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PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua programs straight away and provides simple built-in tools for creating sprites, maps and sound.

The harsh limitations of PICO-8 are carefully chosen to be fun to work with, encourage small but expressive designs and hopefully to give PICO-8 cartridges their own particular look and feel.

Michael Abrash Talks About Working At Valve

The closest anyone came to giving me direction was when most of the Source engine team was working on Portal 2 optimization; I've done a lot of optimization, so I suggested to Jay Stelly that maybe I should work on Portal 2 as well. Jay said, "Yeah, you could do that, but we'll get it shipped anyway." After a couple of discussions like that, I realized that he was saying was that I should think about whether that was really the most valuable thing I could be doing - there were plenty of people who were skilled at optimizing the Source engine already working on Portal 2, so it would be more useful to think about what high-impact things I could do that no one else was doing. That, and conversations with various people around the company, kicked me into a different mode of thought, which eventually led me to a surprising place: wearable computing.