Wednesday, July 7, 2010

EXP Podcast #85: Twisted Truth

Every year E3 is all about surprises. Some take the art of the surprise very seriously. At this year's event, Designer David Jaffe shocked fans when he announced the new Twisted Metal. Why were some so taken aback? Because Jaffe explicitly denied the existence of such a title. Without a shred of doubt, he completely lied to journalists and readers. Branching off a post from Kyle Orland on the subject, and two pieces by Nels Anderson, Scott and I discuss the value of surprises, games journalism, film industry norms, and the cultural of secrets. You can find the original articles in the show notes and we encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Some discussion starters:

- Is secrecy in the games industry valuable in anyway?
- Should we be alright with this much secrecy? How about Jaffe's behavior?
- Is the industry incapable of becoming more transparent or is the a cultural trait that can be changed?

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Show notes:

- Run time: 24 min 27 sec
- "David Jaffe is a liar. Do we care?" by Kyle Orland, via The Game Beat
- "It's All Cloack & Dagger" by Nels Anderson, via Above49
- "Sometimes, The Spy Games are Too Much" by Nels Anderson, via Above49
- Music provided by Brad Sucks

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