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Ilya is the perfect example of everything that's wrong with kids today. Ever since enticing the programming staff into hiring him as an intern, Ilya refuses to leave, spending most of his time hacking the game with bizarre exploits and useless features, or just generally messing things up. His latest goal is to implant a sophisticated scripting engine into the game. Too busy "programming" to get a car, Ilya often cajoles other team members into giving him a ride home, hoping that they would get lost on their way back.
"Immigrating" from Moscow, Russia in 1992, his interest in programming began with the gift of a book about BASIC, translated into Russian. Soon after being exposed to computer and console games in the United States, Ilya's natural (or unnatural) curiosity made him wonder how something so fun and intriguing is made, and finally realize that they're "programmed". Attempting to master the art of programming ever since, Ilya comes to Big Huge Games under mysterious circumstances, having no experience and no education. Rumor has it that Ilya is actually a Russian spy. Perhaps that would explain his programming skills, unusually extensive for his age... Then again, perhaps that would also explain the poor English on this page. Or perhaps not.
[Source: Big Huge Games web site]
Last updated: Jan 31, 2004