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Vice Article on Operator 41

October 3, 2019

Vice has written a sweet article on Spruce Campbell, the 14-year old who created Operator 41 for Apple Arcade (and published by Shifty Eye Games).

“Beyond attending Apple’s conference and meeting Tim Cook, Campbell’s flight to California came with other bonuses. Notably, a chance to formally pitch Apple on a game for Apple Arcade. During the day, Campbell would attend the conference, sitting in on coding sessions and other events. But at night, he’d take what he’d learned and plug away at Operator 41. 

“I had already got a lot of the game design and coding done, but nothing that I was happy with showing,” said Campbell, “so that night I sat down and started coding up a prototype level to show off the game to Apple. I spent the whole of the next day working on it.”

Near the end of the day, Campbell compiled his code and placed his laptop in a bag. The pitching session was supposed to end at 6:00 p.m, but nearly an hour before, they were already packing up because there was no one else to talk to. Campbell caught the Apple employees, who gave Campbell a few minutes to walk them through what he was building.”

Be sure to check out the entire article: Article