What I Read: Bruce Nesmith


How do we inhale the insane amount of information available to us? What I Read finds out how we navigate through the brand new world of data. First up, Bruce Nesmith, design director at Bethesda Game Studios.

I ride the bus to work every day. Yeah, I know. I’m not a young designer trying to make ends meet anymore, but I do have teenage daughters. Car insurance is a pain. So I take the bus, which means I read on the bus. To be honest, I enjoy it because I don’t have as much time to read at home as I did when I was a young designer trying to make ends meet.

I tend to read science fiction and fantasy. I’m a fan of authors like Iain Banks and Alastair Reynolds. I’ve been reading a lot of Michelle West, a.k.a. Michelle Sagara, lately. I highly recommend all of them. My daughter has been bugging me to read Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. So I’ve started that recently. Feel free to post your condolences.

When I get home, the Washington Post is waiting for me. I start with the headlines. After I’ve read the first paragraph of a couple of lead stories, I can justify what I really want to do; read the comics. For perverse reasons I’ve never fully understood, I read them from back to front. Zits and Baby Blues are brilliant, but that’s probably just because I have kids. Dilbert and Doonesbury are as still in top form. With my guilty pleasure sated, I return to the A section and finish reading a handful of the lead stories.

I subscribe to a handful of magazines, namely Astronomy, Game Informer, National Geographic, Game Developer, and Scientific American. Usually by the time one is finished, the next one has arrived. I read them cover to cover, so I don’t think I could handle more.

I’m a bit old school when it comes to online reading. Sitting in front of a computer to read is efficient, but it isn’t relaxing. Give me a comfy chair and something I can hold in my hands any day. However, there are things online that are not available in print, and probably shouldn’t be. I enjoy Penny Arcade, although it only takes two minutes to digest everything of value there. But it’s a fine two minutes. The best gaming news site is the British gameindusty.biz. I usually check them out once or twice a week.

Yahoo news is hard to avoid. It’s right there every time I crank up my browser. I usually read a handful of stories a day. Half of them are crap, but they’re like chocolate donuts. You know they’re bad for you, but you can’t stop eating them. Now if you’ll excuse me, there is a delicious custard donut waiting for me disguised as a teaser about Jennifer Love Hewitt. Maybe if I read that article about the health care bill it will make up for it.

Reader Comments

  1. Cool story. Glad to see someone other than myself still reads. Ive been going on a Bradbury binge, read “The Martian Chronicles” and “The Illustrated Man”
    I also wanted to read “Metro 2033 before playing the game, but sadly, I saw a copy at blockbuster and just had to rent it.
    I’ve heard people say good thngs about Ayn Rand. Might just look fountainhead up.

  2. Ah, Martian Chronicles. “If the Moon Be Still As Bright” was one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid. If I had ever become some sort of Eco-terrorist I was going to go by the name Spender.

  3. I like the what we’re playing and what we’re watching posts – if someone who likes the same stuff as me likes something, I’m more likely to check it out.

    I do like this, though, for the same reason.