Meet the judges for One Special Game – Lee Petty

Did you get your One Special Game entry in by midnight on Friday 11th September? If you did, well done, you’re in with a chance of winning. If you didn’t make the closing date, there’s always next year.

Over the past few days, we’ve been introducing you to our panel of judges for One Special Game, our competition in which we invite artists to submit their take on the iconic games STARDEW VALLEY, MASS EFFECT, MONUMENT VALLEY and NEED FOR SPEED, and today we’re delighted to introduce Lee Petty,  Art Director at the amazing Double Fine Productions. An incredibly talented chap from an amazing games developer, we’re over the moon to have Lee on the panel.

What would be your ‘special’ game (a game that means a lot to you) and why?

I was blown away the first time I was exposed to text adventure games  in the early-mid 80’s on Commodore 64 and Atari 800 computers. I was blown away by the possibilities of exploring a digital world. Whatever I typed into the computer got a response! Planetfall, Zork, and Suspended were stand-out titles for me.

What is your favourite key art/box art on a game, if you have one?

Growing up I was a huge fan of the old Atari 2600 box cover art. The in-game art was so primitive that the artists who created the covers drew from their imagination to help create a sense of the world in the player’s minds. I recently got a book on the art of 2600 box covers and learned a lot more about the artists who made these images, which was both inspiring and nostalgic. The covers I most remember from my childhood include Adventure, Space Invaders, and Yar’s Revenge.

Could you tell us why you got involved in One Special game (in a couple of sentences!)

Video Games were a powerful inspiration for me growing up, unlocking a sense of wonder and imagination. I love SpecialEffect’s mission to bring games to players who otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience those worlds and wanted to be be involved.

Do you have any tips for aspiring artists and designers who would like to get into the games industry?

Art is a real profession! Most people don’t realize how much of what they experience every day was created and designed by artists. Follow your dreams, study hard, and make it happen!

What would be your dream game to have worked on and why?

Some part of me wishes I was there for the very early, early days of video games and somehow been involved with creating arcade titles– maybe even designing the cabinet graphics! Or maybe painting 2600 box covers!

Young man giving a sideways look at the camera

Lee Petty of Double Fine joins our One Special Game judging panel