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Alex, you changed my life when I saw you guys on stage demoing Rock Band for the first time back in 2007. I want to say thank you for creating one of the most engaging and rewarding games I've ever played. I don't want to know how much time (or money) I've spent on it but the time I've spent showing it to others and watching their faces as they reach that "aha!" moment and move up to medium for the first time has been so worth it. Also regardless of what people think of the song choices and the gameplay, I think The Beatles: Rock Band had some of the coolest art direction in a game. The details of the stages and the "dreamscapes" were so damn exhaustive and I would purposefully play vocals on easy and just hum so I could watch the background. Even the menus were a work of art. Fantasia: Music Evolved seems to be headed the same way and I can't wait. I love Disney, I love Fantasia and I love the work you guys do so I'm incredibly excited to wave my arms stupidly in front of my tv for hours on end. I guess since this is an AMA, I'll ask you a question or two. What has been your favorite moment in your career as Harmonix CEO? Also, what's your favorite Disney movie and why? Thanks again, Alex! If you ever think about doing a Rock Band 4 in the future, let me know. My Beatles: Rock Band drums are on their last leg.Thanks, bantuwind! It's pretty hard to pick on "favorite moment", since I've been at this for 19 years now, and there have been many amazing moments along the way. Certainly, demoing a prototype of The Beatles Rock Band for the first time to Paul McCartney (and seeing him respond positively) was a high point! Also, having The Who play the Harmonix party at E3 in summer of 2008 was one of those "can this actually be happening??" moments. But honestly, my true favorite moments have always been the times just after we've released a game I'm really proud of, where I've gotten to watch the first reviews come in, or, better yet, where I've gotten to see people experiencing our games for the first time "in the wild". I know it's kind of cheesy, but I get choked up every time this happens. Seeing players in the world smiling and enjoying something we've labored so hard on is like "soul food" for me and the team here. As for my favorite Disney movie, I would have to say it's The Straight Story. They had me at "Walt Disney presents a film by David Lynch". :) It's an incredibly heartwarming tale, masterfully rendered. Strongly recommend to any of you who hasn't seen it!
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