Awesome: Searching for the Heart of Bungie

Russ Pitts writing for Polygon:

Two things become clear as we sink deeper into [Pete] Parsons’ canned presentation. The first is that it really isn’t canned; Parsons knows every intimate detail — the memories are ingrained, not memorized. The second thing we discover is that Parsons’ affection for the Bungie Pentathlon trophy wasn’t a punt after all; of all of his company’s many accomplishments, crafting the perfect, nearly-insoluble team is the one of which he is absolutely most proud.

He describes how he meets with employees on their first day, then again, a month or so later. He describes the indoctrination, the counseling, the nurturing. He uses the world “family” — a lot, and sincerely. He tells the story of how he finally conceded the studio needed an IT department after he became too busy to troubleshoot computers and lay cables himself. He lovingly describes every feature of the studio building — custom built from the ruins of a defunct bowling alley (downstairs) and movie theater (upstairs) — not in the way of someone describing their new mansion in the Hollywood Hills, but rather the way a librarian might describe a new reading room. As if it’s not a monument to his own largesse, but rather a construction for the benefit of others.

He describes the intensive security measures: key-card coded front door; the beefy, menacing guards at the front desk; the cameras; the second set of doors guarding the stairway to the production floor and the third set of doors at the top of those stairs. And then he ushers us behind those layers of security to see what few have seen before.

Be sure to check out the embedded video as well. It’s always awesome to get a good behind the scenes look at a group doing work that you love.

[source: Polygon]