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  Stradden

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OP  6/13/08 8:06:09 AM#1

Each month, MMORPG.com brings you a profile of one of the developers working on Funcom's Age of Conan. This month, it's the head honcho himself, Game Director Gaute Godager.

MMORPG.com:

Tell us a little about your childhood. How did school and where you live influence your choice to join the video game community?

Gaute Godager:

I believe it was my brother who was my greatest inspiration to “fall in love” with computers. I guess that sounds a bit silly, but his boundless enthusiasm for the Commodore VIC 20 owned by some neighbors (the “Førde Brothers” (Fred and John) across the road) and his consequently purchase of a spanking new Commodore 64 (omg that was one powerful and wonderful piece of machinery for its days) that really brought me into gaming, demo making and dreaming about even better computers. (He is 1,5 years my elder and has another weird Norwegian name – Tjalve).

My brother and I are still at the same love for hardware, gadgets and tech as back then, now 25 years later. (Im 37). I’m the only one into gaming…

Read the whole thing here.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

  Enigmal

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6/13/08 9:53:17 AM#2

I was surprised he mentioned Mitch Albom (and like how his name is Wiki linked to that old game instead of maybe to something about him).  An amazing writer whether it is the books Gaute mentioned or covering sports, personalities, and social issues in Detroit or affecting our nation/world.  Great writer definitely worth checking out

  User Deleted
6/13/08 1:11:04 PM#3

Who even gives a crap? AOC failed miserably and I could care less where that guy came from. What ya gonna do guys? Make a 30 foot tall gold statue of him and sacrifice virgins?

  Rhoklaw

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$500 Backer to 2014's Top New MMO... The Repopulation!

6/13/08 3:15:54 PM#4

Come on guys, cut him some slack. After all, he's just the director. Not like anything he says or does actually affects the game.

Besides, AoC is a beautiful game, filled with pretty bugs and gorgeous incomplete zones. Oh ya, what would we do with a fully implemented PvP system anyway? It's not like we can get to 80 in a week just from the enormous amount of PvE content.

  AOCtester

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6/13/08 5:17:30 PM#5

Hmm - I wonder if MMORPG.COM is gonna be deleting this post cause of flaming

This is the first complete content this dev has done ever I guess.... Finish this interview....

Now he can go back to his lies and crappy PR and hope for more money for false promises.

  mike470

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"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand" - Randy Pausch

6/13/08 5:31:01 PM#6

I wonder if he's reading these forums right now...

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  AmazingAvery

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6/13/08 5:41:46 PM#7

thanks for the interview Jon!

reported to trollers and flamers here..


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  SteamRanger

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I don''t have to know how to make a better game, I only need to know where the "CANCEL" button is!

6/13/08 6:05:32 PM#8

"A deep, flexible and massive world is better than anything"

 

It's a pity that Age of Conan is none of these.

"Soloists and those who prefer small groups should never have to feel like they''re the ones getting the proverbial table scraps, as it were." - Scott Hartsman, Senior Producer, Everquest II
"People love groups. Its a fallacy that people want to play solo all the time." - Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer, Rift

  godpuppet

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6/13/08 6:25:56 PM#9

Well, despite my feelings towards AoC, Gaute seems a decent guy. He probably works hard, its not his fault the shareholders got impatient, its not like hes going to personallyadmit how bad AoC really is.

I imagine if AoC released polished and with complete content the community here would be much more positive towards him.

But I cant help but feel annoyed how MMORPG.com failed to ask questions at the heart of the MMO community. He doesnt have to answer, but the questions should atleast be asked.

This game is not a complete product, there are major content defficiencys that start in the middle of the game and continue until the end. Funcom and its employees need to get practical about this problem, communication is key, ignoring the problem is in essence, ignoring your player base and they WILL go away. Indefinately.

Nice interview, but thats all it is, nice, another opportunity wasted though imo.

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  Unfinished

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6/13/08 6:35:52 PM#10

Having listened to Gaute for more than 5 years, and seeing the results he produces, the man has ZER0 credibility.

"There will be no camping in Shadowlands!" ~Gaute Godager.  i

 

  Hashbrick

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Only jackasses label their PC specs in their sig.

6/13/08 7:10:16 PM#11

Gaute needs to bury himself in the sand and let the water roll in. Washed up that is right. Ya he'll give you a vision he'll take your game and send it straight to hell.


Originally posted by imbant

Did we say we were trying to do good for the game? the game is in the hands of aventurine, no one else...

  fyerwall

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6/13/08 10:11:38 PM#12


 

People would have been willing to cut the guy a little slack if he knew how to be honest with gamers. Sadly hes not. He no different than Brad McQuaid in reality. He can talk and spin as well as hype people up for his games and when they dont deliver he wont own up nor apologise. Instead he just keeps the spin going.

There are 3 types of people in the world.
1.) Those who make things happen
2.) Those who watch things happen
3.) And those who wonder "What the %#*& just happened?!"


  Svayvti

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6/14/08 12:19:22 AM#13
Originally posted by fyerwall


 

People would have been willing to cut the guy a little slack if he knew how to be honest with gamers. Sadly hes not. He no different than Brad McQuaid in reality. He can talk and spin as well as hype people up for his games and when they dont deliver he wont own up nor apologise. Instead he just keeps the spin going.

 

Quoted for Truth.

A lot of the old AO players consider him the one that ruined the game with Shadowlands. They had somethign original and fun and decided they wanted to try to be a bad clone of EQ. Too bad, so sad.

  Kaynos1972

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6/14/08 11:41:25 AM#14

Of course i'm happy with AOC.... lol yeah, i'm surprised here.   Ever heard a dev says the game he made sucks ?

  A5tro

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6/14/08 11:53:32 AM#15

I dont get what is so bad about AOC?  - I'm L40 now so maybe I cant talk as I've not see a lot of it, and also all the 'terrible stuff' people mention I have never witnessed myself in the game, all my friends who play like it to..maybe we are all just retarded or have very bad taste in games!?!?...I have purchased pretty much every fantasy MMO that has come out in the last 3-4 years and it's way better than all of those....maybe it's just that people had all these inflated expectations and so they enjoy picking things apart when they did'nt get exactly what they dreamed?

  User Deleted
6/14/08 2:36:37 PM#16

Is it just me or does any ones ear bleed when you hear the guy speak? No offence to the guy but his accent is like nails on a chalk board to me.

  Smintar

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6/14/08 5:43:18 PM#17

personally I like to see mmorpg NOT even speak with him anymore he has no credibility you folks ought to spend the time on the promises that FUNCOM has made even with AOC and AO over the years just to prove it.

Please no more interviews!!

  Volgore

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6/15/08 12:16:21 AM#18

The good thing about McQuaid was that he disappeared soon after the vanguard-desaster. I'm afraid Gaute will stick around for a while.

Any serious mmo-page should boycott this liar and his false propaganda. Neither the gaming industry nor the gamers do need guys like these.

  Aragon100

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6/15/08 1:48:26 PM#19

 

Satisfied with his own game? Thats a big surprice.

  Ozmodan

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6/15/08 6:49:54 PM#20

How is this different than most of the MMO's released lately?  Hard to blame him for following in the footsteps of his peers.  Unfortunately the investors get anxious and insist on pushing an incomplete game out the door.  While it looks wonderful in the beginning once people get to play it for it bit most realize that the later levels are pretty much empty of content at the moment.   The only bad thing about this game was that they allowed people to level far too fast and discover it way before the first month was up.

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