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Matt Reviews Deus Ex

This week, I look at the cult classic Deus Ex, one of the best first-person shooter hybrids. Designed by Warren Spector and funded by John Romero's Ion Storm, Deus Ex remains the top choice of countless enthusiasts of the franchise.

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Matt Reviews The Bard's Tale

Hi, guys. Do you remember The Bard's Tale, the epic 1985 role-playing game by Michael Cranford? You should! In any case, perhaps this video will show you why you should care about this classic.

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Howard Scott Warshaw on Yar's Revenge and E.T. for the Atari 2600

This 15-minute episode features Howard Scott Warshaw talking about his rise and fall at Atari, designing the epic win Yar's Revenge and the epic fail E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. It's a moving story that, if anything, will convince you of just how little the industry has learned from that fiasco. Enjoy, and, as always, if you like what you see, tell all of your friends!

A very special thanks to DavyK for providing the box scan for this episode!

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Matt interviews Howard Scott Warshaw

In this episode, Howard and I talk about what it was like working for Atari in the post-Bushnell Kassar years. Did you know that most of Atari's games were reviewed by the MRB--and you'll need to watch the video to learn what that means!

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Tim Cain talks about Fallout 3, Arcanum, Temple of Elemental Evil, and his new MMO

I've just posted the third and final installment of my interview with CRPG master Tim Cain. The subject line pretty much says it all.

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Tim Cain on Fallout Part II

Here's part 2 of my interview with RPG maestro Tim Cain. This is a bittersweet episode in which Tim talks about how the unexpected (by Interplay, anyway) of Fallout led to his loss of creative control over the franchise--and the many concessions he had to make to Interplay's marketing team. Tim is clearly one of us, fully aware of the importance of good packaging, manuals, and the little touches that separate a great game from a good one.

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Tim Cain Interview on Fallout (Part I)

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).

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Sean Cooper Talks Syndicate

In part two of my interview with him, Sean Cooper discusses the making of Syndicate, one of the best action strategy games of the 90s and "Bullfrog's finest hour." I don't know about you, but I'd sure like to play his multiplayer version.

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Sean Cooper Interview (Part One, Early Days)

Here it is! The first part of my interview with Mr. Sean Cooper. In this episode, we discuss Sean's youth and early days at Bullfrog, one of the best developers of the early 1990s.

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Matt Chat 63: Chris Avellone talks Planescape Torment

Well, here it is, folks: Chris Avellone on Planescape: Torment. This is pretty much a must-view for any serious CRPG fan; it's the senior designer of one of the best games ever made talking about its development. You don't want to miss it.

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