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‘Most Game Designers Really Just Suck,’ Says Ultima Creator Richard Garriott

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Posted on March 20, 2013 AT 11:20am

While speaking to PC Gamer, Richard Garriott—alias “Lord British”—the creator of the Ultima series dissed most other game devs.

“Other than a few exceptions, like Chris Roberts, I’ve met virtually no one in our industry who I think is close to as good a game designer as I am,” Garriott told PC Gamer. “What I’m saying is, I think most game designers really just suck, and I think there’s a reason why.”

“Every designer that I work with … I think, frankly, is lazy,” continued Garriott. “They generally say, ‘You know, I really like Medal of Honor, but I would have bigger weapons, or I would have more healing packs, or,’ you know. They go to make one or two changes to a game they otherwise love versus really sit down and rethink, ‘How can I really move the needle here?’”

“I think there’s really very few great game designers,” Garriott stated. He mentioned Peter Molyneux and Will Right as some of those few great game designers. “They clearly exist, but on the whole, I think that the design talent in our industry is dramatically lower than we need, as an industry. It’s a very hard skill to learn.”

Garriott’s latest project, Shroud of the Avatar, is currently in development. It recently reached its Kickstarter goal of $1M

Source: PC Gamer

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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