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Preyweb - a group of HTML documents with Prey specifications and ideas, written throughout 1997 and 1998 by Paul Schuytema and the Prey development team. They are the most complete collection of documents about Paul Schuytema's vision of Prey, and they include:
Plot 1 - a brief overview of the planned plot. Last modified on September 24, 1997.
Great-grandfather audition - Voice audition text for Talon Brave's great-grandfather (Tommy's grandfather in the final game, still voiced by John William Galt). Last modified on October 13, 1997.
Mary Thunder audition - Voice audition text for Mary Thunder (Jen in the final game). Last modified on October 13, 1997.
Staleene Keeper audition - Voice audition text for the Staleene Keeper (the Mother in the final game). Last modified on October 13, 1997.
Talon audition - Voice audition text for Talon Brave (Tommy in the final game). Last modified on October 13, 1997.
Concept short story - Narration for the first two levels of chapter 1, written as a short story. Last modified on October 13, 1997.
New whole design - Project specifications, including a project schedule, the intended features, the target requirements, the behavior of the enemies, and the planned weapons.
According to the schedule, the shareware episode of Prey was supposed to be released around May/June 1998 (soon after the E3 presentation, when Duke Nukem Forever switched to the Unreal engine), and the game should have gone gold around September/October 1998 (when work was interrupted and Paul Schuytema's version of the game was canned). Last modified on October 29, 1997.
Master plot synopsis - A slightly more detailed overview of the intended plot. Last modified on December 12, 1997.
Dramatica text - Another plot overview, with motivations and feelings for each of the characters, describing how each character evolves during the game. Last modified on December 15, 1997.
Chapter 2 and 3 gameflow - Detailed description of the intended scenes, environments and objectives for the levels in chapters 2 and 3. Last modified on June 11, 1998.
Full Prey story treatment 1 - Description of the whole game story, divided into chapters, in turn divided into levels. Slightly less detailed than the Preyweb version. Last modified on June 11, 1998.
Prey story treatment 6 - Another description of the whole game story. This one mirrors the Preyweb version closely, except that the name "Talon Brave" and the word "prey" are correctly used throughout the document. Last modified on June 11, 1998.
Whole gameflow working July 14 - Detailed description of the intended scenes, environments and objectives for the whole game. Last modified on July 14, 1998.
Working ch4-7 - Descriptions of various intended scripted events from chapters 4 through 7. Notably, the view from the portal at the end of the game is described as "a city, obviously alien in nature": the same setting that was planned for Prey 2 in 2011 by Human Head. Last modified on July 30, 1998.
Publishing agreement between Apogee, Human Head and Take2, to develop the game. Dated May 2001.
Prey movie script deal - Contract between Scott Miller and Green Monster Films Inc. to develop a Prey movie, that never came to fruition. Dated October 27, 2005,
Prey 2 Franchisable Elements - Document by Scott Miller about the ideas he wanted to introduce in Prey 2, before the IP was transferred to Bethesda.
1996 weekly updates - News from the Tom Hall era, describing various aspects of Prey's development up to its demise in mid-1996. For convenience, all updates have been joined into a single page. Newest updates first, so start reading from the bottom of the page. Last modified in November 1996.
1997-1998 weekly updates - News from the Paul Schuytema era, describing various aspects of Prey's development until the departure of Paul Schuytema, the arrival of Corrinne Yu and her departure in 1999.
Most of the news had been erased in 2000 when Prey was put on hold, so they have been recovered from the Waybackmachine. You will notice that, unlike with Duke Nukem Forever, 3DRealms was never afraid to let the public know what was going on with Prey. This is why Prey's hype has always been under control and the public's expectations for it have always been realistic.
This is a trimmed version of 3DRealms' Prey news archive, without extraneous elements like banners. Last modified on April 29, 1999.
2005-2006 weekly updates - News from the Human Head era, describing various aspects of Prey's development until the release of the game itself and its SDK.
This is a trimmed version of 3DRealms' Prey news archive, without extraneous elements like banners. Last modified on October 14, 2006.
Preditor (the Prey level editor) is embedded in the Prey executable. To run it, you need to create a Prey.exe shortcut that will run the following command line:
PREY.exe +set developer 1 +set r_fullscreen 0 +set com_allowConsole 1 +set r_multiSamples 0 +set r_mode 4 +set r_aspectratio 0 +wait +editor
These tutorials were originally released by 3DRealms on the now defunct PreyWiki, under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5) Creative Commons license. Please note that the Preditor tutorials here require a basic working knowledge of the Doom 3 editor. This is not meant to be a comprehensive tutorial on how to use Preditor.
Here is an archive of sample maps that include all the portal examples talked about in this tutorial section.
1996 Titania interview with Tom Hall, Jim Dose, William Scarboro and Mark Dochterman:
Titania: I noticed you've got quite a background in computer entertainment. One of the founders of id Software, with credits such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Rise of the Triad. What was the influence behind choosing this type of work? Was it by chance, or something you planned to do?
Tom Hall: I've always loved games, from Sea Wolf in the arcades to that incredible Christmas when we got the Atari 2600, but on June 9th, 1980, our family got an Apple II+. From that moment on, it was all over. I saw the computer as an amazing medium for creativity and exploration. The excitement I felt that summer-just typing in commands and having the computer do the cool things you told it to-changed my life's direction. I always wanted to do this, but realistically, I felt I'd be in educational software or something. I got a job doing monthly software at Softdisk, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Then I met two of our contributors, John Romero and John Carmack. They later started work on a Gamer's Edge disk, and I snuck in after work to do levels and design. A few months later Adrian Carmack (no relation) started doing art for the disk, and well, I think you know the rest.
Titania: Now you're working on Prey for 3D Realms. Tell me more about the game, story and all.
Tom Hall: You are abducted from Earth, and wake up with a biotech suit on. Not only on you, but parts of it are woven into you, tubes and wires enter muscles, joints, and so on. You'll never be the same again. Alien races are studying six different disciplines of fighting, and you are grist for their mill, meant to be killed as they practice and perfect their study of their chosen discipline. Your job is to survive, which means you must learn how the world works, how to use the alien weapons, and what tactics will work against the strong attackers you're pitted against.
It's a first person action game. The engine has six degrees of freedom (which means you can look in any direction and move in any direction). That's as good as you can get, freedom-wise. The lighting is both pre-computed _and_ dynamic: lights around the level cast soft-edged shadows, but also searchlights can scan around the room. One of the characters is going to have a flashlight on its gun, so if you're in a dark room, you'll see the beam searching around for you.
It's going to be straight action, but the theme of the game provides a much richer texture than other games in this genre. Everything will fit together well, all thematic to each of the disciplines. For instance, there is a Temple of Might, and the inhabitants will be solely concerned with using force to wage war against you. The environment will be suitable to creatures of Might: heavy, oppressive architecture and all very sturdy to withstand the amazing battles that take place within it.
Titania: Judging from the look and feel of Prey, it seems you're looking to create a contender for id's Quake. Was that the motivation behind Prey, or did something else influence its design?
Tom Hall: Well, if Quake didn't exist, we'd still be making this game. We set out to make a scary, intense sci-fi game with unparalleled action and user-customizability. The Prey engine or the Quake engine are the logical next step in making 3D games: computed lighting with polygon- based characters. We already did light sourcing in a limited fashion on the walls of Rise of the Triad, but here it is done in full splendor. :)
Titania: From what we're told, there's less than a dozen people who are physically working on Prey. Still, they encompass a wealth of talent. Was the assemblage of "elite" designers and programmers intentional, so as to make Prey a more advanced game?
Tom Hall: We're pretty much the people that worked on Rise of the Triad. That was our warm-up game. As far as having the elite, well, we try not to hire bozos at Apogee. ;^) William Scarboro is finally getting to do what he was hired for. He studied both computer science and high-end math, so he's the perfect person for making a 3D engine. It's weird, when you go through geometry and calculus and think, "When will I ever use this stuff?" Well, you have to use it all the time writing 3D games!
