Peter Molyneux, Hubris, and Emotions

Peter Molyneux

Love his dog as much as he loves his dog, or your pixels will be sad. Or something…

Perhaps Peter Molyneux could be seen as the M. Night Shyamalan of the video game industry:

  • Both had some rather excellent starts in their respective industries
  • Both created some very unique classices (P. M. and Black and White, M. N. S. and The Sixth Sense, etc.)
  • Both are strangely consumed by narcissism, “passion” and hubris
  • Both have fallen from their good graces and repeatedly created lackluster entertainment in the latter halves of their careers
  • Both have become a joke (more or less) in their respective industries

The only real difference is that one makes movies and the other makes video games. Continue reading

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Call of Duty: Ghosts and The Revealing Power of Buzzwords

Call of Duty Ghosts

Now featuring a dog and superior fish AI.

Even though Call of Duty: Ghosts is going to come out on practically every available system, both current and next-gen, everyone knows that any real discussion over AI or graphical innovation is mainly going to involve Microsoft, Sony, and the PC. What is so interesting about this particular discussion, however, is that it provides yet another example of just how insecure Microsoft is about the upcoming jump from the current generation to the next generation in terms of PR and sales. Take this recent article from Eurogamer and Infinity Ward’s Executive Producer Mark Rubin talking about the differences between Call of Duty: Ghosts on this generation’s consoles and the next: Continue reading