Thursday, November 08, 2007

STUCK IN AN AIRPORT YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF...

...or something like that.

Finished the game pitch with Phil Harrison up here in Foster City and now I'm sitting around SFO waiting for my plane to board (about 2 hours from now). It's not so bad really, nice break from the last few days of rush, rush, rush. It's very quiet right now...a whole heard of people just got on a plane at the gate next to me...so I'm just sitting here on the floor, cup of coffee in one hand, surfing the net with the other....check it:


Ahhh, Kotaku! My sweet, sweet Kotaku. Never lets me down with the goods...


MMmmmm, Burger King! Well...not really. I used to LOVE the BK fries and then they changed them about 12 years ago or so and they just suck so much now. BK sucks...


Anyway...so that's SFO airport at about 1:55pm on Thursday Nov 8th. Or at least a little corner of it. My little corner....I feel like Tom Hanks in The Terminal...:)

So as for the pitch: I got the sense the powers that be dug what we were pitching, enough to let us keep moving ahead and exploring the vision. So that's always good. Plus, pitching is always fun for me and since I loved what I was pitching, it was even more fun! It's odd...the pitch was a big meeting room with Phil and then a bunch of Sony folks (all of whom I know, like alot, and have worked with for years)...but this time I was on the other side of the table, this time when we were done pitching, instead of getting to stay in the room and hear about the other games Sony internal was making, we (me and Scott) were asked to leave because we're not allowed to know about the unannounced titles from Sony 1st party anymore... For a moment it was a little strange because for 13 years I'd been privy to those sorts of meetings, to that kind of info...so yeah, for a second I didn't like that feeling. And then it passed.

And then I was like: OH MY GOD! I REALLY AM AN INDY DEVELOPER NOW!!! And you know what? I fucking LOVE it! LOVE IT! I LOVED 95% of my years at Sony, no doubt. No regrets...nothin' but love for you baby/Sony....but now, now THIS feels right...I am so greatful for this opportunity...and I love I still get to be doing it with Sony. So win/win, bitches! :)

So all and all...a good day! Now I'm just really fried, ready to get home. Taking the day off tomorrow to go to LA with my wife. We get to get Indian food from GATE OF INDIA!!! Man, that food there....it's like gold if gold were food...and if you could eat gold food....so it's like gold food meaning it tastes so great and we love it....fuck off! I am tired!!!

Ok ya'll...that's all she wrote for now...chat soon!

David

ps. just got an email from Drew, one of the producers on the TM:HEAD ON port. He's at a focus group for the new, TM BLACK levels down in LA. He says we're getting 8's, 9's, and 10 out of 10 ratings for FUN FACTOR (the only rating I ever care about)!!! Man, that is sweet! I have no clue how many people buy ports and who is still buying PS2 games (I hope alot!) but man I think we've all done great work on this title. Head On looks great, the Lost Levels- if I may say so- are really fun, and I love all the bonus content. I hope people give us a chance! But either way, I'm feeling really really proud of the game the team has made right now. Great news from focus groups are always a nice way to cap off a day :)

21 comments:

derrickgott007 said...

Did you Airport Burger King fries cost you $8.00? Last summer I flew to California for my cousins wedding and my meal in the airport terminal burger King cost me $13.00!!! What the hell!!! TO hell with you price gouging airports!!!

grasshopper said...

Hey I was just at Kotaku just before I came here
Anyway I like the BK fries when it comes to fast food, its that or the limp soggy McD's fries. At least here anyway.
Good to hear the new levels are getting high fun ratings, can't wait to try them myself.

Coldhand said...

Hey David thanks for the news about the new TM game. Heard long time nothing about development process about the new Twisted Metal game!!!


Sebastian
www.incog-inc.com

P.S Still can't wait!!!

Spencer W. said...

Hey Dave!

Just wondering if you have received the email that I sent to Angelic. If you don't get it let me know.

Thanks,
Spencer

timetabletwist said...

Dave-

Is the Head On port still coming this year? I haven't heard anything about a release date.

R.Bunk said...

I will get TM: Head On. I got it for PSP. One could wish there is some PS3 enhanced content! :)

Anonymous said...

Is head on going to be online? Also can I play online on it via my ps3?

Naz said...

