“It was love at first sight! » Dinga Bakaba still remembers the moment he discovered it dishonourable, In 2010, on its first business day in Arkane Lyon, which had just been taken over by the American Bethesda Softworks (Skyrim). Developed jointly by the French studio and its Texas branch in Austin, the video game was just a sketch. “He was visionary. I never wanted to get out of there again and said, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to make this thing great.remembers the game designer.
What immediately seduced him? ability dishonourable encouraging the player to be creative, cunning and improvising rather than rushing. It even prefers experiences that are not offered as turnkey solutions to ready-made concepts: “You find a game emotionally appropriate when there’s deliberate friction, that’s it”explains. dishonourable It multiplied the titles of “game of the year 2012” by feeding shelves full of heterogeneous awards in the entrance hall of the Arkane studio in the La Confluence neighborhood of Lyon.
This feat not only propelled the company among the most exciting French studios of recent years, but also marked a fresh start for Dinga Bakaba, now director of Arkane Lyon, after producing a new flagship. death cycle (2021).
At 42, this Lyonnais adopter (born in Paris) makes no secret of his professional trial and error prior to his arrival in Arkane. It dates back to the late 1990s, set on a large sofa in a room where shelves of consoles and games of yesterday and today are arranged. . At the time, he heavily practiced capoeira, a Brazilian martial art mixed with dancing and singing, which led him to do extra work and participate in video clips. His sharp silhouette also shows that he never gave up on discipline; In his spare time, he wears the capoeira trainer costume twice a week.
course ” Incredible “ He is a model as much as his parents, two immigrants who have fulfilled their professional dreams, are a burden for the young man. His mother, who is from Algeria, is a university student. He taught philosophy, psychology and has long devoted himself to African anthropology. His father is Sidiki Bakaba, an Ivorian actor, director, director and screenwriter, whom he briefly considers following in his footsteps. “They both took the side of telling [à leurs enfants] : “You will do what you want and you can go your own way.” Oddly enough, it could have been a little scary.”says.
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