Titania: The engine used to create the game doesn't seem to be very similar to the Build engine, but technology is always evolving. What is this new engine called, and is it a relative of 3D Realms' Build technology?
Tom Hall: Well, we usually call it the Prey engine, but at times it's been called Tears (as in what our competitors will be shedding when they see how cool it is) and a bunch of other inside joke names. It has nothing to do with Build, except they are both 3D engines. The Prey engine is much more advanced. Without getting abysmally technical, the world is a bunch of polygons. A tree of these polygons is made by seeing what polygons are in front of a given polygon, and what ones are behind it. This allows you to know what things are visible from a given place. (It is so much more complex that this, but...) Then all those polygons are lit up by light sources placed in the level. I won't even go into how that is done. Let's just say it looks really cool.
Titania: Could you describe what this new Prey Engine is trying to accomplish?
William Scarboro: The whole idea behind the design of a graphics engine is to provide the most realistic environment possible for a first-person action-oriented game. We plan to achieve a frame rate in the game around the mid to high twenties on a P90. It also has to look incredible. Static environment lighting will provide close to photo quality, while real-time dynamic lighting will put an end to the dull, placid look of most games of this genre. Finally, there are no restrictions whatsoever on architecture, since the engine is true 3-D. Prey will take full advantage of this with impressive and very alien levels for the player to explore.
Titania: Some of the things depicted in current screen shots are ray traced lighting, unique architecture, shadows & detailed textures. Apparently this is an effort to make more realistic environments for tomorrow's games. What barrier's had to be overcome before this technology was developed? And what sort of visual and artistic advancements are you attempting to make?
Tom Hall: Well, first off, computers needed to have the number- crunching muscle to do all the calculations necessary. Now we have Pentiums. The formulas are all there waiting in books for anyone to read. The big problem is finding shortcuts and optimizations so that you still get perfect-looking places but you can also draw them fast enough to have a "fun" frame rate.
The lighting is just beautiful. As one of the level designers has said, "even if there were no monsters, I'd buy this just to walk around are see the environment." We're striving for a completely real-looking places, while setting a bold, alien style. You could call it Alien Industrial Gothic.
Everything in the place will look like it was made with thought behind it--not just a bunch of rooms! For a place to look real, it needs to look like someone a while ago actually made it, with some intent, alien thought it may be. You may not recognize everything, but it all makes some sort of intuitive sense.
Titania: Passing through the graphical content, what efforts are being made to compose a sound track and aural effects for Prey?
Tom Hall: The "music" will be more of a threatening alien atmosphere, sort of an ambient malevolence. That and the sound effects are being composed by our resident musician, Lee Jackson. We've got a few sound effects in now, and man, Prey is going to sound awesome.
Titania: A cornerstone of first person entertainment is serial gaming. Doom seemed to revolutionize the way we think about modem and network play. It seems that Prey will push the envelope even further in this regard. What features are being included so as to make Prey a terrific multiplayer experience?
Mark Dochterman: Prey will be a great multi-player game. The multi- player architecture has been built in from the start, which will mean multiplay will have our full attention, not just be a tacked-on afterthought. The type of gameplay we're designing for single play incorporates all the elements of an awesome deathmatch while still also being a cool one- player game. The enemies in Prey will behave as much as possible like a human player. They share the same weapons, and use the same ammo as you do. They will have intelligent tactics, and suffer the same needs as human foes. The multi- player game will not be a totally different game, but really the same game in which there are just more humans playing. Upwards of 30 players will be able to engage in a single Prey-match if the Prey server is being run on a separate machine. You'll be able to use the server machine as a client but at a loss of players (probably less than 10). Prey is also being designed for the Internet. Prey servers will be popping up all over the Internet. Hopping from server to server will be as easy as running around on the World Wide Web is now.
Tom Hall: Multiplayer network games have been around since the old UNIX Mazewar game, which was a little text maze you wandered around in, shooting other network players. That was over ten years ago. DOOM brought it to the mass market. With Prey, we are setting the game up from day one as multiplayer-oriented. When you exit a Prey level, you won't go to "level + 1", you'll go to what is basically a World Wide Web address. It may happen to be on your computer, but it could be on some far-away server. You could exit the level and find yourself in the virtual lobby of a company in Brazil or something. Users will have our level editor, as well as a built-in assembler, so they can make programs in any language that actually run IN Prey. Prey is going to be an awesome game, but it's also going to be an amazing development environment. You could even write a word-processor in it, if you really want to. Jim DosÈ is writing the code interpreter, and he's making it ridiculously powerful. He wants to be able to compile the compiler from within itself (kind of pointless, but it is somehow satisfying in a masochistic programmer way...). Jim also wrote the editor, and as you can see from the first levels, it works pretty well.
Titania: Beyond human players, what can you tell me about the game's AI? And what sort of opponents can we expect to face?
Tom Hall: We are taking steps to have the opponents think much more like human opponents. You both use the same weapons system. You both need health. Apart from a strong understanding of how to use things in the level, they'll also occasionally do things so intelligently, you'll swear you were playing against a human. We'll see how that goes.
The opponents will use many different tactics against the player, and it will be up to the player to figure them out, and figure a good defense and offense against them. Sometimes it will be brainless shooting. Other times, you'll need a lot of smarts to get out alive.
Jim Dose: Prey's AI engine is designed to be expandable on an extreme scale. We have a script based system that uses fully C-compliant script code. This allows us to program our actors in the same language we program the game in, plus it allows us (and those who buy the game) to create add on packs that completely change the way the game works. In a way, Prey is not only the game we're making, but it is also the game development system that we use.
Since we want the game to be this flexible, the player actually controls a camera which in turn sends its controls to an actor in the game. This allows the player to choose which character in the game they want to control. If they get tired of playing the 'hero' of the game, they can choose to play as a monster. You can also choose to have robot players cooperatively play along side the user, or they can play against you for deathmatch without a network.
Titania: What sort of weapons and tactics can be used to survive in this alien world?
Tom Hall: The tactics are borne of the six disciplines, which form a thing called the "Warrior Wheel". To fight against a certain discipline, you must practice its opposite.
Weapon-wise, we will have a set of incredibly awesome-looking weapons, and also weapons that are more like tools.
Titania: Any other features of interest?
Tom Hall: We are really dedicated to making each part of Prey of the highest quality. The engine is great, the sound will be awesome, and the gameplay, most important of all, has to be superior. There are a few advancements we don't want to talk about yet, partly because we want to be the first to have them, and partly because they are in development and we're not sure which path we'll take with them!
Titania: Prey seems to be on a smooth road so far. There's news that you're already working on the network play capabilities. Is there a demo in the near future? Give me a rough estimate as to when Prey should hit the shelves, or perhaps a status on current completion.
Tom Hall: We're mentally oriented towards Christmas, but realistically, we'll probably wrap in Q1 next year. We won't put it out until it is the game we want it to be.
Titania: Do you think Prey will be "the next big thing"?
Tom Hall: Well, I can't really predict the future, but it has a number of innovations that will make it a remarkable game, and it is open-ended, so it can be enjoyed with enhancement packs and user-created stuff for a long time. The "next big thing" is usually something that the media embraces and gets behind, and that's how people get to know about it. One of the few next big things that didn't really develop this way was Wolfenstein. That really grew from grass roots and word of mouth.
Prey is going to rock. Lots of people are really going to like it. That's about all I can predict. It'll be somewhere between a rather successful game and a virtual movement that will take over the world. Somewhere in there. ;^)
February 5, 1998 Adrenaline Vault interview with Paul Schuytema:
The Light at the End of the Tunnel:
An Interview with Prey Producer Paul Schuytema
May 13, 1998 Gameslice interview with Scott Miller:
Name: Scott Miller
Company: 3D Realms
Scott Miller started programming games in 1975, the year this interviewer was born. Wow. Having made over 100 games to 1990, and co-authored he then quit his day job to start running Apogee Software full-time.
