"It usually takes a small army to create the video games that we play, and, most of the time, all of the focus gets put on the game itself, and not on the people that came together to make it. Our Dev Box interview feature takes a look at some of the unsung heroes that have committed their lives to entertaining all of us. This week we are giving Red Fly Studio's Jeff Lake a chance to answer some of our burning questions.
Name: Jeff Lake
What you do: Physics, Gameplay, Combat programming
Most recent game worked on: "Mushroom Men"
1. What game has most influenced you, and why?
The game I'm most influenced by is "Super Metroid." It was the first game that I played which had that level of open-ended gameplay with such atmospheric art and music. It combined the best of action, puzzle, and adventure games in one experience that still stands up to the best games of today.
2. What are you playing right now?
"Fallout 3?! This game is amazing. The sheer breadth of content that Bethesda is able to bring to bear is inspiring.
3. What's the biggest lesson you've learned about game development?
You have to love games. The hours are long, the pay is low..."