Richard Garriott thinks most game designers just suck
A bit too frank.
Who is Richard Garriott? He is the creator of Ultima. Bet you haven’t heard of that. He had a lot to say about game designers and who are credible and who aren’t to PC Gamer.
“I think there’s really very few great game designers. I think Chris Roberts is one of them, Will Wright’s another, Peter Molyneux is another. They clearly exist, but on the whole, I think that the design talent in our industry is dramatically lower than we need, as an industry. It’s a very hard skill to learn,” he said.
“Other than a few exceptions, I’ve met virtually no one in our industry who I think is close to as good a game designer as I am. I’m not saying that because I think I’m so brilliant. What I’m saying is, I think most game designers really just suck, and I think there’s a reason why.”
He also revealed that most designers he worked with were lazy.
“And every designer that I work with – all throughout life – I think, frankly, is lazy,” he recalled.
“But if you follow, they generally say, ‘You know, I really like Medal of Honor, but I would have bigger weapons, or I would have more healing packs, or,’ you know. They go to make one or two changes to a game they otherwise love versus really sit down and rethink, ‘How can I really move the needle here?’”
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