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Posted by itspizza

yay!

Posted by cthomer5000

Nice!

Posted by Rodin

Oh man, a hot dose of Paul Barnett is exactly what I need right now.

Posted by PilotXIan

Drop a Barnett on it!

Edited by cloudymusic

I was just listening to the E3 2009 Bombcast with Paul on it a while back. Paul was the best part of that episode, always glad to hear more from him.

Edited by Gantrathor

Paul Barnett is a pretty funny dude.

Posted by xbob42

He sounds like an Irish Dave Snider!

Posted by The_Interrupter

Paul Barnett is still great, I see.

Edited by AMyggen

Great stuff, love me some Paul Barnett!

Posted by Ramone

@xbob42 said:

He sounds like an Irish Dave Snider!

Except for the bit where he isn't Irish.

Posted by taig

Navel gazing in the best way. Compelling stuff.

Posted by FLStyle

Paul Barnett never fails to entertain with his stories.

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@ramone said:

@xbob42 said:

He sounds like an Irish Dave Snider!

Except for the bit where he isn't Irish.

Paul has a beautiful Jamaican accent.

Posted by Majkiboy

This was perfect. Will share it with my friends studying game development! Will be fun talking about our golden age!

Keep up the good work GB.

Posted by Nekroskop

Finally someone else uses the Dumptruck.

Posted by Monkeyman04

@ramone said:

@xbob42 said:

He sounds like an Irish Dave Snider!

Except for the bit where he isn't Irish.

Paul has a beautiful Jamaican accent.

It's sound more like Russian Spanish to me.

Posted by BoneChompski

Yeah some content.

Edited by Hassun

"Why EA is the last place on earth you should ever want to work."

I completely disagree with the "Golden Age" idea by the way. By that I mean I know it exists for many people but I think it's generally a bad thing to have. And I don't have one at all. To me that all just seems like nostalgia distorting the facts. Break free from nostalgia!

I would very much like to see more discussions about this subject.

Posted by AlexanderSheen

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Posted by MjHealy

Paul Barnett talked about the "Golden Age" thing way back when he first popped up in GB stuff around GDC '09. Very interesting idea. Excited to hear this. I firmly believe anything that Paul says is gold, I am delighted when he pops up occasionally in videos, podcasts etc.

Posted by csl316

Still nice to know that my favorite game site is headed by a dude that's all about the Genesis.

This was a nice surprise, Barnett's always a cool dude. Always.

Edited by Vuud

Watch and weep, there IS a NEW ROAD RASH:

Posted by RVonE

@hassun said:

"Why EA is the last place on earth you should ever want to work."

I completely disagree with the "Golden Age" idea by the way. By that I mean I know it exists for many people but I think it's generally a bad thing to have. And I don't have one at all. To me that all just seems like nostalgia distorting the facts. Break free from nostalgia!

I would very much like to see more discussions about this subject.

So you have no games from your childhood that you hold dear even when other people say they're garbage? And you preclude the possibility that you (perhaps even on a subconscious level) assess games based on your earliest experiences with the medium?

And what are these 'facts' that you speak of? Like graphical fidelity? Or the level of simulated realism? In what ways, according to you, do these facts factor into your experience with games and your appreciation of them?

Posted by Humanity

I feel the same way as Jeff when I hear people talk about Halo, and the "combat puzzle" - dood, not like that.

Posted by natetodamax

I remember Paul Barnett talking about the golden age of gaming from one of GB's GDC podcast several years ago. I think it was probably 2009. Interesting guy!

Posted by casper_

yo barnett sure can talk.

Posted by VibratingDonkey

It's probably urine.

Posted by development

I don't remember Paul being this candid the last time I saw him doin' things with the GB dudes. I'd listen to this man talk if he came to my university.

Edited by BBAlpert

One of the best pitches I've ever seen was a video of Paul Barnett standing in a corner, just fuckin' stoked about Warhammer Online. In it, he makes the argument that the races in Warhammer Fantasy Battle (the main ones, anyways) are all based on British regional and societal stereotypes.

