Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Fable wasn't that good

I mean, cmon, he made a game where you can sexually abuse a giant cow...


At 1:00 PM, Blogger Clubberjack said...

I've got to take issue with you on this one, Deca. While Fable alone would certainly not merit the OBE, Molyneux's total catalogue deserves this sort of recognition. When I think of the big names in design, I think of Meier, Wright, Miyamoto, and Molyneux. And PM is the only Brit among them. Can you think of any other Brit game designer who has done more to push innovation in mainstream commercial games? In the years to come, I think we'll see AI and simulation as driving factors in next-gen game design, and Molyneux has certainly pioneered the use of those elements in gameplay. He's a trailblazer and innovator and deserves this recognition.

Also, to be fair, the OBE isn't a knighthood. It's the lowest of the Royal Orders. If Paul McCartney and Elton John can each merit knighthood, I think an OBE for Molyneux is the least he deserves. Here's some other background on the OBE:


At 1:28 PM, Blogger OrangeDeca said...

But for all the innovation he has done, I havent enjoyed a single game that he has made in the last 8 years. I will concede that its possible I could have enjoyed other games that ripped off what he did. And I think Paul McCartney deserves a knighthood.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Clubberjack said...

1) I won't argue Paul McCartney's knighthood. I think he deserves it.

2) Peter Molyneux's games seem to get split reactions. They are almost never universally loved, unlike say the GTA series. People seem to either like or dislike his type of game. I think this can actually be a sign of innovation. People aren't always ready for innovations or prepared to deal with them. In addition, innovative work that aims at the mainstream is often compromised, leaving holes in the vision. That said, Fable, Black & White, and Dungeon Keeper all garnered pretty high praise in the press (Populous did too, but it's so old, it's hard to find data).


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