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Spector Apologizes, But Insists That We Need More Variety

Yesterday, Deus Ex and Epic Mickey designer Warren Spector went after the new Wolfenstein project, asking if the "world really needed another Wolfenstein." Well, do we?

But after a number of gamers complained about Spector's rough wording, he issued a full apology and an explanation. His apology was for developer MachineGames, who is working on Wolfenstein: The New Order:

"I'm sorry. I owe the Wolfenstein team an apology. I wasn't trying to diss you or your game. I have total respect for anyone making a game. I know how hard it is… And to everyone who pointed out that I didn't know enough about the game to judge, well, you were right. Consider this my mea culpa."

He also countered the theory that his reaction was a case of sour grapes, because his Epic Mickey games didn't do so well. But he said he's proud of those games and in fact, they were two of the best selling titles he has ever worked on. Plus, he strove to reassert his original point, which was better explained the second time around:

"Though I was wrong to take out general frustrations on an individual game and on a single team, I'll stand by my overall statement about lack of variety and innovation in mainstream gaming. I was simply expressing, once again, my long-held belief that we make too many shooters, lots of which look, sound and feel like basically the same game dressed up in different clothes. I've been saying that for years--it's nothing new. Wolfenstein got in the line of fire, but I've been shooting at this target for a long time."

We're not about to get involved in this mess, because Spector is going to be defending himself for a while. Let's just say we agree with the core philosophy, even if he did come across as attacking a game with which he isn't intimately familiar.

Related Game(s): Wolfenstein: The New Order

Tags: warren spector, wolfenstein the new order, wolfenstein sequel

5/8/2013 9:07:39 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

Akuma07
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:28:19 PM
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I just wonder.

How much more innovation can we have in gaming before it evolves into something else?

I mean, we have RPG-FPS, MMOFPS, puzzle FPS, what others? My point is, we already have innovation in genres.

I kind of miss straight up shooters, with no tacky innovative gameplay. Just a good ol' shoot-em-up.

People who are too critical of things like that just shouldn't waste their time. I don't go to a movie and sit there complaining about everything, I just sit back and try to enjoy the experience. I THOUGHT that is what gaming was about to.

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H0TSHELLZ
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 1:43:16 AM

BLACK 2 !!

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Akuma07
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 2:58:24 AM

HAHA! Omg, I was thinking about that game as I wrote that comment.

That was so awesome!

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ethird1
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:36:08 PM
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People who say games are too violent are effiminate pussies who fail to understand that the USA, even gay USA, have viking, celt , zulu , and barbarian blood in them and this will remain in our souls forever. We should embrace the carnage within us, with a mild bit of control, and let it all out in fantasy violence in videogames. Better to do so than have to feed the need in real life.

Who doesn't like to blow stuff up or shoot the enemy, knowing it's all fake and in good fun? Liberals. Pussy Liberals and greedy retard Republicans who only want to find a quick excuse and fix for our violent society to keep thier jobs by putting gun violence squarely on violent video games.

You can't blame the old west, the civil war, ww 1 and 2, and nam on videogames, so why start now?

So if this new Wolfenstein has lots of bullets, explosions, and boobs, you can count ole Ethird in! EXPLOOOOOOOOOSIONS!

End of line.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:45:59 PM

I want whatever you are smokin'

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Akuma07
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 11:34:56 PM

I love a good ol' anarchist every now and then. Good on you friend!

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gorezilla
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 2:32:20 AM

I don't not the biggest Spector fan, but I support this comment even less. I think what Spector is saying is that if devs want to help us blow shit up, they have already given us the tools. If nothing else, they are just re-skinning it, which isn't good. I think if they give us something different it would be good. Imagine if you're constantly have to throw 1 stick of dynamite and suddenly you've been giving a pipe bomb, the change would be welcome. That's the change he wants. Most shooters these days are called Call of Duty clones and it's not entirely wrong. That difference is one of the reasons why Borderlands 2 was so amazing. It was truly different.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:42:06 PM
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That'll learn 'em.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:46:11 PM

effin right

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:45:07 PM
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That's better, it's good to admit when you were wrong. Right complaint, wrong target. Aim it at CoD next time.

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Beamboom
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 1:41:57 AM

Lord, no. We got enough whining over COD as it is, we need not more.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 7:25:48 AM

It isn't enough until it topples and crumbles into obscurity and hate peppered with the guts of the bodies of its apologists.

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Gamer46
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 12:37:11 AM
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Honestly can we wait until Wolfenstein comes out before bashing it? Gamers are getting pathetic. There's plenty of genres I don't care about but I don't whine and cry about it. Don't like violent games? Don't like FPS? Guess what? You don't have to play them.

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cadpig
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 1:24:09 AM
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Hey, i like to shoot folks and blow stuff up in a video game. I'm also careful to take my psychotropic drugs after i play. (sarcasm)

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Huey
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 7:24:27 AM
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To me its like watching TV, if you don't like what's on change the channel. Same with video games. No one is going to twist your arm and make you buy them.

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ProfPlayStation
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 1:35:09 PM

The trouble with modern video games is the same as the trouble with modern TV. It's all shooter/reality crap now, and what's left over has no support from the people up top and fails to create anything worthwhile because of it.

What Spector is getting at is the /lack of variety/. I stopped watching most all television years ago because there was NO VARIETY; nothing to suit my interests. As you said, no one was forcing me to watch it, and so I stopped. From what I've seen others watching, it's only become worse since I left. The games market is in decline right now, and I pin it on the very same reason: There is NO VARIETY.

Once you lose the interest of your audience, it is incredibly difficult to get it back. Game publishers are not going to recover by creating yet more FPS-kill-a-thons, in a market which is already fully saturated with them. We need more than the polar opposites of Technicolor Nintendo family-fare and the blood-soaked Wolfenstein's of the world. That middle-ground simply doesn't exist any more, and we need it back.

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wiiplay
Saturday, May 11, 2013 @ 2:19:46 PM

ProfPlayStation, you are aware that Nintendo can be extremely violent, right?

Killing poor innocent mushrooms should be a crime! That's just TOO violent, thank you very much.

Oh, and those turtles! We're killing animals with Nintendo. How totally inhumane of them!
At least with the other brands we're killing unintelligent humans with absolutely no willpower. But gosh, animals? Nintendo's crossed the line, man!


/end sarcasm


Seriously though, I absolutely agree with you. I used to consume more television than I did beer back in the day, but now? I... can't seem to remember what I was about to say...

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___________
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 7:59:09 AM
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at least he has the balls to apologize.
but as i said before hes got a point, hes 100% right.
only mistake was sending it to wolfenstein, which is actually one of the VERY few shooters which is nothing like your typical yesterdays shooter!
in fact thats why wolfenstein has been so successful, thats exactly why the reboot a few years back was such a awesome game!
it may of been poorly made, but at least it dared to be different and try something unique!
hes slanting the game for being yesterdays shooter when its the one shooter out there thats not yesterdays shooter!

go file this at COD, BF, homefront, aliens colonial marines, dead space 3, resident evil 5 & 6, ect ect then you would be 100% correct!

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SmokeyPSD
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 8:40:06 AM
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Yeah, he still isn't wrong. Wolfenstein like great horror films of the past is of it's time. Lets move on to more substantial things.

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Akuma07
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 9:14:26 AM

Haha.

One thing the film industry has shown us in the past decade..... NOTHING is EVER past its time.

There are remakes of remakes of remakes....

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