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Tuesday, September 5, 2000

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Molyneux Interviewed at ECTS
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GameSpot UK has posted a new interview with the mastermind behind the curious 'god-game' Black and White. As they interviewed Peter Molyneux at ECTS, they managed to actually play this unique title, which has been in development for quite some time but is still difficult for even the game's creator to properly describe. The game has also attracted a great deal of fan and media interest, based on the gorgeous screen shots and video footage alone. Here is an excerpt in which Molyneux addresses the level of hype surrounding the game:

GameSpot UK: Black & White has created huge
interest throughout its development cycle - are you
surprised by the fanaticism of the fans?

Peter Molyneux: I'm absolutely amazed by the level of
interest that Black & White has created. George, an
Austrian programmer who is involved with the web
side of Black & White, was in the middle of designing
some pages about three weeks ago when he had to
go away for a couple of days. On his return he looked
at the page that he had been working on - which
simply had on it the word "believe" and a page
counter - and he noticed that the page counter had
gone up from two to over 1,000. Someone had
managed to find the page even though it was hidden
and then passed the information on to the fan sites.
To make sure this wasn't a fluke I told him to
construct another page with the word "justice" on and an icon which was the
IP address to a secret location that enabled people to watch the team
playing Black & White. To my utter astonishment, the page was decoded and
to date we have had over 10,000 visitors to the "secret site" which is at

Black and White is a game of complex moral choices where your behavior and the actions of your Titan, a creature you raise to be your actor within the world, change the very landscape and behavior of the inhabitants. Read the interview for more details. Black and White is under development for the PC; a Mac OS port is believed to be in progress, although nothing official has been announced.

Black and White
Black and White Video Footage
Peter Molyneux Interview at GameSpot
Black and White 'Window"
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Lionhead Studios
Black & White

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