Witchboy's Cauldron
  August 20th, 1999
game industry

at this site, there is an article about 'why the game industry sucks.' http://slashdot.org/features/99/08/20/143215.shtml

i obviosuly do not speak for all perspectives, but from my point of view, the game industry is immensely wonderful. i've been involved for just over 6 years now and i have loved it. i've had ideas crushed, seen friends fired, had projects killed, worked with evil tyrants, had games tank completely and worked on one project i consider at the least a quasi-dog.

but i've also worked on games i loved (that did pretty well, at least critically). and i've been payed for doing something i enjoy. i've helped other friends achieve goals. most importantly, i've worked with some people who continually amaze me--some smart, creative people who care a lot about what they do. i've learned constantly--the challenges are never ending.

no, i've not been on the cover of wired or rolling stone. i don't have groupies or drive an expensive sports car. (that shit would be nice, btw.) but all in all, i love my job, despite the hard times.

none of this is really factual--it's all perspective based, of course. the author of the 'why the game industry sucks' article is certainly entitled to his opinion.

btw, as a warning: out there, in the world of media, you will also find numerous articles, songs, movies and other such works that will state, as if it were fact, that the world itself sucks.

defy. defy. defy.

  August 19th, 1999


the medium is irrelevant.

  August 18th, 1999
Generic Update

things are going well for deus ex. we have missions 01-03 in a playable state. some of the later missions, out of sequence, are about as far along. the game is a *lot* denser now with minute-to-minute interactions due to some of the game mechanics we've added. this has consumed most of our time lately. and our story elements have gotten a lot cooler in the last couple of months due to some re-focusing and the excellent job our new writer (sheldon pacotti) has done. it feels like the team is really on a roll now.

that damn david duchovny song is hillarious. buffy rocks for participating in that.

hmmm, since we're on the subject of pop culture news, i'm told radiohead recently released a video called meeting people is easy. i may get that, but really i am mostly super primed for their new album, forthcoming. i recently saw RUN, LOLA, RUN. it's great, go see it pronto. also 6th sense is a way cooler horror movie than blair witch.

also, by now hopefully most of the world's hardcore pc gamers know that system shock 2 is out and is a great game. i think it;s one of my favorite pc games ever. you should play it.

bye-bye. back to work for me.




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