Matt Chat 155: Jennell Jaquays on Epyx, Ensemble, id, and Game Careers

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I'm back this week for the third and final part of my interview with Ms. Jennell Jaquays. In this part we talk about her game 4x4 Off-Road Racing, a fun little game published by Epyx (Amiga version shown here). Then we talk about her time at id and Ensemble, focusing on Age of Empires III and the War Chiefs expansion, her favorite project of all time. We wrap up with a great discussion about what it takes to get (and maintain) a good job in the games industry.

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Paul H
Joined: 10/11/2011

Here is my retrospective suggestion. "Law of the West",

It's one of the few games that let you truly decide how good or rotten you want to be. Cower away from fights, stand up for yourself, insult/woo women who show interest in you. You can even shoot every person on-sight without talking to them.

Andy (not verified)
I used to love Law of the

I used to love Law of the West. Especially being a western fan, and the pickings are slim as far as western-themed games go. It's a simple game but very cool in how much range in actions it gives you for each encounter.

ruthan's picture
Joined: 01/22/2012
Boring, i this man, woman,

It was boring, this man, woman, shemale or what is.. was everywhere, but is he good, remarkable? I dont think so, i didnt heard in these 80min. no great thoughts, he is only too much exciting about every crapp what he did, sorry but for me Quake 2 was boring, Halo serie is corrupt MS stupid series, which after investing zillion of money, became evenble playable.

This interview will be probably interesing only for 15,16 years guys, at the start, but for me most important that school in too be "hungry" to do what you what to do and exactly know what you want to do.

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
It is easy to diminish the

It is easy to diminish the remarkable accomplishments of others with words, Ruthan, but the language at the beginning of your comment are pretty unacceptable coming from what one would have previously presumed to be a decent, rational human. I realize English is your second language, but whatever point you were trying to get across came across poorly in many, many ways.

Matt Barton
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Joined: 01/16/2006
It'll be interesting to see

It'll be interesting to see how attitudes change after a decade or two of guys playing sexy females in MMOs like WOW and Tera. Surely some of those folks will take it a step further and become transgendered individuals.

Joined: 09/11/2011
I enjoyed the interview. I

I enjoyed the interview. I had never realized Bard's Tale IV was in development. As far as future guests, one mentioned in this interview, have ya thought about Sandy Petersen? I think I suggested him awhile back, or at least thought about it. Also, what about Michael A. Stackpole. He worked on a bunch of games for Interplay, including Wasteland. And I believe he is working on Wasteland 2. He has also worked on table top games, is a novelist, etc. Also author of The Pulling Report, which kind of serves as the table top rpg industry's response to the satanic panic of the 80's.

Anyway, keep up the good work.

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