Evening Q&As

  • Warren Spector & GTA
    Warren Spector clarifies GTA critique on GameSpot offers a lengthy follow-up from Warren Spector on the coverage of comments he recently made about Grand Theft Auto (story), and how they have been used by Jack Thompson in his anti-gaming crusade: "After I got your mail, I did some checking and found that the headlines associated with some of the stories about my GTA comments were far more inflammatory than anything I said. Happily, I also found several discussions on a variety of online forums that actually made me feel pretty good--gamers are having a pretty nuanced discussion of what I think is an interesting and important topic (i.e., what our content says about us as a medium)."
  • Lord British
    OGaming's Richard Garriott Q&A talks with the famed designer about Tabula Rasa, his upcoming MMORPG: "There are two main areas we think will breathe new life into this genre. The first is combining the pace and feel of a shooter with the mechanics and ease of play of a role-playing game. We are combining things like movement and cover affecting accuracy with character skills and attributes into what we think is a very new gameplay experience. The second is Dynamic Battlefields, where player actions have a tangible (albeit temporary) affect on the state of play. For instance, players might go on an instanced mission to deactivate a power station. This in turn will decrease the effectiveness of enemy base defenses in the persistent space making it easier to assault a base."
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    bit-tech.net's Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Q&A talks with Bethesda's Gavin Carter about the upcoming RPG sequel: "The forests and grass do animate differently in response to changing weather conditions. There are also ambient effects to increase your sense of immersion like leaves falling from trees, butterflies flying around, and birds chattering in the trees above you. No cloth physics unfortunately. We found they are a huge sink for processing time and we'd rather spend it in places that really make a difference to the gameplay like AI. Arrows will shoot through the air using physics; arcing based on force and gravity. Wind won't blow them off course however. I think that would really decrease the fun of archery, and you'd start wanting to clutter the UI with things like wind indicators."
  • Huxley
    The Huxley Q&A on Huxley-Nexus discusses Webzen's upcoming Unreal-engine MMORPG with Kijong Kang: "Vehicle usage will be very important in terms of strategy. And vehicle types are divided into three different categories: Assault, Transport and Support. Advanced vehicles might be more multi functional, but we are still investigating the most suitable and attractive form of those. We will be providing a lot more information about this to the public in the future."
  • Chronicles of Spellborn
    RPG Vault's The Chronicles of Spellborn Q&A Part 2 continues this conversation with Barry Hoffman and Corwynn Maelstrom about the upcoming MMORPG: "We do have magic incorporated in the game, and there will be three different classes that will specialize in it. But our classes aren't as restrictive as most MMOs; other classes (including the tanks) will have magic related skills if they chose to develop them. The types of magic will differ between classes as well, so that certain types of magic are utilized by different characters."
  • Heroes of Might & Magic V
    The Heroes of Might & Magic V Q&A on GameSpot discusses the Academy Faction from the upcoming sequel with Alexander Mishulin: "Unit generation happens weekly, as it produces an additional inside cycle in the game. Of course, some may say that visiting town every week in order to get new units is not convenient, but this provides for a better balance. Weekly generation better fits the whole concept of the series: traveling, adventures, and fights. This way, after a big army defeat, you will have to plan your actions, say, whether you should stick around to the closest city, gathering the resources and waiting for the next army to generate, or whether you should ride full speed to another town."
  • Myst
    A chat with the brains behind Myst (thanks Mike Martinez) is an article-format Q&A with Rand Miller about the culmination of the Myst series.
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In light of his comments
Nov 10, 2005, 01:28
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In light of his comments Nov 10, 2005, 01:28
Nov 10, 2005, 01:28
 
does anyone know what Spector is working on now?

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technical problems.
Nov 10, 2005, 02:54
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technical problems. Nov 10, 2005, 02:54
Nov 10, 2005, 02:54
 
Huxley-Nexus is currently undergoing some small server maintenance. However there are some slight problems. We should be back up soon though.

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Re: In light of his comments
Nov 10, 2005, 05:00
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Re: In light of his comments Nov 10, 2005, 05:00
Nov 10, 2005, 05:00
 
does anyone know what Spector is working on now?
From these articles I would say shooting off his mouth.

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Re: In light of his comments
Nov 10, 2005, 07:17
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Nov 10, 2005, 07:17
 
Yeah, God forbid a game developer should give his opinion about his own industry.

All we know he's working on is a game in a 'fantasy' setting. Before the Junction Point website reverted to a placeholder, it said this:

"Junction Point Studios, Inc., founded in November of 2004, is an independent developer of innovative console and PC games that focus on player-driven, improvisational gameplay in the context of strong, traditional narratives. The company's goal is to tell stories with players, not to them, allowing them to craft their own, unique experiences through in-game choices."

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Re: In light of his comments
Nov 10, 2005, 08:26
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Re: In light of his comments Nov 10, 2005, 08:26
Nov 10, 2005, 08:26
 
does anyone know what Spector is working on now?


From these articles I would say shooting off his mouth.


Looks like it. If his next project isn't some utterly original non-violent game he's going to look like quite the hypocrite.

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uhuh...
Nov 10, 2005, 08:59
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uhuh... Nov 10, 2005, 08:59
Nov 10, 2005, 08:59
 
this from the guy whos last games were:

Thief: Deadly Shadows (2004)
Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home (2003)
Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003)


Games about stealing, beating people up, and sucking, respectively. Not sure that you can take a step back from those either, Warren.


