Interesting to see Stuart Campbell having a go at him - and praising Ocean at the same time! Quite a different attitude to what I remember in 'the day'.
Stu's okay. Fair but firm. I'm not gay.
Well, for a long long time everyone had it in for Ocean - possibly because they had the money to get the best licenses - and it's only fairly recently that it's been discovered that, actually, some good/great ground breaking stuff was produced. I know that when I was there, in house, it was really competitive - the coders where always trying to out-do each other. But in a good friendly way!
I always remember Mike 'Robocop' Lamb saying to me (both of us p*ssed) that the best thing that ever happend to him was me leaving Ocean! I took that as a compliment! He got the 'A' games to do. But then I was p*ssed! I also remember him standing on a table trying to be Eric Clapton. And one of the Ocean game's testers taking his glass eye out and floating it in a glass.
Hi Paulie! Long time no see! Things okayish here - how about you? Not still on the run from the Mafia, I hope!
Paul Owen's mistake(s) was/is that he thinks Cobra was actually written, where as, in reality, it just appeared out of nowhere. I know that the scroll in Hysteria confused him - he couldn't understand how I could get so much detail in there by using the 'push/stack' display technique. Hysteria doesn't use the 'push/stack' display technique. Simple when you think about it.
Post by peterstjohn on Apr 26, 2008 5:44:12 GMT -5
While it's a touch academic now that Bruce has deleted most of the comments, I thought I would ask: does anybody know how much the 1986-90 Ocean era of games sold? Specifically things like Target: Renegade and (I'm getting obsessed with it now) RoboCop? I seem to remember reading that it could have been in the region of a million copies for the latter, but I don't know whether it was across all-formats or whether I'm just remembering incorrectly. Any rough ideas?
Having an absolute blast with LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones etc.
Ahhh, I'm under orders to buy Lego Indiana Jones on the DS for my wife when it comes out, any chance of a discount Paul ? ;D
Any plans to work on a space epic again? I loved Privateer 2, probably the best Elite type game since Elite, good balance of action and story ... the X series games are also good, abit over complicated and too much trading for my tastes.
Kind of funny you ended up working with the lego Mark Hamill !
Interesting to see someone commenting on the demise of Imagine especially when they didn't work for them.
I would say that Bruce's version is probably fairly accurate compared to anyone elses.
He was there at the time.
And I'd say he would be better qualified to comment as he didn't spend the subsequent two decades turning his brain into mush and whining on incessantly about past "glories" and how other people got the plum jobs that should have been his.
Industry Legends!! heaven preserve us.
Those that can do...apparently those that can't just whinge on about them and babble incoherently in public to just about anyone who will listen.
Especially about people they have little or no knowledge of whatsoever, with comments that border on slander.
If you can't say something nice about a person...there's probably nothing nice about them.