Critical Path documentary grills gaming legends

Industry luminaries including Tim Schafer, Hideo Kojima, Jordan Mechner, Ken Levine, Sid Meier, John Carmack, Jenova Chen, Richard Garriott and Will Wright feature in Critical///Path, a documentary which aims to "give game designers their due as innovators and influencers of culture."

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Games industry luminaries including--deep breath--Tim Schafer, Hideo Kojima, Jordan Mechner, Ken Levine, Cliff Bleszinski, Sid Meier, John Carmack, Jenova Chen, Richard Garriott, Clint Hocking, Todd Howard, Warren Spector, and Will Wright have sat in front of the camera for Critical///Path, a documentary which aims to "give game designers their due as innovators and influencers of culture." And breathe!

Creator Artifact Studios describes Critical///Path as a "transmedia project exploring the art, philosophy, politics and psychology of video games." The first step will be an online archive of video interviews with those fabled figures mentioned before, and many more.

Then they'll release a documentary film, and a mobile app for hip kids with pocket telephones.

For a teaser of the kind of ruddy exciting chat we can expect, watch the trailer.

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    July 23, 2012 6:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Critical Path documentary grills gaming legends.

    Industry luminaries including Tim Schafer, Hideo Kojima, Jordan Mechner, Ken Levine, Sid Meier, John Carmack, Jenova Chen, Richard Garriott and Will Wright feature in Critical///Path, a documentary which aims to "give game designers their due as innovators and influencers of culture."

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      July 23, 2012 6:55 AM

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      July 23, 2012 7:05 AM

      "Tim Schafer, Hideo Kojima, Jordan Mechner, Ken Levine, Cliff Bleszinski...". CLIFFYB?!?!?. Are you fucking kidding me?. The rest of the people are so out of his league that they should feel insulted for being associated with him.

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        July 23, 2012 7:40 AM

        He does seem to be the odd-one out there, in terms of inspiration. In terms of influence, he's right up there with Carmack (purely from the impact of his company's engine, of which he is the focal point.)

        It's just too bad they (Epic) doesn't have an engineer like Carmack who can come out and give these kind of interviews; instead, we get a proxy-for-all-of-Epic's-work.

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          July 23, 2012 11:48 AM

          Doesn't Tim Sweeny ever do that stuff?

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            July 23, 2012 12:17 PM

            He does, but rarely. Rein, Capps and Bleszinski are the official brand ambassadors of Epic.

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            July 23, 2012 1:34 PM

            Tim is very private.

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            July 23, 2012 5:37 PM

            I love his wikipedia intro. They say he is "best known for his work on ZZT and the Unreal Engine", two things on the opposite end of the graphics spectrum.

            ZZT was fucking awesome though.

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          July 23, 2012 12:27 PM

          Only a certain niche of gamer worships Carmack. To the rest he's just a geek that at one point had a big influence on the technical direction in 3d graphics.

          His style is actually pretty poorly attuned for a general audience. That's WHY Sweeney stays out of the limelight, and you get Cliffy... and Cliffy is not just a talking head either. He's had a huge influence on the direction of gaming for a long ass time, good or bad.

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        July 23, 2012 7:43 AM

        I'd say that CliffyB and (by extension) Epic Games have done a ton for industry in both releasing important games and the Unreal Engine itself.

        Have you PLAYED Jazz Jackrabbit?

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        July 23, 2012 7:59 AM

        One of these things is not like the others

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        July 23, 2012 8:03 AM

        Cliff B's works likely influenced more popular culture than anyone else on that list.

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          July 23, 2012 9:02 AM

          Britney Spears likely influenced more pop music than most other early-2000's pop artists. Is that universally a good thing? No.

          CliffyB knows how to play with marketing and is an excellent businessman, and he unfortunately used that to stilt gaming from 2005 onwards, with such things as Gears and the victory gong, the whole "power creative" speech at GDC, his years of putting down the PC platform, and his over-marketing of Bulletstorm, and now, Fortnite. His protege in training, Tanya Jessen, is carrying the torch.

          I'd like to see an Epic project without the influence of CliffyB, Mark Rein, or Tanya Jessen, but that won't happen because they are effectively driving Epic's agenda.

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            July 23, 2012 12:47 PM

            So you're saying that because you (or people) don't necessarily think CliffyB's contributions/influence on gaming are positive that he isn't noteworthy?

            The fact that he has had influence in any capacity is noteworthy.

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              July 23, 2012 3:03 PM

              He's overrated, mostly because he's a marketing genius who knows how to steal the stage.

              I'm okay with him talking about third-person combat. First-person, he's been out of for 8 years, excluding Bulletstorm. Story? Cut his mike; the Dom's wife thing was not Shakespeare. That's like talking to Ken Levine on Unreal Engine 2.5 mousecode; NO... just... NO.

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        July 23, 2012 8:26 AM

        Yes, because Unreal Tournament and Gears of War did NOTHING IMPORTANT for gaming.
        He has the same right to be in that list as Ken Levine, IMO.

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        July 23, 2012 11:31 AM

        Counterpoint: I had to look up Jenova Chen to see what he'd done (the name was vaguely familiar).

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        July 23, 2012 4:58 PM

        No way, he is a good game designer. He knows what's fun and good gameplay. Have you played any of Epic's games, or are they beneath you? I can understand not liking his personality, but he is good at what he does. Did he steal your girlfriend or something?

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          July 23, 2012 10:21 PM

          It's like retard hasn't got enough cells in the head to know what he's talk about.

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        July 23, 2012 5:01 PM

        Why? He most certainly deserves to be up there. Like him or not he's brought a lot of damn good things to gaming.

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      July 23, 2012 8:29 AM

      The inclusion of Cliffy B isn't terribly bothersome, until I noticed an abscence of Gabe Newell. It seems (to me at least) that Steam damn near supported all of the weight of PC gaming for a few years, as ell as having trancendent titles (Portal primarily).

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        July 23, 2012 8:32 AM

        Yeah, its kind of strange he isn't in there. I'd say he's one of the latest PC Gaming legend next to those other guys.

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      July 23, 2012 12:46 PM

      Hmm no ken Levine either

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      July 23, 2012 1:58 PM

      Great Stuff, listen guys, this is what every mainstream ignorant consumer should watch :P

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      July 23, 2012 2:35 PM

      Did they straight-up jack their name from the Dan Amrich book? Or are they related?

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