Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Hey ya'll! Been crazed with work as of late working on TWISTED METAL: HARBOR CITY!

Just kidding! You seen this?!?

Man you'd think if someone bothered to go thru the trouble of trying to fake peeps out with a 'what will be shown at E3' list, the least they could do is avoid some stupid mistakes like listing games that were cancelled a few years ago (like Harbor City or Road Rash HD).

Just for the record: Even tho we can not talk about what we are working on (it is Sony's game so they will announce it when they want to), there is NOTHING on this list that we are making or have ANYTHING to do with. I guess it's possible this list is real tho but I really doubt it given the crazy errors and brain farts that I already mentioned. Kind of hope it is real tho cause MAN I would LOVE to see a new Road Rash!!! :) Altho it would suck if Sony had someone else making a Twisted Metal. I'd love to think if there were ever gonna revive that series they would come to us first. But hey, not my call. 

STILL, gotta admit I'm pretty excited for E3. People keep asking if I'm gonna go and I think I will TRY to get up there for at least one day this year. I missed last year so I've yet to see the new improved 'bigger than before but not as big as back in the day' E3. But my oldest daughter is doing PETER AND THE WOLF on the first day of the show so there's no way I'm missing that. She plays the duck :)...So I think I'll end up just watching the whole thing from the comfort of my office, banging away on our game while the great internet coverage blares in the background. I especially like the Gamespot ON STAGE demos that they stream live from the show floor...makes me feel like I am there. As I've said before, fun as it is to go to E3, I really like experiencing it from home more. Nothing beats live E3 coverage in one window, Neogaf in another (with threads being added to like wildfire), Rubio's at my desk, and the press conferences playing on G4. 

Anyway, so been too swamped to deal with my video blog issue so I'll get to my thoughts on gamesharing and day one/On Disc DLC in a bit. For now, some very quick hits and just saying 'hey!'...

#1- HD KILLS YOUR IDOLS- As many of you know, I grew up IDOLIZING Steven Spielberg. I mean, he was my mega hero and I pretty much wanted to BE him when I grew up. For real. Over the years as I've grown up, built my own life, had my own successes, and actually met the man a few times the hero worship has faded significantly. I still admire and am crazy inspired by the guy but I'm now very happy being David Jaffe. I don't need to be Steven Spielberg anymore. BUT I gotta admit, there's still a tinge of idolization left over, probably always will be there. And I dig that, I like that. I kind of never want to lose that hint of what it was like to be a kid and having a crazy amazing hero/role model. However when I see stuff like this, it helps to make it VERY clear to me that he's just a man, not a God:

So here's a screen grab of my new MINORITY REPORT BLU RAY that I just got from Amazon. Pretty decent Spielberg interview about the underrated  flick (which I think- with age- will find more and more fans). But anyway, point is: what did I notice most about this interview? Was it a new insight into precrime? Or a cool new factoid about the Cruise/Spielberg working relationship? Nah. What I most got out of this interview was this: watching Steven in full HD it makes it SO CLEAR he's just a guy. You see his pores and a few blemishes and lots and lots of unkempt hair and a scruffy beard. All of that oh so human detail just sucks away the magic I usually associate with the man. If I woulda seen this as a kid, who knows if I would have tried to be a movie maker?!? On one hand I think it's very, very good to see our idols as the people they really are. But I admit a part of me is sad by this cause it really does make you realize there are no magical people walking around. We're all just human. And so seeing this interview in all its HD glory goes a big step towards bringing this guy down to a human level. Now most people probably never idolized Spielberg like I did so for you, you'll probably be going, "Well no shit, Jaffe...of course he's just a man!"...but think about someone you do or DID idolize when you were younger? Wasn't it cool/weird/sad/strange/amazing when you finally realized they were just a person? 

Not much to say...it's Afterburner. No surprises but well made, fun, and Sega blue skies! What's not to love?

#3- RED DEAD REDEMPTION- GREAT write up in the Sunday LA TIMES Calendar section! Aimed at an educated mainstream audience the write up makes the game sound really, really fun! Here's a link to it online. The one thing that KIND OF annoys however is the opening quote by Dan Houser. It's hard to make it out in the image above but basically when asked what the game is about, Dan says, "It's America. The birth of modern America. What was gained and what was lost."...

