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My favourite Christmas game: Cliff Bleszinski

"To this day I don't think my brother knows I snuck a sneak peek"

Welcome to a new festive feature which has us put down the mulled wine and mince pies, and point our holly-encrusted microphone at some of gaming's biggest names.

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Specifically, we've asked the creators behind some of 2011's biggest titles to share their favourite ever Christmas game memories with us - and some have even sent us pictures.

Today we're kicking off with Epic Games design chief Cliff Bleszinski, who reflects on his time with a certain Sega Mega Drive / Genesis classic. Check back this week for more instalments of My Favourite Christmas Game.

"It was Christmas of 1990. I grew up on Atari, then Nintendo, and then finally I landed on the Sega Genesis.

"I was still living in Massachusetts but that year my mother decided to fly all of us to visit family in California for the holiday.

"To this day I don't think he knew that I snuck a sneak peek..."

"My older brother, who I've always been close with, knew what a gamer I was. The hot title of the holiday that year was 'Strider' on the Genesis. I simply couldn't fathom how good the title looked for the time.

"Long story short the day before we flew out I went into my brother's luggage and found the copy of the game, which I cut open using a razor (so that I could later slide the game back into the plastic) and proceeded to play the first level.

"To this day I don't think he knew that I snuck a sneak peek... ;)"

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