Matt Chat 138: Matt Interviews David Fox of LucasFilm Games

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Here's a Matt Chat for all fans of Zak McKracken, Rescue on Fractalus!, and all the other great Lucasfilm Games classics. In this first bit, David and I chat about his early days and what was going on behind the scenes during the development of Fractalus. Did you know that it was George Lucas who proposed the alien imposters and that any mention of them be kept out of the manual? Classic stuff.

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Anonymous (not verified)
It's really a shame that

It's really a shame that someone as important as David Fox is wasting precious time on an amateur interview like this. No offense to you, Matt, but I wish some professional journalists would take an interest in interviewing these people, too. Mr. Fox must be really kind to take time out for something like "Matt Chat." Indies are one thing, and you have plenty of them on, but this man actually deserves the attention. What a tragedy to think that your interviews might end up being the only record.

The segments at the end have got to go. Drinking alcohol from a silly looking horn is doing nothing to make people respect you. The corny jokes need to go, too. Take your subject seriously! People like David Fox deserve better than to be interviewed by a drunken clown.

Bill Loguidice
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Anonymous wrote:

It's really a shame that someone as important as David Fox is wasting precious time on an amateur interview like this. No offense to you, Matt, but I wish some professional journalists would take an interest in interviewing these people, too. Mr. Fox must be really kind to take time out for something like "Matt Chat." Indies are one thing, and you have plenty of them on, but this man actually deserves the attention. What a tragedy to think that your interviews might end up being the only record.

The segments at the end have got to go. Drinking alcohol from a silly looking horn is doing nothing to make people respect you. The corny jokes need to go, too. Take your subject seriously! People like David Fox deserve better than to be interviewed by a drunken clown.

And Matt should listen to you because you are...?

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Rob Daviau
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Oh ho hum, another "Anonymous " non registered poster talking crap! Your post is just another TROLL rant. Your thinly veiled attempt to disguise your intent by saying "No offense to you, Matt" is pathetic when it is obvious your only intention is to offend.The only shame to be found here is that unappreciative losers like yourself have nothing better to do then waste everyone else time being offensive and crapping on someone trying to enlighten and give back to the gaming community.

Nice try but NOTHING you posted carries any weight. News flash those "Professional Journalist" you speak of just are not bringing us the interviews like Matt is doing, does David Fox deserve attention? Yes he does and MATT is the one providing it so it is not a waste of time, obviously David Fox thought it was worthwhile so who are you to say any different? Don't pretend your post is anything other then a personal attack against Matt, you insult the real contributors here all of whom appreciate all the work, effort Matt puts into these informative and fun interviews so if you don't like it or the manner in which Matt brings it to you then kindly piss off. For the record, gaming is about FUN, remember that? I suspect the majority of gamers classic or otherwise appreciate the fun, cheerful and enthusiastic presentation Matt provides rather than a dull, lifeless, hum drum interviews you get from your so called Professional Journalist most of whom don't actually know a thing about the subject matter when it comes to gaming. For the record one large bottle of brew does not a drunken clown make lol.

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Matt Barton
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Thanks Rob & Bill. I'll

Thanks Rob & Bill.

I'll assume that Anonymous is genuine about not wanting to offend, so I'm not going to get offended. However, I think you should be careful what you wish for. Professionals, by definition, have to earn a living doing what they do. That means that they can't cover what they WANT; they have to cover what will sell and help them earn their living. Thus, they are forced by necessity to cater to much bigger markets. In short, by the time they made something like this profitable enough to bother with, it'd be reduced to something you and I wouldn't bother with.

As much as WE love this videogame history stuff, it's not going to interest Joe Plumber or even Joe Gamer. This is a niche within a niche!

As for the ale segments, that's at the end of the video and it's clear where the cut off point is. If you don't want to watch it, just stop the video. "No offense," but if you can't figure out how to do that, maybe I'm not the one who's over-indulged!

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Sorry Matt you are too kind..

Sorry Matt you are too kind.. this is the same guy (opinion)who was riled becuse you didnt like a single game.. he has been trolling here every since. If im wrong.. thenI AM .. but i never noticed any of this trolling till one game rattled the cage. I may be wrong.. but the "no offence" then calling you a drunken clown are simply trolling, critics are one thing.. name calling simply makes any of his comments null iand void. There is a simple an VERY EFFECTIVE sollution for people like this and you pointed it out.. dont watch.

As for professional.. sorry, that is like saying apple and orange ar the same.. Interviews are done a ZILLION ways.. none are right or wrong. Some go all techy, some get to KNOW a person and that is one reason I LIKE yours.. of course thre are people who want to know the gritty innards of the past.. and there are interviewers who do that, development machines, specs etc.. and There is a whole set of people who enjoy that indepth stuff.. you try to make the interview as plesant as possible, and you let the person tell (and talk) about what they like ( or pretend to like, smiles, are a pretty good judge, and most of your interviews have the person smiling).. That is the reason i like yours.. its not always about the game, but about the person making the game, HIS Stories he wants to bring up.. that in my opinion is why you are good at this.. you ask and they tell, and addlib and we hear more then any set of specific questions, time limits ,guidlines would have shown. You do have a style and its a good one IMHO.

If there was one SHRED of worth in his comment (this is MY OPINION NOBODY elses) "Indies are one thing, and you have plenty of them on, but this man actually deserves the attention. What a tragedy to think that your interviews might end up being the only record." i agree with this.. to many of the old guard are forgotten, dont really get recognized for the contrubutions they gave to this industry.

Ben Damer (not verified)
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Great interview. I thought the part about why LucasArts / LucasFilm Games didn't make Star Wars games back then was quite interesting - it's a shame they eventually did a 180 on this and focused solely on that one franchise (and Indiana Jones, to a lesser extend). One has to wonder how many more great titles based on other IPs they would have produced through the late 90s and 2000s if they had not revised that decision.

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