Scott Miller: 3D Realms' "Future is Fine"

'20 Years Of Evolution - Scott Miller And 3D Realms' on Gamasutra chats with the Apogee/3D Realms cofounder about the recently formed Radar Group, his history in the gaming industry, 3D Realms, and more. Scott overcomes his reluctance to discuss his pivotal role in the shareware revolution, as well as other old school topics like BBSes, the early days working with id, and more. Scott also confirms that the whole Duke Nukem Forever team has been laid off, but that he cannot discuss the status of the game because of pending legal actions. As for the future:
Our future is fine. We have, I think at last count, 11 or 12 projects in the works. One of them is coming out next week. Another one is coming out in about six weeks. Both of those are on the iPhone. We have some major games in production still. So we're fine. That's not an issue at all.
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Aug 22, 2009, 21:52
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Aug 22, 2009, 21:52
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Kali, SirDOOM, etc. Wow. BTW, http://kali.net/ is still alive.

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Aug 22, 2009, 21:48
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Thanks Ant, haven't seen it but will check it out for certain. Thanks for the link too Demonlord, great site.

And yeah, good ol Dwango and Kalinet.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Aug 22, 2009, 11:15
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Cutter: Me too. Have you watched BBS Documentary? http://bbsdocumentary.com/ It's awesome and probably outdated.

As for the dial-up modem sounds, would this 56k modem emulator do? http://www.lazylaces.com/56Kmodem/ [grin]. Also, try SyncTERM (http://syncterm.bbsdev.net/ ) for Internet modem terminal program.
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Aug 22, 2009, 08:25
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Using the word "fine" to describe the future of your company is about as unenthusiastic as you can get. And when you go from being a relevant company to developing iPhone games you might as well just give up and find yourself a decent company to work for.
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Aug 22, 2009, 08:14
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Scott overcomes his reluctance to discuss his pivotal role in the shareware revolution

But still reluctant to discuss his pivotal role in the vaporware revolution...
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Aug 22, 2009, 02:48
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Yeah, I used to play those old BBS door games. Even if they were simple, they were the original MMOs, or MUDs at least. I remember FIDOnet too. In the US they also had this pre-internet modem gaming network for games like Doom and Duke Nukem, I can't remember the name of it.

You're probably thinking of Dwango, the mention of which makes me deeply nostalgic. It's an impressive reaction since it's been gone for eleven years... Kali.Net was also fantastic once upon a time. It's still around too, though I haven't played with it in at least five years.
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Aug 22, 2009, 01:09
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I miss the BBSing days sometimes. Used to co-run one with a good buddy out in Vancouver back in the day - Stonehenge BBS. A lot of those door games (LORD, TW, et al). were awesome. And the precursor to the net with mail systems like FIDOnet and such.

Yeah, I used to play those old BBS door games. Even if they were simple, they were the original MMOs, or MUDs at least. I remember FIDOnet too. In the US they also had this pre-internet modem gaming network for games like Doom and Duke Nukem, I can't remember the name of it.

I still miss that dialing/connect sound sometimes. Actually, I'd love to have that as ringtone for my cell, that'd be sweet!

There are sites for making your own ringtones apparently, I'm not sure how legit they are. Here's a modem connect sample you can edit and use:

http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=19036
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Aug 22, 2009, 01:07
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Holy crap, I'd forgotten all about Trade Wars. Logging in to find that you'd been totally wiped out overnight... good times, good times.
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Actually all they did was publish Max Payne, Remedy deserves the credit for it, not them.
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I miss the BBSing days sometimes. Used to co-run one with a good buddy out in Vancouver back in the day - Stonehenge BBS. A lot of those door games (LORD, TW, et al). were awesome. And the precursor to the net with mail systems like FIDOnet and such. 300/1200/2400/14.4/28.8/36.6/56 K baud modems, I still miss that dialing/connect sound sometimes. Actually, I'd love to have that as ringtone for my cell, that'd be sweet!

Ahhh, good times.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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20 Year of Evolution? With fucking what?

These guys have a hugely inflated ego considering the only thing in the past decade they've released worth playing was Max Payne. It's been 13 years since they released Duke 3D, it's been at least 11 years since they began 'work' on DNF while releasing shitty Duke games, a mediocre sequel to MP and Prey....

That's their big contribution in the last 15 years.

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Aug 21, 2009, 23:24
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In other news, I hear it's snowing in hell.
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