“This song goes out to anyone who likes to suck boners in truck stop toilets its called FREAKSHOW” – I just realized today that my 2nd favorite band in all of the universe The Pietasters have a song about me because my nickname is Freakshow not because I like to suck boners in truck stop toilets. HAHHHAAHAHAHHA So tonight I figured we’d take a trip down memory lane in a new feature we’re going to call:
Great Schemes of Sean Piotrowski’s Past
Tonight’s scheme is one that began on the last day of 8th grade with Shane. (On a side note most schemes involve Shane so from time to time he’ll be sharing his thoughts on the scheme as well) It was the last day of 8th grade and we were all signing year books in the gym when Shane was signing my yearbook and we engaged in conversation about pc games. Shane and I have both been computer dorks for a very long time and this conversation took a turn that neither of us would expect it would take…To make a long creation story short Shane and I come up with the idea that we’re going to start a game development company. We’re both really excitied and thought we’d be rich. So him and I do everything possible for this company except make games. We come up with the name Imperial Gaming. I design a logo. We tell everyone under the sun we’re making a computer game. Lots of buzz around our little start up company. Side not about the logo. The logo was modeled after the Empire’s logo in Star Wars. So naturally because we’re gonna be a huge company I write a letter to LucasFilm asking for permission to use the logo I designed. More on that later… After about a year of generating buzz about our company and not even beginning to work on a game we start to brain storm on our first game. That day I was in a Forum on CompuServe and I discover this program that lets you develop space shooters (i.e. R-type style) game without any programming knowledge. All you need to do is pick your ships and “record” the enemies movements and BAM you have a space shooter game. BRILLIANT I thought we can make games without having to know how to program and we’ll make money…Shane develops a game with about 6 levels for the “shareware” edition the full version got you 12 missions. I develop a game with the same but a completely different story line and style. Shane comes up with this text file that was a manual in it he gave contact information for technical support. We package the two games and I upload them to shareware forums on CompuServe. It was only a matter of time before the money started flowin in…Or so we thought. I upload both games to two forums on CompuServe. One of the forums accepted the files and they went right up. The other had to be approved by a SysOp (system operator) and that took 24 hours. Shane and I are extremely estatic. WAX ESTATIC in fact for you Sponge fans out there. The next day I check the first forum to see how the games did, 20 somethin downloads, thats not bad. Next thing i know there is e-mail for me. I check it out its from the SysOp from the other forum I uploaded to he says something about the program not workin and he opened up the game files in a EXE editor and noticed a line sayin something about unregister version of gamemaker being used and blah blah blah. OH SHIT we’re in legal trouble now…So i e-mail the guy back tellin him sorry for the game not workin and to not post the game because “I guess we didn’t run it through enough testing” and sorry I wasted his time. Nice thinkin Sean 😉 SO only one place has our game now…I tell Shane about the message I got he’s like oh well…A few days later Im at school and I come home Mom tells me a guy from “LucasFilm” called me to talk. I WAS LIKE HOLY BEJESUS! Mom recorded the convo accidently on the answering machine so I went up to listen to it…More or less LucasFilm told me that the logo resemebeled the Empire logo too much and we couldn’t use it…Apparently there was such a debate about wether or not it was acceptable at LucasFilm that the guys said it climed up many many high ranks to find out its legitimacy of use. Maybe the Flaneled One, George Lucas, saw it. Anyway that was strike two…No logo, half our game distribution was gone, and what was next? Well I’m glad you asked…A few days later Shane gets home from school and notices he has a message on his answering machine….Its this guy from Michigan calling for “Tech Support” :-O NO GOOD. We never called him back but at that moment Shane and I decided it was time for us to get out of the gaming industry and thus Imperial Gaming died…To this day I still get mail with Imperial Gaming on the address label and I get invited to different game development confrences and stuff. I have even recieved many Free subscriptions to trade papers and many free gifts. But as the President and CEO of Imperial Gaming I know it is in our best interests to stay away and turn down many of those offers…So like many of my schemes this one failed but I had fun trying and it makes a great story…
So thats it for today’s trip down memory lane… I’m going now because its 2 AM and tommrow is my day with INFINITI! PICS and STORY TOMMROW! Talk to you all then!