Who's this Klanger? An interview with Jonathan Baker

March 19, 2016

For the fourth instalment of our Who's this Klanger? Series, I sat down with myself, Jonathan, Klang's Community and Communications guy. I'm the person who talks to the ReRunners Community, answers emails, and streams the game in my horrible Birmingham accent. Like a madman, I'll be throwing questions at myself and answering them...

So, Jonathan, tell the readers about your working background.

“My working background has been a slight mixture of sorts but has always focused on writing in some form. Funnily enough, I graduated from University in Music, Technology and Innovation, but I realised that it wasn't the career path for me. So, I did a bunch of journalism internships, which lead me to move to Reykjavík, Iceland, to intern for an English-speaking newspaper. Then, I started working for an Internet Marketing agency, which lead me to focus on advertising/marketing writing/copywriting/social media/PR. But, six years of that was a bit too much...”

Now you're working for the Klang Gang. How's that working out for ya?

“Without sounding like I've been paid to say this, it's basically the perfect job for me. In fact, it's not even a job. It's doing what I love and getting a cheque for it. Haha. Since as far as I can remember, Video Games have been a huge part of my life. It's great that now at the age of 30, I can still play games and learn from this ever-growing industry.”

How do you feel about the state of mobile gaming?

“To be honest, I don't feel at liberty to comment on this too much as I don't want to pretend that I know what I'm talking about. But, I will say that among the drivel out there, there are some amazing games doing amazing things. Mobile gaming is still in its infancy, and we're here to change that [laughs like a Bond-villain].”

What's your favourite game ever and why?

“In general, I have always been a lover of the FPS genre, like Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, Perfect Dark (N64) and the Call of Duty series. But, I defy anyone who can beat me at Goldeneye 64.

The Sonic games played a big part in my childhood; when Sonic 3 brought game-saving to the table on the Sega Mega Drive, that was mind blowing.

I think I've wasted the most hours playing Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Super Mario 64, Assassin's Creed 2, Alien Isolation, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX."

Do you have any words for the ReRunners Community?

“It's incredible to see so much love for a game that's still in Beta. We already have a super strong group of people who help us with bug reporting and content ideas. I can't wait to see even more people join us once the game is out globally. I love you all.”

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

Under the Influence: Tips from the Pros
Post-Launch Prospects: Learning from Firewatch