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Old 07-10-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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BGamer interviews Chris Avellone

Source The prestigious RPG Codex magazine

A Post Nuclear Blog has just posted an interview that Chris Avellone gave to the Portuguese magazine BGamer. Take a look for yourself.

"Also, one aspect to a good story (in games), is that the game needs to end and achieve some sort of resolution. Obviously, single-player RPGs hold the monopoly in this, but this is something I think MMOs have the potential to solve depending on how they structure their quest and story mechanics."

Yes... very important. The emphasis he places on resolution really shines through in KotOR II, doesn't it?

Anyway, it's a good read.


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Old 07-10-2008, 05:52 PM   #2
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Thanks for the interesting read Pavlos.


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Old 07-10-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
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But drop one of the crime familys, that i can't agree on would be a good idea. Think all do there part to the story of Reno.

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Old 07-10-2008, 06:31 PM   #4
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Always an interesting read when it involves Avellone, though I think we know by now how he would've handled KotOR2.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:00 PM   #5
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When will Avellone say something new about TSL? He really is like a stuck record...



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Old 07-10-2008, 08:04 PM   #6
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When will Avellone say something new about TSL? He really is like a stuck record...
Meh, probably when someone asks him something new about TSL. I can't fault him for consistency when every...single...interviewer...asks the same handful of questions.

But that's just me
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:07 PM   #7
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No, that isn't just you.

One also wonders just what questions Avellone can answer regarding TSL. The list may be very short indeed.


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Old 07-10-2008, 08:28 PM   #8
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Meh, probably when someone asks him something new about TSL. I can't fault him for consistency when every...single...interviewer...asks the same handful of questions.
Give us a little while longer, eh?


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Old 07-10-2008, 09:04 PM   #9
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OMG, OMG! You gonna talk to him again? You gonna talk to him again?


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
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When will Avellone say something new about TSL? He really is like a stuck record...
***Enters The Devil's Advocate***
Maybe Obsidian wants to move forward. Since "The Sith Lords" wasn't as polished as he wanted it to be, maybe they just want to move onto other things. When you have a controversial game on the records, I'm sure you would want to move forward. Plus, "Knights of the Old Republic II" is only a small speck on their company history. As they release each new game, the memory of "KotOR II" will fade.

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Also, one aspect to a good story (in games), is that the game needs to end and achieve some sort of resolution.
When it comes to Obsidian, I don't know what that line means. I'm afraid to adventure a guess of what they consider to be an ending. Maybe I'm wrong in my original assessment. Maybe "KotOR II" will have a long term affect on how some people judge Obsidian's games.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:16 PM   #11
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Meh, probably when someone asks him something new about TSL. I can't fault him for consistency when every...single...interviewer...asks the same handful of questions.

But that's just me
No its not just you. We should think of something new to ask him, if we ever get a chance to talk to him again.

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Old 07-10-2008, 09:19 PM   #12
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***Enters The Devil's Advocate***
Maybe Obsidian wants to move forward. Since "The Sith Lords" wasn't as polished as he wanted it to be, maybe they just want to move onto other things. When you have a controversial game on the records, I'm sure you would want to move forward. Plus, "Knights of the Old Republic II" is only a small speck on their company history. As they release each new game, the memory of "KotOR II" will fade.


When it comes to Obsidian, I don't know what that line means. I'm afraid to adventure a guess of what they consider to be an ending. Maybe I'm wrong in my original assessment. Maybe "KotOR II" will have a long term affect on how some people judge Obsidian's games.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:26 PM   #13
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Seconded.


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:52 PM   #14
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Seconded.
Why the smile?

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Old 07-10-2008, 11:06 PM   #15
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^^^
IDK, because I was smiling when I posted it?


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:16 AM   #16
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No its not just you. We should think of something new to ask him, if we ever get a chance to talk to him again.
Have a free sample:

"You’ve mentioned recently that you’d rather show something than have the player read it. People have kicked up a fuss about this in certain quarters of the internet but surely this is just an extension of what you’ve been doing already? Torment’s Mortuary is littered with imagery to hammer home the theme of circularity, Kreia is literally blind, and Kaelyn the Dove sees in black and white."

Any better?

Edit: And simply to join in with the smiling .


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Old 07-11-2008, 09:10 AM   #17
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IDK, because I was smiling when I posted it?
There must be some hidden message behind the smiley! I'm sure of it. No matter, I will join you and Pavlos in this obscure smiling ritual.
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:02 AM   #18
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***Enters The Devil's Advocate***
Maybe Obsidian wants to move forward. Since "The Sith Lords" wasn't as polished as he wanted it to be, maybe they just want to move onto other things.


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When you have a controversial game on the records, I'm sure you would want to move forward.
More 'controversial' than, say, Planescape?

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Plus, "Knights of the Old Republic II" is only a small speck on their company history. As they release each new game, the memory of "KotOR II" will fade.
Doubt it. It was their first as Obsidian - that alone makes it significant.




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