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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

[ Game -> Interview ] - More info on Person: Emil Pagliarulo | More info on Person: Gavin Carter | More info on Game: Fallout 3

Eurogamer has posted a very nice interview with Fallout 3 Lead Designer Emil Pagliarulo and Lead Producer Gavin Carter. Highlights:

On moral ambiguity:

Eurogamer: What about the moral dimension of Looking Glass games? Does that permeate into the Fallout development?

Emil Pagliarulo: It does. One of the mantras of the Thief games is a big grey area. Garrett is the ultimate anti-hero. That's really important you know. If you want to play like that, we want to support that. As Todd [Howard, executive producer] mentioned, we originally started supporting good, and supporting evil, and we realised how important neutral was, and how viable of a gameplay path it is, and how many great games like the original Thief supported that. That's really important to me.

On differences with Oblivion:

Gavin Carter: I feel like when people see it's first-person they're going to say, "Oh, there's Oblivion. It's Oblivion with guns." But honestly there's not a single thing we didn't look at and think, how are we going to do this for Fallout? We stripped out our entire character system. It's all Fallout now, with specials and experience, it's not skill based. The whole questing system is Fallout. There are different paths to all the quests, you can lock yourself out of quests. It's not like Oblivion where you can say, "I've just started in the Fighter's Guild, but I'm the Grey Fox." There's nothing in the game that we haven't looked at as its own thing.

On the setting:

Emil Pagliarulo: It's funny. Setting it in DC - it meant we knew what we needed to do. Originally we had it set on the West coast, but it just didn't work. Eventually I said, "Write what you know." So we have a location that doesn't appear all over the place in videogames. It's such a great place for a game. As for the story, I really like stories that are character-based, so how do those characters change throughout the game? So take the relationship with "my" father. He's my moral compass, a good guy, a noble character, so if I'm an evil bastard how does he react to me? If I blow up a town, what does he think?

On gameplay flexibility:

Gavin Carter: There's a lot more handling! We spend a lot of time talking about, "What if the player doesn't go where we want them? What if they stumble on this spot that we wanted for the end-game?" We have to handle that. We don't want to just lock them out and say, "You have to go down this path, that's the only way." We have to handle everything the player's going to do. We're experienced with that because we do it in Oblivion. But it doesn't have quite the same - well, it doesn't affect the game in the same way. A lot of our time has been spent planning for every single contingency that could possibly happen.

On people like Jack Thompson:

Gavin Carter: It's something I don't really worry about that much. It's probably going to be a Mature game, I don't see how it could possibly not be. It's not something where we're saying, "Let's go through the requirements for Mature and make sure we check all these boxes." It's nothing that we worry about. There is something we worry about regarding kids [The game features children, and it features guns, and it lets you make your choices. Whether they let you kill children is a decision they haven't made], and we could run into all sorts of problems there. It's something we need to think about, and find out, what's a good balance respecting what the game's about, and respecting the reality of the world today.

Read the whole thing here.

PS. Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days. I was on a mini vacation in NYC.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:36 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Don't skip the juicy bits!

Quote:


Eurogamer: With a background developing the Elder Scrolls games, but taking on an Interplay title, which legacy do you think Fallout 3 follows?

Emil Pagliarulo: Me personally, I really feel like we're making a game in the legacy of the Fallout games. It's so different than working with the Elder Scrolls stuff. It's first-person, and that's it. Actually it's interesting for me - it harkens back for me to some of the most enjoyable first-person games I've ever played, the Terminator games Bethesda made. Fallout 3 is Bethesda's triumphant return to gunplay games, after swords and sorcery for so long. For me it's about bringing back /that/ legacy.

Gavin Carter: I feel like when people see it's first-person they're going to say, "Oh, there's Oblivion. It's Oblivion with guns." But honestly there's not a single thing we didn't look at and think, how are we going to do this for Fallout? We stripped out our entire character system. It's all Fallout now, with specials and experience, it's not skill based. The whole questing system is Fallout. There are different paths to all the quests, you can lock yourself out of quests. It's not like Oblivion where you can say, "I've just started in the Fighter's Guild, but I'm the Grey Fox." There's nothing in the game that we haven't looked at as its own thing.

Eurogamer: Do you feel like you owe Interplay anything?

Emil Pagliarulo: You can't. You can't proceed feeling that way. It's like, you also can't proceed feeling like you owe the fans of Fallout anything, you can't feel bad that you're not making a turn-based isometric game. When I first started I think did feel like that, and there was a period of coming to terms with it, and just saying, "I'm going to make the best game I can make, it is what it is, and we have the skills to make an excellent game, so that's what we're going to do."

