Who's this Klanger? An interview with Martin Maczkowski

For the latest instalment of our Who's this Klanger? series I sat down with Martin, Game Engineer, and mountain biker to talk about his experience and what he finds exciting about Seed...

Martin, tell our readers about your working background and experience.

Like most of us Klangers, I've always been interested in making computer games. I started programming early in high school, creating a bunch of prototypes. One thing lead to another and I enrolled at the University of Applied Science in Berlin where I studied International Media and Computing, and eventually, a Masters in Game Development.

During my studies, I was working at Neutron Games as a freelancer doing UI stuff and general gameplay programming for Handball Challenge. From then on, I've been working on numerous projects with companies across Berlin and Hamburg, most notably at InnoGames on Forge of Empires; porting it over to mobile, which was a very interesting project.

Actually, I previously worked at Exozet on the digital versions of Catan, alongside Rainer. Although, I'd also worked with him before at the University.

With that in mind, how'd you end up working at Klang?

I remember Rainer telling me about this cool new project that he was working on, and he asked me if I wanted to join, so I said why not! That project is of course Seed...

Cool! So, what excites you most about Seed?

Well, Seed is the first MMO that I have ever worked on, so from a technical level, that's really exciting. It's a super complex project, with a lot to learn and discover.

From a game design level, I envision Seed as more of a social experiment. What excites me is, once we have players, how they will interact with one another. Will players in different colonies collaborate, or will there be a constant state of war?

Are there any games that have inspired you?

As a kid, I always played a lot of adventure games with my Dad, like Space Quest and King's Quest. That got me into games and problem-solving.

Also, Double Fine's Psychonauts is a game that has really stuck with me. I love the game's style and sense of humour.

So, in your personal time, you're quite the adrenaline junkie. What's your favourite way for getting your adrenaline fix?

I'm really into mountain biking and skateboarding, both I guess are adrenaline inducing sports. But, the thing I love more about mountain biking is being out in nature by myself. I do sometimes head down to Southern Germany to check out bike parks if I really need something more extreme than the Berlin surroundings have to offer.

But, if I'm honest, just cycling through Berlin is extreme enough and I do that every day. That keeps me awake!

I also have just rediscovered skateboarding, which I loved when I was a teenager. It's nice to go out after work for a little session and think of something else other than computer games.

What's your favourite thing to do in Berlin?

Hmmm... I'm not much of a party guy, but I do love to visit flea markets, which Berlin has a lot of. You always find a lot of cool stuff and meet interesting people. The best thing about Berlin is that it's a very green city, there are many parks and lakes to visit. There's always something interesting to do or see!

Stay tuned, readers, for the next part of Who's this Klanger?