Almost exactly two years ago I screamed as an email titled “Frictional Games: Job Offer” dropped in my inbox. I continued screaming as I called my mother to tell her the news. Half an hour later she sent me a follow-up text.
“I looked at the website you sent me. Are you sure it’s a real company? I’m worried.”
Since that day, my life has never known peace.
Once I infiltrated the company, one of the first big questions I dared shoot at Thomas and Fredrik (after “Hey, is Catherine Chun a lesbian?” (the response: she is if you want her to be)) was “Hey, can we please do something about the website?” They said yes. In my foolishness I posted the first blog in 3 years, stating we were still alive – expecting to hype people up for an imminent release of a new website.
The release wasn’t imminent. Instead we were met with… well, let’s call it a Series of Time-Consuming False Starts.
As 2020 grew closer, some passive superstition started gnawing at me. This time the screaming was internal, and kept me awake at night at the thought of entering the new decade with an old website (a perfectly normal reaction, right?). Our fans making fun of the site didn’t help either, dealing further damage to a project I now considered the measure of my pride.
Fuck it. I’ll make it myself.
And I did. You’re looking at it! The monument to my mediocre design skills, superior patience, love for colour orange, and some help from the rest of the team (as well as our IT partner Vessinge).
So, what’s new?
The main new thing is that I’m nuking the concept of posting content on separate platforms. All future news and blog posts (previously on our Blogspot) will be posted here and here only. I have gone through all (376) past blogs and news articles, as well as posts on our forum and mysterious third-party platforms, and hunted down the images and videos, fixed or removed all broken links.
Other new things, in no particular order, include:
There wasn’t quite enough time to finish everything before winter vacation. Here are some things you can expect to see in 2020:
- A press kit page for media
- Additional information for prospective employees, both about working at Frictional and working in Sweden
- People of Frictional posts (including mine and the people who have started before me who I’m waiting on)
- Make early Frictional-related games (Fiend, Unbirth and Energetic) available, if we can find them
- Design improvements (if any fans out there know WordPress, hmu)
- More good old tech and design blogs
And now Frictional Games is off for a winter vacation! (Great timing considering all that clicking has driven me to the edge of yet another carpal tunnel.)
Here’s to a great 2020!
PS. Is something broken? Should we add something else? Let us know in the comments!