Interviews// June Industry Insights: Gordon Midwood, Different Tuna

Posted 7 Jun 2013 14:41 by
As part of an ongoing series, SPOnG gets the unedited, open and highly informed opinions of developers, producers and more in the vast world of computer games.

Industry Figure: Gordon Midwood
Job Title: Head of Fresh Produce
Company: Different Tuna
Best Known For: Derrick the Deathfin

Being an independent developer can be tough. Gordon Midwood knows all about that - his rather brilliant arcade swim-a-chomper, Derrick the Deathfin, put him in debt by around 40,000. It was worth it, though, to see the game shine in reviews (check ours out here).

We caught up with Gordon once again to ask his views on console generations, emerging new technologies and E3.


Do you feel that we are entering a new console generation too soon? Or can it not come soon enough? And why?

It's definitely time for a new generation of home gaming consoles, it's been a while! I think it will be really interesting, both as a developer and a gamer, to see what happens with the new Microsoft and Sony machines. The gaming landscape is so very different to when the last generation launched it almost feels like a different era.

Obviously I hope loads of ace games come out for both systems, console gaming experiences a surge in popularity and, most importantly of all, that the violently attractive individuals at Microsoft and Sony pay me vast sums of money to make cool games for them.

As to what will happen in real life? I have no idea, but it'll be interesting to find out.


Ouya and Oculus Rift have generated a lot of positive buzz. How disruptive do you think these products will be when they are released to the public?

Also exciting developments! I hope they both do very well, the more forms of gaming we have the better. Of the two I am a bit more excited about Oculus - although I have yet to get my hands on a dev kit I hear great things. I would love to make an Oculus game.


How excited are you for E3? What kinds of announcements or showcases would surprise you, as both a developer and as a gamer?

I am definitely quite excited, but not to the point of urinary incontinence.

Like everyone else I enjoy learning about the blockbuster games, and this year there is the added spice of new consoles to throw into the gaming casserole.

I can't tell you what might surprise me at E3 though, because if I already knew then it wouldn't be a surprise. I certainly hope there are lots of them though!


Thanks to Gordon for his time.
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