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July 6th, 2007, 04:39
In what is presumably a patriotic gesture, GameDaily has an interview with Irrational's Ken Levine on the "American gamer":
When making Bioshock, does appealing to that global audience play into how you make the game?

People try to do that. I remember working on a game where they said, “Put a Korean character into it!” As if that was going to open up the Korean market, which is primarily based around one game: Starcraft. And they certainly didn’t think, “Oh, that guy’s a Korean, they’re going to love this.” It was a total accident. That’s what going to happen if an American game breaks out in Japan. It’ll be sort of an accident. And I think trying to go for that is folly, because cultures are complicated, and I’m not smart enough to go, “Which level, what weapon can I introduce in BioShock that can make the Japanese fall in love with it?”
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July 6th, 2007, 04:39
Thats a pretty interesting interview. I can't believe he'd name x-com and civ as the best games and then make an action game. Anyway, this interview actually made me want to give this game a try if there is a demo, whereas that footgage trailer they had before made me want to not ever think about this game.
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Liked the interview and it poses some interesting questions. There is a down side to things becoming accepted, and the "cool" people picking them up as part of their style. It ( A) puts more pressure on the creator to conform, and ( B) can become a transitory fad that is replaced by the next "cool" thing.

While I'd like to see gaming become popular enough to be more secure and self-supporting, I'd also hope that popularity isn't a road to mere replication and yet more generic titles.

I feel bad for the guy, though, that he was considered a reject for bringing his Golden Age comics (by which I"m guessing he means the old Superman, Batman, WonderWoman, Aquaman, Swamp Thing, Dr. Strange stuff) to school—I lived on those comics because they were a cheap( .25$) and accessible escape from reality for a ten year old. Of course, I never took them to school—they would have been ripped off.

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