"While Leisure Suit Larry was one the first humorous games, the late '80s and early '90s were filled with one hilarious release after another: Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, Space Quest, Sam & Max, Day of the Tentacle, Sorcerer's Apprentice, and on and on. One day, it stopped. Within a year, humor disappeared from gaming. Why?"
We need more hilarity, dammit, says Larry creator Al Lowe
"By highlighting the 'good' and 'bad' choices it's possible for players to adopt the stance of playing as a 'good Shepard' or 'badass Shepard' and that can mean that players aren't reading the dialogue options, they're just picking a response based on color to fit the way they've decided to play Shepard."
Game of Thrones Lead Game Designer Sylvain Sechi on choosing the right path.
"There are already people spending $100 million on games, that's not even insane anymore. $200 million and $300 million games, I'm a little scared about that, there aren't a lot of companies that have the resources or the courage to spend that much."
"With Google Earth, there's very little mystery left in geography. Any kid can check out any place. I really like adventure, I like mystery. When everything is so accessible, let's come up with new worlds. We were going to have this thing happen in a London-like place, but then we said London doesn't look good enough for our game. Let's do something better."
Dishonored Visual Design Director Viktor Antonov wants to find a new kind of neo-Victorian steampunk locale.
"I don't want to dodge the question - I don't think they're doing anything super-well yet. They have a bunch of smart people working on it but I think they're still playing catch up to a lot of people who have been working in the space for a while."
Gabe Newell delivers his verdict on Origin, which he says he expects to get better.
"When you're an entertainment company that's spent the last decade going out of its way to recruit the most intelligent, innovative, talented people on Earth, telling them to sit at a desk and do what they're told obliterates 99 percent of their value."
Wise words from Valve's Employee Manual, leaked this week and widely discussed.