The Return of Jetpack

Jetpack is an old game from the 1990s. It reminds me a little of Donkey Kong. Except you also can use your jetpack to move up on the screen. No more just climbing ladders. Jetpack 2 was scheduled to be released back in the 1990s as well. However there were some problems with the publisher, who went out of business.

Now it seems the author of Jetpack is at it again. He is looking to finally release the sequel to this game. Let's hope he has luck and can pull off a Duke Nukem return. Apparently he tried to get some backing from a publisher. Most balked at the idea. I think another deal fell through.

What is a small developer to do? Turn to Kickstarter. Total goal is to raise $40k. I think the guy only has a couple grand promised so far. That's a long way to go. I wonder if a Jetpack style game has a place in today's crowded game market. You got to want to root for the little guy though.

Game Developer Interview

I saw what seems to be an advertisement for a game developer position. It is very unorthodox. You are to meet up with the "CEO" so he can do a pre-interview with you. The strange part is that you meet him for a pre-interview within the Diablo 3 game.

How is that for a test on whether you have some Diablo chops? Apparently the CEO is a level 60 character with damage of 25,000. Those stats seem legit. I wonder whether he earned such a state by playing the game himself.

Apparently one developer who impresses the CEO enough will be invited for an in person interview. The goal will be to determine whether a job offer for a development position is warrented.

Seems strange that they would just invite one developer in person. What happens if the job is offered and the developer declines? Or how about the case where the developer sounded good online, but is not a fit in person?