Today is a sad day for the New Zealand games industry, as we bid bon voyage to the esteemed James Everett: Game designer, Canadian, tall – mostly concurrently. It seems like only yesterday I was sat outside a pub drunkenly slurasking my boss when we were going to get another game designer. Next week was his answer. Excellent, was my response. And lo, he did appear and I could pass work to him. But it’s not just his utility I shall miss, no, it will also be his mad skills, boundless enthusiasm, cunning creativity and general person that I will miss.
As he wings his way back to his native land to be cold and work hard at Ubisoft in Toronto I’d like to raise a glass to him, although I’ve pretty much given up drinking, so we’ll all have to pretend that this glass of cherryade is something harder and more fitting, perhaps a quality glass of Drumguish. Here’s to you James!