From then onwards, things have only got better, with the Duke Nukem phenomenon and the cultivation of the much-respected 3D Realms development brand. And with Prey and Max Payne forthcoming, it seems the future looks bright.
So, GameSlice's Game Design has managed to procure a most interesting interview with the owner/partner of Apogee/3D Realms, dealing with Prey, Remedy, and that nice man Duke Nukem himself.. process this.
GD: How much of a say do you think the more senior management of a company (such as yourself) should have in the design of a product?
SM: In our company, the two owners, George Broussard and myself, are intimately involved with game development. George is the project leader on Duke Nukem Forever, and I handle games by our by our external teams, such as Balls of Steel by Wildfire Studios (in Australia), and Max Payne by Remedy Entertainment (in Finland).
George and I have a long history of creating/coding our own games, back when one person did it all (multi-person teams really didn't become a given until the late 80's), plus we were involved in the game industry in other ways, such as arcade managers and professional writers. We even tried to start a gaming league for the top players in the early 80's, which would organize tournaments like the PGL, but then the arcade industry had it's first crash in 1983 and that killed our effort.
Basically, George and I *are* developers--game designers, more specifically--who happen to own a business. We've both been playing and designing games since 1978.
GD: Should companies employ separate games designers, or does the role integrate nicely into existing job titles?
SM: We don't employ dedicated game designers, but that's not to say that they're not necessary at all game companies. Our approach is to settle on a game concept, and every developer on the project gets to have their influence on the design of the game. We have project leaders, such as George on the Duke games and Paul Schuytema on Prey, who help filter the appropriate ideas and shape them into a usable form--not every idea from every developer can be used, after all. (We invented a phrase several years ago, "shit filter," which refers to a person's ability to recognize good ideas from bad ideas. People with bad shit filters let bad ideas get into their games.)
So, at 3D Realms, a project leader is the closest thing to a dedicated game designer, but really the roles are quite different.
GD: Why so many add-on level packs for Duke Nukem?
SM: Simple: They keep selling.
Our marketing manager at our Duke Nukem publisher, GT Interactive Software, recently remarked that anything they slap "Duke Nukem" on sells. If you combine all the different Duke versions, Duke add-ons and the number of Duke games that we sell direct, Duke would be the top selling game since its release nearly two years ago. As an game property, Duke is probably one of the top five in all of gaming, right up there with Mario, Lara Croft, and Flight Simulator.
GD: Does having a major Apogee/3DRealms external developer like Remedy such a darn long way away (Finland!) make things tricky? How have you tried to get round this problem?
SM: It's not too tricky, thanks to the Internet and email. Plus, they've come to visit several times and we meet at every E3. The Internet has compressed the world into a much smaller space. We get milestone CD burns from Remedy every month, and have a round of discussions based on the current state of the game. Mark my words: Remedy will soon be recognized as one of the world's leading independent PC developers.
GD: Do most publishers know anything about games? (heh, is this a leading question?)
SM: A better question is this one: Do the key decision makers at most publishers know a good game from a bad one? My answer is "no." For example, you recently interviewed a CEO who, when you asked if he had time to play his own company's games, said: "Not really. I do a few hours of each game, but that's it."
Is there any wonder why this CEO's company releases such hit and miss games?
The problem with most large publishers is that the CEO's and V.P.s are not from a developer background, they're most likely business, marketing and financial people, and don't have a long track record of game development and playing games.
We had one of these V.P.s visit us right before Duke Nukem 3D was released, looking at our games to see if we had anything worth porting to consoles. This guy passed on Duke, not seeing it's potential, and thinking it was just another DOOM clone. He simply didn't understand all the new innovations Duke brought to the genre. He no longer works for this company.
GD: Do you think there'll be 'copycat' new companies trying to emulate G.o.D (the new 'publisher' conglomerate that 3DRealms/Apogee have pledged support for)? Or do you think the rest of the industry will have trouble breaking away from their current business model?
SM: I think established publishers will not attempt to copy g.o.d.'s business model, simply because a key element of this model is a board of directors mostly comprised of developers. The board's job will be to maintain a priority on developer concerns, such as royalty rates, developer ownership of intellectual property rights, and pushing the developer's name ahead of g.o.d.'s name.
GD: It's noticeable that not that many companies have tried emulating Apogee's innovative business model.
SM: The reason few developers have copied Apogee's shareware marketing and direct sales methods is because most publishers do not allow developers to do what we do, because it cuts the publisher out of a good portion of the game's revenue. G.o.d., though, will help developers with selling their games via shareware, by having its own order taking and fulfillment division.
GD: If you could steal one coder for your company, who would it be?
SM: I have the utmost respect for John Carmack as a coder. He amazed me back in 1990 when Apogee first brought id into the shareware industry. Over the years that we worked together I spent a lot of time talking to John picking his brain and trying to figure out how he came upon his innovative solutions to problems other coders couldn't solve--trying to understand his genius. He was always three steps ahead of anyone else in the industry. His strength is not in his programming skills--it's in the fact that he's very accurate at predicting which future technologies are most important and appropriate to pursue. John probably has better binoculars than anyone else in this industry.
GD: When you managed an arcade location early in the eighties, which games were the most popular?
SM: Even people born after the early 80's know which games we played back then, such as Asteroids, Missile Command, Defender, Joust, Xevious, Battlezone, Tempest, Galaxian, Centipede, Zaxxon, Gravitar, Space Invaders, Scramble, Robotron, etc. The key back then is that gameplay mattered, simply because the graphics sucked and couldn't carry a game. Nowadays, graphics must play too important a role, which is a distraction from the depth and polish of the gameplay for game developers.
GD: And did you sneak round after work with the keys getting plenty of free credits? :)
SM: I didn't wait until after work, I played constantly *during* work hours! :) And, yes, even after work I played, allowing all my friends to play for free, too.
GD: Do you think you started promoting "Prey" too early?
SM: Not at all. Prey is actually two projects. The first one was cancelled after a year of struggling with which direction to take it. The second and current Prey incarnation has very little to do with that first project called Prey, because it has entirely different objectives, and a new staff running the show. When Prey is released, it will have been a two year project, which for a game as ambitious as this, is not too long. Plus, unlike some games long in development, like Stonekeep and Descent to Undermountain, Prey when released will be a cutting-edge game in both gameplay and technology.
GD: Capcom or Namco - which rules more?
SM: Namco in the 80's, Capcom in the 90's.
GD: How's the sports car quotient at your company going compared to those show-offs at ID? 0:)
SM: I think overall our developers are a bit more pragmatic than those at id, and don't necessarily want expensive show-off cars. We've had our Ferrari-owning exceptions, though. ;)
GD: "Balls Of Steel" - what makes it stand out?
SM: Five tables, compared to one table in most PC pinball games, such as the Pro Pinball series. Also, we didn't set out to make a 100% pinball "simulator." Instead, Balls of Steel adds many cool, animated features that are not possible with the real game--we take advantage of the fact that this is a computer game, and do very cool things like breathing dragons, burning buildings, ball-eating monsters, exploding enemies, morphing table features, and even a table that can be totally submerged underwater with floating landmines.
GD: There seems to have been relatively few releases on Apogee recently - is this down to lack of good material submitted to you, or because you want to concentrate on a small number of projects?
SM: Apogee is basically retired as a game label. We've decided to focus on our 3D Realms division for now, because we think 3D games are where all the action is at.
GD: Why do people identify with Duke Nukem?
SM: He represents the kick-butt nature buried in all of us. He's a fantasy that we all wish we could sometimes be like.
