Warren Spector slams current state of game development

Warren Spector

Yesterday, Bethesda officially announced a new Wolfenstein game with the unveiling of a teaser trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Using this trailer as a catalyst for critical dialog, Warren Spector — creator of both the Deus Ex and Epic Mickey series — expressed his dismay with the current state of the gaming industry and the style of games it continues to churn out.

“Did the world really need another Wolfenstein game? Did we need a generically dark, monochromatic, FPS, kill-the-Nazi-giant-robot game?” he asked through his Facebook page. “I am so tired of stuff like this…”

This sparked a lengthy discussion among Spector’s Facebook followers, many of whom agreed with his criticisms. Of course, there were many who didn’t.

Spector responded to the comments by saying, “Let me clarify one thing: I’m not holding up the new Wolfenstein as emblematic of everything I think is wrong with the games industry. Didn’t say that. Don’t think it.”

“All I was saying was that I’m personally sick of shooters,” he wrote. “I’m sick of a particular look and tone… I’m very sick of a particular trailer narration style… And I AM worried about the state of the core game business.”

To quell some of the more hysterical commenters, Spector responded with, “I’m not saying people shouldn’t be allowed to make or play stuff like this, but I reserve the right to be depressed about it and to wish games supported a more diverse range of styles and content.”

He concluded his thoughts by saying, “If nothing else, at least you’re all thinking about what you want to see in games. My work here is done.”



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One Comment on "Warren Spector slams current state of game development"

  1. James Abels May 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm -

    Epic Mickey had unparallelled heart, soul and love for Disney. Though the controls were forced to be compatible on the Wii, making them not so compatible everywhere else.

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