Tuesday, February 16, 2010


These are out in July! Sure hope we get some in time to give out at Comic Con!

Real happy with the sculpt. As a layperson, I mean. Not really into toys enough to know what is good or bad 'officially'. But I really dig this figure and can't wait to get one for my desk!

Ideally this will be the start of a TWISTED METAL line just like they did for RESISTANCE and RATCHET. Would love to see DOLLFACE, PREACHER, MR. GRIM, and CALYPSO!

Ah hell, I'd like to get some damn cars made while we're at it. Hot Wheels style! :)


Saw this amazing quote from the great critic Roger Ebert in this fantastic write up of his life (yes, I still love his work no matter what he says about video games).

The quote really expresses why I will be totally happy and proud if the video game work I do in my life does 'nothing more' than entertains and makes people happy. This quote represents the reason why I could give 2 shits about being known as an artiste or doing 'important work' for our culture, society, species, whatever. This quote explains why, to me, fun (and fun ALONE) is one of the most noble gifts we can give each other.

Here is what Ebert says:

I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.

Love that! Thanks Roger!



UPDATE: And to the peeps going, "but ain't you the one who was against used games...if you are, how can you be pro consumer!?!"...and I will say the same thing about that that I always have: I am NOT against used games or rentals. I think the consumer should get the BEST deal they can and sometimes that best deal is a used or rental game. My beef is with the business model surrounding used games and rentals and how devs and publishers are cut out of the deal. And MAYBE the devs and pubs can cut a deal with retail (like the movie biz has done)...perhaps we can't. Perhaps that will lead devs and pubs to push digital distribution and services like ONLIVE...perhaps that will succeed and be a 'fuck you' to the retail peeps who never gave 2 shits for our own business...or perhaps that will fail. Maybe games will get shorter and people will love it...or maybe they will hate it. Who knows. And so perhaps the biz will change, perhaps it will not. But the behind the scenes machinations of how games get into gamers hands and IF those games are worthy will be judged- as they should be- in the end, by the customer. And I am 1000% ok with that. I love that about our system. All I've been saying is- all along- us on the game making side should be free to try to get the best deals we can get in the same way that customers should be trying to get the best deals THEY can get. That doesn't make me evil. It makes me a guy operating in a capitalist society.



Ah ya know- forget it. I had a whole post up a moment ago (perhaps you saw it)...but I told myself I was done arguing with people on the net.

Old habits die hard I suppose but yeah, lemme just delete that. What's the point.

Let me just say this to be clear...and I've said this before and I will never waiver: if you are a consumer, get the best motherfucking deal you can. If you can get a game- legally- for free and it lasts you and entertains you for YEARS without you spending a dime, then go for it. I am a firm believer in:

a- capitalism (assuming it's regulated...which it's really not in our country, which sucks)
b- customer ALWAYS being right

And if my idea of shorter/cheaper games is as dumb as some of you think, the market will bear that out. But if it's as smart as some of you think, then soon we'll all be playing much shorter 1 player titles :)

We'll see! 

Take it easy ya'll!


ps. By the way, this is a blog. It's not official industry mandate. That is why I often use phrases like 'it seems to me' and 'I THINK it should be this way' and 'I would LIKE this"...meaning they are my opinions. I don't think they HAVE to be your opinions but this is- as you can probably tell from the header- my blog. I'm not here to have a fair debate among all parties. I'm here to express my views of the world and the industry. That's what I thought a blog was for.