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In case you're wondering, I'm David Thomson. I make games, write things, make films and think out loud. I founded The Games Kitchen back in 1999, subsequently working at Slam and Denki, before starting again with Ludometrics.

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What It Takes

Letters of Note is a site that collects “fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.” There’s a letter from Pixar director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) originally posted last summer, but which I’ve seen doing the rounds again recently.

Mostly, people are picking up the closing line: "As John Lasseter likes to say, our films don’t get finished, they just get released" - a common refrain from artists - but it’s an earlier line that jumps out at me:

It takes a lot of work (and rework, and rework and rework) to get it right.

Related reading: The Vertical Slice

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