Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Silent Protagonist

Highly recommend this excellent article by Andrew Vanden Bossche about the role of the silent protagonist in games. This is primarily as seen in 1st person games and he deconstructs Gordon Freeman in the article.

Overall I do like the silent protagonist. It's not so much that I like to make up my own stories about the character's identity, more that I don't want the character to distract me from my own immersion in the world.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

RIP Greg Bick

A very good friend of mine and one of my favorite creative partners in the industry passed away last weekend.
His name was Greg Bick and he was 44 years young.

Greg and I worked together years ago at Rockstar, on a couple of projects. One was The Warriors, the other was an original IP that we both loved, that disappointingly got shelved. We had both held out hope that we would someday be able to resurrect it.

I hadn't seen Greg as much in recent years but always hoped we would have the opportunity to work together again. Always one of the good guys, with a great family that he put before anything.
Greg, good night and best wishes......