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Fallout New Vegas - Technical Producer Interview

by Steven Williamson on 9 August 2010, 12:30

Tags: Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360), Bethesda Softworks, RPG

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Favourite games?

Do you have any tips for breaking in?
Work on mods, or small projects. Find a team that can benefit from your skills. Build up those skills. If you fail, learn from the failure and be better.

Stick to your dreams and ideas. Be passionate about your work. Believe in yourself. Never give up, never surrender! ;-)

Any memorable moments working at Obsidian that you'd care to share?
The most memorable is definitely when Justin checked in code that broke the build. Josh got up from his chair, Frank accompanied him, and we did a dance/song that shall forever be known as the "Justin Broke The Build" dance.

What's your all-time favorite game? Hmm, I can't choose just one, so here's a list in no particular order!
• The Secret of Monkey Island
• The Guardian Legend
• Master of Orion
• MechWarrior 2
• Command & Conquer
• Wing Commander 3
• The Journeyman Project
• Starsiege: Tribes
• Space Quest
• Fallout 1,2, and 3
• Zork
• ThreadSpace: Hyperbol (of course :-p)

What games are you looking forward to?
• Singularity
• MechWarrior 5 (not sure if that is still being worked on though)
• The Force Unleashed 2
• Max Payne 3
• SW: The Old Republic

Worst job you've ever had?
Hmmm, I guess it would have to be my first job, though honestly it wasn't that bad, but I guess it's the least favorite job I've had, which was working at Souplantation. It wasn't too bad though. I started off in the bakery, and gradually moved into the soup/pasta area where I became a pasta trainer (back before all stores had pasta) and taught all of the LA managers how to make pasta. That was pretty cool.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
*scratches head* Spare time? What's that?!

I really enjoy watching sci-fi shows/movies. I'm always looking for a new show to get into. If I have time, I like playing the latest games that are out to see what other developers are coming up with. I used to lead a WoW raiding guild, but damn that's a lot of work! I also love building computers, keeping up with the latest gadgets, reading comics, contemplating theoretical physics, thinking up new stories and game designs, hanging out with my family, and throwing LAN parties.

Anything else you'd like share?
I never say 'LOL' or 'ROFL' (okay, other than right there). If it's not something I would say in a spoken conversation, I have a hard time writing it. I think that's why I use smilies and emotes to help convey tone ;-)

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