"I didn't always make these dude-bro games at Epic. The intent was to make Gears of War a lot more Band of Brothers and take it a lot more serious."
That's Cliff Bleszinski, design director at Epic Games, on how the Gears games drifted away from his initial conceptualization of the series.
So what happened?
According to Mr. Bleszinski, Epic just didn't know how to pull it off.
From the IGN piece:
The developers hadn't built a story-based game in a while and the concept art of a hulked out Marcus Fenix just looked cool.The commentary on the 'Dude-Bro' detour begins around the 13:40 mark of the video.
"If we get around to ever doing more Gears games, I hope we can continue to drift back more towards a Christopher Nolan type dialogue as opposed to a Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher Batman. But that's way down the line."
For more from Mr. Bleszinski on a wide variety of topics, including his critique that Gears was too linear, check out the full interview over at IGN.
A couple other interesting tidbits from the past week:
• Here's a cool story on the state of supercomputers, machines that are on the verge of performing at an exaFLOP (a quintillion floating point operations per second) level of performance.
The analogy provided in the CNN piece has these "exascale" computers performing as many operations per second as 50 million laptops.
Today's fastest supercomputers work at the petaFLOP level, which is a quadrillion floating point operations per second. The next wave of machines, which could come by the end of the decade, would be roughly 1,000 times faster.
The scientific implications for an "exascale" machine run the gamut; from aerospace engineering and astrophysics advances to models that would assist with climate research and national security.
While powerful, these supercomputers are awfully large, with many roughly the size of a football field.
• Industry analyst Michael Pachter says that if the next PlayStation blocks the playing of used games, gaming retailer GameStop could refuse to stock them.
From a GamesIndustry International piece:
"It isn't really in Sony's or Microsoft's best interests to block used games. It would benefit Activision and EA slightly, and would hurt GameStop a great deal. If Sony unilaterally did this, I could see GameStop refusing to carry their console, and sales of the PS4 would therefore suffer."This analysis comes in the wake of a Kotaku report from last week, which has the next PlayStation potentially restricting the use of used games, among other things.
Pachter stressed that "if one does it and the others don't, the one who does it will see a loss of market share." He added that none of the big three console manufacturers "are stupid enough to do this unilaterally" and none of them "are evil enough to do it together."
so what do u ppl say