Tim Cain Interview on Fallout (Part I)

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Here's the first part of my interview with Tim Cain, producer of Fallout and many other classic CRPGs. What's fun is that Tim talks about the importance of the Atari 800 (Atariwriter, anyone?), Dungeons & Dragons, GURPS, and of course the origins of Fallout. There's still plenty left to come (the actual interview was over an hour).

P.S. No one seems to have caught my allusion to a certain 80s flick. :)

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Greg (not verified)
Telengard

Thanks for the show. It was a bummer to hear about the creator of Telengard. I played a lot of that game on the TRS-80 -- it's amazing how frightening a '@' can be.

I remember racing home from school to see if it had come in the mail day after day until it finally arrived!

Great memory. (I think I need to get back into Fallout :) )

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Thanks, Greg. I'm wondering

Thanks, Greg. I'm wondering what the definitive version of Telengard is. I am most familiar with the C-64 version, but it runs very slowly. I think he made the PET version; not sure if he or someone else ported the others.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Thanks, Greg. I'm wondering what the definitive version of Telengard is. I am most familiar with the C-64 version, but it runs very slowly. I think he made the PET version; not sure if he or someone else ported the others.

Since it's written in BASIC, I would expect it to run slowly (I wonder if using a compiler would be possible?). I only have the C-64 and a combo TRS-80/Apple II versions of Telengard, boxed. I'm not sure if I have any other versions loose. It would be interesting to run at least those three to see what's doing in comparison to each other.

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Wow.

Matt you just keep pumping out these great Matt chat episodes that suit the title even better than ever. Interviewing all these interesting game developers.

It may be getting boring for you to hear this but again this was a very nice gift of you again. Thanks also to Tim Cain for giving this interview.

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Thanks, Mark. I appreciate

Thanks, Mark. I appreciate all compliments!

I did make a serious mistake in this video, though, posting a picture of the wrong Chris Taylor. D'oh! I have to admit, I didn't realize Tim was talking about someone else (and I thought it was appropriate that the Dungeon Siege producer would have been involved in something as great as Fallout). Guess I'll have to do a bit more fact checking next time. :)

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srobinson (not verified)
Yes! Thanks for the Tim Cain

Yes! Thanks for the Tim Cain interview. The Fallouts are classics and along with Baldur's Gate resurrected the crpg. I wish Troika was still around, 3 games released and all great games, though they suffered from being released a lil early. I'm sure that this was not all the fault of Troika, but bugs and to a lesser degree most of the games felt a little unfinished. But all great games in their own regard. Given more time and more resources, I believe Troika would have released many classics.

I really appreciate all the interviews. Keep them coming. I do have to ask though, when do we get the Sid Meier interview? The man whose name used to be added to the title of games to sell more units. His name meant quality. Get to work!

Anyway, thanks for the posts and the videos, keep up the good work!

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I've love to interview Sid,

I've love to interview Sid, but not sure how to get in touch with him or whether he'd be interested. Obviously Sid, Wright, and Crawford would all be excellent guests.

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Well, it looks like this

Well, it looks like this video with Tim Cain is the greatest Matt Chat ever, finally topping my second World of Warcraft video. :)

The popularity was obviously spurred by mentions on RPG Codex and Game Banshee, with of course the usual help from Game Central and Scenic 7 PR. Thanks, all!

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greatest

Greatest in terms of views?

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Catatonic wrote:

Greatest in terms of views?

Exactly.

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