Happy 4th Birthday, TGC

Posted by on May 15th, 2010

That’s right, we’re four years old today.

And what a four years it’s been! We’ve gotten the opportunity to launch two PlayStation 3 titles, work with some amazing game makers, and meet all sorts of wonderful people who, it turns out, really want more thoughtful, meaningful game experiences, too.  We found out that we’re not alone.

Here’s a picture of us at our first birthday:
Happy Birthday, thatgamecompany!

According to the National Network for Child Care, a defining aspect of a one-year old is that they are learning to be independent. “ That is why toddlers want to do things for themselves, have their own ideas about how things should happen, and use ‘no’ many times each day. ” We were getting our sea legs. We knew we wanted to do things our  way, but we didn’t know what that meant yet. We had to try and stand up, and fall, and try again. There were tears, there was laughter, and there were some awesome games.

Here we are today:
TGC Turns 4

*Kellee is taking the photo here

According to the National Network for Child Care “‘Energetic’ and ‘imaginative’ best describe the 4-year-old.” I think that fits us pretty good. We’ve learned a lot, and are excited about applying our lessons learned on our future endeavors. We learned that game development isn’t what you think it is, but we’re ready to move forward with a renewed sense of purpose and more than just a dash of passion.

Thank you to everyone that has helped us grow in the last four years. Thanks to John Hight, Rusty Buchert, George Weising, Allan Becker, Phil Harrison, Shuhei Yosheida, Randall Lowe, Phil Kovatz,  Eric Koch, Tina Kowaleski, and everyone else at Sony who has ever lended us a hand, supported us in a meeting, or connected us with that person we just had to know or who had to know us.

Thank you to the faculty at the University of Southern California and the student body that still comes in to playtest for us.

Thank you to everyone in the industry who gave us their advice for free, just to help us out. I hope you know how much it means to us. You don’t have to do it, but you do it anyways, and it makes our games great.

And thank you to the players and the fans for advocating for us online and in your communities. For showing your friends our games, for mentioning us in conversations of “have you checked out…?” and for emailing us with your support. You have allowed us to opportunity to keep making our games, because you know that you vote with your dollars, and you voted for us when we really needed it.

Thanks for 4 years… here’s to many more!

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Comment by: VVIIRRAA

May 15th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

happy birthday, thatgamecompany!

Comment by: VVIIRRAA

May 16th, 2010 at 7:22 am

happy birthday, thagamecompany!

Comment by: Amish Gramish

May 16th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Congrats TGC!
thatgamecompany has become of of the most famous, or infamous, developers of the past decade!

Comment by: cloud668

May 18th, 2010 at 1:38 am

A little late, but happy birthday, TGC!

Comment by: Duiz

June 22nd, 2010 at 8:15 am

happy birthday to the people who work in TGC, who are working on great projects like the journey. I like so much your works, finally someone who can make videogames ( also if im sure that yours are NOT ONLY videogames but something more ) different from all the others.
Good luck with The Journey im sure it will beacame a wonderfull game ;)


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