The Rise and Fall of Interplay

All three parts of Matt Chat's video interview with Brian Fargo are now online, offering a verbal history of Interplay Entertainment. There's Matt Chat 89 where the Interplay founder discusses "his early days, the story of Bard's Tale, life at Interplay, Wizardry, and the humor of Battlechess," Matt Chat 90 covers "Wasteland, Fallout, Stonekeep, and more," as well as, "modern CRPGs and why the 80s style (parties and turn-based) went away." Finally, the topic of Matt Chat 91 is "the fall of Interplay." Thanks Ant.
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Feb 3, 2011, 02:08
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Rigs wrote on Feb 1, 2011, 09:54:
]There are two things in my history of playing games that I will never forget or forgive - one was KA and the other was Babylon5: Into The Fire...

Really the way KA ended up was a result of the complete failure of its butchered predecessor, SFA. The two games share a lot of tech and have most of the same gameplay issues. I don't really believe that patching would have improved KA much because the engine itself should have been completely overhauled instead of "enhanced" as it was.

At least they managed to get it running above 640x480. KA damn near came locked to that resolution but one of their programmers got resolution scaling hacked in towards the end.

The Star Trek games pretty much bombed for them too as far as I could tell. SFC was somewhat successful but I think that was about it. SFA must have been a real disaster I think. KA seemed to be a sort of "get more ROI" quickie project that still had delays and issues. Uhg. And lets not discuss STNW! Yikes!

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Feb 1, 2011, 21:04
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Doma wrote on Jan 31, 2011, 12:48:
Matt Chat is very good.

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Ditto. I subscribed to his videos on YouTube.
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Re: The Rise and Fall of Interplay
Feb 1, 2011, 15:45
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Yeah, good god, who could forget STONEKEEP? A game of animated photographs of muppet party members.

God that game was gay.
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Feb 1, 2011, 11:03
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Rigs wrote on Jan 31, 2011, 17:47:
Two words: Klingon Academy

Someone needs to snipe that arrogant son of a bitch... X|

You want to advocate murder because they made a particular game you did not like. Clearly violent games do not cause people to be violent. No sir... .
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Feb 1, 2011, 09:54
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 Rigs
 
As I have stated a few times in the past when Mr. Fargo's name or the disaster he caused comes up in the news, KA and the tragedy of it's post-release will forever be remembered by me and the KA fans and modders. I have also said in the past that I would one day write an article explaining the whole damn mess and I still plan to do so. I'm sure that the majority of the gaming public these days has no idea of the damage Fargo wrought during his reign. There are two things in my history of playing games that I will never forget or forgive - one was KA and the other was Babylon5: Into The Fire...


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Jan 31, 2011, 23:45
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They made a bunch of games that didn't sell well, basically. Especially at the end of the '90s...... Some were pretty wacky and creative, but some were total garbage (ST New Worlds!!!).
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Re: The Rise and Fall of Interplay
Jan 31, 2011, 21:39
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I miss old Interplay.
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Jan 31, 2011, 18:41
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Love Matt Chat, he does great work.
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 Rigs
 
Two words: Klingon Academy

Someone needs to snipe that arrogant son of a bitch...


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Jan 31, 2011, 14:39
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Yea, I'm going to check this out.
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Matt Chat is very good.

That is all
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