Spiderweb President Interviewed
11:19 AM | Noah Brimhall | Comment on this story
GameDeveloper.net has an interesting interview with the president of Spiderweb Software, Jeff Vogel. The interview covers everything from games as art to how to start off as a game developer.
When asked about gearing online RPGs toward role-playing, Vogel said:
Role-playing is fun, but overrated. I think Planescape: Torment was one of the greatest PPGs ever, but it bombed. On the other hand, Baldur's Gate sold a trillion copies. Why? Because role-playing is fun, to a point. Eventually, pretty much every RPG fan just wants to hit things.Vogel also talks about the fate of independent developers in a tough game industry:
If there's no air in a room, small creatures who don't breathe much will die just as soon as big creatures.Vogul is the creator of such games as Geneforge, Exile, and Avernum. Spiderweb Software is an independent game developer based in Seattle.
If the computer game industry is in trouble, it will hurt everyone. But, last I checked, our industry is still making phenomenal amounts of money. So I'm going to wait to offer opinions on this problem until I am convinced that there is a problem.
GameDeveloper.net: Jeff Vogel Interview
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