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

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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