Everything Old is New Again

In February of 2012 I left Microsoft, a company I had worked for ever since I was 21. It wasn’t a bad break, it was a good break. I wanted to go off and experience all new adventures. And I have. In the past year alone I’ve worked for an *amazing* team of engineers and developers at the HBO Code Labs here in Seattle. I can’t say enough about what an incredible experience that was and what they are doing for the future of providing their customers with HBO’s top notch content.

But I am a gamer first and foremost. Have been since I was five. Will be when I shuffle off this mortal coil at the cyber enhanced ripe old age of 120. And in that moment at age 120 I will *still* remember exactly where I was when I first saw this.

I don’t know a console gamer who doesn’t remember that incredible introduction to the world of Gears of War. I was hooked. I was sold. That was a day one purchase for me.

Since then Gears of War is the only title I have played every release through in coop, with my friend Mark. We’ll put off playing the game until we can set aside a week to play it together. I’ve played multiplayer, and done the entire 50 waves of Horde mode for charity with my friend e.

So when the outstanding team at Black Tusk asked me to help them make the best Gears of War experience to date by representing the community and being their advocate, how could I say no?

As of today I am now the Director of Community Engagement for Black Tusk Studios. I’m not sure there is a word that properly expresses my excitement at the opportunity to represent this community. Gearstastic? Lambentocity? AWESOMES OF WAR? I have time to work on it.

I’ve been hiding, I confess. I’ve been shadowing the Gears forums and looking at people’s thoughts. I don’t just want us to make the best next generation Gears of War game ever, I want to make sure that everyone playing the game today feels just as good today and down the road in their investment into our amazing world as we do. There’s a Gears nation out there. I’m a part of it and it’s amazing.

So now it’s out. So hit me. You can email me directly at Stepto@microsoft.com or Stepto@stepto.com or my twitter at twitter.com/Stepto or the official Gears of war social media feeds at @GearsofWar and @BlackTuskStudio.

It’s not like we’re just starting out here, we’ve been passionate about the community from the get go. We’re expanding that commitment from the fine work Jack Felling have been doing and going big.

I want to be flooded with your thoughts. I want to hear everything you like, dislike, want, don’t want and hope for in relation to this rich and amazing world. Spare no detail. All thoughts will be entertained. Depending on volume I cannot promise I can respond to everything, but I do promise this: I will forego sleep to try.

It’s a mad world. Let’s get busy and Jump in.


  1. Jason/Rooney says:

    Step so glad you are back. and so excited about where BT are taking the game. Hope to see you at Pax East next year, i still owe you a beer. Cant wait to hear about Vancouver. Will yo be moving permanantly or short term.

  2. sibtrag says:

    I’ve never played any of the Gears games (not really my cup of tea) but I do love that Mad World trailer. Good luck in this next chapter of your life.

  3. Cutt Pyragem says:

    I’m the biggest Gears Fan ever, but I hated Gears 2, 3, and judgment. If you want to bring the Gears Franchise Back, they should go back to the first one and leave everything how it is. Maybe remove active down sniping which is annoying, add some more maps, and leave local hosting. The reason why I bought the Xbox 360 was because of Gears 1. The reason why I joined XBL was because of Gears 1. But unfortunately, I’ve lost faith in the GEARS franchise Revival. I’ve also lost Faith in Microsoft and I’ll be moving on to the PS 4 for my next gen console. Why do game companies have an incline to change games that were successful, If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  4. Cutt Pyragem says:

    Btw I still play Gears 1 MP religiously, and I play without actives for the challenge. Love to supamann with the shotgun.

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