Maksym Hryniv

How a Ukrainian game developer in the USSR became a Malaysian breakdance champion

How a Ukrainian game developer in the USSR became a Malaysian breakdance champion

We recently delved into the game development scene in Ukraine with a feature about how the designers in the former Soviet state were impacted by conditions in the country.

However, there was one game from Ukraine that we were only able to give a cursory nod to, the unique iOS title Contre Jour. The developer of Contre Jour lives in the Ukrainian city of Lviv and is profiled in this extensive feature from Polygon's Charlie Hall.

Of course, you might be interested in learning the story of how this man came to be the creator of one of the best iOS games of 2012, but my guess is you're much more likely to be interested in the story of how he became a champion breakdancer in Malaysia.

It's a fascinating story regardless of the fact that it stars the developer of a well-known video game, and it's well-worth your time to read about Maksym Hryniv's adventures in the USSR and the Malaysian breakdancing circuit. Be sure to check out the video feature as well because it was filmed on-location in Ukraine, and features footage of Hryniv's mad breakdancing skills.

This highlights one of the things I love most about games and game journalism. Games can be an opportunity and an invitation to explore other cultures and meet people from around the globe. The life of Maksym Hryniv is a prime example.