Tim Schafer, the brilliant and beloved developer behind the upcoming metal-fest Brutal Legend, is celebrating his 20th year in the gaming industry. And to commemorate the occasion, Schafer has gathered up a couple rejection letters he received when he was applying for jobs back in 1989, and posted them on Double Fine’s website for all to enjoy.
The last few pictures are the most amusing as they show the following: the Lucasfilm job flyer looking for an assistant designer/programmer that led Schafer to contact Lucasfilm (During that phone call, Schafer raved about the Lucasfilm game, Ball Blaster, only to be corrected by the Lucasfilm recruiter, who told Shafer that Ball Blaster was actually the name of the pirated version of Ball Blazer.); the cover letter he sent in when he applied for the job (probably the greatest cover letter of all time); and finally the acceptance letter he received from Lucasfilm, which came as quite a shock to him since, as Schafer admits, he was grossly unqualified for the job.
But honesty, how could you not hire someone who sends this in as their cover letter?:
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Come on! How amazing is that?!. I recommend checking out his full post, since it should serve as inspiration for anyone looking to break into their chosen profession. However, as Schafer explains, “For everyone on a job hunt right now—good luck! Don’t do what I did. It only worked in the 80s!”