5 Years is a Long Time

Well it’s all done tomorrow. Friday is my last day at Insomniac Games.

It’s been an awesome five years, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

I’m going to be moving over to Obsidian — they made KOTOR II and Neverwinter Nights II.

I get to work on this, how awesome is that!? And I get to be lead level designer. SCORE!

I’m really excited to see how s different company makes games. To this point, I’ve only seen how Insomniac does things. I’m looking forward to learning new things and working … Continue reading

Elder Scrolls V… woe is me


As for what form Elder Scrolls V would take, that’s still up in the air. An MMO seems a natural, evolutionary step for the series, but while Hines doesn’t suggest that’s a direction for Elder Scrolls V, the possibility of a new game has been bounced around. He doubts, however, they would go forward unless they had a “fresh idea” for the genre.

Man, I hope it’s not an MMO. The last thing I need is another 200+ hour game commitment, and I loved Oblivion so much that I would really just HAVE to play it.

Sounds like … Continue reading

Game Oscars?


I think that, if the artistry of what we do is ever going to be recognized, we’ll need a good awards process.

One HUGE problem with all the awards ceremonies we have right now, though, is that we keep trying to borrow outside our own industry to make them work. All our awards shows steal heavily from Hollywood, in the hopes that it would make them seem more “legit.” For every developer that goes up to give an award, there’s B or C list Hollywood celebrity attached to their hip. The argument I’ve heard in the past is … Continue reading

Sleepy Days

Have you ever had one of those days where everything was incredibly difficult for some reason?

It’s like the world dissolves into some kind of foggy mess, and it takes all this extra energy just to see through it and get shit done.

And before you say “Yeah, cocaine is a hell of a drug” (I appreciate the Dave Chapelle / Rick James reference, but really, man — was that entirely necessary?) I’m only referring to days that are like this free of the influence of any kind of narcotic substance.

Days like today. Days that drag on and on, … Continue reading

On Focus Tests

So I was doing my daily search through gametab.com, as I am wont to do, and I came across this little gem:


Dave Jaffe liveblogged during a Focus test for Calling All Cars. It’s funny to me because I’ve been to a lot of focus tests, and it’s interesting to see how people react to Jaffe’s impressions.

I mean from what I read, it sounds like a pretty normal focus test to me.
All sorts of things going wrong — check.
Frantically scrambling to get everything to work — check.
Players who are very Continue reading

First post!!

Well, this is the first post of (I hope) many on my new blog. My goal is to force myself to update it, so we’ll see how that goes.

As a first post, I figured I’d talk a little about what I’ve been into lately. I just finished Twilight Princess — that game ruled.

I’ve also been playing a bunch of more “Indie” games recently. If you haven’t had a chance yet, go check out what’s going on at Manifesto Games (www.manifestogames.com). They’re doing the lords work there, publishing little games that would otherwise not see … Continue reading