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King of Creation
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 6:03 am Reply with quoteBack to top

[ Person -> Interview ] - More info on Person: Josh Sawyer

Despite the fact that you are all a bunch of raving lunatics, Josh Sawyer still listens to some of the things you have to say.

What's it like working in a field where everything you put out is scrutinized by online fan groups, many of whom will trash or ooze about the game despite its faults?

You either get used to it or you don't. Some developers never get used to it and basically shut out/write off fan feedback entirely.

Throughout my career, I have felt that it is incredibly important to read and (when possible) respond to fan feedback. It helps professionally ground you and it forces you to defend your ideas to the enduser.

The challenge I sometimes face is getting past my initial aggravation at a person's tone to ask what their underlying concern is. But if I can do that, I usually find that they are reasonable -- even if I don't think I can make them happy.

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What's it like working in a field where everything you put out is scrutinized by online fan groups, many of whom will trash or ooze about the game despite its faults?

You either get used to it or you don't. Some developers never get used to it and basically shut out/write off fan feedback entirely.

Throughout my career, I have felt that it is incredibly important to read and (when possible) respond to fan feedback. It helps professionally ground you and it forces you to defend your ideas to the enduser.

The challenge I sometimes face is getting past my initial aggravation at a person's tone to ask what their underlying concern is. But if I can do that, I usually find that they are reasonable -- even if I don't think I can make them happy.

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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 7:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

This legit? If so, dude's putting it out there. Impressive words to learn from.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 8:12 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I would LOVE to have a private sitdown with a few of our dear friends at Obsidian and a select few of us DACKers.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 8:36 am Reply with quoteBack to top

It would be nice, but it'd never happen.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 9:22 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Sekreht Fallout Devs hiding on DACK.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 11:50 am Reply with quoteBack to top

JE Sawyer = Jim the Dinosaur
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 12:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I said SEKREHT
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 12:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Throughout my career, I have felt that it is incredibly important to read and (when possible) respond to fan feedback. It helps professionally ground you and it forces you to defend your ideas to the enduser.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 4:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

jetbaby wrote:
I would LOVE to have a private sitdown with a few of our dear friends at Obsidian and a select few of us DACKers.


It'd be eye-opening. Not sure if it'd be the love fest you seem to suggest.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 4:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

to be fair, i've had some decent interactions with him at the Obs. boards...and for all my hyperbolic rhetoric, he always stayed pretty calm (albeit a bit defensively smug sometimes) but i do genuinely think the dude is likable and besides, we're both Appleton,WI expatriates. represent!
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 4:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Fair enough. I just wonder if it's easy to be level-headed when working in an asylum icon_crazy :sardonic: icon_chick
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 6:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

VasikkA wrote:
JE Sawyer = Jim the Dinosaur

Really?
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King of Creation
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 6:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

SenisterDenister wrote:
VasikkA wrote:
JE Sawyer = Jim the Dinosaur

Really?


No. JtD is really Bforp.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 6:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

King of Creation wrote:
No. JtD is really Bforp.

wtf are you talking about, i saw the movie and clearly jim is not bforp :confused:
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 9:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I thought JtD was played by Harvey Kietel?
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 11:24 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

inomel wrote:
jetbaby wrote:
I would LOVE to have a private sitdown with a few of our dear friends at Obsidian and a select few of us DACKers.


It'd be eye-opening. Not sure if it'd be the love fest you seem to suggest.


I don't know that I suggested a lovefest. I just think it would be good.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 5:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I always thought JE sawyer was a fat dude, perhaps I'm thinking of that lead designer at Bethesda who was pretty fat. Either way it affects my mental image of him raging whenever he gets made fun of.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 5:36 am Reply with quoteBack to top

the fat dude was Emil.
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