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Matt Reviews The Bard's Tale

Hi, guys. Do you remember The Bard's Tale, the epic 1985 role-playing game by Michael Cranford? You should! In any case, perhaps this video will show you why you should care about this classic.

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Tim Cain on Fallout Part II

Here's part 2 of my interview with RPG maestro Tim Cain. This is a bittersweet episode in which Tim talks about how the unexpected (by Interplay, anyway) of Fallout led to his loss of creative control over the franchise--and the many concessions he had to make to Interplay's marketing team. Tim is clearly one of us, fully aware of the importance of good packaging, manuals, and the little touches that separate a great game from a good one.

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Tim Cain Interview on Fallout (Part I)

Here's the first part of my interview with Tim Cain, producer of Fallout and many other classic CRPGs. What's fun is that Tim talks about the importance of the Atari 800 (Atariwriter, anyone?), Dungeons & Dragons, GURPS, and of course the origins of Fallout. There's still plenty left to come (the actual interview was over an hour).

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Sean Cooper Talks Syndicate

In part two of my interview with him, Sean Cooper discusses the making of Syndicate, one of the best action strategy games of the 90s and "Bullfrog's finest hour." I don't know about you, but I'd sure like to play his multiplayer version.

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Sean Cooper Interview (Part One, Early Days)

Here it is! The first part of my interview with Mr. Sean Cooper. In this episode, we discuss Sean's youth and early days at Bullfrog, one of the best developers of the early 1990s.

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Matt Barton interviews Chis Avellone of Obsidian Entertainment

Here's the first part of a new multi-part series of video interviews with Chris Avellone, Creative Director of Obsidian Entertainment and lead designer of Planescape:Torment. In this first installment, Chris tells us about his gaming background, which is deeply rooted in pen and paper role-playing.

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Matt Chat 61: Pirates!

Arr! Shiver me timbers! And other such nautical expressions! It is time to set sail with Sid Meier's Pirates!

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Matt Chat 59: The Settlers

Hi, folks. This week's episode features Blue Byte's The Settlers, a classic real-time strategy game from Germany.

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Matt Chat 58: Heroes of Might and Magic

This week's video looks at one of my all-time favorite strategy games, Heroes of Might and Magic. Debuting in 1995 and based on earlier 1990 game called King's Bounty, HoM&M fused role-playing and turn-based strategy games. Hybrids of that sort typically fail, but Jon Van Caneghem is no ordinary mortal. The game is well polished, with great attention to detail and superb audiovisuals. I had a little fun with the video, so let me know what you think! I've also posted some personal notes below.

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Matt Chat 55: Daikatana with John Romero

Here it is, the one you've all been waiting for! In this episode, we discuss the infamous Daikatana and the ill-fated ad campaign ("John Romero will make you his $@$@@"). If you've enjoyed the other Romero episodes, you definitely can't miss this one.

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