GD: And finally.. give us your "State Of The Gaming Nation" speech. What's been good, and what will continue to suck?
SM: If you've got money to burn, things are good because advancing hardware technology will mean incredible new games (at least, great looking games) are around the corner. If you don't have the money to keep up, you might not be able to play coming new games. Progress is a double-edged sword.
Finally, I think more and more developers and publishers are realizing that they cannot rush out a game without months of polishing the gameplay, and this will result in better games for us all.
June 24, 2006 Eurogamer interview with Tim Gerritsen:
If you haven't seen Prey in action yet, you really ought to take a look. For those who aren't familiar, it's a new first-person shooter with a sci-fi feel and an interesting take on boring old gravity - and it's heading to PC and Xbox 360 later this year.
The storyline revolves around Native American garage mechanic Tommy, who finds himself trapped aboard an alien spaceship with a personality all of its own. It's your job to rescue Tommy's girlfriend and find a way off the ship, together with the help of a ghostly hawk by the name of Talon. Luckily, you're armed with all sorts of mysterious Spirit Powers to help you in this task - not to mention an arsenal of really quite exciting guns.
We sat down with Tim Gerritsen of Human Head to ask him all manner of questions including what makes Prey different from your average FPS, why there are only two multiplayer modes, and whether a console controller can ever really beat the old mouse-and-keyboard combo... Read on to find out more.
Eurogamer: What sets Prey apart from other first-person shooters?
Tim Gerritsen: There are several things. There's the reluctant hero who isn't a space marine or a soldier, but rather just a man put in a position where he has no choice but to survive. There's the story told from a first-person point of view, where the hero is active and talking [about] the story that unfolds around him.
There's the use of Death Walk to get you back into the game after you've died, but without requiring you to replay an entire section of the game.There's the unique level design that throws out the usual laws of physics and places you within a living organism.
There's the use of Talon, your spirit totem to assist you as you navigate through the world. There's the setting, high above Earth, where you are constantly reminded of the menace that faces your loved ones. I could go on and on...
Eurogamer: The game seems to have a bit of an Aliens feel to it - were the Alien films an influence on you? What other films have inspired you?
Tim Gerritsen: Specifically, HR Giger was a big influence on us. His ability to create a look that is at once biological and mechanical had a huge influence on us visually. We were inspired to create a unique look of our own that captured his spirit without specifically trying to ape his style.
Star Wars and its unique blending of spiritual and science fiction elements was also a big influence on us, as was Fire in the Sky, an abduction movie that finely captures the ever-present sense of fear in a totally alien environment.
Eurogamer: Where did the idea for the 'living ship' come from?
Tim Gerritsen: That came early on. We felt that by making the ship you are abducted to a living entity, it gave us more opportunities to evolve the story beyond the usual science fiction drama. Getting the right look for that ship took much longer and was far harder.
Eurogamer: Can you explain a bit about the Spirit powers? How do they work, and at what points are they likely to prove useful?
Tim Gerritsen: The spirit powers that Tommy learns during the game are Spirit Walk, which is the ability to leave his body and travel as a spirit. He leaves his body behind (leaving it defenseless and subject to attack) giving his spirit [the power] to travel semi-invisibly to by pass enemies (or sneak attack them), and to interact with key objects in the real world.
The next spirit power is Death Walk, which is what happens if your physical body is killed. Your spirit travels to a plane of existence between our world and the next and is forced to fight to return to the real world, where it can rejoin your physical body.
The final major spirit power is your spirit totem, Talon. He is a hawk that acts as your translator but also your companion, who defends you during battle by seeking to distract your enemies.
Eurogamer: What exactly is 'portal technology'? What are the portals for?
Tim Gerritsen: Portals are used in various ways. The most obvious one is as a door between two points that enemies can travel through to attack you. Other portals are more subtle - they are used to change the physical setup of the world and make it something very different from what you see in our world.
Others may be invisible to the player entirely, but I don't want to give too much away regarding that.
Eurogamer: What's your favourite weapon in the game, and how does it work?
Tim Gerritsen: My favourite weapon is the hider weapon, a sort of acid shotgun that shoots out the yellow glowing gastric juices of one of the enemies you fight. A lot of people like that gun, though I think the playtesters like the flexibility of the leech gun - a gun that sucks the power out of energy nodes on board the starship, creating different shooting effects depending on the type of power drawn upon.
Nearly all of the weapons have some sort of organic component to them as well, which creates both a visual interest and 'ick' factor when seeing them in use.
Eurogamer: Why are there only deathmatch and team deathmatch modes? Why not capture the flag, or something more original?
Tim Gerritsen: Prey is predominantly a single player game, and we didn't want to divide our focus by trying to add on a ton of half-baked modes to multiplay.
Instead we decided to focus on making Deathmatch and doing it right. We reasoned that if we did a good deathmatch mode and got it right, and released the editor and SDK, we'd be in a far better position to create or support new modes down the road.
If we delivered a bad multiplayer experience, and few people cared about it, we figured there would be no point - since future development would never happen. This is the strategy we saw Valve use with Half-Life and we feel it worked very well in their case, thus proving our theory.
I think too many developers of limited size and resources like us try to throw in everything but the kitchen sink, thus creating a multiplayer that is quickly forgotten. We didn't want to do that.
Eurogamer: How does the anti-gravity element of the gameplay affect the way multiplayer matches play out?
Tim Gerritsen: It's not really anti-gravity so much as different gravity, and it's the key to why our multiplayer is fun. By throwing out the typical rules of gravity, we created multiplayer situations where you really have to be thinking and reacting at all times.
We were very concerned early on that players would become overwhelmed by this feature, but in test it has proved to be easily adjusted to by most players and a hell of a lot of fun. Any game where you can be standing on one surface, while every other surface in the room has it's own localised gravity is a different experience to say the least.
Eurogamer: What are the main differences between the Xbox 360 version and the PC version?
Tim Gerritsen: Both versions use the same source content though some of the visuals on the 360 use the medium PC quality settings for performance reasons. The 360 version has fully integrated Live support while the PC version uses the traditional user server based play.
Of course there's the controls as well. The PC version was designed for keyboard and mouse while the 360 uses the controller, though we tried to make sure the controls on each were adjusted so as to be comfortable and feel natural to the player. Outside of these differences, however, the experiences are very similar.
Eurogamer: A lot of hardcore FPS fans would say you can never have a truly great FPS on a console, because nothing can beat the mouse and keyboard combo. How would you respond to this?
Tim Gerritsen: I believe Halo laid this to rest with a strong FPS experience on a console. For the super fast twitch style player who rules with a keyboard and mouse, however, I don't think anything will ever make them accept the controller/console experience.
For the mainstream gamer, the controller-based FPS is a lot of fun. Bad controls are bad controls, however, regardless of platform. For the 360 we worked with Venom to make sure the basic controls felt smooth and we followed the Halo setup as the guide. We also made the controls customisable with several different presets and easy adjustibility of the controller sensitivity to make the experience unique to each person who plays the game.
Eurogamer: Last time we saw the game we noticed there were two difficulty levels - 'Normal' and 'Wicked'. Are you familiar with the meaning of 'Wicked' when used within South-East London?
Tim Gerritsen: No, I'm personally not familiar, so pardon my ignorance on that. That's an unlockable version of the game that has actually been changed to Cherokee mode. The original use comes from another 3D Realms game - Max Payne - that had a similar unlockable mode.
Basically, the game has its own dynamic difficulty adjustment system that adjusts upwards or downwards on a limited scale based on how the player is doing. Once you finish the game, you unlock Cherokee mode, which is far harder - there are no health pick ups, less ammo, and everything is set to a harder level so you can really challenge yourself after you've played through the game.
Eurogamer: The PC demo has just been released? What can players expect from it?
