Sessler's Soapbox: Creativity vs. Big Business

Posted: February 23, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Creativity vs. Big Business
Adam comes back from Veges to explain why DICE is his favorite games convention and his thoughts on creativity losing out to big business.

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  • A-Bittersweet-Life

    If ya'll put the DICE content up the homepage perhaps it'll get more attention.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 5:42 PM
  • KevinJames23

    As a film student (can't speak for authors of books) I can't agree with one of your opening statements, Adam. Filmmaking is just as collaborative an art form as games. It requires just as many different specialties, and just as much communication in order to bring one unifying vision to life.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 5:37 PM
  • greeknerd

    I loved the "explore the world" video (I think it's called something like that). Underwater waterfalls FTW!

    Posted: February 23, 2010 5:31 PM
  • leakime

    WOW the person in the background playing Uncharted 2 is such a noob.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 5:08 PM
  • Melotraumatic

    I may be a lowly high school senior with a passion for games starting my work on a computer science degree next year, but as long as you continue to post your video game commentary on the web, Mr. Sessler, I will listen and take it to heart. If I ever do break into the game industry I'll make sure your ideas are implemented, at the very least, through one programmer.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 5:07 PM
  • V_Translanka

    I watched the "Design Outside the Box" presentation first (what other vids are as good as this one?)...I think then I watched something about censorship law? idk...I like that these are here, but I'm uncertain which I would be interested in as many of the titles seem vague...I guess I'll just poke around...

    Posted: February 23, 2010 4:46 PM
  • Peatore

    Jumping into the games industry sounds scary. I make a lot of small games, it is a hobby of mine, nothing really innovative but there is some decent stuff. I would like to go professional but I have no idea where to start.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 4:20 PM
  • Deroblo

    another great soapbox, i really hope we can get a version of the DICE color in gaming discussion where i can see the graphs and statistics that they are actualy talking about!

    Posted: February 23, 2010 3:57 PM
  • hypra

    ah yes please let us know when we can see the slides. i'd love to know what the heck they were talking about. "next slide," i feel like this.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 3:42 PM
  • 7Hokage

    Great Soapbox Mr. Sessler as always. As a gamer and a game designer at heart I love watchin DICE but I was a little distracted by who every was playing Uncharted 2 in the background, I mean come on!!! It took that person almost the whole soapbox to figure out that you have to set the explosives first before you can leave.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 2:57 PM
  • mordi

    No Mr. Sessler, you're the one that's awesome. You are probably one of the single few gaming journalists out there with real journalistic integrity. You are a part of a dying breed my friend.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 2:28 PM
  • IamtheBat

    I hate the fact that the video game market is being flooded with people whom have no knowledge of gaming, and aren't committing to "gamer" Ideas, but rather "Social Network" ideas. At the presentation of OnLive, the gentleman whom was speaking stated that we live in a society where we are on the go and have no attention span and demand a multitude of choices.

    I understand that people move faster and consume much more in this generation, but its a result of trying to find something they like, not because they simply want to consume as much as they can. I skip through hundreds of youtube videos in 45 minutes, but I only watch one episode of feedback, its due to the fact that i enjoy the latter, and the other ones don't grab my attention.

    The hit and run market seems like a bad idea to be brought into gaming, from the stance of game development. Really, if there isn't a problem, why fix it?

    Posted: February 23, 2010 2:17 PM
  • Reign90

    Yeah, about the indie games, do we (the public at large) get to play them or see vidoes or anything?....Cause I'd like to ....

    Also, DICE was okay, it was as "eye opening" for me as I guess it was for other people.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 2:13 PM
  • Phopojijo

    I think what's scarier is the trend of "consumable media" with initiatives like OnLive, DRM, no backwards compatibility, etc.

    No-one would give a dang about The Sound Of Music or Charlie Chaplin if those films became physically unplayable 4-5 years after its creation.

    Videogames are being pushed to a medium that passes time rather than plays a role in our art and culture. That's bad.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 2:01 PM
  • WeinerJuice

    This should be the first thing on the homepage. C'mon, G4!

    Posted: February 23, 2010 1:42 PM
  • topgamer101

    Glad you had fun Adam. Hope your voice heals soon.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 1:39 PM
  • Killjoi

    Your panel with Chris Taylor & Mike Capps was great. I think it was one of the most interesting and insightful talks into the challenges of independent development and I hope you hold more talks like that in the future (just make sure your camera man isn't the guy from Blair Witch Project).

    Also Adam, you look unusually pale during some of those DICE videos...I hope you're doing fine now ?

    Posted: February 23, 2010 1:36 PM
  • Really_another_Sequel?

    I never knew about DICE until I started watching Feedback when you guys were talking about it. I've watched some of the videos and read the articles or at least most, still getting to the others, but wow what a great source of creativity. Like I said I'm still going through most of the videos but I am just so impressed by what they showed and what they talked about. This might be over talked about, I don't know, but Jesse Schell really got me thinking with this idea of life being a giant game.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 1:36 PM
  • SpectreShepard

    You know what else is AWESOME!!!?? SESSLER'S SOAPBOX and FEEDBACK!!!!!!

    Posted: February 23, 2010 1:26 PM