Ever wonder what the world of games looks like to an outsider?
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson's appearance on The Late Late Show gave us a glimpse of just that, with host Craig Ferguson seemingly not quite knowing what to make of the cheerful Swede or gaming in general. Notch, to his credit, seemed to take it all in his stride, and the result was a surprisingly entertaining -- if slightly awkward -- interview.
YouTube commenters on the above clip have been questioning whether or not Ferguson's apparent ignorance of the games industry was staged or genuine. He professed to not really understand Minecraft and that his own personal gaming experience was largely limited to Mario Kart, but he was also familiar with big-name games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. He also seemed to be aware of the online community's reputation for being argumentative and bitchy towards one another, suggesting that he perhaps knew a little more than he was letting on.
Notch, meanwhile, has historically been a little awkward or taciturn in some interviews, but seemed to find his feet relatively quickly in this, his first late night TV show appearance, and it wasn't long before he was cracking deadpan jokes with Ferguson, complaining about how Mario Kart is unbalanced due to how the power-ups favor those further down the pack, and bonding over chocolate dollars.
As part of the interview, Notch explained the indie philosophy quickly and simply in response to Ferguson's querying as to when he and his company would be "absorbed by the Borg."
"We just have a company and make games that we think are fun," he said. "I think [how long we'll be able to do that] will depend on how long we can keep the 'fun' mood going that we have. We're just trying to do our thing now."
It's a bit of a shame the interview didn't delve more into the Minecraft phenomenon for the benefit of, say, parents who have children who are avid players, but The Late Late Show perhaps wasn't the venue for it. If nothing else, it's pleasing to see a prominent figure in the games industry on mainstream television and treated in the same class as "celebrities" and other such types typically found on talk shows.
What did you think of the interview?