Tim Gerritsen: It's a fairly large demo. Not necessarily in terms of size, since it clocks in at about what most demos do these days, but in terms of how much content. We've shipped with two multiplayer maps and the first five levels of the game. You get to see a fair bit of the game in action to get a feel for it.
If you buy the full game, though, the demo save games work with the final version of the game (at least on PC) so that you don't have to replay sections if you don't like.
July 11, 2006 Creative interview with Ed Lima:
Interviewee: Ed Lima, Former Audio Director at Human Head, Audio Lead on Prey
Developer: Human Head
Game Title: Prey™
Q1: What was your role on Prey and what other games have you worked on in the past?
I was Audio Lead on "Prey", which means I was responsible for everything you hear in the game, including sound effects, music and voiceover. I also directed the voiceover actors, and contributed some additional writing to the game. My previous titles include "DOOM 3", "007 Nightfire", and Empire Earth.
Q2: Prey has had an interesting development cycle, was there any old content you inherited from the old "Prey" that was being developed by 3D Realms? Or any direction from back then for sound design?
As with most other elements of "Prey", 3D Realms very generously gave Human Head free reign to do what was required. Since the monsters, weapons and settings were all newly created for the game, all of the audio content was similarly built from the ground up. We did use some original Grandfather voiceover in our first E3 2005 trailer for "Prey", but beyond that, every audio asset is brand new.
Q3: What were the challenges in developing a game like Prey, which has such diverse and out of this world environments?
Science fiction settings are always fun and challenging to work in for sound designers, since we basically have carte blanche to produce whatever crazy effects we can think of. "Prey" features a unique combination of science fiction, organic, and natural exterior environments, plus interesting and original enemies and biotech weapons, all of which provide a unique playground for sound.
Q4: Are there any particular effects or levels that you like the most?
I'm quite proud of the voice acting in "Prey". We were very lucky to cast such a wonderfully talented group of actors, all of which really got into "Prey's" unique premise. I think the taunting alien voice in Tommy's head and accompanying sound effects are a high point in that regard. I'm happy with how the alternate sniper fire on the Hunter rifle turned out, too.
Q5: What role does 3D audio play in Prey?
"Prey's" unique 360-degree settings and visceral gunplay happen all around Tommy all the time. 3D audio is essential to helping the player get his or her bearing in the crazy topsy-turvy world of the Sphere. OpenAL goes a long way towards accomplishing this through its tightly pinpointed 3D panning system. Sounds are much more clearly pointsourced in OpenAL than in the game's default sound system. This provides an additional benefit to multiPrey gamers, since they'll have a better bead on where their enemies are.
Q6: How was OpenAL and EAX® ADVANCED HD™ used in Prey and how does it add to the experience?
OpenAL and EAX ADVANCED HD had been implemented into Prey about a year and a half ago. This allowed us to really fine-tune and craft the 3D audio experience to suit OpenAL's and EAX's strengths. OpenAL gave us the hardware acceleration we wanted for full 3D sound effects and the EAX allowed us to add in nice Multiple Reverb effects to spice up all the sound environments in the game.
Q7: Have you tried the game on a Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ and if so, how does it sound?
Most of the sound design was created with the X-Fi™, and the entire game was mixed on an X-Fi Fatal1ty card and Gigaworks speaker system. If players want to live the true "Prey" sound experience as it was intended, the Sound Blaster X-Fi is a requirement.
George Broussard on #Duke3D 1-13-97:
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<D_Nukem> Woha, Hi George!
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<GeorgB3DR> hey guys
<Vadir> hi george
<Vadir> ive never met u before
<Joris> Hello George
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<GeorgB3DR> Hi Vadir...
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<RingFingr> Wow...it's George...
<D_Nukem> George: Soo...can I get anything out of you about Pinball Wizards?
<Vadir> George i hear u r a fellow keyboarder
<RingFingr> An idea why Shadow Warrior has taken 3 years to develop?
<Joris> George: I hate to sound corny but I have a couple of CON questions
<Reptile> Cool dudes, George is here
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<Vadir> do u use the default keys
<Vadir> mousers keep kicking my butt
<GeorgB3DR> DN: Not a big deal. Just a new label for those kind of games
<sammy2> Can any body tell me where to get jetpack for the toxicdump?
<GeorgB3DR> Vadir: Yup, only the top 2% of mousers have a chance :)
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<GeorgB3DR> Ring: Typical problems. It'll be real cool when it's out though
<D_Nukem> George: Does this mean you will be publishing many more pinball games in
<Vadir> do u use the keyboard default setup
<GeorgB3DR> DN: If we do, we'll have the label :)
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: All default, cept jump and duck for medkit too
<Joris> GeorgeB3DR: could I send Todd Repogle a couple of CON questions... for an
<GeorgB3DR> Joris: don't have his email...
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<D_Nukem> George: Ok...you guys aren't making a big deal out of it like when 3D
Realms came to.
<D_Nukem> Hi ATBrill!
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<ATBrill> Hey D_N... Been busy playing Diablo
<D_Nukem> This is what Joe Siegler had to say: "You're correct. Another division.
As for "the story", that's all we're telling for now."
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<Vadir> George: how often do u practice?
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<GeorgB3DR> We just got the first round of voices into Shadow Warrior. It's
<GeorgB3DR> Vadir: Depends. Sometimes I play daily. but when we get busy,
maybe once a week
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<_TheMAD_> George: When is www.shadowwarrior.com gonna be updated?
<D_Nukem> TheMAD: That's GT's site, not 3D Realms.
<GeorgB3DR> tehmad: shadowwarrior.com is GT's deal. Our site will probablybe
<Vadir> George do u use the shotgun mainly, and isnt the default keyboard
setup sore on your hands especially when running,strafing,and shooitng at
the same time
<RingFingr> George: What all kinds of vehicles are there in Shadow Warrior,
and will the player get to create his/her own vehicles via Build?
<GeorgB3DR> I will update lot's of new SW shots soon, as we just got some new
art in the game...
<_TheMAD_> yeah but having a page called after the game like that is nice
<GeorgB3DR> Vadir: Guess I'm used to it after 3 years :) Use rocekt inside,
<Joris> George: Have you heard of BDP then?
<Mykle> George: Will Blood be out at almost the same time at Blood? At first I
was thought Blood was to come out a lot later, but now it seems like that
is not the case
<GeorgB3DR> themad: Yup, that's why we let them do it :)
<Mykle> Oops...meant SW stead of Blood
<Vadir> u have been playing duke for 3 years?
<D_Nukem> I saw that GT's release date for Blood was 3-28-97
<GeorgB3DR> Mykle: Blood will be out soon, Shadow Warrior a little later...
<Vadir> did u play it when it woz in development then
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: of course...daily
<Ironman> Hey George, what's up?
<Vadir> whats the B£DR mean George
<GeorgB3DR> not much iron....
<Joris> George: Have you heard of BDP then?
<Vadir> B3DR i mean
<D_Nukem> George: So, Blood will be released, then in a few months comes SW?
<Vadir> George do u live in the USA? (im UK)
<Ironman> Brossard 3DRealms
<GeorgB3DR> joris: Yes, I know of BDP
<GeorgB3DR> DN: Won't be a few months....
<Joris> Georg: WEll, I'm their CON editor...
<Joris> Georg: Could you bring me in touch with Todd Repogle, I have a couple
of CON questions... sorry for being so persistant ;)
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<GeorgB3DR> joris: Todd is a hermit :) give me your email and I'll see if he
wants to talk...
<GeorgB3DR> The cons are pretty explnatory and if you can't do it now with the
cons, you can't do it
<NoCarrier> Brossard? Québec?
<Joris> Georg: [email protected]
<GeorgB3DR> NoC: Dunno. I think it's french descent or something
<|Goose|> hi everyone
<Joris> Thanks for the trouble George
<RingFingr> George: What all kinds of vehicles are there in Shadow Warrior,
and will the player get to create his/her own vehicles via Build? (Think I
asked before....but it didn't get answered...)
