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Enjoy J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell talking together at DICE 2013

13 Feb

We’ve already told you about J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell to collaborate on new games and/or movies here. But you probably want to watch the entire video from that little (20 minutes) talk between the two at D.I.C.E. 2013. So here it is

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Lollipop Chainsaw MUST have been made

8 Feb

warren spector lollipop chainsaw

We’re sure by now everyone following videogame’s news already know the in-famous speech made by Warren Spector at D.I.C.E., as we’re sure most of you, reading this blog, is frustrated about what the well respected game designer said.

Well, we are frustrated too and we can’t just shut up and let it go!

Before to start complaining, a short reminder on what happened for the those living in an another world.

During the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) summit in Las Vegas, famous game designer Warren Spector talked how, now that he’s 50 years old, he changed his mind about what he likes and what he would like to see in video games. 
Nothing bad until…

“My interests in content have changed dramatically and I suspect this is true for many of you. There are some games the should just not be made.”, 

talking about Suda51 and Grasshopper’s LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW, going on with “I want content that is relevant to my life, that is relevant to me, that is set in the real world…”

If you want to read more take a look to Kotaku‘s article here, but that’s enough to make you understand why we are so upset and disappointed that someone into the game industry, specifically a game designer, could think we need more “reality” in video games. 
No Mr. Spector, we DON’T need it. We don’t need the real world in our games.
 If we wanted something like that we just have turned on the TV and and watched the news, peraphs opened the door and took a walk.

Video games are a form of entertainment and ART that make all us DREAM. Why are you still here playing games at your age? Why, Mr. Spector, did you start work in the industry? Because we’re sure even you, as everyone, remember how cool it was to be someone else for few hours when you were a kid: an Italian plumber with mustache who wanted to save his princess, a blue hedgehog who could run at the speed of light, a boy dressed in green with an annoying fairy as companion.

We want to see the world burn, we want to see zombie apocalypses, aliens invasions and damn, YES, we want to fight them not with boring grey normal weapons but with a heart shaped chainsaws, rainbows and dancing cheerleaders!


The lack of ideas and fantasy is killing video games, we had enough Call of Duty look alike stuff in this new generation.
 If this is not relevant to your life, Mr. Spector, than maybe is time to ask yourself what your job is about. 

Keep in mind this is just our opinion, maybe a nostalgic vision of an industry that is radically changed during the years to adapt at the majority of people (see: casual gamers), but such a speech coming from someone inside the industry is quite sad and disappointing.

Let’s hope is just a 50 years old man having a break down. And let us know what you think!

When universes collide: J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell to collaborate

8 Feb

jj abrams gabe newell

Yup, it’s not an hoax. Two of the worst psychopaths (read it in a good way) out there are teaming up. Indeed Bad Robots, J.J. Abrams‘ production company, and Valve, Gabe Newell‘s software house, are planning to collaborate on a new game and probably also on Half Life and/or Portal movies.

This news comes from the stage of D.I.C.E. 2013, where the two had a public conversation in front of hundreds of developers and press people.

Abrams also said that the game he’s in talks with Valve about making will be completely new, with no links to existing Valve or Bad Robot properties. Sorry, we won’t have any Half Life 3 any soon (Newell can’t count to three, you know the joke).

The reason? This is what Abrams said:

“The conversation about what story is in movies, what story is in gaming, the mechanics of story, what makes the experience of a game sometimes more satisfying than a film and vice versa, these are just sort of discussions we’ve had for years. We’ve had so many meetings and finally got to a point where we said, ‘We need to start making stuff.’

And so the ideas that we’ve had for games, the ideas they’ve had for turning Portal and Half-Life into a film, we just decided we actually have to start doing this stuff.”

We are quite excited about this collaboration, they’re both talented (and weird). We are really looking forward to see what’s next.