Uhm...yeah. Excuse me but my hyperbole/bullshit/games-as-art detector is going off.

And hey, I dig GTA and think what Rockstar has done for the biz is FANTASTIC! And for all I know Rockstar has cracked the nut and players playing RED DEAD will actually understand and feel what Houser is talking about. And if that's the case, I will take back my cynicism. But for now, please allow me to be a smarmy prick as I think back to the days when I was telling the press that Twisted Metal:Black was 'about' depression and dealing with inner demons. Uhm, sure Jaffe.

Ya know, a good reporter woulda called me on that bullshit and been like, "Ok, tell us about that." Or better yet they'd have said, "You sure it's not really about cars blowing each other up with you basically riffing on the Seven and Jacob's Ladder visual style and surface tone without really understanding what made those movies tick on a more human level? And even if you DO understand those movies at a deep level, how in the hell are you infusing those themes and that meaning into a video game at all...let alone a video game where you drive around and shoot power missiles and napalm at other cars?".... Yeah, a good journalist woulda asked me that. But they never did. Suckers :)

But either way, the Red Dead looks FANTASTIC and I can't wait to play it! 

Ok ya'll back soon with a damn video blog once I get the whole thing sorted out and we're not so damn bizzy with the game. Hope you are all well!



J said...

Do you know where that picture originated from? Who posted it or anything?

grasshopper said...

Geez Steven Spielberg did Minority Report? I didn't see it until it hit DVD but I was surprised how much I liked it. Just never NEVER try the game man. ;) Should go without saying being that it's based on a movie I guess.

And yes...Road Rash HD would be awesome! I would dig it if it was on rails like the old Genesis and the 1st PS1 game but just amazing looking. Get on that EA!

The Beaner said...

Oh, David, will you just stop beating around the goddamn bush and admit that you guys are making Guitar Hero 6, already. I mean, really, Jaffe- waitaminute- when did you meet Spielberg? Details, por favor!

wocyob said...

J this might be the place that the picture came from... http://bgnewsfromfatal.ucoz.ru/ ....

anyway if that e3 post is real then sony has some awesome stuff coming out like mass effect 3!!! god of war afterfall!!! wtf is that lol

hell even fahrenheit 2!!.. all awesome

as much as i would love that whole list to be true i have to say its too good to be true and just seeing that im dying inside lol

sorry i cant comment on about childhood heros i didnt really have one... all i really wanted to be was spiderman lol... and still want to be like him also in a way of course... im just trying to be a good person

Firestorm said...

Minority Report freaking rocks, one of my favorite movies (came out when I was 12, so early enough that it ended up being one of those films I "grew up with"), I didn't know they had a Blu-Ray out for it, last time I checked they didn't yet, so now I'm glad I read this post for that alone!

Too bad we aren't seeing your game yet but hey I'm sure it'll be worth the wait :) Take it easy, man.

joshp18 said...

I still don't believe you Jaffe. You're making a Twisted Metal game. Now stop trying to confuse us all. Haha.

You're pretty good at trying to throw us all off though, I'll give you that ;)

greekdude247 said...

note to self: Never see David Jaffe in HD (might ruin everything)

Sean said...

It would be nice if that E3 list was true, but there are to many things on there that just wouldnt be at e3. Mass Effect 3? Mass Effect 2 just came out, we wont be hearing about 3 until next year or so. Also its kind of obvious that its made to make the ps3 look good and 360 like trash, but then again ps3 did rock the last 2 e3's compared to Microsoft and Nintendo.

I also cant wait for Red Dead Redemption. I think that quote might have just been a little blown out of proportion, i think he most likely elaborated on more but since the write up had such a small space they cut it down. Either way i dont care, i can't remember ever playing a good western game, the western fan inside of me is going crazy for this game!

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Shades Perk said...

I can't believe someone actually took the time to LAMINATE that fake list. What a world we live in.

ggerstel said...

Dude, that RDR article was awesome. Thanks!

Kenny said...

Just read the thing about Twisted Metal: Black and you bullshitting the media... Fucking genius lol On an unrelated note, did you hear about the happy meal toy ban in Santa Clara county? Talk about horse shit. I worshipped those things like the second coming of Christ when I was growing up - its BS to take them out now.

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