<D_Nukem> George lives near Dallas, Texas, USA
<GeorgB3DR> joris: ok. don't count on help though :)
<GeorgB3DR> Ring: You can create your own vehicles and put lot's of weapons
<D_Nukem> George: The guy who lives next door to Scott Miller was on here once
<NoCarrier> GeorgB3DR I comme from Québec...
<GeorgB3DR> Ring: We have tanks, riot vehicles, bulldozers etc..
<RingFingr> Wow...sounds fun... :)
<GeorgB3DR> DN: Yeah, I know that kid...
<NoCarrier> GeorgB3DR you work for 3Drealms?
<D_Nukem> George Broussard is the President of 3D Realms Entertainment!
<GeorgB3DR> NoC: Yes, President and project leader of the games
<Joris> George: Be sure to mention I'm the author of the BEST CON hacking faq
on the net... so the information he'll give me won't be just usefull for me
but for everybody who reads the faq!
<GeorgB3DR> Ring: The vehicles are a little limited (can't go up slopes, or
cross sector lines) but they are still cool. You can damage/fix them etc
<Reptile> Joris -- Overdrijven is ook een vak
<D_Nukem> George: Haven't heard much with BOS lately...anything new? What's
the expected Q of compleation?
<Joris> Reptile: hehe
<Reptile> GeorgB3DR -- When will Plutoinium Pack be in The Netherlands?
<RingFingr> Oh well....it'll be fun to barrel down the street in a huge jeep
with riot guns on 4 sides with my buddies, destroying everything.... :)
<GeorgB3DR> DN: "When it's done". Shareware table complete with tons of
speech and about to enter beta in a week. Also being converted to Win95
<GeorgB3DR> guys, I'm getting flooded with private chats. Public please?
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<D_Nukem> Yeah, lets us all hear the questions.
<RingFingr> George: Thanx for answering my question so thoroughly.... :)
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<Vadir> George: do u compete in a duke world championships or something, whats
the competition like at the highest level?
<GeorgB3DR> Reptile: Sorry, duuno. That's GT's distribution deal. Order
direct from us and save the hassle
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<Ironman> George: you were right about TombRaider, I just finished it a couple
of days ago (got it for Xmas) and it was incredible
<Reptile> Nice to see you Joris
<GeorgB3DR> Vadir: The competition is fierce :) We've played people from all
over the world and maybe 2-3 have beaten us 3dr guys
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<GeorgB3DR> iron: Yup, I'm moving on to Diablo now and see what it's like
<Reptile> GeorgB3DR -- Play agains Joris, he's the best
<Reptile> GeorgB3DR -- Play againts Joris, he's the best
<D_Nukem> Heheh, Joris is a little long distance there :)
<GeorgB3DR> Yeah, but we hear that all the time :)
<Ironman> Diablo's free website server is an interesting feature....mmmm,
maybe others should attempt it
<Vadir> mattcake is good
<|Goose|> i invite ppl to come to Stang.us.StarNet.Org ports 5000-500
<Joris> Well, I am actually ;)
<D_Nukem> Joris: Have you ever lost?
<Vadir> i like to play people better than me, so i can pick up tips and learn
from my mistakes
<Vadir> i dont mind getting beat till i get to a higher standard
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: THat's the best way to improve. Gotta get your butt
kicked by better people
<Joris> what's losing?
<D_Nukem> Oh, :)
<NoCarrier> Were are the secret in level PIGSTY E4L5?
<Vadir> its funny actually i used to think i woz the best duke player in the
entire world unitl i started meeting duke players on the net
<GeorgB3DR> No: behind the judge's bench
<Ironman> George: any new things coming out soon?
<NoCarrier> Comme on help the (PEASE OF CAKE) player...
<GeorgB3DR> iron: Shadow Warrior
<D_Nukem> George: Any word on Stargunner Registered's shipping? The Stargunner
page says Mid-Jan.
<NoCarrier> George: I got this one... anny more...
<GeorgB3DR> DN: I thikn we just got cd's 2-3 days ago. They should be
<Ironman> NoCarrier: hit space bar at the picture on the wall
<Joris> Hiya Iron
<D_Nukem> I heard this NoCarrier guy was looking for kextract...
<GeorgB3DR> DN: Check that. Those were Xenophage/DRally cd's. THe SG cd's
are due "any day"
<NoCarrier> Georg: U have finish Shadow Warrior?
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<GeorgB3DR> If Shadow Warrior was done, it'd be out and you'd be playing it :)
<Ironman> When does Beta testing begin on Shadow Warrior? Next week once the
sound/voice stuff gets in?
<NoCarrier> D_Nukem... i found it... Right on my CD...
<GeorgB3DR> As it is, it's my daily personal hell :)
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<D_Nukem> NoCarrier: Oh, okay, sorry.
<GeorgB3DR> Iron: Probably early Feb...We are nearly done with SW layout and
now just need to tweak
<Reptile> Nice to see you PCGamer
<NoCarrier> George Sorry... I was a question
<NoCarrier> sorry for my english...
<Ironman> Hi Joris. find those keys yet?
<PCGamer> Same thing for you Reptile!
<GeorgB3DR> Polly Vu, "When it's done", NoCarrier :)
<Joris> I found the keys allright...
<Joris> But don't know where to use them...
<Ironman> I think Shadow Warrior will be the next Duke and Blood the next Quake
<GeorgB3DR> Neither Blood nor Shadow Warrior are as advanced as Quake...
<Joris> I think Prey will be the next Quake...
<Vadir> George: Whos the worlds best duke player? or is there a top ten list
<NoCarrier> George: Dont stop i like your game... But i dont like QUAKE...
<Joris> No, no, no... Quake will be the one BEFORE Prey ;)
<D_Nukem> No no no, they will all be better than Quake!
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: Dunno. It depends on the day they play.
<Vadir> i can be ace 1 day then not so good the other
<Joris> Georg: Quake is better than Duke but Duke is more fun than Quake..
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: There are many top lists. TEN, Kali, CompuServe
etc...Wish there was a "world" list for Duke
<NoCarrier> i comme back later...
<NoCarrier> bye bye
<Vadir> George r u planning on coming in here more often?
<RingFingr> I wish Duke had something similar to Quakeworld...
<Vadir> i realise u will be very busy
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<GeorgB3DR> vadir: I get by here once a week at least...usually
<D_Nukem> Vadir: He has been coming in here a lot(In Nov in Dec), but not
<Vadir> ta d_nukem
<GeorgB3DR> ring: TEN has had persistant rankings for Duke for awhile now.
THat's a cool thing about TEN play. Your rank stays
<Vadir> George do u play duke on a 20" monitor?
<RingFingr> George: Yes....but QW is FREE....TEN is NOT... :)
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<GeorgB3DR> vadir: 21'' at office. 17 at home
<Reptile> GeorgB3DR -- Are you a Watcom programmer?
<GeorgB3DR> ring: such is life ....
<Joris> Reptile plays duke on a 21"
<GeorgB3DR> reptile: Don't have time to code anymore. Mainly lead the teams
and might make a map or two from time to time
<Joris> Ring: what's QW?
<Ironman> Diablo has a server too and Quakeworld keeps track and they are all
for free. That would be nice George. You might as well spend some of the
money you are making on a server of some sort
<Vadir> could u go over you rexact keyboard pattern quickly for me please
george for whatever u have modified eg - v=medipack etc (if u have a spare
<jvolmax> when is Shadow Warrior comin out
<Reptile> GeorgB3DR -- Did you make any Duke Nukem maps?
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<RingFingr> George: Perhaps...but with paying for a 2nd phone line and $21 for
net access, plus being a musician and buying new guitars and amps, I have
no spare money...
