01 Jan From Perthshire to Montreal
Gordon Ross is a video game director and moved to Canada because of his job
1) Why did you leave Scotland?
The video game industry is an international business. You need to move to work on the projects that interest you.
2) Where did you grow up and at what age did you leave Scotland?
I grew up in Perthshire, running around a small town and camping out on the hills.
3) What is your job/sector and how many countries have you lived in?
I’m a video game director. It’s much like a being a film director but for games. I’ve lived in 4 different countries so far.
4) Do you show pictures of the Loch Ness Monster to the locals?
I’m asked if it’s real at least once a month.
5) Which citizenship do you have and which languages do you speak?
I’m a UK citizen and I speak English, Scots and French.
6) Has living abroad changed the way you think about Scotland?
It made me realise that Scots is not a bad version of English..it’s very different and we should enjoy it. It also made me realise how much rubbish I eat when I’m in Scotland.
7) Are there any Scottish products you would like to be able to buy?
Guid black puddin’
8) What about the independence referendum coming up? How will it affect you and Scotland’s international image?
Many people ask me about the referendum, there is a surprising amount of interest. The popular image of Scotland is that of a beautiful place full of crazy drunken people who eat terrible food. I suspect the referendum will do little to change that… perhaps an independent state with ambition might though.
9) Have you ever had problems or found that people treat you differently because you are Scottish?
People expect me to love whisky. I consumed a lot of it as a teenager and now even the smell of it makes me feel “No right!”… By and large people treat me very warmly when they realise I’m Scottish. Most have a story to tell..or a desire to visit!
10) Do you have any plans for living in Scotland again and have you got a message for Scots back home?
Currently I don’t have a plan to return, except to watch Dundee United and see my family. I’m not the kind of guy to put on Caledonia and look back with tartan tinted specs. If we get independence and the country backs the Video Game Industry in a serious way I would return and invest.
To Scots at hame..the world is a big place… learn how to export your talent. Don’t expect any favours from other countries, but know that folks out in the world have a great affection for you and will open their doors and give you a chance to impress!