The Gameological Questionnaire

E3 2011 in photos

Questions, Please

Tell us what you want us to ask developers on the E3 2013 show floor, and perhaps you will win prizes that surpass your mildest dreams!

By John Teti • June 4, 2013

Next week, The Gameological Society will bring you coverage of E3, the year’s biggest video game trade show. That coverage will include interviews from the show floor, and we want your help determining the questions we’ll ask.

E3 is rarely a good venue for a traditional in-depth interview. The convention center is extremely loud, developers are tired and pressed for time, and PR flacks limit creators’ discussion of upcoming games to a predetermined set of talking points. So we figure, why not have some fun with it? And thus The Gameological Questionnaire is born.

Here’s how it’s going to work. In the comment threads below, suggest a question that you would like us to ask the developers we meet at E3. We’ll pick five or six of our favorites, and that will become the Gameological Questionnaire for E3—we’ll pose those same questions to every developer we can wrangle on the show floor. (Be sure to “like” the questions you want to see on the list, too. We will take reader preferences into account.)

We’re looking for a mix of earnest and silly here. The questions can range from “What are the aesthetic goals of your game?” to “If your game’s hero were a hat, what kind of hat would it be?” Other than that, the guidelines are pretty simple. To be considered for inclusion, your question should be respectful. (You can be pointed, just don’t be mean.) It should pertain to the developers’ work. And it should be the kind of thing we could ask any developer regardless of what kind of project they’re working on.

There are rewards. Every commenter who submits a question that we choose for inclusion on this year’s Questionnaire will receive a Gameological pin, suitable for lapels, backpacks, and other places that you typically find pins. A pin cushion, maybe, I don’t know. This thing is polished metal with red paint—none of that chintzy cardboard-and-plastic crap here. Take a look:

Gameological pin

One randomly chosen winner from among the selected questioners will receive, in addition to a pin, this replica of the Murder Of Crows “vigor” from BioShock Infinite. This isn’t quite what it looks like in the game, as this replica was produced early in Infinite’s development life. But it is still a very cool item. Here is a picture of me having a staring contest with it. The crow won.

Murder Of Crows vigor in a staring contest

Rules-type stuff: You can submit more than one question, but don’t spam the threads, because then we will purposely not pick any of your questions on account of you were being annoying. And while anyone is eligible to receive the pin, we can’t ship the crow outside of the U.S. or Canada—the bottle has liquid inside it, which not only makes it heavy (and expensive to ship) but would probably raise an eyebrow at customs. I’ll work out some alternate prize if you win the random drawing and you’re overseas.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! We’ll announce the winners and the final questionnaire on Friday.

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  • The_Helmaroc_King

    “If you could use only three colors for your game, which would they be?”

    • The_Helmaroc_King

      Also, some questions for you, Teti:

      Can we submit more than one question?
      Is this contest for people outside of the US?

      I’m pretty sure the second one is “Yes”, since I remember asking you about it during the Star Trek giveaway, but I like to be thorough!

      • http://gameological.com/author/johnteti/ John Teti

        Good questions. I answered them in a revision of the post. But to respond directly: Yes, you can submit more than one question, but don’t go nuts. And yes, this contest is for people outside the U.S. as well, but I can’t ship the vigor bottle outside U.S. or Canada. (I’ll arrange an alternate reward if someone overseas has their question picked and their name randomly chosen.)

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

          If I may ask, what is the liquid inside the vigor bottle? If I had to guess, it would be a toss-up between Kool-Aid and shampoo.

        • http://mathmanmustdie.blogspot.com/ Mr. Glitch

          @Merve2:disqus If it’s anything but a cheap whiskey, I’d be seriously disappointed. 

        • http://gameological.com/author/johnteti/ John Teti

          @Merve2:disqus I don’t know what liquid is inside, because the vigor bottle can’t be opened (no kidding). You can hear and feel the liquid sloshing around, but unless you’re willing to get out your plasma torch, you don’t get to see what’s in there.

        • a_scintillating_comment

          Ken Levine’s manly essence?

    • George_Liquor

      If you’re asking Electronic Arts this question, then teal and orange are a sure bet.

      • The_Helmaroc_King

        I think black, brown, and red would be popular choices for a lot of big-name games. Not hard to guess why, but:

        Red – blood, violence.
        Brown – dirt, realism, “realism”.
        Black – shadows, night, etc..

        I was trying to think of something that tried to narrow a game’s aesthetic, visually and emotionally. It might be better if black and white were included as “gimmes”, but I suppose Teti and the staff can touch the questions up as needed?

