Hello! My name’s Charlie McIlwain, and this is my website, wherein I interview people who make interactive art (videogames or otherwise – I won’t get into the “what is a game?” debate, because I’ve yet to renew the prescription for my blood pressure tablets), and occasionally share my opinions on games. I haven’t been doing a whole lot of the latter recently; I’ll try to do more. I hate most things I write; the trick is actually learning not to delete hours of work because you think the tone is too smug or overly earnest or isn’t funny or is trying too hard to be quirky or uses parentheses too often (I’ve done that a lot in the past). The trick is to just hit publish, and be aware that hardly anyone reads it anyway, so what’s the problem?
I’m still learning, as we all are.
A little history.
I set up this blog in early 2013, when I was but a young, foolish naïf. I regret most things I wrote at that time, in hindsight, and they’ve subsequently been purged. I’ve learned a fair bit these past few years, and it’s entirely likely that I’m still an idiot with a whole lot more to learn. My opinions on things have changed dramatically, as opinions so often do. My style of writing has developed, as styles of writing so often do. I’m still naïve, but I’m less naïve than I was before, for better and for worse. It’s entirely possible that I’ll look back on the work I’m currently proud of in five years’ time and consider it just as awful as the work from five years ago I currently consider to be awful now, in a Krapp’s Last Tape sort of way. But I quite enjoy what I’m doing at the moment, and I hope that you do too!
A little about myself, in a series of short sentences.
I am in my late teens. I live in Leeds. I like great art. I write plays, sometimes. I write poems, sometimes. I believe Samuel Beckett to be the greatest artist who ever lived. I like cycling. I have bad eyesight, and as such I wear glasses to counteract the problem. I think shirts are underrated. I like hats, and wear several (although not at once). I am a Canadian citizen. I am an Irish citizen. My favourite video game is Beeswing, by Jack King-Spooner. My favourite album is SMiLE, by Brian Wilson. I don’t know what my favourite book is. I don’t know what my favourite film is. I am a bit of a socialist. That’s all I feel like sharing at the present time. Thank you.
And another thing…
My New Year’s Resolutions are to interview more people (interactive artists and perhaps critics and other people as well, who knows?), write about more interesting video games and other technology-dependent interactive art, and perhaps convince more people to stop by and have a read. If you like what you see here, please do share this site around – I’d be very appreciative!