Gavin Carter: Each of the older games had a different team on it. Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 had many different people working on them. We have a great deal of respect for those guys, but what we don't want to do is open up our entire design to someone outside the company who doesn't really get the culture here. For better or worse it's been ten years since the last game came out. We're very strict on authorial control. We don't want to bring someone in from outside and then only implement their ideas in a half-assed way. We have a vision for the game and we're taking it all the way through.


And don't forget the Washington Post, unless you want to, y'know, not offend Bethesda's sensibilities or something
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

[quote="Brother None"]Don't skip the juicy bits!

Quote:


Eurogamer: With a background developing the Elder Scrolls games, but taking on an Interplay title, which legacy do you think Fallout 3 follows?

Emil Pagliarulo:it harkens back for me to some of the most enjoyable first-person games I've ever played, the Terminator games Bethesda made. For me it's about bringing back /that/ legacy.



Fan fucking tastic.

Emil has just proven himself to be a fucking moron, but then he DOES work at bethesda.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:53 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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But honestly there's not a single thing we didn't look at and think, how are we going to do this for Fallout?


Except the view point, that they didn't look at and go "How can we make this fallout."
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Read what the man wrote

Emil:

the most enjoyable first-person games I've ever played, the Terminator games Bethesda made. For me it's about bringing back /that/ legacy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

That reminds me, when did they have Terminator games? I honestly do not remember them having Terminator games.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Were they they ghey robocop Vs Terminator games on SNES ?

I remember renting those once, Ugggh.

After the first level or so as robocop, it got VERY repetetive (Like many old sidescroll shooters)
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:23 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

PsychoSniper2 wrote:
Read what the man wrote

Emil:

the most enjoyable first-person games I've ever played, the Terminator games Bethesda made. For me it's about bringing back /that/ legacy.

now that's some quality whoring.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:25 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Indeed


Fallorc3: Vault Dweller Vs Terminator ?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

BethOut ||o/ : Supermutant Shocker




(||o/ that 3 isn't giving you a hi-five. he's giving you a pinky in the ass).
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Quote:
On gameplay flexibility:

Gavin Carter: There's a lot more handling! We spend a lot of time talking about, "What if the player doesn't go where we want them? What if they stumble on this spot that we wanted for the end-game?" We have to handle that. We don't want to just lock them out and say, "You have to go down this path, that's the only way." We have to handle everything the player's going to do. We're experienced with that because we do it in Oblivion. But it doesn't have quite the same - well, it doesn't affect the game in the same way. A lot of our time has been spent planning for every single contingency that could possibly happen.


They just add a handy dandy quest compass so the average console fanboi wont bother going elsewere.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Wolfman Walt wrote:
That reminds me, when did they have Terminator games? I honestly do not remember them having Terminator games.


They did four. 2029, Rampage, Future Shock and Skynet. In 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996, respectively. Future Shock was probably the most successful and, surprise surprise, the first game Todd Howard worked on in his gaming career, as producer and doing additional design. You always know what kind of guy you have when his first job is producing, not designing.

Future Shock also had great innovations, like this: "The game requires you to look that the compass in the interface, to make sure you are going the right way." aiee



Revolution!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:23 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Yeah, Todd isnt exactly the best at anything.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

PsychoSniper2 wrote:
Yeah, Todd isnt exactly the best at anything.

I disagree. I think we should sign Todd up for a Roadhouse-Recreation-Society. Then people of average height or above can walk up to him and say "I thought you'd be bigger"

we can do this once every year to celebrate the theatrical release of that Patrick Swayze classic maybe even recreate some of the gun battles. icon_dance
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:53 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Can we send em to the hospital like Swayze in roadhouse (but for a longer stay) ?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Doesn't Swayze come back to cut off the dude's balls or something?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:22 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Well, yeah, but Todd doesnt have a script writer for his real life.

And I imagine most of us would have some kinda shank or blackjack.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Brother None wrote:
And don't forget the Washington Post, unless you want to, y'know, not offend Bethesda's sensibilities or something


Still nobody posting on this?

Are you guys extremely lazy or in Bethesda's pocket? icon_confused2 Even RPGWatch and Gamebanshee and Blue's News beat you to it, by now.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

icon_chew Washington Post is the last tool of communist infiltrators in the US. We won't parrot the lies they speak about marketing. icon_chew
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Brother None wrote:
Are you guys extremely lazy or in Bethesda's pocket? icon_confused2


We are lazy in their money filled pockets, using it as a bed.
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