        • http://gameological.com/author/johnteti/ John Teti

          Yes, we will lightly edit the questions for the sake of clarity and brevity (while preserving the concept of each question). So your wording does not need to be perfect.

    • caspiancomic

       ”Three whole colours!? Look at college boy over here! I’ll stick to grey and brown, thank you very much.” *spits*

      • OldeFortran77

        Green text on a black background, as the dwarf disappears in a puff of greasy smoke!

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

      Smartass answer: red, green, and blue, because you can combine them to make all the other colours!

  • Spacemonkey Mafia

    What is your favorite idea pitched that never made it into a game and what is your worst idea that was?

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      Or:

         It’s been a decade of no-nonsense buzz cuts.  What hair style will be the next hot thing for game protagonists with the new, incoming tech? 

      • caspiancomic

         With the rise of touchscreen integration into mainstream gaming experiences, we’re going to see a lot of T-Bird style “greaser” haircuts that you can actually comb in a display of practiced nonchalance.

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

        AMD has developed technology to render shampoo-commercial hair in real time, called TressFX, which made its debut in the recent Tomb Raider. I toyed with the setting for a bit. It cut my framerate in half and made Lara’s hair look like a Windows 95 screensaver. Clearly, the technology isn’t yet ready for primetime, but once AMD irons out the kinks, I expect every video game protagonist to have long, luscious locks à la Farrah Fawcett.

      • Citric

        I’m personally hoping for beards. Big bushy beards.

        • CNightwing

          Graphics cards have always been rated by particular physics. First it was polygons, then water physics, then boob physics, then cloth physics.. could the next generation be beard physics?

        • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

          Crusty jugglers.

  • Citric

    Since neither big unveil answered it:

    There are new consoles, what exciting new things can you do, gameplay-wise, now that you were unable to do before?

    It would be pretty great to finally have a straight answer to that one, since Sony and Microsoft were unwilling to provide one.

    • caspiancomic

       No lie, I’d really like an answer to this question.

    • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

      This is  THE question, I think.

    • Boonehams

      “One BILLION troops. WOOOOW.”

    • Aurora Boreanaz

      Awesome one.  This for sure.

    • Effigy_Power

      I hope we get to flog someone if the answer is either more emotions or “we can now display your name on the bullet in CoD multiplayer that kills you”.

    • DrFlimFlam

      The answer is more stuff going on in the game world. More people and traffic, more building interiors, weather patterns, etc.

  • Citric

    What’s your favorite detail in one of your games (including but not limited to the one you’re promoting right now) that nobody has noticed so far?

  • Drew Toal

    How are Teti’s hair clippings not a prize? 

    • George_Liquor

      Holy crap, he done coiffed hisself!

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      He’s already eaten them to avoid drawing predators.

    • Citric

      If it was you asking, I would have submitted “Mustache on or off?” 

      • George_Liquor

        Too bad.

        • Citric

          Bizarro!

        • Brainstrain

          Thank you so much for linking that.

    • Fluka

      Only if you live outside Canada and the US. :(

  • Jackbert

    Is the protagonist of your game a cat person or a dog person?

  • HobbesMkii

    What is one thing from your game that has never been done in another game?

    • Marozeph

      Or: How can you make gameplay elements that have been done to death feel fresh again?

  • George_Liquor

    OK, serious question time. Umm… Fuhh…

    How about “In the games you make, do you prefer the gameplay to service the plot, or the plot to service the gameplay?”

    • George_Liquor

      Failing that, ask something about bits.

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

    What is the weirdest idea that came up doing production and was seriously considered, but didn’t ultimately make it into the game?

  • JordanFromJersey

    If your game was a remake based on a 8 or 16 bit “original”, which mechanics (from your game) would have been nearly identical in the original, and which elements would have been completely different?

  • JordanFromJersey

    [Please delete this comment, it was supposed to be a reply to another comment. Sorry]

  • http://www.facebook.com/deejaytaufiq Mohamad Taufiq Morshidi

    I’m going to be specific to developers of Square and Capcom

    Square:

    What should we expect for a Tomb Raider sequel? And when can you give us FF Versus XIII?

    Capcom:

    How will the success of TellTale’s The Walking Dead affects Resident Evil as a whole? Will the rumored Resident Evil reboot try and get back to the roots of what made Resident Evil good in the first place?

  • Enkidum

    Polygons? More, or lots more?

    • vinnybushes

       Voxels, my friend. Voxels.

  • vinnybushes

    Since we’re an indie friendly website: In what ways is the latest groundswell of support for kickstarted indie games and independent games in general changing how you think about what’s worth making and what’s commercially viable? Is that even going to matter in the long term?