Edit: Found it. (although the embed isn't working on my end, so if it's broken on your end too, here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWvAznIRVLA)

Posted by JZ

Paul Barnett is a national treasure!!

Edited by chose

The Golden Rule has always and will always be "Don't sleep with family", that "Do onto others..." is just bs.

Posted by DeviousGrievous

Always great to hear Paul on the site, next time you guys SHOULD just chat for 3 hours.

Edited by cthomer5000

@hassun said:

"Why EA is the last place on earth you should ever want to work."

I completely disagree with the "Golden Age" idea by the way. By that I mean I know it exists for many people but I think it's generally a bad thing to have. And I don't have one at all. To me that all just seems like nostalgia distorting the facts. Break free from nostalgia!

I would very much like to see more discussions about this subject.

How old are you?

I think they hit the nail on the head, personally.

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@chose said:

The Golden Rule has always and will always be "Don't sleep with family", that "Do onto others..." is just bs.

Oh fuck

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Posted by Hassun

@rvone:

I feel nearly no nostalgia for anything whatsoever. I played good games when I was a child and I've played bad games as an adult and vice versa. Almost all of my favourite games were not played during my "golden age" of gaming.

Again, I know this IS the case for many (if not most) people. I just don't think it's a very good thing.

As for the "facts", I meant if those games are actually good or not. Like Paul Barnett gave as an example with the person thinking Farmville is some kind of fantastic game. Just because that happened to be the first or one of the first games that person played.

@cthomer5000:

A little younger than Jeff.

And I know Paul's theory works for many people, probably even most people. That's not exactly what I was getting at. I was questioning the merits of it.

That's what I find so interesting about nostalgia in general.

Posted by triviaman09

I'll listen to anything with Paul Barnett in it. Really interesting guy

Posted by Bribo

Every part of the text that describes this conversation brings tears to my eyes.

I bet the actual conversation will brim with cautious optimism.

Does Paul hail from Burnley?

Posted by crithon

no road rash? no road rash? no road rash..... Why god, why???? That's so depressing, I could apply for a job in EA, but the idea I can't say casually in a cafeteria and go "Hey man, Road Rash is really hot." This is a dystopian future where you can't mention road rash.

Edited by chose

The Brits are a nostalgic past-oriented culture, I don't identify with Barnett's Golden Era perspective even though everything a human is is the sum of past experiences.

Posted by CustomOtto

@ramone said:

@xbob42 said:

He sounds like an Irish Dave Snider!

Except for the bit where he isn't Irish.

well he's not dave snider either

Posted by Mento

I dig Paul a lot. Just like how the recent Charlie Brooker video game retrospective took an odd Brit-centered detour to cover the Spectrum and C64 rivalry of the early 80s, there's certain parts of video game history (like the later ST/Amiga schism) I only hear about infrequently and it's cool to hear someone bring it up in a room full of Americans who were raised on Nintendo and Sega alone during the E3 'casts.

Even so, I don't agree with his Golden Age philosophy, at least as far it pertains to video games alone - having nostalgia for things you did as a kid will always be potent because our reception to stimuli was that much stronger. Colors were more vivid, sounds were sharper and time would often feel like it was standing still, especially during the summer. As for older folks getting addicted to Candy Crush and similar F2P shit, being addicting is largely what those games were designed to be. Maybe not being around games as often, not having nurtured the necessary willpower to reject that endless cycle of response and reward that trapped so many when WoW was a thing (or more than a thing than it is now, at least), allowed those mobile games to dig their psychological claws into them all the deeper. People are buying Angry Birds Star Wars for $50 - this is how bad it's gotten.

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Posted by dr_mantas

YAY! I've mentioned before how Paul is the smartest and most original man to listen to in video games.

Always enjoy a podcast with him.

Posted by SharkMan

that was a reallly cool interveiw

Posted by metalemily

Always love listening to Paul.

Posted by jettpack

fantastic conversation, guys. Loved it. More Paul Barnett please!

Posted by L44

Love you Paul. xx

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