Your game industry in your words: Week of May 11, 2012
[Gamasutra highlights choice quotes from game industry figures such as Epic Games' Mark Rein, Loot Drop's Brenda Brathwaite, Leisure Suit Larry's Al Lowe, and many others.]
In our original and exclusive interviews, analysis, and feature pieces over the past week, a wide variety of developers, publishers, and indies shared their thoughts on the danger of open platforms, old-school episodic content, and making games like storybooks.
This Week's Noteworthy Game Industry Quotes
"A lot of games these days feel to me like 500 page novels"
- The Unfinished Swan's creative director Ian Dallas on making games more like storybooks
"The only way to learn game design is not beating the hell out of a game in test, the only way to learn game design is to make a lot of bad games yourself."
- Loot Drop's Brenda Brathwaite
"Simplicity does not exclude depth, as a strong combination of simple rules can make for incredibly deep gameplay."
- Vlambeer's Rami Ismail and Jan Willem Nijman (Gun Godz, Super Crate Box)
"That's information we're not addressing at this time."
- Playdom's Chris Hinton echoing many other developers who've declined to comment on the performance of their Google+ games
"Making sure your intellectual property ('IP') paperwork is complete will help prevent needless ownership challenges"
- Attorney Jovan Johnson emphasizing the importance of owning the work in your game
"We kind of invented episodic content, although we put it in separate boxes."
- Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe
"If you look at the most open platform today -- that's Android -- Android is anarchy. ... We do not want open as in Android -- that would be a disaster for the business.""
- Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney
"For me, that's a lot of the appeal of especially the classic text adventures: the process of realizing you live in a world with a tremendous and unbounded number of verbs"
- Linden Lab creative director and interactive fiction maven Emily Short
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