Matt Chat 172: Josh Sawyer on Fallout 3, New Vegas, Dungeon Siege III, and Alpha Protcol

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In this segment, Josh and I chat about Fallout 3 and New Vegas as well as two not-so-great titles, Dungeon Siege III and Alpha Protocol. Josh also talks about getting a job in the industry and the importance of Making Mods.

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Tom S. (not verified)
Great interview Matt! I

Great interview Matt!

I wanted to pass along to you and the guys this story from Time Magazine where they list the 100 greatest games. This list is serious debate fodder, just take a look.
http://techland.time.com/2012/11/15/all-time-100-video-games/?iid=tl-mai...

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Tom S. wrote:

Great interview Matt!

I wanted to pass along to you and the guys this story from Time Magazine where they list the 100 greatest games. This list is serious debate fodder, just take a look.
http://techland.time.com/2012/11/15/all-time-100-video-games/?iid=tl-main-lead

A reasonable, solid list, with little fodder for debate or controversy, which makes me think they took actual care with its creation, rather than use it as an easy way to get hits (which, let's face it, ALL lists are). Some choices are questionable since they appear to be choices to check off some bullet points for artistic games rather than "great" games, but there's nothing too glaring on there.

The only ones in the comments who seem to be debating it or take issue with it are of the usual, "why isn't my favorite game(s) on my favorites system(s) on there?". Nothing you can do about those people, and any list by its nature is going to be limited to what it can or can't include. Frankly, barring most of the people who frequent Armchair Arcade, few regular gamers have an in-depth experience with more than a handful of systems and games, so they're hardly qualified to take issue with anything...

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Tom S. (not verified)
Hi Bill, What got me was not

Hi Bill,

What got me was not so much the list itself (which like you I thought was quite solid), but the ratings from the users. The lack of reader support for and voting down titles like "Ultima IV" and "Myth: The Fallen Lords" just to name two. Probably a result of what you alluded to, a lack of the reader's knowledge about the title.

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Tom S. wrote:

Hi Bill,

What got me was not so much the list itself (which like you I thought was quite solid), but the ratings from the users. The lack of reader support for and voting down titles like "Ultima IV" and "Myth: The Fallen Lords" just to name two. Probably a result of what you alluded to, a lack of the reader's knowledge about the title.

Yeah, let's face it, the average gamer is not well versed in the history of our industry. That's partially the gamer's fault and partially the industry's fault of doing a poor job of celebrating and promoting its increasingly rich history. There have been small steps in that regard, of course, but more could be done. With that said, I think the average gamer may not necessarily be as receptive as we might like to that knowledge and certainly have a hard time appreciating what is superficially quite primitive (and in some cases, actually is primitive).

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Respectable list, and it has CAVE STORY!
Tom S. wrote:

I wanted to pass along to you and the guys this story from Time Magazine where they list the 100 greatest games. This list is serious debate fodder, just take a look.

I was quite surprised to see the freeware classic "Cave Story" on this list! It's one of my favorite games of all time, freeware or otherwise. Well worth seeking out and giving a try. How it made the list over many other commercial classics, though, I dunno.

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I have been pretty vocal and

I have been pretty vocal and critical of lists here. AGE plays to big a part. Most lists are made by people who didnt "live" in the time many of the things on said lists show. Music is the easiest comparison.. would anybody who listens to Lady GaGa and feels her music is the greatest like the rolling stones, The WHO, Verve, Conway t witty, Squirl Nut Zippers? I'm trying to say.. people who love stuff today generally don't understand the past stuffs impact.. I notice so many lists show current stuff and a "few" token old things that are listed all the time on every list.

This list... is quite good.. for a list.. I don't agree with a few..

Mortal Kombat- claim to fame is gore.. sorry, PC games did it before that.. so if its pure gore as its "greatest contribution" its not a good one. maybe I just don't get the over the top stuff. As a quarter sucker and seller.. it was huge, innovation.. not much. heck even killing blows at low health (fatalities) where in c-64 games.. Barbarian!

and Marathon-did these guys research at all? first mouse look game? two years before quake (why are they comparing it to quake?)? It was not 3D like quake, it was like DOOM.. "fake 3D".. Quake was a true 3D engine. First mouse Look. hexen did it with the Doom engine before then...and if you want even earlier Ultima Underworld did it in 92.. yes in a crude form.. but it was there, hecke even Cyclones which came out at the same time had it.. Sorry marathon was not a good game.. it was a good knock off, there is a reason nobody knows it but the Mac people (it was ported to PC.. but nobody played it)

And i must state.. im not saying these two are not ok ( well yes one is not a good game, but that's just an opinion thing) but they have no reason to be on the list.. they didn't add anything IMHO, they just copied.

Most the game on the list added something to gaming so they fit.. many i wouldn't think about Dues Ex.. never liked it.. but it added alot of things many FPS still have. Oregon Trail or Hunt the Wumpus.. two I would nver think about.. but totally agree with them being on the list.

I have to say.. it seemed good.. and even my gripes are small. I agree, somebody put some time and effort into it and didn't just write a few games out... Somebody should start a smaller list (10 games or so) that where each of our favorites of all time.. it would be interesting to see.. My griping about new games being fresh in memory would hold try for me.. several games released in the last few years would make my list for sure..

excellent read and convo piece.

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