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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 16, 2015, 14:07
Verno
 
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 16, 2015, 14:07
Feb 16, 2015, 14:07
 Verno
 
He's too emotionally involved for asking Peter questions that make him uncomfortable?

Have you guys ever watched an actual interview with Peter Molyneux? He is a snake charmer with words. You have to use pretty clear and definitive questions/language to pin him down. This was pretty much necessary to getting any actual answers for fans who have been burned and even then you'll notice every time he takes responsibility for something its with a caveat.

I have a hard time reading the audio transcript and seeing where Walker was letting bias or personal feelings influence him. Pretty much everything was related to things Peter has done or said publicly. What's the problem here? I don't like RPS but they got this one right.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 15, 2015, 18:38
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 15, 2015, 18:38
Feb 15, 2015, 18:38
 
Prez wrote on Feb 14, 2015, 09:42:
This interview really bothers me, and not because of the tone Walker took with Molyneux. It bothers me because if we replaced Molyneux with an unknown we could still unequivocally say that the person being interviewed is not with EA or Ubisoft, or any other publisher that has done some really shitty things to paying customers but has gaming "journalists" in their bed. Walker would never DARE to talk to someone with an actual publisher who could withhold review copies, special previews, and interviews from RPS for not playing softball like they are supposed to. It would mean no more 3 day vacations to publisher's swanky office parties under the guise of getting a scoop on a game!

It's a good point. Regardless of who is at the other end, I think the interviewer has poor skills, and is too emotionally involved.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 14, 2015, 09:42
Prez
 
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 14, 2015, 09:42
Feb 14, 2015, 09:42
 Prez
 
This interview really bothers me, and not because of the tone Walker took with Molyneux. It bothers me because if we replaced Molyneux with an unknown we could still unequivocally say that the person being interviewed is not with EA or Ubisoft, or any other publisher that has done some really shitty things to paying customers but has gaming "journalists" in their bed. Walker would never DARE to talk to someone with an actual publisher who could withhold review copies, special previews, and interviews from RPS for not playing softball like they are supposed to. It would mean no more 3 day vacations to publisher's swanky office parties under the guise of getting a scoop on a game!
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 22:28
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 22:28
Feb 13, 2015, 22:28
 
Necrophob wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 21:52:
the interviewer probably wouldn't have been so unprofessional hard hitting with someone with actual power in the industry.

It is sad to think that this kind of interview might not have happened had Peter been backed by EA or Activision.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 21:52
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 21:52
Feb 13, 2015, 21:52
 
Jivaro wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 21:25:
Necrophob wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 17:05:
It feels like low hanging fruit to me. The "journalist" found some one he can whip on for clicks, and no fear of reprisal. It's not like RockPaperShotgun is worried about never having early access to 22Can games. If this was Bobby Kotick (who deserves a talking to, imo), I'm sure it would have been much more polite.

fair enough...I am no Kotick fan but what has Bobby lied about? He has made lots of decisions that fans of his company's games didn't appreciate but he hasn't lied to customers or shareholders to my knowledge. Not running your company the way some folks think you should is far less offensive than straight up lieing to the people who give you money. This interview doesn't feel like low hanging fruit to me at all. It was exactly what was needed. At any time Peter could have walked out of that room and he didn't. He knows he has dug himself into a hole and he was hoping to talk himself out of it because talking is what he is good at. John didn't let him do that when many so-called journalists would have.

"The goal that I had in bringing a lot of the packaged goods folks into Activision about 10 years ago was to take all the fun out of making video games." - Bobby Kotick

Say what you will about Peter Molyneux, but at least he's designed some truly original games in his career. Kotick (while admittedly making video games very profitable) has probably set innovation in gaming back more than most. Anyways, I'm not trying to redirect anything to Kotick, so much as pointing out that the interviewer probably wouldn't have been so unprofessional with someone with actual power in the industry.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 21:25
Jivaro
 
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 21:25
Feb 13, 2015, 21:25
 Jivaro
 
Necrophob wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 17:05:
It feels like low hanging fruit to me. The "journalist" found some one he can whip on for clicks, and no fear of reprisal. It's not like RockPaperShotgun is worried about never having early access to 22Can games. If this was Bobby Kotick (who deserves a talking to, imo), I'm sure it would have been much more polite.

fair enough...I am no Kotick fan but what has Bobby lied about? He has made lots of decisions that fans of his company's games didn't appreciate but he hasn't lied to customers or shareholders to my knowledge. Not running your company the way some folks think you should is far less offensive than straight up lieing to the people who give you money. This interview doesn't feel like low hanging fruit to me at all. It was exactly what was needed. At any time Peter could have walked out of that room and he didn't. He knows he has dug himself into a hole and he was hoping to talk himself out of it because talking is what he is good at. John didn't let him do that when many so-called journalists would have.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 19:58
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 19:58
Feb 13, 2015, 19:58
 
ASeven wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 16:57:
This is the interview Peter deserved, to be honest, someone to call him on all his bullshit.

I agree, there is just a point you have to call him out on this. I was impressed at the details and on the point questions/remarks of the interviewer. Pete could have got up and walked out at any time, I'll give him 1 ounce of credit for facing it.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 19:23
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 19:23
Feb 13, 2015, 19:23
 
I liked this quote:
"There have been many many times, many times in my career where I said things I shouldn't have said about acorns and oak trees and dogs and god knows what else. But I promise you John, I only said them because at that time I truly believed them."

He is self aware. He knows the reputation he has. I think it's important that the press calls him on these things, and I'm glad that he takes the time to respond to them. I don't really see anything wrong with this interview from the interviewer or interviewee.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 18:52
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 18:52
Feb 13, 2015, 18:52
 
ASeven wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 18:44:
Would love to see this kind of interview with Randy Pitchford and Tim Schaffer. That would be quite a read.

