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11:48am on Tuesday, 31st August, 2010:
A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed by the Times Higher Education magazine regarding my formally becoming an online games legend (I did mention I was becoming an online games legend, didn't I?). Last night, I woke up at 4:45am and couldn't get back to sleep, but in the sugsequent hour and 20 minutes until my wife's alarm went off I did remember that I ought to check this week's THE to see if I was mentioned.
I was indeed. Here's the piece:
Ordinarily, I would have been worried about making the last statement reported there, on the grounds that if you look like you're angling for an honour then you're regarded by those in whose gift such awards reside as an unsuitable candidate. However, as there is zero chance of my getting any kind of honour anyway, I didn't feel I was losing anything by ranting about it at the poor reporter. If it marginally impinges on the consciousness of someone who in twenty years will be in a position to recognise those who have shaped the computer games industry, it will have done its job.
As for which industry figure does best stand a chance of being elevated to the House of Lords two decades hence, my money is on Ian Livingstone. Unlike me, he actually deserves it.
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