The man behind one of the most anticipated action games in 2007 waxes patriotic about gamers in the USA.
"It's changing so quickly. When I was a kid, I was an American gamer and very few other people were. And I was made fun of for being a gamer, because people weren't into it. I'm 40, and at the time, I remember reading comic books and playing games and it just wasn't cool to do that. And that was a big part of limiting the kids' propensity to pick it up.
I remember bringing a collection of Golden Age comics that I got from the library to school when I was in seventh grade. I was sitting in the corner, and I got made fun of so badly for reading comic books that I never brought it back again. So it was terrible – I wasn't a popular kid to begin with, and that didn't helped, being perceived as being into these lame things instead of sports or whatever.
I remember going to the Batman movie when it came out in '91with a friend and he said, "This is the beginning of a change. Nerd culture is starting to become mainstream culture."
He's right. I think that if you think about the things kids are into now, what are the biggest movies of the summer? Spider-Man and things like that. Comic books and video games are becoming absolutely mainstream."