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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  • dorkosphere

    Ayn Rand wasn't demented, just naive to the extreme.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 3:55 PM
  • blueboykc

    i was watching the bioshock videos in the background and not listening..sorry..

    Posted: August 17, 2010 3:49 PM
  • shyguy

    I would love longer episodes of Sess's Soapbox.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 3:48 PM
  • JoshuaCorning

    "Ayn Rand's rather demented regard in how you are supposed to treat other people."

    Rand was a pacifist and disdained violence of any kind in particular state sanctioned violence. Furthermore her "ethical egoism" was a reaction to the collectivist philosophies of 20th century found in Nazi Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union. (Rand was an immigrant from Russia who fled Lenin's communist government). Ayn works were published is a particular point in history and not simply ideas flying around in a vacuum.

    In contrast to Stalin's claim that "The death of millions is a statistic" Rand's worship of the individual looks not only benign but saintly in comparison.

    Also in contrast Ayn was a writer who got some books published. The human cost of the political philosophy she wrote against were the products of the Gulag, Auschwitz and even our own country's progressive collectivism led to Japanese-American internment camps and supported Jim Crow.

    Rand may have been confused or wrong and Adam being a modern progressive it is understandable that he disagrees with her. Nothing wrong with that. But the use of the word demented is a bit much.

    I am a libertarian myself and am also a huge fan Ian M Banks's Scifi novels. For those who do not know Banks is as far left as one can get in his political philosophy. (I recommend "Use of Weapons" it is awesome) Still no matter how i disagree with Banks's politics I would not describe his politics as "demented".

    Also Adam you are fair haired balding man......For goodness sake when outside in the sun in the August in Texas put on a hat and some sunglasses. Cowboy hats were invented for a reason.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 3:31 PM
  • samiam0605

    I would have to agree that I love going into the game worlds and just exploring them and by doing so they become a character to interacte within the game. I thought Arkum Asylum did this well, maybe not as well as Bioshock but it definitly dragged me into the Batman mythos. Although I loved Bioshock so much I did not buy Bioshock 2 or play all the way through it. I loved the world of Rapture but I didn't feel a sense to return to it and explore more. I am 10x more interested in playing Infinite, because I cannot think off hand of a game where I got to play around a city in the sky.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 3:20 PM
  • chickenwingthing

    Couldn't agree more, I find that it's these types of games that I can't resist coming back to. I mean sure, there are games that are just fun to play around in (Just Cause 2 anyone), but the real games are ones that offer that sense of immersion, or even better, curiosity. One guy here mentioned Final Fantasy X, which is the perfect example, because really, the main draw of that game was the world it was set in. Nowadays it doesn't really live up but for it's time it was truly revolutionary.

    It sucks then, that so many game developers are either simply getting it all wrong, being forced to cut corners because of short budgets, or just plain out being forced to make uninspired games. I feel like if there were more Bioshocks, or Final Fantasies, or Elder Scrolls, the world would be a much better place.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 3:08 PM
  • lowkevmic

    Everytime I watch Sessler's Soapbox, two things always come to mind.

    1. There is absolutley no way anyone can convince me that Video Games isn't art. Especially based on the way Adam is able to give you so many different reasons why a game is in fact art, just on a interactive level. As he did very well in this edition, comparing the imagination of a game desiner to that of an author of a good book. How both are able to give you a glimpse into the world and how they see it in their minds.

    2. Adam Sessler must smoke weed, and very good weed at that. Because half of the things he talked about in today's soapbox, me and a bunch of my gamer friends talked about during one of our many "round table" discussions about gaming in general.

    So of course....Great Soapbox!!

    Posted: August 17, 2010 3:04 PM
  • StuntDouble2483

    Don't feel too bad Adam. I'm Texas born and raised and think it's too hot. As for gameworlds, its hard to beat Rapture. Not just in the developer's ability to pull it off, but just its inherent coolness as well. Nothing creepier to me than hearing Bobby Darin's voice crooning down the halls of an underwater city that's filled with frustrated artists and falling apart around you.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 2:54 PM
  • Heartland

    For me, it was the imagination of the world that made me really get into games. The first real shocker was Final Fantasy X. A beautiful tropical and lush place with so much detail spent on its inhabitants, the people, the soldiers and chocobos, I just couldn't get enough of it. Also, dialogue with the world and its inhabitants was always changing, which kept me going back to talk to different characters.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 2:37 PM
  • JustinRLong

    Great soapbox as usual.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 2:34 PM
  • crimznbro

    they could make 5 more bioshock games and i will still buy them. but all good things must come to an end.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 2:32 PM

    I guess assassin's creed is cheating cause it's history... I wouldn't say Jason west creates interesting worlds. Good games, yes, but not interesting. Halo's lore is underrated, i guess that's down to the way it's presented. If you go into the novels and things there's an awful lot of stuff to discover. You could make a very good ME-style RPG about Halo. What ruins halo is the fanboys who refuse to believe that any other game can be of quality.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 2:20 PM
  • POTATOjim

    says the video isnt available D:

    Posted: August 17, 2010 2:12 PM
  • mrtategamer

    Great episode but who's at Gamescon will we get a feedback?

    Posted: August 17, 2010 2:10 PM
  • Atavax

    too short!!! it was over before it began!

    Posted: August 17, 2010 2:06 PM