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Sorry guys but if you didn't know Richard Garriott was a bit of an eccentric loose cannon then... well now you know and as far as what he said being controversial.... it isn't really, few game designers these days are doing their job for the love of the medium itself, it isn't so much talent as desire to build something you can, for better or utter shit, call your own work. As far as his right to say these things... well... he's one of the founding fathers of gaming, he created a genre which today is still going strong and is being mixed into many other genres or birthing completely new offshoots of itself (MOBAs for example are at their basic level RPG games) ergo if anyone has the right to call anyone else a "sucky game designer" it's this guy or one of the few other founding fathers but Gariott is the only one... lets say ballsy enough to actually say it but I doubt it isn't a sentiment shared by most of the old guard game designers like Roberts, Alex Garden, Erik Yeo, Sid Meier, etc. These people built games because they loved games, some of em still do what they love and do it not for the money but for the medium and that, not talent, many may contradict me but talent is wasted on those who do not use it or even misuse it and even without talent someone can still create through trial and error good games, that makes a great game designer.
TL;DR version: Richard Gariott's right, most game designer suuuuck because most don't find ways to innovate even when forced to work in a set mould (example: in Deadspace 3 there were many times when I found myself wondering about something from within the game and had to alt tab to pull up a wiki and find out about it, it wouldn't have cost or impacted much to have a built in encyclopedia to the game or a lorehandbook or something just for people like me and it would've helped with immersion from my point of view or another example would be having alternate control schemes in most games, especially PC ports, which actually work). And by innovation I don't mean "wow" things, I mean things which improve your game experience in one way or another and may even just be flavour text with a personal touch like say a weird joke or something which just seems odd and makes you wonder.
Originally posted by Dampyre Originally posted by strangiato2112 The reason he is going to kickstarter is because innovation in the MMO market is dead projects tommorow's themepark games are gonna be influenced by indie projects that are succesful.
Because GW2 (no trinity, not heavily gearbased), TSW (modern setting, puzzle/mystery solving gameplay, skill wheel), and TERA (action oriented combat) are all standard games? people that think everything is still WoW clones are blind to whats going on around them. okay, TERA maybe be 'poor quality WoW with action combat", but the other two games are far, far from WoW clonish. And of course games like PS2, Defiance and EoN (if it releases0 that are crossgenre games.
There is plenty of innovation out there.
The real question is why is a millionaire who can spend 30 million to go to space asking for crowd funding?
yep GW2 is innovative and its why i play it, as far as the TSW goes pretty standard themepark, ya its a different setting that has not been done before but to me that is minor and has very little to do with actuall gameplay, how many games out there have we seen that are just WoW with a couple of tweaks...the majority of games in the industry you can't define a industry by a couple of titles. If you look at the console market there is way more innovation then the MMO industry , mostly because the games cost less , the creative people are not the problem its the financial side that has made so many clones out there.
hence why kickstarter is becoming so popular, becauase there are tons of gamers like myself who are sick of the same old themepark games with one or two minor tweaks. Yes we are starting to see 'some' inovation in the MMO industry but its very little and only because the last couple of big budget wow copies fell flat on their face, but for years it was the only thing being made and its still the majority. Besides when a game starts with a subscription model and quickly moves to F2P its because the game flopped.
TSW isnt 'WoW with tweaks' or 'standard themepark'. Its class/skill structure is very different and the nature of the quests is quite different too. If TSW didnt have terrible combat it would be much more highly regarded. Is it a themepark? Sure. is it a copy/paste of WoW with feature tweaks like, LOTRO(somewhat), SWTOR and Rift? Not at all. The best indicator of that is can you honestly answer yes to this question? Did The Secret World play it safe and make a familiar game?. thats what SWTOR and Rift certainly did.
And I would argue that kickstarters popularity is to prey on people who think like you. In the case of a game like The Repopulation which is mostly funded normally, kickstarter is fine. When you have successes like Mark Jacobs and people that build multimillion dollar homes of ridiculousness like Garriot asking for kickstarter donations things have taken a turn towards the dark side.
Originally posted by birdycephon I dunno, it seems like the guy is living in "the good ol' days". His new game concept looks so 90's. I hope things work out for him, but I doubt I will find his game appealing.
Before we judge him too harshly, I I think we need to take in to the perspective which point of view he is coming from.
The 90's was the golden age of RPGs. Almost all the most famous computer games RPG franchise was started in that era (Ultima, the golden boxes AD&D, Might & Magic, Wizardry, Fallout, etc the list is too long to go on). Back then because technology was limited, gameplay has to be good - and they WERE indeed really good.
If you compare Baldur's Gate or Ultima 7 for example the level of details and the freedom to manipulate things in the world in those RPG still beats the hell out of modern day RPGs like Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
It wasn't because developers was smarter - it was just a result of more effort spent on gameplay instead of fluffs.
Originally posted by MumboJumbo If he says this after SotA releases to 10/10 reviews, then I might lend him an ear.
He'll have to do another kickstarter to buy all those reviews (in this day and age 10/10 from major reviewers is never legit).
So long as failure is handled correctly, it is a building block for greater success and is a primary source of gaining experience in your chosen profession.
I think we are not doing ourselves any favors by labelling developers as failures just because they have failed games under thier belt. If anything, it should be viewed as a rite of passage.
