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    Monday, January 21, 2008

    RR Games Writer Twat Of 2007: Jeff Minter

    This one took us by surprise. Nothing less than a legendary games developer who, like us, just can’t let go of the past, Jeff Minter has managed to get himself voted in as 2007’s biggest twat.

    Best known for programming ancient classics such as Revenge Of The Mutant Camels and Tempest 2000 (it saddens us to anticipate how many industry workers will read that line and go “huh?”), and for basing his image on how Treguard from Knightmare would have looked if he’d spent the last 15 years sleeping rough in a shop doorway and urinating in his trousers, Minter has provoked the ire of our readers for a rant directed at those who respect(ed) him the most – the gamers.

    After sales of Space Giraffe on Xbox Live Arcade were dwarfed upon release by arcade classic Frogger, Minter went off on one on his blog:
    Let’s just clarify: a respected hippie who had just released the 78th not very good spin-off from the Tempest template (merged with an effort to reproduce a questionable acid trip he had in the 1980s) thought you, the people who play games and love games, were a bunch of cunts for preferring genuine classics such as Frogger, and games we “vaguely remember” playing on the Amiga, the best home computer in history. That’s kind of like us moaning about more people reading UK:R than The RAM Raider.

    How did this make you feel? Did it make you feel like nominating…

    “Jeff Minter for just being a big hairy stroppy petulant cunt.”
    Mr Chris, via comments


    Minter won’t mind, though. Look – he said so in the next post on his blog:

    “To those who came on here to have a go at me and tell me how much I suck - just piss off, I don't care. If you do that I shall delete your comments and ban you. Guess what, I think you suck too, and I don't give a rat's arse if you don't like my games; they aren't made for you anyway.”
    Jeff Minter, ranting on his blog last November


    Also nominated were Matt Powell, Samuel Roberts, Brian Bashcraft, Tom Francis, and his buddy Alec Meer. Good effort, folks.

    6 comments:

    1. Anonymous1:30 pm

      This is probably the most deserved award of the lot.

      Despite the fawning of EDGE and a few other rags, Minter is plainly a childish, petulant charlatan - he knocks out a half-broken game based on someone else's idea anyway (that he then messes up still further with updates), takes half a decade to do so, throws a hissy fit so extreme when someone didn't like it (and what did he fucking expect? It's hardly as accessible as Mario is it?) that he and all his mates felt it necessary to tromp all over the Live! scoreboards to show how fucking ace they are, and STILL expected the world and his dog to bow down at his feet, tell him how great he is and throw money at him.

      Space Giraffe did do one good thing: it went some way to finally exposing the lie of the Minter "legend" - he's just a backroom indie programmer knocking out rehashed games barely above Web-based flash standard with a chip on his shoulder the size of Wales, not some reclusive uber-genius. Can't wait for Gridrunner +++, where us regular punters will doubtless get slagged off again for not recognizing the awesome talent it takes to re-release a tarted up 20 year old C64 game.

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    2. Anonymous3:22 pm

      haha, very good. You should be writing this blog.

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    3. stinkygoat10:15 am

      Fucking bastards!

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    4. Anonymous3:22 am

      I quite enjoyed Space Giraffe, so can look past those comments he made. He isn't really a writer anyway.

      Therefore, I believe that cunt from Kotaku should have won.

      If I have to read one more post about his CRAZY Japanese life and Japanese wife, or how he finds porno vids featuring game/anime characters shameful, and yet posts about them all the fucking time, I shall travel over there and beat him to death using a stone pillar engraved with all his sins.

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    5. Anonymous5:30 pm

      Ram Raider is still a cunt as usual

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