1989 – When I was 7 years old, I was finally able to buy a Commodore C64 - after 1 year of saving up for it. Couldn't afford the considerably better and next gen Atari STE 1040 though. With my younger brother Adrian I played along till the power supply overheated and we had to take a break. It's with a lot of fondness that I look back on those days, because they made a huge impression on me.
After I broke off (!) my 3rd joystick trying to beat 'Summer Games' the Gameboy arrived along with Tetris. At school we swapped cartridges during breaks - and, of course, blew into them for cleaning. I think that was the first time I ever experienced a gamer community.
Next was a Super Nintendo on which I played Super Mario, Metroid Prime (with hint book) und International Superstar Soccer DELUXE until I almost fainted from lack of sleep. Eventually I switched to an Intel Pentium PC with 166 MHz that I had overclocked. Looking back I realize that I must've been one of the very first nerds at my school.
1999 – As job training began I no longer had the time for my favourite passtime gaming. With every year I worked more and more, climbing higher and higher on the career ladder. I ended up working for a massive corporation, rings under my eyes and dead tired. I had a notion I had arrived at the Dark Side of my life.
2009 – At 26 I bailed out and decided to become my own boss. I knew right from the start that I wanted to do 'something with games', and although I had no idea at all about that particular industry my nerdy heart and my ambition to make it there were stronger than my fears.
With exactly 7000 EUR seed money, part saving, part loan from grandpa, I founded my company. Looking back now I could've made some other choices, but I'm also grateful for anybody who supports our games.
Today – Deep inside I'm still 12 year old Robert getting excited about new games and having that sense of joyous anticipating when I fire up a game for the first time. And I'm feeling proud when I read in a community post that out there, somewhere, there are still people who feel the same about games as I do. That's why I love this job, that's why I love this industry. Thank you, to all gamers who put their faith in us.
"Deep inside I'm still 12 year old Robert getting excited about new games and having that sense of joyous anticipating when I fire up a game for the first time." - Robert Kaiser | Masterchief
The rokaplay avengers
Robert, Jagged Alliance 2
Flonja, Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Alex, Zelda Ocarina of Time
Adrian, Half Life 2
Thomas, Leos Fortune