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9:23 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

As some of you may or may not know, popular game developers Presto Studios, creators of Myst III Exile and The Journeyman's Project series, recently called it quits and closed up shop. In an interview with gdxbox, an Xbox gaming fan site, Presto Studios' Dan Paladin shares some insight into the studio's demise:

Management continued to hire people with absolutely no experience, on top of giving them immense powers.†Just reading the sentence alone, you wonder how they didnít think this was a mistake.††

These guys were a huge part in deciding the companyís future, since they were deciding the companyís future projects.†I guess I donít have to say how great of a job they did since our company no longer exists.†

The entire production and programming staff were both yelling for help to management about these horrid decisions for about 5 months, but management did not listen, and kept these people on the same tasks until all of their project proposals were shot down by all publishers we showed them to and thus Presto was turned into a toasty little muffin about to be eaten. Goodbye, toasty little muffin.

While the understandably emotional conversation only dwelves briefly into the demise of the company, the interview provides interesting insight into the computer gaming industry and some of the negative aspects of PC game development. Make sure to click on the links below to read the entire artcile.

Dan Paladin Interview
Presto Studios

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