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Interview Matt Chat 89: Brian Fargo

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<p>Brian Fargo is the guest of honor on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41h2lx_t89g" target="_blank">Matt Chat #89</a>.</p>
<blockquote>In the first part of my interview with the founder of Interplay, Brian and I discuss his early days, the story of Bard's Tale, life at Interplay, Wizardry, and the humor of Battlechess.</blockquote>
<p>Brian also pops up in an <a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/6256/around_the_block_with_brian_fargo.php" target="_blank">interview at Gamasutra</a>.</p>
<blockquote>But the truth is developers don't want to hear that. No one wants to devote hundreds of millions of dollars and say, "It normally comes down to instinct." If you think about the film business, let's talk about the '70s. I just read an interview with [former Apple CEO] John Sculley -- [current Apple CEO] Steve Jobs doesn't believe in focus groups, okay. He doesn't believe that consumers are going to tell him what people need. He's going to tell people what they need. He says they can't imagine these things that he sees.<br /><br />So, in the '70s, the people like [film producer] Bob Evans who ran Paramount, whether they release movies like Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown or Godfather, or whatever the movies were during that time, these were guys who ran these groups and said, "That's a good idea. That's a good idea. That's a good idea," And they did it, and their batting averages were what they were.<br /><br />Now you have the "science of Hollywood," and its batting average is no better than what they were back then. But who wants to hear that? Again, I don't dwell in the past, but I do miss that part of the business where you had the early EA, for example. It was Bing Gordon, it was Trip [Hawkins]. It was all these guys. You could go and have these conversations, and they say, "That's a good idea."</blockquote>
<p><br /><em>Thanks to Jim Cojones and trustno1code</em></p>
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BlaineMono

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It's an interesting comparison to Hollywood. but Hollywood also had guys like Dino DiLaurentis.

So how long do I have to wait till one of you fucks makes a fortune and invests it in an awesome high-budget old school cprg?
 

Lightknight

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Brian Fargo is the guest of honor on Matt Chat #89.
Who the fuck is this guy, and how does he keep getting these high-profile interview chances ??

Steve Jobs doesn't believe in focus groups
If he did, maybe Apple wouldnt produce crap with godawful support.
 

deus101

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What? The Gameindustry/hollywood comparrison is new to you guise?
 

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Re: Brian Fargo on Matt Chat & Gamasutra

You're kind of an interesting figure. You're from this old school class of game veterans.

Awesome start. Need just a little correction:

[Perception] You're kind of an interesting figure. You're from this old school class of game veterans.
 

honey123

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I don’t think you can compare Hollywood of the 70s to the present day as there is no comparison to the cost of producing a movie between then and now – I think it must be more than 10,000 times than what it was then. So naturally you can’t afford to take the kind of risks that you could at that time!!
 

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