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March 29th, 2007, 07:41
Originally Posted by txa1265 View Post
There are three names - Jeff, his wife and an assistant. But in terms of who programs and writes and comes up it all - all Jeff
The programming component of software is actually normally the smallest part unless it has been coded in an inefficient manner, it's the artwork/graphics and design that take most of the time/space.

While I was complaining about the graphics a little, thats not to say I don't enjoy the games (I have a level 37 character in Geneforge 4 at the moment) and I am happy the graphics are improving slowly overtime. I hope he does a bit of work on the GUI too (I've always thought you should be able to press "g" or "i" a second time to be able to close the inventory screen).

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I'm glad you clarified that. Obviously, anyone is entitled to enjoy (or not) anything they like but I get a little frustrated that the RPG "community" (speaking very broadly) often complains there aren't any hardcore/classic style RPGs then dismisses Spiderweb (and others) over the graphics. His games certainly aren't perfect but he consistently addresses our niche and I wish they were more widely played.

Why is pretty-but-bland so often preferred over not-so-pretty-but-good-gameplay? That's a rhetorical question - no need to actually answer.

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March 29th, 2007, 16:11
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Why is pretty-but-bland so often preferred over not-so-pretty-but-good-gameplay? That's a rhetorical question - no need to actually answer.
I'm with you on that 100%.

Especially those who consider themselves "hardcore" RPGers, should give Spiderweb and other Indie software companies games a try. If you are able to get yourself past the "must…have…shiny…graphics…" mentality, you will find some great games.

I'm having one of the greatest times I've had with a CRPG in recent history while playing Avernum 4. It has taken all of my gaming time for almost 2 months and I'm nowhere near finished. AND… the game is so good that I know I will finish it. How many times do we get great looking games that we don't finish because we get bored. Shiny new graphics and "next-gen" gameplay will never be able to beat imagination and a great story (for me anyway).

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