"I've always been a non-violent person," Tim Jones told me last week as we chatted in a subterranean nightclub in Manhattan. He's a "peace and love" kind of guy and designer of a new video game featuring spine-dangling decapitations.
Jones is the head of art and design at Rebellion, the U.K. studio behind Aliens Vs Predator, one of the goriest games currently announced for 2010. Of average build, soft voice and a close-cropped beard, Jones is altogether typical of the quiet, pleasant video game designers who so seldom make it into the public eye but are indeed the men — mostly men, as far as I've encountered — responsible for the games that unnerve polite society. I met him last week at a showcase of Sega games in New York City. One of the highlighted games was Aliens Vs. Predator, the PS3, PC and Xbox 360 first-person shooter coming out later this month.