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Age of Conan: Dev Profile: Ole Herbjørnsen

DanaDana Halifax, NSPosts: 2,415Member

The Lead Designer of Age of Conan talks about his job, how he got there and the progress of his anticipated MMOG project. Developer profiles are a weekly feature every Thursday on This is a special Saturday edition of the profiles.

image Can you remember your first video game? How often did you play, what other games had an influence on you?

Ole Herbjørnsen: As I mentioned above I started playing video games back in 1985 on the C64. I played lots of different games and off the top of my head I can remember: Bozo the Clown, Blue Max, Defender of the Crown, Wiz Ball, Hunt the Bismarck and Carrier Command.

Back in those days I would typically play 4-5 hours per day. A friend of mine had a C128 with a floppy disc, and we would play lots of different games either head-to-head or in coop (like Wiz Ball). Since the graphics back then were pretty primitive (and took a turn for the worse when I transitioned to the 80086 IBM XT with CGA-graphics!), I prefer deep and involving gameplay over fancy graphics. My favorite genres are probably strategy, role-playing games and simulator games.

The full profile is here.

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  • GungaDinGungaDin Posts: 514Member Uncommon

    Good stuff.   My first computer was the Commodore 64 also.   So......this guy wins some pts :) .  I'm looking forward to Age of Conan.   I've liked what i've seen so far.   Nice Q and A. 

  • GorukhaGorukha WarsawPosts: 1,441Member
     Atari > C 64

    It's better be hated for who you are, than loved for who you aren't.

  • RuwinRuwin Sault Ste Marie, ONPosts: 89Member


    I started with the commodore 64 then went to the 128 and then an Amiga 500 :)

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