Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have Been Made

February 7, 2013 -

Speaking at the DICE Summit today with a small gathering of game designers, executives, and reporters, former Junction Point founder Warren Spector said that he had no desire to retire and that games like Warner Bros. and Grasshopper Manufacture's Lollipop Chainsaw should not be made. During his presentation on how his taste as a gamer and a game designer has changed over the years, he showed a slide of Lollipop Chainsaw and said (from Kotaku):

"There are some games that should just not be made," he noted with an image from the game in the background.

"I'll try not to be too obnoxious," he continued. "When I was younger, that's all I needed. All I needed was to differentiate myself from other people. If it was going to convince my mother that I was a juvenile delinquent, I was there. I needed to be transgressive. Adrenaline rush and spectacle were all I needed. I don't think I was alone in that. Maybe I'm just shallow…. When you're this age, spectacle is plenty. And bloodsprays and all that stuff is really kind of what you're looking for because you really want to alienate people in a strange sort of way. You want to shock people and you want to be different."

He went on to say that he no longer wanted to make the games he used to make, but wanted to focus on experiences that are "relevant to my life, that is relevant to me, that is set in the real world."

"If we're going to reach a broader audience, we have to stop thinking about that audience strictly in terms of teenage boys or even teenage girls. We need to think about things that are relevant to normal humans and not just the geeks we used to be," he added.

Source: Kotaku

 


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Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

Spector hasn't been relevant for around a decade now..... Perhaps if he showed as much concern as he seems to with what other developers are doing Epic Mickey 2 wouldn't have been a complete bomb.

Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

I rented Lollipop Chainsaw. I was basically Devil May Cry but hilarious none the less. Warren needs to unclench his butt cheeks a little and have some fun. Maybe go watch some Buffy episodes.

Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

Someone is jealous, and the game is a riot! Much more fun than Mickey paint games!


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Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

Gamers say Warren Spector should never have been made.

Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

Actually the game has strong female appeal. Some guy geeks/otaku fans liked it but a number of girls actually liked the concept and gameplay.

Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

To be honest, he does kind of have a point.  Obviously a game like that could only appeal to "geeks."  But that's perfectly fine.  And yes, it's important to reach a broader audience, but there are plenty of games that do that already.  Not all games are made the same.

Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

Lollipop Chainsaw got better reviews than Epic Mickey 2. Just sayin'

But seriously, its a fun silly OTT game. With rainbows coming out of zombies when you kill them. Sometimes, that's all you want.

Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

Spector has been saying a lot of stuff along these lines lately.  Very sad.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have ...

I guess he's having aspirations to Art in his old age.

 
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