Peter Molyneux : I’ve never made a Great Game

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If there’s any one thing Peter Molyneux – legendary game designer – is known for, it’s hyping features in his game that never actually come to fruition. Despite his being the undisputed champion of needless hyperbole, he’s also filled with a whole lotta humility. Or isn’t.

“It’s not humility,” he says, of his insistence that Fable 2 contained elements that were ‘crap’, ‘gimmicky,’ and ‘a terrible crime.’ He goes further, saying he’s never made a “great” game. There, there Peter. No need to be so hard on yourself.

“It’s the reality and the truth. I am a designer and I shouldn’t stand up and say everything is wonderful and shiny and great and we made the greatest game ever, because we didn’t. Being inspired by your mistakes is one way of breaking into that triple-A club. It will always be my consistent dream to break into that club. I’ve made a lot of good games, but never a great game.”

What he wants, you see, is to join that illustrious group of developers who’ve made games that’ve sold over 5 million copies of a single game.He has always been a bit too ambitious, but to say he’s never made a great game? What of Populous, Syndicate, theme Park…those were pretty damned great!

“I’ve never made a game that people will put in their Top Five list of all-time greats,” he says. “You might consider one of mine, but I don’t think you’d put it in.”

Is Fable 3 going to be the the one that grants him entry? Possibly. Fable 2 sold 3.5 million copies, and that was only released on the 360. This time round there’s going to be a PC release too.

Source : MCVUK

Last Updated: October 22, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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