    • vinnybushes

       Follow up/alternative: Do you have an idea you used to think was too “out there”, that you’d like to give a shot through crowdfunding someday?

    • http://mathmanmustdie.blogspot.com/ Mr. Glitch

      That’s a good one. It’s friendly enough to be disarming, but with just a tinge of squirm value to it. 

    • Drew Toal

      I’m actually deeply antagonistic toward indie games. It’s like these guys have never heard of production value, or teal.

      • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

        “So how will your game be able to top Call of Duty: Dog? Haha, i’m just fucking with you! Hey, Teti! Did ya get a load of this nerd? HAHAHAHA” 

        *knocks controller out of indie dev’s hands, kicks over display*

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

    Silly
    There’s good news and bad news.  Your game just got bizarre, quasi-representative boxart, like that of mid-1980s boxes.  However, it’s also totally rad and appealing.  Describe it, please.

  • Jer Link

    How does the art style of the game relate to the story/themes the game is trying to convey?

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

    Earnest
    Your game is next to an on-sale version of the game it’s most like.  What game is that, and why would we buy yours instead?
    OR
    2 separate questions, with the 2nd after the response is taken from the 1st.
    Who is your absolute gaming idol?  You can pick just 1.
    Your idol plays your game.  What do you think this person would like most about it?

  • Jackbert

    What is your absolute favorite gameplay mechanic of your game?

  • Spencer Greenfield

    When’s the next Jet Set Radio coming out?

    I STILL BELIEVE

    • The_Helmaroc_King

      “Do you understand the concept of love?”

      “I love love you; do you love love me?”

      Off-topic, yeah, but the music is just so good.

    • ItsTheShadsy

      Best if asked to random developers, like PopCap.

  • Spencer Greenfield

    Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Ouya: Which Sex and the City characters are they?

    • disqus_XdXkhqXTht

      Easy.

      PC is Carrie cause she’s always typing on a PC in that show.
      PS4 is Charlotte cause even when she’s having problems, she seems like a fun person to be around.
      Xbox1 is Samantha, desperately clinging to a semblence of youth and relevance by whatever means necessary.I’m going to have to give Miranda the Wii U label though – a very solid history of reliability and constantly learning new quirks in the bedroom AND living room.

      • Spencer Greenfield

        Oh, I forgot about the WiiU. You think that’s bad?

  • http://mathmanmustdie.blogspot.com/ Mr. Glitch

    Vectrex II. How ’bout it, guys?

  • Spencer Greenfield

    For Disney Interactive: When can we expect a Golden Girls video game? Also, are there going to be Golden Girls figures in Disney Infinity?

    • Citric

      Man, Golden Girls World would make me buy a new Kingdom Hearts.

      Though I’m not sure what you would do there. Throw a party and invite everyone you knew?

      • vinnybushes

         I’m pretty sure it would be rated “M” for
        McClanahan. Zing!

      • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

        Golden Girls + Star Wars + all the Disney & Squaresoft shit + all that Enix shit. Man, KH3 is going to be INSANE.

    • mizerock

      Hey, there’s a new Harmonix game coming, and it’s co-branded with Disney! Neat.

      http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/04/fantasia-music-evolved-is-harmonixs-lucid-kinect-dream

  • TheBryanJZX90

    How do you balance accessibility with challenge in your game? Are there any examples that you can think of that got that balance wrong?

  • Ted Kindig

    If your game was discovered as the only remnant of human civilization by an alien species, what would they learn about us?

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

      I like this one a lot. It’s like a sort of backhanded critique of games today, but it could also be totally earnest. 

  • caspiancomic

    How about: If your studio could make a game based on any existing property, what would it be?

    Followup question if you like that sort of thing: what sort of game would it be? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509875458 Aleksander Samuel Christensen

    Which specific game made you consider – and ultimately start – developing them yourself?

  • The_Helmaroc_King

    “If you had to make a spin-off game in another style, what kind of game would you make? What would you keep from the original game(s) in order to be ‘true’ to them?”

    “How involved are the creative director(s) on the game? What kind of vision are they trying to put into the game? How do they keep the team focused?”

  • PaganPoet

    Can we BUY a Gameological pin? I ask only because it looks snazzy and I would very much like to have one, but any question I could come up with would be far too stupes to win one.

    • The Guilty Party

      This would be an amusingly surreal question to ask.

    • duwease

      Believe in yourself!  The you’ll have your Gameological pin… always, in your heart.

      • His_Space_Holiness

        Ow! Why did I think it was a good idea to put a pin in my heart?

  • PaganPoet

    Atlus, I have two questions:

    1) When will Persona 5 come out?

    2) Can I play Persona 5 now?

