Show Us Your Rig: Croteam's Mario Kotlar

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Show us your rig

Each week on Show Us Your Rig, we feature PC gaming's best and brightest as they show us the systems they use to work and play.

Mario Kotlar, level and puzzle designer for The Talos Principle at Croteam, has as many instruments around his desk as he does screens. Though, I think "desk" is a generous description for a pair of small tables, but to each their own when it comes to setting up your space. Personal comfort is the priority. With a keyboard (the piano kind), a Cintiq, and a laptop to compliment his rig, Kotlar has a lot of options crammed into not very much room. He was kind enough to show off his desk and PC, as well as tell us why he—perhaps predictably, being a puzzle designer—loves the Portal games.

What's in your rig?

Inside the case

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  • Operating System: MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K @ 3.40GHz, Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
  • RAM: 16.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
  • Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8Z68-V (LGA1155)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
  • Monitors: SyncMaster (1920x1200@59Hz) and a Cintiq 13HD (1920x1080@60Hz)
  • Hard Drives: 977GB Western Digital WDC WD10EARS-00MVWB0 (SATA), 2TB Western Digital MyBook, 3TB Western Digital MyBook, and a 232GB Storejet 25 Transcend
  • CPU cooler: Contac 29 BP
  • PSU: Coolmaster 700W
  • Keyboard: AKAI MPK49
  • Mouse: Zowie Mico
  • Speakers: Logitech Z523
  • Laptop (ancient): DELL Vostro 1700
  • Guitar: Floyd Rose - X-Cort
  • Table: no comment :)

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What's the most interesting/unique part of your setup?

It has to be either the shittines of the table, or having 3 instruments around together with the Wacom Cintiq. Or could it be apple keyboard hooked to a windows PC? My setup is weird...

What's always within arm's reach on your desk?

Other than the obvious, plain old boring bottle of water and some candies, not featured in the photos I'm afraid.

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What are you playing right now?

I've got FFXIII and Life is Strange on hold, and I occasionally still sometimes play SC2, GW2 and Portal 2.

What's your favorite game and why?

Portal 1 and 2, I'll never forget the mindfuck of conceptualizing non euclidean space for the first time. And then there's both perfect gameplay and perfect story setting tied into it.

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Tom Marks
Tom is PC Gamer’s Associate Editor. He enjoys platformers, puzzles and puzzle-platformers. He also enjoys talking about PC games, which he now no longer does alone. Tune in every Wednesday at 1pm Pacific on to see Tom host The PC Gamer Show.