Ragnar Tørnquist

Ardua gushes about The Secret World, but I think a great asset to the game in the North American market is having a guy named Ragnar Tørnquist at the helm. Put that on the box cover. Not that most Americans know game developers or their reputations, just that the very name strikes a chord of awesomeness in Anglo America. “Dude, can you really name someone Ragnar over there? Do they still have vikings? Oh my god, they totally do!”

We may be shallow, condescending, culturally imperialist cowboys, but we have poor judgment, worse impulse control, and lots of disposable income.

: Zubon

Update: by commenter request, we shall not celebrate developers in particular, but we shall continue to highlight names that Americans will find awesome and astounding. Magnus and Thor are other good names to put on your cover, as is anything with crossed out letters. Umlauts are also likely to be received positively.

4 thoughts on “Ragnar Tørnquist”

  1. Although I do think he is working on something brilliant, I would hate to put him on a pedestal. Brad McQuaid, Richard Garriot, Jack Emmert and Mark Jacobs have proven that that doesn’t work out so well.

  2. Living in Reykjavik, I can certainly vouch for the fact that there are certainly plenty of Ragnars over here, Along with Grimmis Eiricks and Magnus’s.

    As to putting developer’s names on the box, that to me smacks of ego. and shouldn’t be done. The game should stand on its own merits and if it does well the cognoscenti will acknowledge the developer. Also, focussing on one person when a game is often made by a team of hundreds is a little unfair.

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