Working With a Legend - The Story of Nex Machina
Gaming legend Eugene Jarvis, Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen and Nex Machina game director, Harry Kruger, discuss how the collaboration between an arcade game pioneer and the Housemarque team led to critical success. This discussion explores how a few drinks (perhaps, many) between Eugene and the Housemarque co-founders and chairman after the 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards began a fruitful partnership. The end result was Housemarque's most critically acclaimed title to date, which some have called the "best twin-stick shooter of all time".
Eugene Jarvis is an American game designer and programmer, known for producing pinball machines for Atari and video games for Williams Electronics. Most notable among his works are the seminal arcade video games Defender and Robotron: 2084 in the early 1980s, and the Cruis'n series of driving games for Midway Games in the 1990s. He co-founded Vid Kidz in the early 1980s and currently leads his own development studio, Raw Thrills Inc.
Jarvis was the AIAS Pioneer Award recipient at the 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards.