Member Spotlight: Crissan
- Who are you?
My name is Christian, I am 36 years old and currently living in Gothenburg, Sweden. Like you might have already guessed, my hobbies include… gaming! Now I tried to take up cooking once, but the proximity of a playable machine thwarted my plans… Originally I started gaming on Commodore C64, followed by Amiga and Atari, and then PC. Today I play frequently on PS4, but my heart will always reside with PC gaming!
Gothenburg view captured by Mikael Miettinen.
- What do you do at IGDB?
Shortly put, I am the commander-in-chief! I started it all and have thus been involved since day one.
- What was the idea behind this project?
The idea behind IGDB.com came up some seven years ago during a lunch discussion on how cool it would be to create a game website in your way. The problem with existing sites then, as it is nowadays too, was that we would go to different sites for different kinds of information on the same games. One site would list the upcoming games, another would host the trailers, and yet another post the reviews… We wanted to gather everything in one place, to create an online one-stop info spot for video games.
- How has that original idea changed? What are the challenges of realising this project?
With time we have added more goals that we want to accomplish with IGDB.com, such as a stance to stay unbiased, to elevate the people behind video games and to bring more needed attention to indie games.
Now as for the challenges, where should I even begin… A project like IGDB.com is about constantly overcoming challenges in every form and quantity. In the beginning it was a big challenge to just find like-minded, passionate people who were willing to give their time, vision and persistence to a project of this scope – for free! Nowadays we are challenged mostly by technical stuff and development speed, since there are so many things we want to implement for you guys! At the end of the day, though, overcoming our challenges is what really makes this project rewarding.
- What motivates you to continue working with IGDB.com?
Really, the dream of creating the ultimate game website and to be able to work professionally with video games. To be able to create something that is of use to other people, something everyone can enjoy, out of what started as a simple bio-chemical impulse for us… now that is pure awesomeness.
I am also constantly motivated by the team. No one in the team has done anything close to this caliber before. Everyone is working for free, some people for more than three years of their lives, to make this website happen. We are all learning, and it takes commitment and passion to rise up to the various challenges every day. I am extremely proud of the team behind IGDB.com, and the project would not be where it is today without them.
- What are you hoping to see on the IGDB.com site in the future?
I am hoping to see IGDB.com become the one-stop info spot we are envisioning it to be, with external reviews, game discussions and exciting new features that take the site beyond only providing static game information. With time, I want to see us build a tool for gamers that makes their gaming life easier and more fun.
If everything from our 24-page long backlog of ideas was already implemented though, I would definitely love to build a distribution platform for indie companies within our site as well as a game of our own, where users could spend their karma points on an avatar that could be used to fight in an online arena and win real gaming hardware and video games. Hopefully one day!
- So what is your favorite video game?
This question is impossible to answer. I cannot for the life of me name just one! So I will cheat and list some of my top favorites: Syndicate on Amiga, Dungeon Keeper 2, Fallout 2 (!!!), Jagged Alliance 1 and 2, UFO: Enemy Unkown, Morrorwind, Tie Fighter…
I love single player Adventure RPGs! They can really steal hours and hours of your life from right under your nose.
Sweet, sweet 90’s.
- What is the most important thing a user can do on IGDB.com to keep the project running?
You are the best community in the world, so just continue doing what you are doing right now. Share your feedback, be it good or bad. If you think something sucks, please say it aloud. We rely really heavily on your feedback when we decide what we are going to add or change next.
- What tips would you give to someone thinking of starting their own videogames-related project, like an app or a website?
Don’t give up. Have a clear vision of what you want to do. And build a great team.
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Member Spotlight is a weekly series that showcases members of our community. The series first introduces the team behind IGDB.com, after which a chance in the spotlight will be offered to important community members. Member Spotlights are released on Fridays and our other weekly series, the Dev Notes, on Tuesdays.