My name is Mikko Rautalahti, but people call me Mikki, since that’s the nickname that stuck in the first months of my existence. (I got lucky, actually; there was another nickname that was used a lot when I was still in the womb, but they had mercy on me and skipped that one.) I live in Helsinki, Finland, and I’m a narrative lead working on an unannounced project at Remedy Entertainment, which means I write video games for a living. In the past, I’ve worked on games like Alan Wake, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, and most recently, Quantum Break. (But while we’re on the topic, just to be clear — this is my personal blog, so the opinions I express here are mine, not my employer’s.)
I’ve been doing lectures on narrative design at the Aalto University’s Game Lab since 2011, and I’ve been a speaker at events like the Game Developers’ Conference, the East Coast Game Conference, and the Sundance film festival, among others. So if you need somebody for public speaking about storytelling in games or a related topic, you should probably get in touch and we can see what we can work out.
In the past, I’ve done game journalism, translation, some stuff with pen and paper RPGs, and a pretty big bunch of other things in my exciting freelancin’ days. I still take the occasional piece of extra work when something cool comes along — and I’m glad to say that does happen pretty often — but my day job keeps me pretty busy.
About the blog
I’ve had Fun Pastimes for Stupid Children going since the year 2000, although the current incarnation isn’t quite that old. Originally, it was more of an online journal, in which I wrote about exciting things like what I did that day or what the weather was like. Nothing wrong with that, but I kind of drifted away from that format to what I have now. Also, I’m no longer doing HTML by hand like a fucking Luddite, so that helps, too. Hooray for WordPress!
Mostly, I write about things that I consider to be cool or interesting, or things that make me angry. I get angry about a lot of things, although — for good or ill — perhaps not as often or as ferociously as I used to when I was younger and dumber. This post is written in English, but a good chunk of Fun Pastimes is in Finnish — not much point in writing about local politics in another language, for example. Back in the day, I used to have Finnish and English posts with different content about the same theme side by side, but this proved to be pretty labor-intensive, so these days I just write and don’t worry about it. Don’t freak out, just about all of the nifty geek stuff’s in English, so if you want to laugh at old comics or something but don’t understand our horrible language, I got your back.
Want to talk to me?
You can e-mail me at watchman_CLEVER_TRICK_iki.fi, and if you can’t figure out what _CLEVER_TRICK_ should be replaced with, chances are good I don’t want to hear from you.
Or you can leave a comment below.
Oh, yeah, and I’m @MikkiRMD on Twitter.
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