Future of Video Game Design – Jason Rohrer’s Programming Online Games – Esquire

Future of Video Game Design – Jason Rohrer’s Programming Online Games – Esquire: “Rohrer doesn’t use deodorant. He washes his hair only twice a month. He doesn’t put on a new pair of clothes in the morning, because he gave most of his clothes away years ago. He owns four pairs of boxer shorts. If he owned any more, he or his wife would have to spend more time washing them, which would make them both more reliant on electricity to run the washer. He keeps his fridge unplugged for the same reason. No fridge, no meat; no meat, no spoilage in an electrical storm. Open the fridge and all you see are vegan grains. ‘There, that’s quinoa. You had quinoa before? It’s really good.’ He bakes a loaf of bread every other morning and feeds it to his family at lunch, along with lentil soup. Every day, same lunch. For weeks at a time. The alternative is to starve. Despite his consulting fee from EA, the family budget is $14,500 a year, the income pieced together from PayPal donations from his Website, freelance writing consulting, occasional speaking fees, and monthly checks from his ‘patron,’ a wealthy software-industry figure who has taken a liking to his games.”

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