  • Flying_Turtle

    If you could remake any game, which one would you pick? What would you do with it?

  • Noasis

    “What do the 3 Es in E3 mean, to you?”

    or

    “Does the appearance and relative success of crowd-sourced funding for video games threaten (in any way) the quality of future video games made by bigger, established and more wealthy developers?” 

  • DeathSpank_Chicken_Gun

    “Which Shakespeare play would you most like to turn into a game, and what kind of game would it be?” (Romeo and Juliet platformer? Richard III stealth assassin?)

    • CNightwing

      Romeo and Juliet would obviously be a dating sim, you have to get her to love you enough to kill herself.

    • George_Liquor

      A Hamlet hack & slash.

  • LukeTuesday

    I would like to re phrase the infamous EA question:

    “Has a Computer ever made you cry? If so how?”

    • The Guilty Party

      Is this like the video game purity test?

      • LukeTuesday

        “Do you Play video Games?”- That’s the video game purity test.

  • Marozeph

    If you were to make a game that only takes place in a single location, what location would it be?

  • Bureaupath

    What are two or three games that aren’t normally paired together or in a trilogy, but seem to complement each other very well and why?

    What’s a good food and/or drink that should be paired with a game you’re currently developing?

    • Ryan Smith

      I endorse this food/drink pairing question! 

  • Flyonysus

    What wine pairs best with your game?

  • EmperorNortonI

    Will your studio be shut down if your game doesn’t sell as many units as Call of Duty – Insert Sequel Here?

  • Destroy Him My Robots

    Loving many of these. I’ve got two:

    1) If you could pick any song from any video game soundtrack other than your own, which one would you say encapsulates the feeling of your game the best?

    2) Your game gets a Sega Genesis downport. Which actions are the three buttons mapped to? (Alternate phrasing for old school PC devs: “If your game were a point and click adventure, which three verbs would we definitely see in your verb bar?”)

  • The Guilty Party

    Is the portrayal of women in your game and associated marketing something you are proud of? (i.e., Would you show your mom?)

    • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

      I think this is a really important issue to bring up, and have been trying to come up with a questions, but it’s hard to think of a way to phrase the question that isn’t at least a little accusatory.

      • The Guilty Party

        Yeah I had to rewrite a few times, and it still sounds a *little* accusatory, but it’s not too bad, I think. (Are you proud instead of are you ashamed, that kind of thing). Depending on the tone the question is asked in, you could honestly answer with a ‘Yes! I think we portray women in a better way than ever before!’ and not sound like some sarcastic dick.

        • HobbesMkii

          It does sound a little loaded along the “Have you stopped beating your wife?” line (though not nearly that bad), but I don’t think you could really edit it too much more. If you take it out of the Yes/No format, it doesn’t ask anyone to reflect on their marketing. “How proud are you of the portrayal of women in your game and associated marketing?” can easily be answered by “Very–I think we do a good job portraying women. I would happily show this to my mother.” without reflecting on the portrayal. 

          I guess you could ask them to reflect on the game/marketing themselves:

          “Do you think your game and its associated marketing could improve in its portrayal of women and, if so, how?”

          …but it sort of contorts the intent of the original question.

      • Ted Kindig

        Maybe the way in on this one would be something like “my [made up] sixth grade daughter loves to dress up as game characters for Halloween, who should she be from your game?”

        If they have an awesome answer, they can talk about it in a way that isn’t monopolized by Important Social Import; if the game is total creepsville, then the stammering might be funny.

        • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

          I like this.

    • OldeFortran77

      This seems like a good place to add my facetious question:
      Female NPC’s breasts? Are they too small, or are they not big enough?

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

      I was trying to think of a question along these lines. “Would you be embarrassed if your mom saw you playing this?” or something like that. Your’s is better.

  • EmperorNortonI

    Would it have been easier for your team to work if it received its funding primarily through state or federal grant money, rather than the existing big publisher model?

    • OldeFortran77

       Curt Schilling?!?

      • Drew Toal

        Gone too soon.

  • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

    Holy fuck I want one of those pins. 

    “How is your game pushing the medium forward?”

    Ehh, that’s kind of a hugely loaded question…

    Actually any question I could think of for this would sound really combative or political. Can I just have a pin?

    Maybe like..

    “What pieces of art/culture have influenced you and how?”

    I’m bad at this.

    • caspiancomic

       I actually really like that second one. Something like “what pieces of non-game art were the biggest influences on your current projects?”

  • Captain Internet

    If there were a band with the same name as your game, what would they sound like?

  • Mark Gale

    Was there a Golden Age of games where it seemed like everyone was pumping out creative stuff?