Holy shit, yes. Somebody get John Walker on the phone.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 18:46
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 18:46
Feb 13, 2015, 18:46
 
Necrophob wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 16:28:
I feel bad for Polyneux in that interview. The interviewer comes off as a bit of a dick, and has to be told to calm down.

you feel bad for the guy because someone talked to him in a certain tone?

pretty sad, fella
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 18:44
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 18:44
Feb 13, 2015, 18:44
 
Would love to see this kind of interview with Randy Pitchford and Tim Schaffer. That would be quite a read.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 17:45
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 17:45
Feb 13, 2015, 17:45
 
A dick? He asked tough questions that no other journalists would. The gaming industry interview process is essentially softball marketing, nothing ever comes of it. Interviews like this are exactly what is needed for the press to regain some credibility. He caught Peter in numerous lies and I don't really care if they became heated in the process, I would rather that than another round of 'so when did you decide you liked making videogames derpderpderpderp'. When you go too neutral Peter is just vague as hell, he had to be cornered here.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 17:26
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 17:26
Feb 13, 2015, 17:26
 
Necrophob wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 16:28:
I feel bad for Polyneux in that interview. The interviewer comes off as a bit of a dick, and has to be told to calm down. Does he think this is Frost/Nixon? It's a video game interview!

Frost was much more polite to Nixon. This guy comes off as a douche, and there's no need. If you just ask questions neutrally, Molyneux will sink himself. He can't help it.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 17:05
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 17:05
Feb 13, 2015, 17:05
 
ASeven wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 16:57:
This is the interview Peter deserved, to be honest, someone to call him on all his bullshit.

However I wonder if this interview would be as aggressive as it was if Peter was under the umbrella of a publisher, or if the interview would happen at all.

Still a great interview and Peter has nobody to blame but himself. This was his last chance to prove that, with Godus, he still had something from his past days and do a great game, instead the game devolved into the usual bullshit all projects that have Peter involved devolve to. A shame, the Peter Moulyneux that made Populous, Powermonger, Syndicate and Magic Carpet is really long dead and gone and won't be coming back.

It feels like low hanging fruit to me. The "journalist" found some one he can whip on for clicks, and no fear of reprisal. It's not like RockPaperShotgun is worried about never having early access to 22Can games. If this was Bobby Kotick (who deserves a talking to, imo), I'm sure it would have been much more polite.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 17:04
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 17:04
Feb 13, 2015, 17:04
 
Necrophob wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 16:28:
I feel bad for Polyneux in that interview. The interviewer comes off as a bit of a dick, and has to be told to calm down. Does he think this is Frost/Nixon? It's a video game interview!

This is a pathological liar who has been bullshitting people for almost 20 years, he absolutely deserved every bit of scorn he got in that interview. Video games being an entertainment product doesn't change the fact that he is screwing with peoples money here and they are pissed.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 16:57
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 16:57
Feb 13, 2015, 16:57
 
This is the interview Peter deserved, to be honest, someone to call him on all his bullshit.

However I wonder if this interview would be as aggressive as it was if Peter was under the umbrella of a publisher, or if the interview would happen at all.

Still a great interview and Peter has nobody to blame but himself. This was his last chance to prove that, with Godus, he still had something from his past days and do a great game, instead the game devolved into the usual bullshit all projects that have Peter involved devolve to. A shame, the Peter Moulyneux that made Populous, Powermonger, Syndicate and Magic Carpet is really long dead and gone and won't be coming back.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 16:28
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 16:28
Feb 13, 2015, 16:28
 
I feel bad for Polyneux in that interview. The interviewer comes off as a bit of a dick, and has to be told to calm down. Does he think this is Frost/Nixon? It's a video game interview!
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 15:27
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 15:27
Feb 13, 2015, 15:27
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 11:14:
RPS: Yes, but you know that. You’ve been working in the industry for over thirty years, you know how much money it costs to make a game and you put a specific amount–

Peter Molyneux: No, I don’t, I disagree John. I have no idea how much money it costs to make a game and anyone that tells you how much it’s going to cost to make a game which is completely a new experience is a fool or a genius.

RPS: But you have to have enough experience to know the basics of budgeting a videogame, you’ve been doing it for thirty years!

Peter Molyneux: No, I disagree. See this is where you’re wrong....

Popcorn

Being in the industry for 30 years has some merit, but for completely new experiences I agree with him. Sometimes things that sound great on paper just don't work out in practice and that's when contingency comes in. Production and schedules sure, the 30 years comes in handy, but the creative part can be a right pita sometimes.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 15:08
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 15:08
Feb 13, 2015, 15:08
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 12:57:
I won't blame him as much as you guys for not being able to make a proper budget. That's not his skill, and it's incredibly hard to budget art (which is something I keep saying about these Kickstarters.)

But the thing is he should know this. He should be able to compensate for that better than all the new game devs.

That whole interview was so painful I could barely even skim it. I don't think he really understands what he's done. Repeatedly. I don't think he's a bad guy. I think he's incredibly lacking in self awareness.

Godus' art style, by the way, is amazing. A shame the game will never match it.

Agree with all of this.
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Re: Morning Interviews
Feb 13, 2015, 15:07
Cutter
 
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Re: Morning Interviews Feb 13, 2015, 15:07
Feb 13, 2015, 15:07
 Cutter
 
He is the boy who cried wolf - repeatedly for the last 30 years. Everyone is sick of your bullshit. I hope you get sued and lose everything you piece of shit. If we never hear from you again it'll be too soon.

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