Sessler's Soapbox: The World Makes the Game

Posted: August 17, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: The World Makes the Game
Adam talks about Bioshock Infinite, his panel at QuakeCon, and how a well imagined world can make a game great.

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  • GhostofBigboss

    It seems to me that every game is taking place in the 50's.

    Posted: September 22, 2010 6:16 PM
  • suryu

    all i could think about was the screens in the back ground why didn't he hold on to the damn rail ugh i hate stupid sinarios ur falling and all u think is boobs and flowers save ur life idot gosh that trailer just pissed me off

    Posted: September 18, 2010 8:31 AM
  • EccentricSage

    I remember playing Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis as a kid and getting too board to beat any of the games. It was Morrowind that made me fall in love precisely for this same reason. It wasn't even very pretty, but the world was fascinating and deep.

    Posted: August 27, 2010 10:18 PM
  • MaceMan2091

    But in all seriousness, I do know real-life characters like Ayn Rands book, they exist; just not action for action, word for word. They exist in thought and in flesh.

    Posted: August 24, 2010 11:27 PM
  • MaceMan2091

    Yeah Sess, It does get hot here in Texas but hey my names Howard Roark, I'm a badass. I'm that guy your mom warns you about, ladies. The guy who's got the look and the talent. Just look me up in yellowpages, "Howard Roark, Architect".

    Posted: August 24, 2010 11:23 PM
  • DocM@sta

    Let me just give mad prop's 2 Adem here who is tha' MAN... A truly educated man... who doesn't toss off games as just wastes of time or quaint hobby. It's SOOOO refreshing to still hear sessler so passionate about gaming. Why? because it's SO hard to actually come across people who really grasp the full aspects of why gaming is truly one of the most riviting experiences ever to come to fruition, and why its potential hasn't even begun to be truly tapped. Intellectual, educated, creative minded people who take video games for more than face value as just "lazy wastes of time" and understand that they are fascinating simulations of at times genious imagination... U know there are wannabes! but these people are a rare breed... !! Adem represents the true manifesto of what it is to be a passionate gamer... open shut case, done.

    Posted: August 23, 2010 10:28 PM
  • DocM@sta

    But New gen gaming though implores the use of state of the art production tool's and ingeniusly developed engine's to create mezmorizing and immersive level design's and worlds to captivate the rampages of nerds worldwide.... So Although it ain't the only egg in the handbasket when it comes to merging a gamers head into a developer's trecherouse mindset... it is one that is in my opinion always necessary none the less....

    You need both level design AND great gameplay value to truley make the game...

    Posted: August 23, 2010 10:24 PM
  • DocM@sta

    going under 4good)

    Ratchet and Clank - Insomniac

    Last but not Least!!! BOARDERLANDS!!! -Gearbox


    Rage - ID Software

    Posted: August 23, 2010 9:50 PM
  • ArrenKae

    Ayn Rand demented? Sessler is a liberal. Her work wasn't on how other people should be regarded but on how a man should regard himself. The antithesis of her philosophy, the philosophy of death, that you should live for others rather than yourself, is attempting to define reality as a negative and leads to the death of men. What do social security, medicare, and healthcare programs do? Impoversh people. Less people live and those that survive our poorer for such robbery.
    By contrast, it is the nature of trade to facilitate provision (the maldefined goal of many entitlement programs). If you want what's best for man then trust in man's ability to provide for himself in abundance and in the abilities of trade. To constrain man with laws, taxes, tariffs, and forced monetary standards doesn't control events or direct man's labor so there's a net increase but creates more buffers, more friction, more waste in trade so abundance is diminished.

    I'm glad Bethesda's games get shout-outs for good game design. Videogames do succeed in giving a sense of place better than literature. Words can describe but videogames include. You're not being told about Rapture you're in rapture. You're not imagining how the dripping water sounds you're hearing the dripping water. It's a familiar thought so you may think that imagining things for yourself enriches them or puts you in the story more but the falsehood in this thought is the premise that definitive versions of things (like the appearance of a Big Daddy) halts imagination. For every thing that is presented to the player, for everything that exists, more is implied.

    Posted: August 20, 2010 12:28 PM
  • Patrick_Norwood

    you're not a pansy, Texas is just really hot....
    ask anyone here, we just deal with it =)

    Posted: August 19, 2010 11:41 PM
  • toughluck65

    The sess man rocks, plus he said "p#@$Y"

    Posted: August 19, 2010 11:59 AM
  • GlaciusXL

    Dark hair and a stache should be your new look. Go around announcing your name as Adam Ryan!

    Posted: August 18, 2010 4:58 PM
  • ShockWaveNews

    always keep a Towel in the freezer for 24 hours before you go out in the heat, then have it wrapped around your neck when you go in the heat, you will thank me later.

    Posted: August 18, 2010 4:08 PM
  • DeadGamersSociety

    hahahahahahhahaha yah its pretty hot here in Texas but all of the country is talking about heat waves and stuff and how hot it is everywhere else but in Texas its actually pretty temperate than other years i remember a few years ago it was 105 everyday in the spring and 110 to 115 everyday in the summer and that was in 2004 i believe its only gotten to 103 so far this year and we've only had a couple of 100 degree days so yah pretty temperate Go Texas!!!!!!!!!! and Go The Sess for living through the heat in Dallas

    Posted: August 18, 2010 3:47 PM
  • Capxeno

    Bioshock is the reason I missed a very attractive date. Although, she was forgiving back in the day.The reason was that, a friend of mine has rented it from a blockbuster. I only got to watch him play for an hour before he went home, twenty miles away. He accidentally left the game sitting on the kitchen counter and forgot about it until the next day, when I had already beaten the game ignoring the rest of reality in the process.

    I have always been a fan of allegory and deeper than any trip a thousand lieges under the sea. So the narrative drew me in. The game play was secondary and yet was good enough to be notable on its own at the time. I can still feel the shock and horror that I was a tool of someone named after a Greek God all along, all because of a simple phase.

    Game Worlds and the narrative that pulls you into it is what allows true immersion into a world that is complex and close to our own in history but strange as much as it is familiar.

    Posted: August 18, 2010 11:37 AM
  • Illuminate88

    I've been playing bioshock for the first time on my pc and it's repetitive, boring, and unbalanced, yet, I can see how it would have made a big impact back in 2007 on the consoles. I specifically say "on the consoles" because the game is not that interesting on the pc. There are aspects of the game that are too archaic on the pc but would be right at home on the consoles. I honestly don't know if I'm going to finish the game because it is too freaking long.

    Posted: August 18, 2010 11:20 AM
  • Kyte17

    The atmosphere and setting of a game can truly make the experience more immersive than any other aspect involved. A good subject for a soapbox considering how little it is discussed.

    I would also be interested in knowing which aspect of ayn rand's philosophy adam disagrees with.

    Posted: August 18, 2010 10:58 AM
  • NortheastMonk

    Yes! no BioShock 2.. like it didnt exist.

    Posted: August 18, 2010 10:55 AM
  • Babaloo264

    awesome soapbox Adam, keep them coming man =)

    Posted: August 18, 2010 9:02 AM
  • blindsided21

    The world is one of, if not my favorite part of games. That's probably why I absolutely love The Elder Scrolls and Mass Effect.

    Also, Adam, try working in the Texas heat. It's much worse.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 10:47 PM