Category Archives: Interviews

How The Gunstringer came to be

Apart from being a rather popular game, 2011’s The Gunstringer is notable for being the product of possibly the greatest game-development story I’ve heard yet. Here’s an excerpt from Justin McElroy’s version of the tale:

“I’m going to go to the restroom,” said Microsoft’s Cherie Lutz, “but when I get back I really want to hear this new idea.”

“Oh yeah, it’s awesome, can’t wait.”

Twisted Pixel chief creative officer Josh Bear had responded with abounding confidence, if only to mask the truth. Because the fact of the matter, the fact that he and CEO Mike Wilford were all too aware of, as they sat in Redmond, WA Tex-Mex restaurant The Matador, was this: The idea wasn’t “awesome.” It was nonexistent.

What followed was a rather epic tale of balls-to-the-wall, fly-by-wire, skin-of-teeth, extremely-hyphenated badassery, and one you should read. In case you missed the earlier link, click here to read Justin McElroy’s article over on Joystiq.

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/09/26/the-three-terrifying-minutes-that-created-the-gunstringer/

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Virtual reality? In Carmack we trust

The man, the legend.

If any man can help VR realize its potential, it’s technology legend John Carmack. Eurogamer’s Oli Welsh was lucky enough to meet the man himself, and he’s written about it over on GameTrailers.

Meet Troy Baker – you’ll be hearing a lot from him

Thierry Nguyen, over on Joystiq, has written this interesting article about Troy Baker, the up-and-coming name in the voice-acting industry. Hailed as the ‘new Nolan North’, Baker’s voice can be heard in games as diverse as Diablo 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Saints Row: The Third and Mass Effect 3; as well as the upcoming much-anticipated heavyweights BioShock: Infinite and The Last of Us. It’s a well-written look behind the scenes, and definitely worth a read.