“Thank you for making games.... We are forever in your debt.” Kinda Funny gaming pundit Greg Miller may have won the award for Trending Gamer at the 2015 Game Awards in Los Angeles, but he also just cleaned up for Best Speech with a terrific salute to hard-working game developers. A must-see.
Here’s a transcript:
...but more importantly, the person I’d like to thank is Nicole Tan. Nicole Tan is an environment artist for Crystal Dynamics.
I have never met Nicole Tan.
I beat Rise of the Tomb Raider this weekend, saw her name go through the credits, along with dozens of other names I didn’t recognize.
And this happens all the time. Every time I finish a game. Hundreds of names that I don’t know. So, today, I’m the Trending Gamer. I am a duly-elected representative of you the gamers.
So, on behalf of the gamers, I want to say, ‘Thank you.’ Thank you to everyone in this room who makes video games. Thank you to everyone at home right now—directors, producers, writers, animators who make video games.
Hell, thank you to the guy who is working on a Maya project right now—he won’t see this until it’s on YouTube tomorrow.
We all know that making a game is not a glamorous life. It is long hours. It is time away from your family.
And, no matter what, when the game’s out, someone on the Internet is going to be mean to it.
I’m sure it comes down every day.. somebody says, ‘Is this worth it?’
And I want you to know that, on behalf of the millions of lives you’ve changed, it is worth it. Thank you for making games. I would not be the person—we would not be the people we are today—if it wasn’t for video games.
So, thank you, each and every one of you who does this, who makes video games. Thank you for your art. And know that we are forever in your debt.
Ditto to all that he said. Thank you, game devs.