“PC Gaming should be like Punk Rock”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun posted an interviewed with Soren Johnson, lead designer of Civilization 4 and now working on Spore, today. Good stuff from RPS as usual, but this in particular stood out for me:
“For me, PC Gaming should be like Punk Rock – being able to do whatever you want. And people are forgetting that the Punk period isn’t just the Ramones and the Sex Pistols… it’s Talking Heads, Televisions, Patti Smith, Pere Ubu, Gang of Four… this huge variety of stuff because people were making it up as they were going along. It was easy enough to make music that people did what they wanted to. And that’ll always be the advantage of PCs.”
And that’s an awesome comparison. I’ve had similar thoughts, it might sound a bit weird but the punk DIY ethic just fits the pc a lot. Just think about all the open-source stuff out there, that’s friggin’ Do It Yourself in it’s purest form and it’s often a successful alternative to the commercial software.
And if you open your eyes on the internet, you can find back a lot of people just doing what they want to as well with games. A lot of indie games and mods out there are brilliant and they often wouldn’t have been commercially interesting for game-developers that aim on the mainstream. And at the same there’s an awful lot of crap too, in that way it’s also just like (punk) music.
Creating games of course takes an awful lot more time than making music of course, but the comparison stands.