Posts Tagged ‘Paul Barnett’

EA Studio Showcase Audiostreams

By Jim Rossignol on April 25th, 2008.


VG247 has a bunch of audio recordings of the presentations from EA’s London studio showcase earlier today. The sound quality is a bit iffy, but the info is good. There’s also a bunch of new screens. Mm, rich, tasty info.

The lovely Ben Cousins on Battlefield Heroes. Both interview and presentation.

The alien sex-fancier Ray “Bioware” Muzyka on Mass Effect PC. Hot.

Talkomatic Paul Barnett on Warhammer Online.

Valve’s Mr Lombardi on Left4Dead. (Prefaced by plenty of presentation blather.)

Phew. Anyone for a beer?

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Barnett: “Gary Penn was my Lester Bangs”

By Kieron Gillen on February 18th, 2008.

You know: I wish developers did more photos of themselves like this. They make life more fun.

I met up with Warhammer Online’s Paul Barnett last week in London for an interview. We talked about… well, a lot of stuff. We spent three hours in a pub, drinking all the while. It’s going to be an interesting transcript. However, one of the things we touched upon was Gary Penn and his importance. And it’s got Paul writing…

“Computer games and computer game hardware had as much importance in my youth and formative years as any amount of music. The game labels, games and the people who made and reviewed them took on the same mystique, fanatic devotion; belief and philosophical answers than anything I managed to dredge out of the radio and records that where available at the time”.

He then explores what much-cited music critic Lester Bangs actually was – rather than his myth – how this applies to games, and how his very own Lester Bangs was Zzap!’s Gary Penn, now of Denki. His point being, Lester Bangs isn’t some platonic perfect state – it’s a relationship between reader and writer born at a specific space.

I think he’s got a point.
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Barnett: ‘The Sort Of Money My Mum Approves Of’

By Kieron Gillen on February 11th, 2008.

I’m off to interview Paul Barnett, Creative Director at Mythic for Warhammer Online in That There London tomorrow. As part of my research, I’m watching his presentation from the LIFT conference site (Which has a mass of videos to watch. I’ll probably move on to the oft-brilliant Robin Hunicke next). Now, if you’ve been following Warhammer, you’ll probably have seen Paul speak before. But that’s Paul in selling-the-game mode. Here, we have his high-speed delivery applied to a much more serious topic. There’s lots of Barnettisms (“We’ll be playing games on cans of soup!”), but these are bigger issues than how Dark Elves are a bit like Lord Byron. But, yes, we get a massively extended metaphor about how videogames really shouldn’t be like Las Vegas…

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