I started keeping a journal my freshman year in college, and kept the habit for years afterward. I’m still not sure whether it was a good habit or a bad one. A few months ago, when I sat down to write an afterword for the Prince of Persia graphic novel, I pulled out those old notebooks and started to browse through them, figuring it might help me wrap my mind around Prince of Persia’s 20-year history.
It’s all there. The story of how Prince of Persia came to be, and almost didn’t. It occurred to me that as a case history, a time-capsule view of the videogame industry as it was in the 1980s, this was a story others might find interesting too.
So even though the last thing I need is another hobby — especially one that involves spending more time at the keyboard — I’ve begun posting those old journal entries, a kind of blog from the past, starting in 1985. Check out the “Old Journals” and let me know what you think. If enough people are interested, I’ll keep posting — ideally, at least through the end of 1989, when… well, you’ll find out.
The entries are selected and abridged — most of what I had on my mind at age 21, you don’t want to hear about — but on principle, I’ve let things stand as I wrote them, and avoided the temptation to revise with hindsight.