This week I was over at EA Games Mythic studio in Fairfax, Virginia, to do some work and was amazed to find a Tardis in the corridor! Brilliant! Creates such a cool atmosphere. Working in a studio environment like this was a lot of fun and made me nostalgic for the early days of 2000AD where we had a similar vibe, although we annoyed the hell out of our funereal neighbours working on traditional boring comics next door. When I started playing Derek and Clive it was the final straw and they complained bitterly about our/my uncouth ways. But if I could get a Tardis to take me back, would I change anything on 2000AD? Not much. Stronger design theme on cover. Different design on Dan Dare. Oh, and no Tharg.
While I was at EA, I saw the final version of Ultima – Quest for the Avatar which is out later this year. I did a little work on it the last time I was at Mythic and it was exciting to see the final version. It involves “Virtues” which have a significant effect on game playing as it means making moral choices. Huge potential. Going to be a superb game!
And on the subject of games, a filmmaking couple I know called Anthony & Nicola Caulfield are making a documentary movie called, From Bedrooms to Billions that tells the story of the UK Video Games Industry from 1979 – present and features virtually every major UK contributor in game development, art, music, publishing and journalism over the last 30 years. They are looking for support to raise additional funding to help with their archive and music licensing budget so are currently running a Kickstarter campaign. Check them out at www.frombedroomstobillions.com.
I must tell Anthony and Nicola about Mythic – they have some great new commissioned artwork by Oliver Frey – a major figure at the beginning of UK gaming – all over the studio walls to inspire the creative team. Cool idea.