Jason Jones has a history of being a reclusive, anti-social developer. Polygon has a good and lengthy article
about what they saw of Destiny and their tour of the Bungie office. Every time I have seen a video interview of him he looks like he's ether about to cry or off himself.
JASON JONES DOESN'T WANT TO BE FAMOUS.
Jones is everything. He is easily the heart and soul of this company. One of its founders, the man who co-founded Bungie and whose computer compiled the code for almost every game Bungie ever released. Yet he has almost never given an interview.
We had asked, before getting on the plane, to see Jones. We'd been promised it might happen. We took this as a yes, because it always is. And yet, when we arrive and see the schedule ... where's Jason Jones?
We're told no one is even sure if he's in the building. We're told that even if he is in the building, there's no guarantee he'll see us. We're told, incredibly, he's shy. Cripplingly shy.
And then we're told something we finally believe: Jason Jones doesn't want to be famous.
We're standing in the studio that, 22 years ago, Jason Jones coughed into life. We're talking to people Jones helped hire, train and forge into a team capable of turning the world of games on its axis. We're surrounded by artifacts of the genius and artistry of the code Jason Jones wrote. His influence is literally all around us.
He even comes up, repeatedly in interviews. And this is what clinches it for us.
When Chris Butcher says that, of all the things that get Jones' goat, his rarest, most acute annoyance is reserved for the accolades heaped on Marty O'Donnell, easily the most singularly identifiable member of the team, this is when it clicks into place: Jones is a communist. Not, perhaps, in the McCarthy sense, but Jason Jones is a man who believes in team above all else, and that spirit has infused everything he's touched. And in interviewing the team he has helped build, we've come to know him better than if we'd shared a meal.
Jones is not simply the founder of Bungie; he is also its tribal leader.