entertainment, for $47 million - a somewhat grander sum, then.
Perry stayed on at Shiny after the Atari acquisition until February last year, and has since been working on a series of new projects. As he's no longer tied to any specific publisher or developer, he's able to speak freely on a wide range of issues affecting the games industry - and he has a lot to say.
Of course, one of the biggest issues at the moment is the next-gen console battle and whether Sony will be able to remain in the position of market leader. So what's Perry's take?
"I think that Sony has made the best machine. It's the best piece of hardware, without question," he says.
"It's absolutely insane hardware, and most people don't really understand that. I've been to the technical summit, I've sat there and listened to complete disclosure of what's in that machine. Being a programmer, it made me just sit there and go, 'Oh my God, this machine's incredible.'"