<D_Nukem> jvolmax: "When it's done" :)
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: default kbd, except jump/duck mapped to medkit too.
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<Vadir> ok thanx
<RingFingr> jvol: WHEN IT'S DONE...thank you... :)
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<Ironman> SHOP-N-BAG! That is one of my all time favorite maps
<GeorgB3DR> ring: understood....TEN's not for everyone...We are looking into
the "free" internet play thing
<menace> anyone here have DukeAtomic??
<jvolmax> not me
<GeorgB3DR> iron: Yup, I just wish I had made it a little smaller. But it
was my first map...so....
<Joris> Ironman: bdpmeeting on powwow
<NoCarrier> Yes we got it all...
<Joris> Ironman: join at brad's address
<SkiBum> Will Shadow Warrior even run on a 486, just not very well?
<PgOoPoT> yes nocarrier... we got it all ;)
<Ironman> invite George
<PgOoPoT> atomic...plutonium... we got it all ;)
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<jvolmax> george, when u gonna leave?
<GeorgB3DR> ski: We are not locking out 486's. But a Pentium is REQUIRED. If
you buy SW for a 486, you aren't going to get very fast rates (if it
playable at all)
<GeorgB3DR> jvol: a few minutes....
<menace> oh...Well can someone tell me how to run the fake multiplayer?
<LevelMast> Hey George
<GeorgB3DR> menace: "Duke3d /a /v1 /l1 /m /q2" Duke3D ? for options
<PgOoPoT> george... wil you make a new improve version for win97 later this
year.. cuz now quake will now be realese for win95
<NoCarrier> Georgeb3dr : i got a 486 dx4 100 ? It will work? as duke?
<SkiBum> Guess it's time to buy a pentium
<jvolmax> i got pentium
<GeorgB3DR> NoC: No. Shadow Warrior needs more cpu speed that Duke did.
<PgOoPoT> nocarrier: you'll have to steal a computer at your job ;) (joke ;))
<GeorgB3DR> A P90 should be considered the minimum for Shadow Warrior.
<_TheMAD_> George: you have any solution for playing duke in dos with a
Plug-n-pray modem without Win95 in the background
<menace> Thanks Georg
<GeorgB3DR> themad: No. does it not work? I have heard that some PNP modems
won't work. So much for compatability
<PgOoPoT> will duke3d work one day under win95?
<D_Nukem> Plug-n-Prey you mean? :)
<NoCarrier> PgOoPoT i gonna thing about that! What is your compurer again?
<PgOoPoT> shdow warrior will be, for some of people, the best 3d game, is it
right (better than quake)?
<Booger> duke works for me in win95
<GeorgB3DR> pgoo: Probably not. Duke 3D is done for the most part..
<PgOoPoT> ok, thanks
<Vadir> duke3d is already a classic game im my opinion
<PgOoPoT> george: which guy are you on the pictuer on the reverse of the duke
nukem 3d cd?
<GeorgB3DR> pg: See the legend on the manual inside back cover
<_TheMAD_> some PnP modems?!!!!! All of them I guess..
<NoCarrier> Vadir like Dune2 and Wolf and War2...
<jvolmax> PnP modems?
<Ironman> the pig cop!<G>
<Vadir> George do u play duke on a P200 i assume or something else?
<GeorgB3DR> themad: Dunno, but we all play modem Duke and under Win95 at the
same time. NEver had a problem
<PgOoPoT> they don't say george :(
<PgOoPoT> yes, scuse me ;)
<PgOoPoT> excuse me george
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: P166 most of the time
<_TheMAD_> I had tons of problems before with 1.3 but now with 1.5 it seems to
<jvolmax> george: do u play alot of Duke3d
<D_Nukem> George: Do the people making BOS have a company name?
<Vadir> War2 is ok nocarrier
<GeorgB3DR> themad: Ken also fixed a modem bug on 1.4/1.5 that helped connect
problems. Maybe that was it
<Vadir> prefer duke and C&C, and red alert though
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<GeorgB3DR> DN: Wildfire Studios is making Balls of Steel...
<GeorgB3DR> Any last questions guys? About to go eat...
<NoCarrier> George: U want to byu Westwood? For the realease RA?
<Reptile> GeorgB3DR -- One more question : What are you going to eat?
<jvolmax> do u have any release dattes for Shadow Warrior?
<Vadir> George? What do u think of the new shrinker add on gun. i dont like
it. its dissapointing for me
<GeorgB3DR> Noc: huh?
<LevelMast> Nice question Reptile :)
<NoCarrier> George: cool to talk to you...! thanx...
<GeorgB3DR> reptile: I'll let you know "when I'm done" :)
<Booger> poor george :) he can't have any peace on here
<Reptile> GeorgB3DR -- When are you done?
<Ironman> thanks for stopping by George, see ya later!
<GeorgB3DR> later guys...
<jvolmax> seeya george
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<D_Nukem> You can't go by release dates, I was planning for Prey to be
released in 1997, I thought a whole year would fit the release, but not for
George Broussard on #Duke3D 1-20-97:
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<MikeDu> Hey George!
<GeorgB3DR> hi all
<HyLo> Hey George
<Vadir> hi george
<MikeDu> So, you guys actually working today, or what, George? :)
<NoCa|[AW]> Hey george!
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<GeorgB3DR> anything going on?
<NoCa|[AW]> Whats new?
<GeorgB3DR> mike: We work every day....
<Vadir> george do u have a demo u could give to an op to forward on to us
<MikeDu> I know, George...
<GeorgB3DR> he he
<Vadir> a duke demo i mean
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: Nope...
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<Vadir> ok thanx
<GeorgB3DR> demo of what?
<NoCa|[AW]> George can we play Duke v1.4 multiplayer + 1 ai?
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<MikeDu> George, do you have any contact with the guys at Monolith and Q?
Do you know what kind of feedback they're getting from their testers?
<GeorgB3DR> noca: No, but it'd be cool. Too hard to add in at the last
<GeorgB3DR> mike: Yes, and the feedback has been fine so far
<Vadir> goeorge i tryed using a and z for the medikit, and it works great
and ive kept it in my keyboard setup :)
<MikeDu> Just "fine", George? :)
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: makes a big difference. Some mousers I know set their
controls to digital, and ANY mouse movement deos a medkit. killer trick
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<GeorgB3DR> mike: Haven't seen the specific comments, but I know how beta
alwasy runs. Blood is a cool game
<Vadir> george do u ever strafe at all in duke3d, cause the default setup is
murder for strafing and i had to make x and c my strafe keys?
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: i strafe...
<dEEPZoNE> why did you kick me??
<dEEPZoNE> I only want maps... :(
<HyLo> what si the advantage of using the keyboard then the mouse? quiker
access to keys?
<HyLo> si = is
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<Joris> I'm just testing script
<GeorgB3DR> hylo: mouse is better than kbd. I just never learned
<Vadir> george: what do u think of the latest shrinker expander add on? i
think it it fun in 1 player but not really of much signifigance to the
multiplayer game as the old shrinker does the job better - in my opinion
<NoCarrier> George: In Shadow Warrior, the ai player gonna be able to play
whif the multiplayer ?
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: haven't seen it
<dEEPZoNE> why did you kick me??
<dEEPZoNE> I only want maps... :(
<GeorgB3DR> nocarrier: Dunno if that's possible. We will look at and see
<GeorgB3DR> the ai's in sw should at least be better balanced than duke's
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<HyLo> i liek the ais in duke
<HyLo> there medium challenged
<bwernicke> Heya George!
<HyLo> maybe have a difficulty setting for them in SW?
<Joris> Hiya Goerge...
<NoCarrier> George: i found the Ai player to good whif the gun!
