Weekend Confirmed 95 - Ken Rolston, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

By Garnett Lee, Jan 13, 2012 11:00am PST

Two game design heavyweights lend their voices to the show this week. Weekend Confirmed welcomes the legendary Ken Rolston, lead designer on Morrowind and Oblivion, who is currently working on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Big Huge Games' lead combat designer Joe Quadara also joins us. Together, they provide new insights from the creator's side in our ongoing discussions around Skyrim and storytelling within large-scale open world role playing games. Of course, the conversation naturally then turns to the approaches they took with Reckoning, and we get into some detail about the upcoming game. There's much more as well with news and your comments from last week's show before we wrap it all up with Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 95: 01/13/2012

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here's the timing for this week's episode:

    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:00 to 00:29:13

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:29:47 to 00:58:46

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:59:44 to 01:28:13

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:29:17 to 02:00:27

Thanks to our special guests, legendary designer Ken Rolston and lead combat designer Joe Quadara (@bazooie).

For the latest on the game, watch the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Facebook page.

Original music in the show by Del Rio. Get his latest Album, The Wait is Over on iTunes. Check out more, including the Super Mega Worm mix and other mash-ups on his ReverbNation page or Facebook page, and follow him on twitter delriomusic.

Jeff Cannata can also be seen on The Totally Rad Show. They've gone daily so there's a new segment to watch every day of the week!

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  • Regarding cannibalization in the portable gaming space.

    Maybe this is what you were trying to get at, but I think it's pretty obvious that cannibalization is happening, there are people for whom a phone fills the need that used to be filled by a dedicated device. That's not really up for debate, the evidence is all around us. I think the frustration being expressed is over the idea that dedicated handheld gaming devices are either doomed or at least irrelevant in the face of smart phones. I just don't think that's the case.

    I think I might have used this comparison before, but to illustrate, my mother recently ditched her old computer in favour of an inexpensive android tablet. For what need she had of a computer, the tablet does and more. She can do her banking, send and receive email, watch youtube videos, get the news and weather forecast, read ebooks, listen to MP3s, and play Angry Birds and/or Words With Friends. Ever since getting the tablet, she no longer sees the point in owning a PC.

    I'm convinced she's not alone in making this switch, and that there are lots of people right now for whom the simple tasks for which they needed a household computer can now be done quite handily by a tablet. That's cannibalization, it's happening right now.

    Thing is, you'd all call me insane if I were to suggest that this cannibalization were evidence that PCs are either doomed or irrelevant in the face of iOS.

    This is the frustration felt by handheld gaming enthusiasts like myself. It's not about the quality or perceived "realness" of iOS games so much as the fact that they just don't meet our needs as handheld gamers.

    I think something as big as the DS is probably never going to happen again, but I believe there's still enough people out there for whom portable gaming is more than just killing time on the bus to keep dedicated handheld gaming platforms from going away completely.

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