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Tuesday, April 30, 2002
IMG Enters Round 8 with Glenda Adams
12:48 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

IMG has posted the eighth part in its continuing series of conversations between publisher Tuncer Deniz and legendary Mac games programmer Glenda Adams, president of Westlake Interactive. Here's an excerpt:

Tuncer: What kind of games do you like to play? What makes a game good?

Glenda: I tend to enjoy very immersive games, mostly role playing and action. A game like Deus Ex that really pulls you into its world, and has a very consistent gaming experience. It doesn't always have to be a plot heavy game that draws me in though, I spent a lot of time playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, because you could get such intense concentration on your skater and the moves you were doing. I like a game that I can lose myself in for a while. If I knew exactly what makes a game good I'd be sitting on the beach right now, counting my money :) It's really an intangible thing, like what makes a book or movie "good." I think good games have immersion in common—even a game like Tetris will draw you in to a state of intense concentration.

Tuncer: What kind of games do you hate? What's the worst one you've ever played?

Glenda: Hmm... There are the obvious "bad" games that are just poorly written, or extremely buggy, or have bad graphics. Everyone can probably name several of those. I think the worst kind of game is something that really shows promise and you get excited to play, but then doesn't deliver, either in execution or in game design. I don't think it's fair to pick on other people's games, so out of games I've been involved with, the one that always comes to mind for the most disappointment was Klingon Honor Guard. It wasn't a horrible game, there were parts that were very cool. But overall it didn't deliver on a great license like a game like Elite Force did. And because it was rushed to release on the PC by the original publisher, it had some really rough edges later in the game. But "best" and "worst" games are funny—I've heard from a few people that honestly thought KHG was one of the best games they'd played. They really loved it.

For the rest of their conversation, follow the link below.

IMG: One on One with Glenda Adams (Part 8)
Westlake Interactive

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