When Shaun McCabe joined Insomniac Games near the end of 2003, shortly after he earned a degree from Full Sail University, he jumped into a game that the company hoped would recapture the magic it had discovered with its popular “Spyro the Dragon” series.
McCabe became the sound programmer on the adventure game “Ratchet & Clank,” the story of a Lombax named Ratchet who traveled around with a robot companion named Clank.
Several “Ratchet & Clank” titles later, McCabe continues to build video games for the studio as its head of technology.
“On the technical side, our good friends at Naughty Dog offered to let us use components of the ‘Jak & Daxter’ engine as a foundation for a demo,” he said. “The rest, as they say, is history. It speaks to the true nature of creativity. Great products are often the result of constraints and culture rather than resources and strategy.”
McCabe was recently named to Full Sail University’s Hall of Fame and granted The OVG an interview to talk about his career and his time in Orlando.
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It started with the
A young Raheem Jarbo sat
in his living room in Philadelphia, gobbling up pellets in Pac Man and jumping
pits and running the jungles of Pitfall.
That became an
obsession with the Super Nintendo and then PlayStation, which ultimately led to
Final Fantasy VII, as it often did.
Now, Raheem Jarbo, AKA
Mega Ran, travels the country performing his rap songs based on the giant video
In a far-reaching interview, we talked about his obsession with the game and some of his rap influences.
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Performing in Orlando will be nothing new to Raheem Jarbo, the Philly-born rapper who goes by the stage name “Mega Ran.” The 41-year-old has been spitting his video game-related rhymes to Central Florida audiences for nearly a decade.
During that time, he has seen the genre of so-called nerdcore music expand.
“We have an interesting thing going on,” Mega Ran said in an email interview with The OVG. “We’re too experienced to be called a new genre, yet not accepted or noticed by the mainstream, but I’m able to come to cities like Orlando and see packed houses for our concerts. It’s pretty amazing. (It’s) very special to return and see old and new faces rocking out.”
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