  • Mark Gale

    What album captures the theme and tone of your game?

  • Mark Gale

    How helpless do you feel when you watch a person approach the booth to play one of your games?

    Have you ever just yelled at them for doing it wrong?

  • fieldafar

    So your game gets made into a film or TV series. Who will play the main characters and how much will the film/show be different from the original game?

  • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp Unexpected Dave

    What’s your favourite “non-essential” element in your game? 

  • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp Unexpected Dave

    How would you change your game to make it more appealing to cats and/or dogs? 

  • Swadian Knight

    “Do developers have any ethical obligations to their audience or in the context of the medium in general? If so, what are they?”

    This is an awesome contest idea, guys.

  • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

    Ok, I’ve got a question you can use:

    There are 5 games involving shooting from first person view in 5 different franchises. In each game there is a different silent protagonist. The 5 silent protagonists replenish health differently, shoot a certain type of gun, and have a certain sidekick. No silent protagonists share the same sidekick, shoot the same type of gun, or replenish health in the same manner.

    Hints:

    Soap is the main silent protagonist in Call of Duty 4.

    The Siren has a claptrap as a sidekick.

    The Courier uses stimpaks.

    Portal 2 is displayed on the left of Borderlands at Gamestop.

    Chell has to reload a save to restore health.

    The silent protagonist who uses a MP5N hangs with Price.

    The silent protagonist from Half Life 2 uses a gravity gun.

    The game displayed in the center of the shelf at Gamestop has a silent protagonist who hides behind cover to restore health.

    Gordon Freeman stars in the first game on the shelf at Gamestop.

    The silent protagonist who uses a varmint rifle is from a game located on the shelf at Gamestop next to the game that has a silent protagonist using a gravity gun.

    The silent protagonist who uses a varmint rifle is in a game that is located on the shelf at Gamestop next to the game that has a silent protagonist who hangs with Alyx Vance.

    The silent protagonist who hangs with a claptrap uses insta-health vials to restore health.

    Chell uses a portal gun.

    Gordon Freeman is in a game that is located on the shelf at Gamestop next to Fallout New Vegas.

    The silent protagonist who uses a varmint rifle is in a game that is located on the shelf at Gamestop next to a game that features a silent protagonist who uses medkits to restore health.

    Who owns the fish? Wait, what?

    edit~ really Disqus? Really?

    • duwease

      You have a lucrative* career in logic puzzle writing ahead of you.  And I would know!

      *in the sense that any amount greater than zero is lucrative

    • PhilWal0

      I only see four weapons and three sidekicks in this set-up. Also is ‘first game on the shelf’ from the left or from the right?

  • CNightwing

    If you had a fully functioning Holodeck, what sort of game would you make?

    • Xtracurlyfries

      I think we all know the answer to that one.

      • CNightwing

        A linear first person shooter in which you mow down countless waves of Wesley Crusher?

        • Xtracurlyfries

          No, no, no. The other thing.

  • CrabNaga

    What is your most memorable missed opportunity in making your game? Either a great idea that came too late or a great idea that was deemed unfeasible for whatever reason.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

      On a completely unrelated note, is your avatar Koffby?

      • CrabNaga

        It sure is. It was either going to be that, or Exeggby.

  • missmoxie

    How far along do you develop a game before you decide it doesn’t merit further time and effort?

  • PhilWal0

    Egg or hat?

    • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

      So one of those Egg Council creeps got to you too, huh?

      • PhilWal0

        Nah. Hat is only useful when it’s very cold or very hot. I choose Egg as it can be enjoyed all year round.

        • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

          A good choice, goes well with lomticks of toast and lovely steakiwegs.

  • PhilWal0

    Ever had to knock on wood?
    Ever known someone who has?

    • http://gameological.com/author/derricksanskrit/ Derrick Sanskrit

      1. Have you ever been close to tragedy, or been close to folks who have?
      2. Have you ever felt a pain so powerful—so heavy—you collapse?
      3. Have you ever had the odds stacked up so high you need a strength most don’t possess?
      4. Has it ever come down to do or die? (You’ve got to rise above the rest)

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

        This comment cannot be liked enough.

      • George_Liquor

         1. It’s your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet. How do you react? 
        2. You’ve got a little boy. He shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar. What do you do? 
        3. You’re watching television. Suddenly you realize there’s a wasp crawling on your arm. 
        4. You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise, Tony, it’s crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on its back, Tony. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can’t, not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that? 
        5. Describe in single words, only the good things that come into your mind about your mother.

