Oh boy. The fun of assigning personal profiles to other people means that you don’t have to do them yourself. Right? Right?! *sigh* Wrong.
My name’s Cliff Hicks. I’ve also been known as Devinoch for over a dozen years. I’m the producer here at Threadbare Games. I started in the industry just before the turn of the millennium, and have been working in games in one regard or another ever since.
I started as a gamer in the Dark Ages – back when the Atari 2600 was brand new, and Oregon Trail for the Apple IIe was still a nifty idea (along with digital watches). I lost a lot of time to Zork, and was eaten by a number of grues. Many levels of Lode Runner were played and developed. I still miss Kid Icarus for NES. I played through Final Fantasy VI (or III, as it was originally called in the US) at least half a dozen times. (I remember blowing on cartridges in order to get dust off the contacts…)We played Command & Conquer and Descent via modem when we were in high school. (Yes, this meant the phone line was busy the whole time.) My college dorm floor hosted many a game of Duke Nukem 3D, Quake and Warcraft 2. We were already popular, because our room had both the first Playstation and the first Nintendo64 on campus. I was one of the 1000 original beta testers for Diablo. (You can find my name in the credits!) Yeah, I’m one of those guys.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with degrees in Journalism and English, I moved out to California and started work for CNet in the Gamecenter division. (Never heard of it? Don’t worry! It’s not around anymore!) For my first year post-college, I wrote about videogames. Previews, reviews, you name it. Ah, that was the life. It didn’t last. From there, I bounced around (a very common thing in the games industry) but I’ve done stints at such venerable game studios as Westwood, Maxis and Konami, and worked for a number of startups such as IMVU and Kabam. I even went back and worked at CNet (this time at Gamespot) for a while longer.
You might ask yourself ‘What does a producer do?” Well, the short answer is that a producer typically wears as many hats as they can. They wear the marketing hat, they wear the designer hat, they wear the scheduling hat, they wear the testing hat, they wear the research hat, they wear the food delivery hat… A producer is practically their own haberdasher (60 points on a triple word score). We do a lot of everything. We fill in for any job we can, and sometimes jobs we’re not great at, just because the work has to get done.
Speaking of which, I should probably get back to work…