If the dev team for SWTOR could go back and redo thier game with the knowledge they currently have, I would bet it would be a far greater game.
No if someone continually screws up, that is a different story.
i doubt he would have gone shooting off his mouth if his kickstarter didnt already reach its goal
Kickstarter: Stuff I'm supporting
Originally posted by aRtFuLThinG Originally posted by birdycephon I dunno, it seems like the guy is living in "the good ol' days". His new game concept looks so 90's. I hope things work out for him, but I doubt I will find his game appealing.
Maybe it's easier to creat great game play since the techology is so limited.
The way I look is the guy really never make anything comtemporary. I mean it's good the guy can creat those 2d or 3d sidescrolling whatever game. But really when the only time he tried to creat a somewhat modern game he failed.
And he can talk any kind of trash he want. Not like he can get any kind of funding from his previous track record. And ya I know NCsoft is being a crap in that situation too, but I'm not sure that I sympathy what happened to him.
Originally posted by Nadiai doubt he would have gone shooting off his mouth if his kickstarter didnt already reach its goal http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/03/19/shroud-of-the-avatar-tops-1-million-in-funding-adds-stretch-go/
Originally posted by strangiato2112 Originally posted by Nadia i doubt he would have gone shooting off his mouth if his kickstarter didnt already reach its goal http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/03/19/shroud-of-the-avatar-tops-1-million-in-funding-adds-stretch-go/
Actually it's the foundation budget for Grande Britannia, a self-sustained space station/death star (sorry I just had to XD).
Originally posted by strangiato2112 suckers funding Britannia Manor MK III
And every time we need another month of utility bills...
Topic Grenade! W00t, free publicity!
Looking like a megalomaniac? No worries, I'll have plenty of apologists. Crank the money press again.
Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow.
Step in the arena and break the wall down
Originally posted by laokoko Originally posted by aRtFuLThinG Originally posted by birdycephon I dunno, it seems like the guy is living in "the good ol' days". His new game concept looks so 90's. I hope things work out for him, but I doubt I will find his game appealing.
Laokoko makes a great point that I want to emphasize.
Making a masterpiece with a box of 4 crayons by yourself is difficult but not impossible. (Lord British then)
Making a masterpiece with a box of 4 million crayons along with 300 other people is much more difficult and nearly impossible (Dev teams of today)
"Small minds talk about people, average minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas."
Originally posted by Ramonski7 Originally posted by laokoko Originally posted by aRtFuLThinG Originally posted by birdycephon I dunno, it seems like the guy is living in "the good ol' days". His new game concept looks so 90's. I hope things work out for him, but I doubt I will find his game appealing.
Originally posted by aRtFuLThinG Maybe true, but if it was so we also have seen many instances where it was done properly (for example Neverwinter Nights, Dungeon Siege, Fallout New Vegas, Skyrim, etc). To me it seems more like because of the possible complexity the game developers choose instead the route of not letting players interact more with the world in today's RPG in an attempt to avoid effort - because developing something like Fallout NV an Skyrim where you can interact with so many things I'm sure must have been a lot of effort and in fact brainstorming involved. Something like Mass Effect however seems a lot simpler and just worry about story (instead of worrying about designing the world behind it).
There are definitely some lazy developers out there (quite a few actually), but I think many people (garriott included) tend to assume it's always the 'designer's fault'. The sad truth is, the power of the designer in most cases is somewhat limited. The good ones fight to maintain their vision, while battling against budget constraints.
With how expensive most games are now, the business side of things often dictates what gets released. Most designers can attest to situations where they desperately wanted to design a game a certain way, but couldn't due to funancial constraints. Furthermore some publishers are more heavy handed than others. Just look at what happened to the latest Sim City. The game was originally designed for offline play, and then EA turns around and forces them to change it for always on DRM.
There's too much going on in games to come out and basically condemn the entire industry as 'bad'. There's some really good indie devs out there, and there are some really good commercial devs out there as well. Sure, there are a ton of degree-made designers who suck, but most of them aren't directing projects. They're designing parts of the whole, not dictating the end result. That's just the way things work in large industries / projects. You have the creme of the crop who are making the really impressive stuff, you have a bunch of people who are good, but not great; and you have the people who buy their way in w/ a degree because they like games, and either learn how to be better or suck.
Originally posted by AeolynJust wondering, how many of you have actually read the whole article this thread refers to? "Im not saying that because I think Im so brilliant. What Im saying is, I think most game designers really just suck, and I think theres a reason why.
honestly ... most ppl on this forum are already of that opinion ... he's one of the last people I would care to hear from on the subject, especially as he is saying it in large part to get hits for his kickstarter.
LFD tools are great for cramming people into content, but quality > quantity.I am, usually on the sandbox .. more "hardcore" side of things, but I also do just want to have fun. So lighten up already
Originally posted by azmundaiOriginally posted by AeolynJust wondering, how many of you have actually read the whole article this thread refers to? "Im not saying that because I think Im so brilliant. What Im saying is, I think most game designers really just suck, and I think theres a reason why.
Originally posted by DamonVile Well he's not really wrong....he just should include himself in that list. you never really know if some of these people are just bad or if they just don't have the budget to see it through.