        • caspiancomic

          Are you thoughtless in your remarks?
          Do you linger at bus stations for pleasure?
          Do you get muscle spasms for no reason?
          Do your past failures bother you?
          Do your past failures bother you?
          Do your past failures bother you?
          Do your past failures in life bother you?
          Is your life a struggle?
          Do you like to be told what to do?
          Is your behaviour erratic?
          Do you find interest in other people?
          Do you find it easy to be fair?
          Are you often consumed by envy?
          Are you often consumed by envy?
          Are you scientific in your thought?
          Are you concerned with the impression you make?
          Are you ususally truthful to others?
          Are you unpredictable?

        • Fluka

          Half a day later, I discover that someone else is asking the same very important questions that I am!

        • George_Liquor

          @Fluka:disqus It makes perfect sense. After all, replicants clearly hosted the last couple of game console announcement, so you know they’re gonna show up at E3.

  • Precarious Loaf

    How is your love of video games, and the culture that surrounds it, impacted by the business/marketing of video games?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kalenlander Kalen Lander

    Is there anything you would do differently? (if you had a time machine)

  • stakkalee

    I’ve got one silly question and one serious question.

    A Japanese television manufacturer has recently developed a working prototype of a television that can emit aromas on demand.  How would your game be improved with the inclusion of Smell-o-vision?

    More seriously – will new hardware like the Oculus Rift and Microsoft’s Illumiroom usher in a fundamental change to the industry, or will they just be a sideshow?

    • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

      I am looking forward to Call of Duty: Smell-o-vision. Wow, you can really smell those browns!

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

        Call of Duty: Ghosts with Illumiroom® and Smell-o-vision®: Now you can sniff your dog’s butt while he sniffs yours!

      • stakkalee

        L.A. Noire: Who Farted?

        • killyridols

          I laughed way too hard at that. 

  • PhilWal0

    “Was a man sent to kill, or a slave?”

  • Raging Bear

    What will your game be remembered for ten years from now?

    If you couldn’t not undo no more than one design choice, which one wouldn’t it be and why not?

  • Cloks

    How would you describe your game in terms of food?

    (This way you’ll know what pairings to use on The Digest.)

  • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

    Miyamoto famously attributes the gameplay of Legend of Zelda to a childhood love of exploring caves. Satoshi Tajiri famously attributes the gameplay of Pokemon to his childhood experiences collecting bugs. In what ways, if any, do you see your childhood experiences/hobbies (or those of your creative teams) shaping the games you develop as adults?

    • http://gameological.com/author/derricksanskrit/ Derrick Sanskrit

      Considering how many of today’s game developers childhood experiences were “playing video games,” this might explain the recent trend of games about making games.

      • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

        “At what point did you realize the creative medium you dedicated your life to had become a kind of perverse oruboros, completely embedded up its own asshole?”

        I’m sure Teti could make that sound tactful.

    • Army_Of_Fun

      Well, I did a lot of people murdering with a shotgun as kid. I think that influence is pretty clearly on display when you’re murdering people in this game with a shotgun.

    • duwease

      This is the best question, as long as you can get responses other than “I liked playing Doom as a kid”

      • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

        Maybe we should specify “non-videogame childhood hobbies”…

  • Drew Toal

    Which ingredient is more important to making a great game: Love or electrolytes? (I already have a pin, but I wanted to play. Plus that shampoo-whiskey seems like just what the doctor ordered.)

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

      “Why are you spending so long in the shower?”

      “Uh, no reason, just, um, cleaning my hair, dear.” *glug glug*

    • PhilWal0

       Brawndo! It’s got what gamers crave!

  • ItsTheShadsy

    “I’m sure you’ve heard all the Internet buzz. Can you address rumors that your character dies at the end of this game?”

  • MathleticDepartment

    Two-part question:

    1) Since we’re at E3, what are some of your favorite words that start with the letter E?
    2) So as not to be exclusionary, what are some of your favorite words that start with any other letter?

    • Army_Of_Fun

      Follow-up, what would you name your game if you could only use words that start with the letter ‘E’ and have no more than 3 words total?

  • doyourealize

    How would your decision making process change if you had to play through the entire game before it was released?

    Follow up: Do you play video games?

  • morley

    If neither technological limitations nor development time were an issue, what game mechanic (or story) would you love to implement in a game?

  • hastapura

    1) What are the quantifiable improvements this generation will make in gameplay?

    2) Do you ever feel creatively restricted by the demands of big budgets?

  • Xtracurlyfries

    Late to the party, as usual…  My first question on reading this post was: “Whoah, when did Teti cut his hair?!?”, but in terms of E3 questions:

    1) How do you see the future of studio-made games now that developers are beginning to find success by crowdsourcing funds for their games?

