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News from the Wastes - 23 March 2012

Agent c March 23, 2012 User blog:Agent c

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I can has Mac Version?

With pledges now exceeding $1.5 Million via Kickstarter and the total number of backers almost 30 thousand pledgees, Brian Fargo and InXile have committed to a Mac and Linux version of Wasteland 2… however they have confirmed that console versions, including the Playstation Vita, are extremely unlikely.



For those of you having problems donating via Kickstarter, you can now donate via PayPal - an extra $6k has already been raised this way. You'll still get the same goodies, but the levels top out at $500.



InXile have also committed to spend at least 5% of any profit made on Wasteland 2 on other Kickstarter Projects. Other kick-starter users are also being encouraged to pledge a similar amount under the brand "Kicking it Forward".

NMA to appear in Wasteland 2

No Mutants allowed have raised $1,221 in order to purchase a bar in Wasteland 2. Contributors to their fundraising effort will also have their names mentioned in game.

Liz Danforth talks Wasteland

Liz Danforth, who created the "Highpool" map in Wasteland 1, and is in the new Wasteland team has been talking wasteland and more on her blog. Here's what she had to say on her work on wasteland:



WASTELAND
:I wasn’t a big part of the original project, but Highpool was one of the areas I wrote that appears early in the game. People still make sour faces when I grin evilly and say I was responsible for the tragedy with the kid and the rabid dog. I did other bits elsewhere in the game too, but that’s the piece I hear the most feedback about.
Still, the remarks aren’t always kind! I recall a forum comment I read just a year or two ago, saying something like “What kind of sick mind thinks up a situation where you have to kill a kid’s dog? And the kid too?”
*ahem* Wasteland is a post-apocalyptic world set in our near future. An animal infected with full-blown rabies can’t be saved in our world, today. With limited medical supplies and a trashed infrastructure, how in hell do you imagine you could possibly do anything but put a rabid dog out of its misery?
You never had to kill the kid, either. He’d throw himself at you, yes, but you’re playing a squad of big strong mega-weaponed Rangers! Grownups! Walk away. It’s not like you were chickenshit for backing down from some evil-hearted final boss bent on scourging the world and all you loved within it. It was a little boy.
True, if you passed through the area again, the kid would scream and yell and accuse you of terrible things — forever. But why would the boy forget the bad strangers who killed his beloved dog? He’d only asked you to help him.
You were never allowed to forget either.
EMOTIONAL CONTENT
That isn’t something that happened in video games of the time. I didn’t know that — the scenario I created was the kind of thing I’d've written for a bit of fiction, or a tabletop game. I play with emotions, and I still delight in knowing a little story I wrote can make strong men and women cry. The rabid dog’s tale was simply cause and effect, a touch of the unexpected (for the time), and the power of unforeseen consequences.
I remember that I had to argue to keep that event the way I wrote it. I think it was Alan Pavlish who said “But you have to give them a way to save the dog!” I explained the medical reasons why I felt that was unacceptable, how effective it would be to keep it this way, and he finally said okie-dokie. And that’s how the story was eventually programmed.
That was just little tiny bit of storyline in a larger game that had many memorable moments. The whole team’s joint efforts resulted in something amazing, with impact that still resonates. And even if it did get me called “a sick mind” decades later, people tell me they still remember the dog, decades later.

Selected Quotes

Just to repeat that I am overwhelmed by the response and the faith and support from the fans makes me happy to be in the games business again. Never have I been at a better place to just make the games I love to make and this whole fan funding has provided.

—Brian Fargo, GamesIndustry.biz

We believe in a very thorough pre-production. We will spend six months, just in the design and planning phase before any code gets written. A very small team of writers, designers, and concept artists will work out all of the details. At the end of that period we will be able to sit the entire team down and play the entire game from beginning to end on paper. Every NPC, every quest, every item, every enemy will be planned out before the full team is on the payroll. This allows us to make the game very efficiently. Plus we don’t are not putting in the very expensive and time consuming cut scenes

—Brian Fargo, Slacker Heroes

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