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19 July 2006
Neversoft president crushes LucasArts VP with bare hands
In the latest installment of Pimp my Videogame Executive over at Next-Gen.biz, we've got Neversoft president Joel Jewett who comes across as a real man's man, sort of like a Clint Eastwood who makes games. Just go compare Jewett's responses to those of Peter Hirschmann of LucasArts from a few weeks ago (curmudgeoned here) and see what you think. If I had to bet on which company's got better "Next-Gen people", I'd go with the steer-roping guy drinking a Miller Lite and watching Gladiator with his beloved wife. I know I'm not that guy, and I never will be, but I bet he'll make a better game than the guy who says he's stressing about E3 every day of the year.

For the lazy, here's one of Jewett's answers:
14. In my professional life, the achievement that I'm most proud of is...

Well, I have always described running Neversoft as applying the same coaching principals used with a football team to a rock band. The achievement would be growing the rock band that is Neversoft into a 150 man team, and keeping it productive and motivated. And don't get me wrong, I have had a lot of help from a lot of great people along the way. Based on the work hard/play hard philosophy, Neversoft has managed to ship 13 games in 12 years, if you include this year's Tony Hawk's Project 8. Our team has been responsible for well over a billion dollars in revenue. That's a one with nine zeros behind it. Yep, I'd say I'm proud of that, and I do keep score.
Compare with Hirschmann of LucasArts:
14. In my professional life, the achievement that I'm most proud of is...
...one that hasn't happened yet.
It's not even a fair fight.
--Matt Matthews at 16:55
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