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Matt Dickie Interview

Tony Graziano: Can you give us some background information on yourself?

Matt Dickie: I was born in a place called Grimsby, in England. I recently moved to Manchester
where i am fortunate enough to study videogames at University. I am now 20 years
old.

Tony Graziano: What inspired you to make games?

Matt Dickie: I've always had a penchant for creating entertainment of all kinds. Over the
years, videogames have grown to be my preferred platform. I see a lot of
potential in interactive entertainment - i'm planning things that most people
can't even begin to imagine. The thought of bringing those ideas to life is my
inspiration.

Tony Graziano: How experienced are you?

Matt Dickie: I released my first game in August 2000, so i've really only been making games
for a year. I've encountered all the usual languages, but DIV and Dark BASIC are
the only ones that i've used successfully.

Tony Graziano: Have you gotten any complaints on the arabian looking terrorist in
federation online in the crowd even though it has been in for a while?

Matt Dickie: There is no Arabian terrorist in Federation Online. I have received no
complaints about it.

Tony Graziano: Do you have any plans on having counter moves or create a wrestler for
>federation online?

Matt Dickie: Create-a-wrestler is completely out of the question. Counter moves are quite
possible, but i would argue that screwing moves up already provides that
gameplay.

Tony Graziano: Any other features planned for federation online?

Matt Dickie: Federation Online may not receive any more updates, maybe one more at the most.
I will stop making DIV games soon, due to the alarming number of technical
problems. If you ever see the game again it will probably be in Blitz BASIC.

Tony Graziano: .Any more matches planned for federation online?

Matt Dickie: No, for the reasons above.

Tony Graziano: What are your thoughts on this whole US tragedy and the war?
Matt Dickie: Well you may have noticed that i've temporarily American-ised my logo as a mark
of respect. I may be British, but it's common knowledge that at least 80% of my
audience is American so i felt i should address it in some way. Being a huge
wrestling fan for the past 10 years, whose only heroes are American, i have
developed a lot of admiration and respect for the country. It has long been my
intention to move to America, and fortunately my career in videogames is proving
to be the perfect excuse to do that. When that time comes, i will have the
honour of living in an America that has overcome this tragedy and grown stronger
still.

Copyright Tony Graziano and Virtual Enterprises 2001