Hi, I'm Blake. My first game was '89 Doors', a rage game where you escape mazes whilst being pursued by an insatiable creature of hunger, and now I'm working on a tower defence game called 'Forgive Me My Henchman', where you play as a typical head 'bad guy', deploying henchman and sabotaging a building in an effort to stop a one man army action hero.
How do two 15 year olds - with no business experience - end up creating what would become one of the most successful gaming companies of all time?
I just finished watching the 30th Anniversary video of Naughty Dog, which was published late 2014. At first it tells the story of the founders of Naughty Dog, and then goes into step by step how Naughty Dog grew into what it is today.
What a journey it has been. The company's growth seems simple - after a successful publication, the team would be presented with bigger opportunities, which they would seize and turn into another successful publication, leading to even bigger opportunities, and the cycle would continue. However, watching this video reveals how growth is never simple or easy, and how growth has involved that the team face challenges, make mistakes, enter uncharted territory, and be willing to take risks. I got the feeling that the growth of Naughty Dog must have sometimes felt pretty haphazard and messy to those directly involved. Nevertheless, they have accomplished great things and it really seems that they have had a blast whilst doing it.
You can tell how a lot of its success is owed to the people that Naughty Dog has attracted. This speaks very highly of the leaders, who must be doing a seriously great job to attract and retain such talent.
All in all, I wanted to say congrats Naughty Dog on your 30th Anniversary, and thanks for making this video.
If you are an indie developer and want to watch this video, you can go to the youtube video by clicking here.