    2) If you had to make a game without sound, sort of like a videogame analog of “The Artist,” what would the game be about?

    • The_Helmaroc_King

      I know that there are some independent developers trying to create sound-only games, but I’m not sure the inverse would be quite so compelling. For a lot of players, I think sound is really important to the tone of the experience, so I don’t know how removing it completely could be used to enhance an experience.

      There are some games that made good use of limited sound in appropriate environments. Dead Space‘s spacewalking sequences come to mind, where you can’t hear anything outside of your suit.

      • Xtracurlyfries

        It certainly seems like it would be not so compelilng, but then that’s why I thought it would be interesting to ask.  I think that restricting an artist can often result in the artist pushing themselves in new and interesting ways. There’s another question above asking which colors the dev would choose if they could only use three colors to make a game.  I think we’re both getting at the same concept. 

        The early 8-bit era is a perfect example of this in that the devs were so limited they really had to stretch their creativity to make games.  I can’t help but feel that we lost something when we got to the stage where intense graphics and sound are trivial in a game. 

        One of the things I like about the indy gaming scene, and especially the dev jams, is that it’s somewhat of a return to that time of limitations.  For my money, it’s creating the most innovative games these days so my question, perhaps vague though it was, was trying to get at this issue.

    • Ted Kindig

      Assuming you mean silent as “music only” ala silent film, there are tons of games like that.

      • Xtracurlyfries

        I meant “..as the grave”. See my response above.

  • TinCardinal

    1. Which game has come out recently that you think you could have made better than it was?
    2. Do you think there are any genres of games that are going to die out (e.g., top-down shooters, turn-based RPGs)?
    3. Is there truly as much potential in mobile gaming platforms (like iPhone and Android) as has been hyped, and if so, does this mean traditional console or PC gaming is going to be developed for less?
    4. When do you think game graphics will be so good that everything rendered looks just like it was real and filmed with a camera?
    5. I will murder a murder of crows to get that murder of crows bottle. Is this acceptable?

  • Noasis

    “Regarding BioWare’s handling over negative reactions to Mass Effect 3′s ending: Has a floodgate been opened? Is this a good or bad thing?”

    Also

    “Hypothetical – You and a colleague have just wrapped up making a video game so good that it may very well render ALL other games useless, unplayable wrecks. Only the two of you know of its existence.

    Your colleague is bent over, busy tying his shoelaces. You notice a sandbag suspended 20 feet above his head. It is tied to rope and the release is by your hand…

    Do you have what it takes?”

  • duwease

    What aspect of your game do you expect to draw the most disproportionate amount of unexplainable anger from internet commenters?

  • AngryRaisins

    If your game had a super-ultra-deluxe edition costing $1000, what would be in the box?

    • ItsTheShadsy

      ^^^This one right here. Pick that one. It’s a great sort-of-non-cynical way to see how excited devs are about their games.

      • The Guilty Party

        Plus, they get to start a sentence in real life with “Angry Rasins would like to know…”

      • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

        Yeah this one is really good. I’d especially love hearing indies answer this one.

  • Pyrrhus_Crowned

    If you were completely free from budgetary and commercial concerns, what kind of game would you make?

  • Boonehams

    Question 1:
    “What is your favorite ‘guilty pleasure’ game? Follow-up: Why do you consider it a guilty pleasure and why do you enjoy it?”

    Question 2:
    “If you were to remake your game into a board, card or dice game, what would that game be like?”

  • Tom Phillips

    “Does the emphasis of the Xbox One as a multimedia hub force you into producing more transmedia content for your games?”

  • Fluka

    You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise.  It’s crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on its back.  The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can’t, not without your help.  But you’re not helping.  Why is that?  And does your game require multiplayer?

    • George_Liquor

      Whatever you do, don’t ask him about his mother.

  • CNightwing

    (to be asked by Teti) Do you like my bowtie?

  • Army_Of_Fun

    “Why did this game cost so much to make?”

    also

    “Huh? Can you repeat that? I can’t hear you! I SAID CAN YOU REPEAT THAT? I’M HAVING TROUBLE HEARING YOU. I HEARD ‘MUFFIN’ BUT NOTHING ELSE.”

  • Chip Dipson

    This question is stolen lovingly from an old AV Club Feature, “Justify Your Existence”

    Why should people spend their money to play your game?

  • Chip Dipson

    Have you considered putting some type of crate into your game? If so, what kind of crates can we look forward to interacting with? If not, you should probably put a few crates in your game.

  • Chip Dipson

    What new feature presented in the next-gen console cycle do you think will have the biggest impact on making games more fun to play?

