Video game marketing is kind of a known formula. First you have your teaser, then comes the announcement, then a few gameplay reveals and pre-order incentives before launch day. With such a predictable cycle, it's easy to convince ourselves that we know how video game development works.

Really though, what is video game development actually like? Is it as formulaic as the hype machine makes out? Is it gratifying? Is it even fun at all? Chris put these questions to Lorne Lanning, creator of the Oddworld series, to try and find out. This being Lorne Lanning we're talking about, the answer he got was pretty direct. You can see the interview in full in the video below; please don't let it crush any dreams you might have of going into game development.

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Johnny Chiodini

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Johnny is one quarter of the Eurogamer video team - specifically the part that looks like it comes from East London. He loves pen and paper role playing games, his dog Watson, and pretty much any video game with a bit of grimdark to it. You are almost certainly pronouncing his surname incorrectly.