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Posts tagged “Paul Barnett”

You Must Have Been A Wing Commander

Wing Commander is 20, apparently. Mythic's Paul Barnett has a plan: "My plan is Wing Commander 1, DRM free and security bypassed. For FREE." he says on his twitter. The noble tech guys actually have a Security-cleaned DOS-Box-running version of the game running. What's the problem? "Today we get data compare sign off for Wing Commander, Dr Ray will be hearing the pitch, from there…

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Develop 09: When A Creative Director Attacks!

Paul Barnett's special Paul Barnett show (subtitled "Or what I learned this year with EA!") was characteristically scatter shot. Like a blunderbuss filled with nails, fragments of old CRASH cover-tapes and radioactive filings. The title's somewhat deceptive, being less what he's learned recently, and more a format for a general meditation on creativity and videogames. "Meditation" is a word, I suspect, Barnett would bristle at.…

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Gaming Made Me: Friends Of RPS Panelosity

Alec suggested we do Gaming Made Me - ooh - last Friday? Being RPS, we only got around to working out anything on Monday morning. It takes until Tuesday to realise how special it feels, and we should pursue it. Also, we realise that since there's only four of us, it totally means we're lacking a post for Friday. So we quickly drop a mail…

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Consolvania’s Installation Problem Fixed!

Clearly the biggest news of the day is the fact Consolevania have managed to get their installation of WAR working after it not doing so last time. Which involved Project Lead Paul Barnett calling up and having a yabber at them, which I suspect is a technical support offer which won't be extended to the rest of WAR's playerbase. The full exchange is immortalised in…

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Barnett On: “My Five Favourite MMOs”

We finally find the willpower to return to the task. For those who are latecomers to the series, earlier this year Mythic's Creative Director Paul Barnett and I met up in a London bar and set a dictaphone rolling. Three hours later, we stop. We're serialising it in handy topic-based chunks. This time: Paul talks about what his favourite MMOs are. They're not, strictly speaking,…

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Barnett On: Why I Don’t Go To GDC

A few months ago Mythic's Creative Director Paul Barnett and myself went into a London bar, set a tape rolling and got mildly smashed. Only now do I dare return to these hours of tape to transcribe a series of topic-by-topic interviews. We pick up where we left off last time, with Paul about to explain why he went to Futurism-festival LIFT rather than this…

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New Warhammer Online Footage, Interview

Over the years I've been following the development of Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning, I've noticed one steady trend. It's the gradual subversion of the formerly calm, carefully paced executive producer Jeff Hickman into Paul Barnett's comedy sidekick. I blame Barnett entirely for this. That nice man, all gone strange. It's very telling that when Kieron and I went to visit their studios in Washington…

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Barnett On: Games Journalism

A few months back, I met up with EA Mythic's vocal Creative Director in a bar near London Liverpool Street Station. We ordered drinks. We set the tape rolling. After three hours, I stopped the dictaphone and we stumbled off. We'd covered a lot of ground - pretty much everything away from Warhammer itself, which was out of bounds for the usual PR-reasons. Since the…

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One Nation Under a LAN: Dreamhack 2008

It's become a welcome fixture in my life. Occasionally Warhammer's Paul Barnett gives me a call and has a rant about whatever's on his mind, like a kind of personal twittering service. Yesterday he rang as he limped away from Summer Dreamhack 2008, the long-running Swedish LAN event. Over 10,000 gamers in the perpetual daylight of the far north, dragging beds and PCs to the…

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EA Studio Showcase Audiostreams

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…

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Barnett: “Gary Penn was my Lester Bangs”

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…

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Barnett: ‘The Sort Of Money My Mum Approves Of’

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…

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