  • MSUSteve

    “Who is your daddy and what does he do?”

  • Ryan Smith

    What’s your favorite line of dialogue from your game?

  • ProfFarnsworth

    My question is quite boring and probably won’t garner any attention, but that pin looks “futuramaistic”.

    What role does science and scientists play in your game?  Followed by what do you think video games can do to help increase peoples understanding and learning of science/physics.

  • Effigy_Power

    ‘ere’s one for ya:

    Considering the ubiquity of digital distribution, which aspects of box-art, printed manuals and in-box gimmicks do you think people will miss the most?

  • http://sarapen.ca/ Sarapen

    Which Ninja Turtle best embodies your political affiliations?

    How many horses were killed in the making of this game?

    Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?

    Serious question: Should games be fun? Many movies are depressing but are still considered masterpieces. Can or should games follow in that vein?

  • MathleticDepartment

    “If you sensed I was being followed right now, how would you signal it to me without telling me outright?”

  • boardgameguy

    serious: do you feel that games have an advantage over other types of media (book, movie, music, etc)? If so, how does your game leverage that advantage? if no, how does your game overcome that hurdle?

    fun: if your game was a James Bond villain, which James Bond villain would it be and why?

  • http://twitter.com/vowelsagogo Kilzor

    Really good question to boil down a developer’s aesthetic in a fun, easy way: Q: you have to make a game in which the main character is James Kirk or Jean-Luc Picard, which do you choose and why?

  • ferrarimanf355

    If your game was a car, what would it be, a Koeingsegg Agera R or a Volkswagen GTI?

  • Boko_Fittleworth

    Does your game leave the player better at the end of the game than at the beginning?

    • Boko_Fittleworth

      What does your game world have to say about the “real” world?

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.macharelli David Macharelli

    You could go with “So what do you think of this plaid jacket?”

     But something akin to ”Would you consider a broad beta-testing system by actual users to reduce day one glitches and general gameplay problems?” would probably work better.

  • MontgomeryPew

    Why aren’t there more games in which your progression isn’t tied to committing as much interactive violence as efficiently as possible?

  • PhilWal0

    “Are you a stud fiend?”

  • MathleticDepartment

    “Do you know if Linda is dating anyone new?  We kind of lost touch, and well…it’s been a rough few months.”  

  • Honeyfoot

    Do you think that the emphasis on graphics quality in games has shifted the focus of design away from making fun and interesting games?

  • Brainstrain

    This is quickly becoming my favorite thing Gameological has done.

    Earnest: What would be your ideal game development environment? Big publisher or small? Big, open spaces or small, private areas?

    Silly: How devoted is your studio to having a dog as the highlight of all your games? What are you willing to sacrifice to usher in the glorious, dog-filled future?

  • Spencer Greenfield

    What popular license would you love to just screw up?

  • BuddhaBox

    “Name an existing IP you’d like to license and the first game you’d develop from the license. Bonus points if it’s not a shooter, RTS, or RPG.”

    “What is a gaming experience that you would like to see given more attention in the wider gaming world?”

    “If you had to make a game in a fantasy setting that wasn’t based upon medieval Europe/Classical culture, which culture would you base it upon and why?”

    “In your experience, has the nationality of a studio informed its game design?”

  • ocelotfox

    “In a time where development costs for games have become very high, how do you balance the vision in your mind for your game with the need for an affordable development cycle?”

  • a_scintillating_comment

     
    Ok, serious one(s) first:

    ‘I’m a self proclaimed hipster from Brooklyn, I love obscure things. What is your favourite obscure game, that you feel now one else has played?

    ‘Why will this game you brought to E3 be one of the best games ever made?

    ‘When looking in the mirror, who in the industry do you wish you could be?’

    Ok, semi-serious:

    *produce a picture of a Mustacheless Drew Toal*
    Yes or No: Do you think this man would look better with a mustache?

  • josef2012

    question for rockstar:when will gta go into space/sci-fi?

  • kazooiedog

    What is your favorite easter egg you’ve placed in a game? What is your favorite easter egg you’ve found in another’s game?

  • The_Helmaroc_King

    Not sure if anything posted this late will get any attention, but a few last-minute questions that might get me a pin for your consideration:

    “Have you ever decided to change, add, or remove a feature from your game because of something another developer released while you were in development?”

    Less seriously: “Have you ever seen something another developer released and said to yourself, ‘I wish I had done that’? How would you take what that developer did and change it to make it your own?”

    And finally: “A common complaint about modern games is about how players feel talked down to, but players also get frustrated if they don’t have any idea what to do. How does your game encourage players to progress without making it obvious that you’re doing so?”