Oddworld Creator Calls Consoles "a Step Backward"

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Oddworld creator Lorne (Lawn) Lanning has been speaking about why he thinks that consoles are a step backwards and not what he was excited about years ago.

Lanning has the following to say:

“Personally, I think the consoles are a problem. Years ago I was excited about consoles, but anything that makes development more expensive rather than better, faster, cheaper, I think is a step backwards. When I look at what’s happening, it’s a bit disappointing because the consoles are running into a place where affordable games are having a rough time getting out there.”

I guess that all the big money and schedules are starting to add more and more pressure to a lot of smaller developers that aren’t graced with huge budgets. Is he right though?

A lot of us are all gaming fanboys, we love it all but we also love to see technology progress and get better. The main reason that I turned to consoles was because I was tired of having to keep my PC up to date so that I can play the latest games. Now I get home with my shiny new game, pop it in and run it the way that the developers intended.

It seems that Lanning is targeting a market that is more interested in customisation and a lot of sharing options, saying:

“PC games also allow people to build their game as they chose. There’s a big difference between spending $50 or $60 on a game and hoping I love it and buying a game for $5 and then buying additional content for that game, so by the time I have invested $50 in it I really love it and I’ve personalized it a lot more to what I’m interested in.”

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Source: 1UP

Last Updated: September 9, 2008

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