BK fries are the best around

Anonymous said...

Hey David, am a humungous Twisted metal/God of war fan from India, I would love to have an interview with you for our tinny weeny blog called gameguru.in(We were the first ones to talk about perfect dark 2), anyway coming straight to the point here's a broad outline of stuff I'd love to ask you.

The videogame industry is burgeoning at the moment, so what exactly does a polished game required to have, a great marketing team and public relation personnel who can polish the shoddiest of games into platinum or a people with brains who value the term and phrase creativity.

The power of consoles is getting stronger by the minute, will this touted function of "Virtual interactivity" bring an end to the fun factor in games, and since this line between reality is merging and the idea of power to the users is being promoted will "creativity of a handful"(game designers like you) see extinction.

Name- Neelesh Mukherjee
gameguru.in
email Id- eshneel@hotmail.com
neelesh.mukherjee@gmail.com

love to get an interview with you man, I know you are pretty busy and all but try and reply...

odysseyman said...

You know, there IS food that's also gold - if you feel like spending 25 grand on a dessert, that is.

Good luck on getting your new project ultimately approved by Sony - I'm sure it's a kickass design.

Joel said...

hey jaffe..

congrats on the pitch. i'm not going to lie.. i wish i could be a fly on the wall in that room.

hmm, i've been thinking about this random analogy, and i may as well just say it.

when you were a part of sony, it was like.. you were "MARRIED" to sony. now you are sort of... back to just "Dating". all the freedom of not actually living in the same house, and not having to be SO accountable.

and i'd say that lots of developers just sort of Sleep Around with whoever they can, they don't really develop much of a relationship with any console company, they just want to spread their seed. :p


rofl. so take that analogy as you may. haha!

im pretty stoked to hear that people are liking the new TM levels.. i really can't allow myself to get to excited until i get a chance to play them myself.

one move that might fuck you over a little is the new 40 GB PS3s that aren't backwards compatible. i guess those new ps3 owners are going to probably be less likely to pick up your game, unless they have their ps2 set up right beside it.

anyways. good luck on TM and this new game.. don't let TM come out until it is PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. we have to wait SO long for TM games.. it would NOT be fair if you rushed it out. (not that you would)

Anonymous said...

so does this mean you are going to be a part of god of war 3?

PLEASE WORK ON IT JAFFE!!! ITS GONNA BE THE LAST ONE AND YOU SHOULD HAVE INPUT ON THE WHOLE TRILOGY THAT YOU STARTED!

Anonymous said...

Please give us a hint on your next game,a hint that we can follow and google until we have a big rumor going!

NO FEAR said...

Fast food sux.

Wendy's ftw.

Good luck on your "project".

I just downloaded a game from the store, so ya for less than $10 there are plenty of us gamers that appreciate a good game.

Movie with my kids including stale popcorn and (more carbinated than) soda $57 for a matinee.

gary Z said...

hey Jaffe nice to c u bringing bak sum life n tat too addin sum colors to it...nice tat can buy time with ur hefty work for tis...in regards to alienated from Sony u gotta get used to it , will go thru it many more times in the future...u hav kissed their butts long enough n s it was time to move on..but for me only regrets being u should hav gone out wit a bang after finishing out wat u started i mean GOW III ...n dude u love Indian food tats gud to hear.. hope the curries spices up ur life !

Anonymous said...

I'll certainly get Twisted Metal: Head-On for PS2. I've got a PS3 as my primary console now, but I still buy PS2 games also. I still buy games for systems that came out 25 years ago! As long as the game is good, it doesn't matter what platform it's on.

For that matter, I know lots of other people who still buy PS2 games. They'll be happy to see a game such as this on their system. There's no doubt in my mind that TM:HO for PS2 will be a success.

Anonymous said...

Did you guys know Jaffe was a hidden character in Resident Evil? Check it out: http://www.playstationmuseum.com/OfficerJaffe.JPG

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PEACE

Anonymous said...

Hey Jaffe Im a fan of the TM series PSX-TM4 PS2-TMB & PSP-TMH Im also a PSFanBoy since 1997! So if you have a PS3 we can be budds my PSN: SLPlay_Station_3 BTW I cant wait to play GoW3 & GoWCoO! so keep up the good work! same as you I hate Halo 3.lol

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