You go to PAX Prime, you want autographs from all the top developers attending. But then it occurs to you - autographs are a little bit rubbish. Why not, instead of just asking for signatures, get them to draw a dragon instead. Yes - this is true genius at work.
When Michael ‘Ventron' Ventnor went to PAX Prime, this is precisely what he did. He went up to world famous game developers, and humbly asked if they could draw a dragon.
"Just before PAX Prime 2012, I got myself a nice big sketchbook hoping to fill it with signatures," said Ventnor, on his blog. "Trouble is, I had one of those things called "thoughts". They suck, don't they. ‘These developers probably sign tons of autographs. Is their squiggle (I use that term deliberately for some developers, trust me) really going to be a valuable thing to chase? Why not get something unique and interesting out of them?'
"So my first thought was to ask them to draw me a sketch. Great! However, I anticipated another problem. Imagine if someone simply asked you to "draw something". That's it. What would your reply be?
"OK, draw what?"
Creativity is triggered by limits. It's that old "tell a joke" problem. This would be much more successful if I gave them a theme or a topic.
"Well, why not dragons? They're well-known, open to interpretation, and they're just plain awesome. At the end, I'll have a collection of dragon sketches I can compare."
Why not dragons indeed.
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Mark Serrels is the EIC for Kotaku Australia. You can follow him on Twitter!
Republished from Kotaku Australia.