Happy Anniversary

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The Escapist Staff | 6 Jul 2010 13:24
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Aimed at anybody, on a scale of 1-10, how much do you enjoy your job at The Escapist? - Asked by wrongsprite

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John Funk, Games Editor: Awesome/10.

Steve Butts, Managing Editor: A lot. Which is that? 1 or 10? Personally, I can't see many people who work here giving you a 7 or less on this one. Not just because it is genuinely that enjoyable to work here, but also because all of our bosses are going to be reading this.

What is office life like. Is it always serious behind the scenes? - Asked by twaddle

Alex Macris, Publisher and CEO (Archon): It's exceptionally serious. I keep a thick leather shoe handy at all times, and when people get out of line, I bang it on the table and scream "I WILL BURY YOU." Saliva flies, spittle like small thermonuclear explosions on the hapless employee's face. They quiver in terror, and productivity soars. That's how it is here.

What TV show makes you laugh the loudest?

Steve Butts, Managing Editor: The Simpsons, The Andy Griffith Show, Arrested Development, The Daily Show, FOX News.

What was your favorite movie as a child?

Susan Arendt, Senior Editor: Star Wars, no question, followed closely by Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Greg Tito, Features Editor: I'm going to go with Ferris Bueller's Day Off. That movie shaped so much of my worldview that I'm still trying to skip out of real life.

To anyone wishing to answer it, what would you say is your favorite comic? - Asked by SparrowTag

Lauren Admire, Editorial Assistant: I'm a Buffy fan girl, so I've been into the comics since the show ended. I don't actually like them too much, but I can't bring myself to stop reading them. I guess I'm obsessed. Other than that, I enjoy Fables and Runaways.

If you had to pick one, non-staff member (including mods and news reporters) of The Escapist to save you from a horde of zombie cows with laser eye beams, who would you chose? - Asked by SparrowTag

Greg Lincoln, Production Director (Trujkin): My gut is Malygris. I've only had cursory dealings with him over the years, but every run-in has been colorful, smart and tentative. Assuming of course that we'd find him outside of his secret bunker to begin with, I'm confident should either of us be turned, that one would have no problem making a canoe out of the other's noggin.

Alex Macris, Publisher and CEO (Archon): Russ Pitts has actually been officially designated by the CEO as security chief for The Escapist.

Why is the escapist for game geeks?

Russ Pitts, Editor-in-Chief: Because The Escapist is made by game geeks. If we were sports geeks, or car geeks, we'd have made a site about those things, but we're not.

For all of us here, games are and always have been a huge part of our lives, so we write about and talk about what matters to us: games.

Interesting story on this topic: I enjoy doing outdoorsy-type activities in addition to playing games, and I have a big, yellow off-road vehicle that I like to drive into the mountains when I go camping and hiking, etc. I was recently looking for tires for this vehicle and so spent some time on web forums for off-roading geeks. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that, among off-road geeks, tire brands are debated with the same ferocity as game geeks argue their positions in the console wars.

The lesson there is that geeks come in all shapes and sizes. At The Escapist, we just happen to be off-the-rails geeky about games. If you are, too, then we're glad you found us. For us, it's a way of life, not a sales pitch.

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