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Crayon Physics Deluxe on NPR

A few days ago, Jeff Grubb tweeted that Petri Purho’s just-released Crayon Physics Deluxe was, at that moment, the subject of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” I am an admirer of National Public Radio, so of course I tweeted back, and soon after, Alex Litel saved the day with a link to the audio. Team effort! Good hustle, everybody!

In the video, Petri demonstrates the wicked-cool tablet PC version of Crayon Physics Deluxe. He also demonstrated the tablet PC software at the Bay Area Maker Faire this summer.

I just adore Petri. He interviews so well, I think, because he has such boundless graciousness. This exchange happened:

“But it does seem like you’re sort of standing that tradition [of big budget, blockbuster video and computer games] on its end, a bit, no?”

“Yeah—and I don’t think I’m the only one. There’s been a lot of really small games that have come out in the recent years, like World of Goo and Braid and Aquaria. And these are small games usually made by one or two people…”

I loved that Petri was able to describe indie game design in a way my mom could understand.

I did learn one new thing from the woefully short (five minutes!) interview: as I’ve always suspected, the children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon inspired the game.

3 responses to “Crayon Physics Deluxe on NPR” »

  1. Danny says:

    That looks pretty amazing. Is the music in the video from the game or was it just added externally?

  2. Kevin Bunch says:

    Hah, I actually heard this story on my drive home from class. I did a double take; are they actually talking about a game I heard about through Penny-Arcade?

    But he made it sound really cool, and now I kind of want to hijack my friend’s tablet and try it out.

  3. librarian says:

    Danny—I know, right? That’s the actual game music. It’s so soothing.

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