Today I received an email from Thomas Tan asking me for an interview because he’s making a school project about me.
I am Thomas Tan, a frequent reader of your blog, and I LOVE your tutorials about flash.
I need to do a school project about a famous person and since you are the “Most Famous Emanuele in the World” and is also an “authority” by Google, I thought if you could answer some questions.
I think some of the questions can be interesting so I am going to answer them in this post.
Have you won other world leagues other than “Worms Armageddon”?
There was a game in late ’90 based on an afro-american cop woman… something like Tomb Raider with a police story… don’t remember the name… there was a timer for each level and at the end of the level you could submit the time to a server. I got the best time in a level and the software house sent me an original sketch of the game… must be somewhere in the house… I will publish it once I’ll find it.
What is your experience in making games?
My first game was a BASIC slot machine for the Commodore Plus 4… then I made some games I was the only one to play, then switched to Amiga and Amos until I discovered Flash.
How long have you been writing tutorials?
About two years and a half
Do you love Google as your main search “thing”?
Yes, I love Google even if Google does not love me… I have a PR3 but some time ago I had PR7…
How bad is IT in Italy?
Even worse. Every year someone creates a new law to make internet users life harder and harder. They tried to close italian blogs some months ago, now they are trying to make a law that could shut down the access to the major web 2.0 sites like Facebook or YouTube, they already closed the access to 1,479 (read it again: 1,479) foreign online gambling sites (see the complete list), we have 3,000 towns out of 8,000 without ADSL… and I could write an entire blog about how IT sucks in Italy but I think it’s enough at the moment.
Why did you choose to run a blog?
I wanted to share some developer experiences
How did you make the blog a success?
I think I teached people how to improve their skills and make money. Unlike other bloggers that simply tell how THEY are making money blogging, I have a lot of readers earning more than me blogging and making games. When you read this blog you think: “hey, I can make it”.
Are you proud to use Mochi Ads?
Actually, “proud” is too much, but I’m happy they gave me the opportunity to monetize games.
Which do you earn more money with? API integration, Mochi Ads, Kongregate Ad Share, Mind Jolt or are there others?
At the moment MochiAds gives me the biggest revenue, but having some pages with your games and Adsense ads can be interesting too. I also have a couple of plans to make some more money I some new ways… stay tuned.
What computer are you using now?
I am blogging this post with a portable 20.1” HP Pavillion, but I also have two desktops and a Mac. Shame on me, I’m using the Mac just to play YouTube videos.
Do you think it is fast?
Not enough to play the latest games at the highest resolution, but I am only playing with the PS3 at the moment. Enough to work with Photoshop, coding with Php and AS3.
Which is your favorite hosting “thing”?
I found Host Gator to be very interesting.
Do you feel you are better than others? or just confident?
Are you a gaming PRO too?
No, but I am proud I developed the site for the best italian CounterStrike clan in 2001.
What are your favorite games?
There are tons of games I enjoyed a lot… one day I’ll post them all as far as I can remember… at the moment I am having fun at Dead Space and I can’t wait to play Fallout 3
Why are they your favorite games?
Dead Space has an interesting story even if it’s the old “ship lost in space with aliens and mad doctors inside”… but I like B-movies so that’s ok.
How do you find Pi?
I don’t. 3.14159 works in most cases.
Do you find me irritating for asking you questions?
No, as long as you don’t ask about my recent penis enlargement.