^m^

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Re: uhuh...
Nov 10, 2005, 09:20
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Re: uhuh... Nov 10, 2005, 09:20
Nov 10, 2005, 09:20
 
What did you do, look up his name on Moby Games with no idea what he actually contributed to those titles? Backyard Wrestling? Without even bothering to look at the credits, I'm guessing he's listed under 'Special Thanks' at most.

More importantly, did you know you can finish DX:IW without killing anyone? Or using a weapon at all? Spector's games have been pioneers of player choice, including the choice of whether or not to use violence. They might have violence in them, but to draw any sort of comparison to GTA's content is ludicrous.

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Nov 10, 2005, 09:48
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Nov 10, 2005, 09:48
 
would you like some cheese with that whine?

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HXN is up again
Nov 10, 2005, 10:01
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HXN is up again Nov 10, 2005, 10:01
Nov 10, 2005, 10:01
 
After a HD died during routine maintenance the downtime took a bit longer than expected. Huxley-Nexus is up again though. Hope you guys enjoy the interview.

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Re: HXN is up again
Nov 10, 2005, 10:20
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Re: HXN is up again Nov 10, 2005, 10:20
Nov 10, 2005, 10:20
 
I haven't even heard of this game. Looks interesting though. I'm looking forward to an open-beta.. so, erm, I can test it. Yeah, that's it.

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garsh...
Nov 10, 2005, 10:51
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garsh... Nov 10, 2005, 10:51
Nov 10, 2005, 10:51
 
damn, squirmer, did i hit a nerve?

Yes, I am completely aware of the "choose your own adventure" nature of DX:IW. Being a "Pioneer of Player Choice", however, does not a good game make. DX:IW and Thief might have been "good enough" for the XBox, but they weren't for the PC.

^m^

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Re: HXN is up again
Nov 10, 2005, 11:36
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Nov 10, 2005, 11:36
 
hehe you really should look into it. So far it looks like it'll become what Planetside should have been.

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Re: uhuh...
Nov 10, 2005, 12:03
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Re: uhuh... Nov 10, 2005, 12:03
Nov 10, 2005, 12:03
 
More importantly, did you know you can finish DX:IW without killing anyone? Or using a weapon at all?

Yeah, well.

Have you ever actually tried to play the game that way?

I have, and it's inanely frustrating and not very fun. Heck, if anything, it teaches you that violence is a simpler and more efficient method of problem solving, not to mention more entertaining.

Plus, IW was more Harvey's work than Warren's. Deus Ex? I dunno about you, but I was one violent mofo from time to time during that game. So being an invisible, cybernetic killing machine with a laser sword is fine ... but being a street gangbanger is not?

While they might be miles apart artistically speaking, to declare Deus Ex's violence as "good" and GTA's violence as "bad" is more ludicrous than the comparison itself. Hell, in Thief I would systematically assassinate people and hide their bodies so that I could better investigate areas. What, that's OK in polite society these days?

If people are going to get all pious about violence, they should check the color of their walls. Might be more of a glassy substance than it seems.

In his clarification, at least, Warren backs off on the violence angle and strikes more of an opinion about outdated genres and motifs in general. That's a far easier pedestal to take these days, although there really isn't a need to single out GTA for it.

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Re: garsh...
Nov 10, 2005, 17:06
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Re: garsh... Nov 10, 2005, 17:06
Nov 10, 2005, 17:06
 
Yes, I am completely aware of the "choose your own adventure" nature of DX:IW. Being a "Pioneer of Player Choice", however, does not a good game make. DX:IW and Thief might have been "good enough" for the XBox, but they weren't for the PC.

Yeah, perhaps you should read my post again. I'm not making any judgements about how good or bad the games are. Try discussing the issue at hand instead of dismissing Spector's opinion because you don't like his games. The fact remains you can choose to play DX:IW without killing anyone, which is a world away from the violence-centric nature of GTA's gameplay.

Yeah, well.

Have you ever actually tried to play the game that way?

I have, and it's inanely frustrating and not very fun. Heck, if anything, it teaches you that violence is a simpler and more efficient method of problem solving, not to mention more entertaining.

Plus, IW was more Harvey's work than Warren's. Deus Ex? I dunno about you, but I was one violent mofo from time to time during that game. So being an invisible, cybernetic killing machine with a laser sword is fine ... but being a street gangbanger is not?


Yes I've played IW without killing anyone. That's how I know it's possible, obviously. And I completely disagree that it's not fun. I found it much more entertaining and exhilarating to play it stealthily because the combat mechanics are quite poor. I also played it by running through shooting everything and didn't have fun at all.

Next, no one is saying Deus Ex is a non-violent game. As I said in my earlier post, Spector's games feature violence, but they also offer the option not to use it. What I call ludicrous is the accusation that Spector is a hypocrite because apparently the content in his games is just as bad as GTA. That's simply and obviously rubbish.

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Re: uhuh...
Nov 10, 2005, 17:55
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Re: uhuh... Nov 10, 2005, 17:55
Nov 10, 2005, 17:55
 
Have you ever actually tried to play the game that way?

I have, and it's inanely frustrating and not very fun. Heck, if anything, it teaches you that violence is a simpler and more efficient method of problem solving, not to mention more entertaining.


Hmm, I find your ideas intriguing and will try them out in work tomorrow.

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