<NoCarrier> George: Sorry for my english... i am a french :)
<Joris> Oops... George ;)
<Vadir> george how many years do u think it will be before shooters will
have a game engine enabling your character to run in one direction while
shooting to the side or even backwards? not neccessiraly virtual reality
<MikeDu> Just curious, George: What IRC program do you use?
<HyLo> hehe steal mechs engin :)
<NoCarrier> Vadir, thats gonna be hard... Keep it easy...
<Vadir> it will happen though, its just a matter of when
<HyLo> maybe George is away ;)
<HyLo> version him Mike
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<MikeDu> That would be the easy way to do it :)
<HyLo> i think he pinged out :(
<Vadir> god damn it
<HyLo> he is using the best IRC client <G>
<Vadir> well thats great aint it
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<Joris> George Ping reply 6 seconds...
<MikeDu> George! George! Come back to us! George! :)
<Vadir> george ping reply: 1 sec
<HyLo> or maybe hes pissing? :) <G>
<MikeDu> George is cool...
<Joris> George: I'm working on a DukeBot who can swim and fly and walk....
why can't the pp bot do that?
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<NoCarrier> Joris: tell me when it's gonna be done!
<sparkie1> hi all
<HyLo> [GeorgB3DR R-U-COOL reply]: Yes i am the coolest
<NoCarrier> for the v1.4?
<Vadir> plus why dont the pp ai players use weapons other than the pistol
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<Vadir> has any ever played 8 ai players in redlight?
<NoCarrier> vadir, the ai are to good... they shoud use the mushroom from
<HyLo> i have
<MikeDu> Hey, George, can I be a beta tester?
<HyLo> i came in 4ht plave Vadir
<HyLo> ht = th and plave = place
<Vadir> have u ever notice there is always one in the rpg room just outside
the corrider at the night club
<NoCarrier> nope... i like ti live...
<Joris> Vadir: Check out BDP's BOT! It's coming out soon
<Vadir> easy kill just chuck a pipebomb in and boom
<HyLo> yep thats weird
<Joris> Vadir: It will shoot most of the weapons and will have far more
better ai than the PP Bots
<Vadir> that aint really very clever programming though
<MikeDu> I think George had to step away and corral the rowdy programmers
playing nerf basketball down the hall...
<GeorgB3DR> vadir: Could do that now, but I'm not sure the control systems
exist/will exist to allow running one way and shooting another way
<GeorgB3DR> mike: Mirc
<NoCarrier> hehe! maybe
<Vadir> the ai players in my opinion are just slight advanced baddies that
can strafe and target well compared to the baddies from 1 player mode
<GeorgB3DR> joris: We didn't have time for all that
<Joris> Vadir: hehe
<Joris> Vadir: i know
<Joris> Vadir: the pp bots are pathetic ;)
<GeorgB3DR> MikeDU: We don't need any testers now. Thanks
<Vadir> hey u swine
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<Vadir> i never said that
<MikeDu> 'Twas a joke, George
<Vadir> joris u r dead
<GeorgB3DR> Been on the phone
<Joris> No wonder george isnt' saying anything...
<HyLo> i was wrongin all ym guesses
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<bwernicke> George, how is BLOOD coming along?
<MikeDu> George, is it true you said you'd become Al Bundy if Shadow Warrior
wasn't the best 3D game released since Duke?
<ChuPac187> Hi George!
<MikeDu> 3D, that is...
<GeorgB3DR> bwer: Blood is coming along fine. Should be ready soon, from
what I hear
<Joris> Vadir: why?
<Vadir> <Joris> i am a crap duke player and cant accept it, i know you are
better and im gonna get you, you little git!
<GeorgB3DR> Mike: I think that was in relation to a release date or
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<GeorgB3DR> Doomer: I already have that Elmo file dude
<Joris> Vadir: how do you know I'm better????
<Doomer> heheh :)
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<ChuPac187> George... THere a relase for prey in 1997 or 1998?
<GeorgB3DR> Mike: Methinks also, that a beat tester is talking? Maybe I
gotta talk to Jason.... :)
<Vadir> joris no more fake messages ok
<GeorgB3DR> Chu: Prey is 1998. No more specific than that for now
<Joris> Vadir: what?
<MikeDu> Aye, you're correct, George :)
<Doomer> Is prey gunna be released this decade?
<Joris> Vadir: fake messages?
<[NeXuS]> I know what your gunna say but... is SWarrior coming along and
will it be out in the next month?
<bwernicke> How about Blood George?
<MikeDu> In fact, you recruited me from AOL about 2 years ago.
<GeorgB3DR> Mike: Call me Kreskin :)
<ChuPac187> George... Will prey's level editor be for dos or win95?
<GeorgB3DR> Nexus: Doubt SW will make Jan/Feb, but it's getting close and
we're polishing lotsa cool things now. The voices add a whole new
dimension to it
<Vadir> george do u play other games in your spare time and if so what type
of games? r u a fan of c&c and red alert?
<GeorgB3DR> Chu: Prey editor and game are all Win95 only.
<[NeXuS]> OKay cool
<ChuPac187> George, We cant run prey in a ms-dos mode?
<GeorgB3DR> Vadir: I like Tomb Raider, Warcraft @, Red Alert, Diablo, and
some Lucas Arts games
<ChuPac187> its win95?
<[NeXuS]> Any new info on Blood we can know about?
<Joris> gotta go... I'm gonna kick some kahn asses!!!!!! WHOHEEEE!
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<GeorgB3DR> Chu: No, we are dropping DOS after Shadow Warrior
<MikeDu> George, are you guys seriously looking into a battle.net type of
thing for your future games?
<ChuPac187> George, What will be the win95 system requirements? i noticed
win95 stuff gets low refresh rate :((
<bwernicke> George: Over 9000 downloads of shareware Duke from my site since
<GeorgB3DR> Mike: Not yet. We will see how it all goes. I think the best
thing to do is setup like Quake did.
<MikeDu> Thanks, George.
<GeorgB3DR> Battle.net is awesome, but it's very expensive to do that and I
wonder how long Blilzzard will keep it free?
<GeorgB3DR> bwer: Cool...
<[NeXuS]> Any new info on Blood we can know about?
<GeorgB3DR> Chu: Prey won't.
<GeorgB3DR> Nexus: I don;'t have any new Blood info right now
<ChuPac187> George, will there be any games for the linux/freebsd/unix
<bwernicke> Hey George, make sure that you visit #dukeppak once in a while
<GeorgB3DR> Chu: No, we don't have the time
<Vadir> george if im being nosey then np probs just say, but what was the
budget for making duke3d? and how much did it cost to make from the staff
wages cost to the packaging, and how did it compare to say another game
like quake for example?
<GeorgB3DR> Vadir: I'm sure it was similar to Quake. But I also know that
id and us make games WAY WAY cheaper than most companies.
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<Hg> Well I'll Be Seein' you all later, i hafta go
<Vadir> can u elaborate on that any more in any way? eg actual figures or is
that confidential information?
<Vadir> c u hg
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<MikeDu> George, 87 octane, 89 octane, 93, or 94?
<MikeDu> Sorry...too many questions about gaming...
<D_Nukem> Octane? :)
<bwernicke> Heya D_N
<D_Nukem> Hi Brad!
<MikeDu> Yeah, Lon, why not?
<D_Nukem> Hi George Broussard!
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<Vadir> people: jedi knight out in the states yet, cause it aint out in the
UK yet? and when is the official release date if it aint out in the US?
<D_Nukem> Not out yet.
<D_Nukem> And the official release date must be "When it's done"
<D_Nukem> I heard a spring release
<GeorgB3DR> cya, guys. Gotta run. too many phone calls today :)
<Vadir> whats every 1's favourite classic games from years ago? mine would
have to be space invaders and populous
<Vadir> c u goerge
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<Vadir> thanks for taking the time to answer the questions :)
<HyLo> Bye George
<MikeDu> Seeya George...