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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

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Dragon's Lair 3D Developer Diary
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Those interested in the history behind the Dragon's Lair series may enjoy a new series of Developer Diaries recently posted at GameSpy. Written by Producer T.J. Higgins, Lead Designer Wil Panganiban, and legendary Animator Don Bluth, the diaries provide insight into the history of the upcoming Dragon's Lair 3D as well as some surprising information on the game itself.

The Bluth-written portion of the diaries is particularly interesting, as he explains how the design team at Dragonstone took existing materials for the original Dragon's Lair and actually used them to create the in-game art for Dragon's Lair 3D. For example, art used for the original title was scanned, touched up, and texture mapped onto 3D models for use in the upcoming 3D version.

Bluth also stresses the importance of preserving the original personality of Dirk the Daring:

All of that is in Dragon's Lair 3D, even down to Dirk's voice, which is the talent of Dan Molina who was Dirk in the original game. We felt that it was important in both versions for Dirk's character to rely on sounds (grunts, yells, screams) rather than words to define his personality. A true bumbler is more inclined to yelling and mumbling than to conversation.
The rest of the diaries further explore the transition from the original to the new as well as the PR and marketing aspects of Dragon's Lair 3D. Those interested in checking out the diaries can find all three at GameSpy.

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