Sending a silly email
After that GIF got some coverage, it occurred to me that my old imaginings that Crawl is so tiny nobody would ever notice or care what I put in there may be naive…
The Ars Technica coverage in which they say “We’ve reached out to Valve Software to ask about its thoughts on Crawl’s new boss” made me panic and think “oh crap, are they gonna be annoyed and make me take him out?” so the obvious right thing is to ask for permission.
Here is the silly email I sent:
My name is Barney Cumming, and I make a little indie game called Crawl which is currently on Early Access.
I am writing to ask permission to use your likeness in my video game.
I recently realized my silly fantasy of animating you as a powerful god in the game.
You can view a GIF here: http://imgur.com/w6HAVEH.gif
This ended up reposted by some games websites, so it seems only proper to ask for your permission.
If you find this low-res incarnation of yourself objectionable, I will of course not put him into the game.
I have a few points for your consideration before making a decision:
1- You will be the most powerful character in the game, effectively building a perception in Crawl players that you would be a formidable opponent in combat. This would surely reduce the desire to battle you among our players, barring edge cases in which the player is incredibly powerful himself and is looking for a worthy opponent.
2- The transformation implies your more recent bearded look is actually your Super Saiyan form (see http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Super_Saiyan) Once again, this inflated perception of your combat abilities (in this case having your power multiplied by 50) should serve as a deterrent to Dragon Ball fans who may also have planned to battle you, but who fear being annihilated by a Super Saiyan energy attack.
3- I will of course supply images of myself to enable your retaliatory usage of my likeness into your own video games.
4- I know the guy who made the art for Crossy Road, and I can ask him to put your favourite animal in the game, even if it’s a wolf!
If you’re still not convinced then of course I will respect your wishes, but please keep in mind any time spent battling your likeness in a game of Crawl, is time not spent making terrible jokes about Half Life 3.
If you see no problem with use of your likeness, do you have any requests for what you’d like him to do for his spawn or death animations? It seems only fair to let you choose 🙂
Thanks for your time
I always got the impression Gabe would be cool with stuff like this, but when a big company is involved who knows what kind of crazy reasons they’ll have, so at least I can say I tried!