Bugsquat wrote:He has all of these grand ideas, and people do ridicule him for having such unrealistic visions. But I really do think that if he had a load of money, a load of people, a load of time, and if he was just left to his own devices for a few years, he would be able to realize them a lot more clearly, and I think that his ouput quality would be great.
Not necessarily, he has these big ideas but engages his mouth before his brain, some of these ideas just could not work with the level of technical ability of his team and the limitations of the hardware. No matter how advanced technology becomes there will always be limits to what can be accomplished. If he was able to produce something that matched the idea in his head perfectly, the budget would be so staggeringly large and the development time so incredibly long that it would kill any company that dared to make it. Duke Nukem Forever had so much time and money sank into it but it could never be anything other than, at best painfully average. Peter needs to temper his imagination with some realism, then he might not have his foot constantly in his mouth.
Granted, Duke Nukem Forever was nowhere near what people were anticipating, but there were other underlying issues. The development team didn't focus enough of their time on the project, only paying actual attention to it when it suited them, and as such, the game had to go through a number of design changes. Yahtzee Croshaw points this out in his review of it - it starts off like the shooters from the early 00's with big guns and lots of running around, and then becomes gloomier and grittier Quake and F.E.A.R, and then begins to resemble modern military shooters as each of these became the mean type of game.
However, GTA V is promising to recreate life itself as time goes on, and they have included all manner of trivial side-activities to achieve this. It may not have been in development for THAT long, but the budget is phenomenal and the reps from Rockstar are taking this idea seriously. Perhaps it's because they don't have an overhanging cloud of skepticism from past shortcomings, as Peter does, or maybe because it just wears the label of GTA, anything goes. Would you say that this is bound by technical limitations and team ability? Rockstar don't seem to think so.
And about his propensity for gross exaggeration, that's what I meant by him being left to his own devices, and not having to explain what he's doing, or having to publicize his work. And as Ed says, this seems to be the trait for which he takes the most flak, so cut that out and his credibility would probably go up in inverse proportion.
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