Warren Spector's Half-Life Work...Plus Other Gaming Mysteries, Secrets

In an interview published in the 2012 book Gamers at Work: Stories Behind the Games People Play, gaming luminary Warren Spector mentioned something of a bombshell that seems to have gone unnoticed, saying that he "did some work for Valve on Half-Life stuff" in the early, pre-Disney days of Junction Point Studios. » 6/20/13 12:00pm 6/20/13 12:00pm

Warren Spector Sure Wishes Metacritic Was Less Relevant

Add Deus Ex and Epic Mickey creator Warren Spector to the list of people who think the video game industry should stop caring so much about Metacritic. » 5/16/13 1:30pm 5/16/13 1:30pm

Want to take classes from Professor Warren Spector? The University of Texas has created the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy. Spector will guide its curriculum and Paul Sams, Blizzard's chief operating officer, is also an instructor. Admitted students pay no tuition and get a $10,000 stipend. » 5/13/13 1:00pm 5/13/13 1:00pm

Sad You Weren't At GDC? Me Too. Let's Take A Virtual Tour Of All The…

This year's Game Developers Conference is about to end today, leaving behind great panel discussions and announcements, and also a lot of other cool stuff that was not shown on any stream. » 3/29/13 8:00pm 3/29/13 8:00pm

Warren Spector Doesn't Think Lollipop Chainsaw Should Have Been Made

Warren Spector, one of the most respected game designers out there and the lead creator of the revered Deus Ex, did something unusual for a game designer today. At a talk at the DICE convention in Las Vegas, he named a name... or at least he let one of his slides name the name of a game that, he says, "should just not… » 2/07/13 4:00pm 2/07/13 4:00pm

Two Quotes That Help Warren Spector Assess Where He's At Right Now

Legendary game designer Warren Spector was talking at the DICE convention in Las Vegas today, but didn't want to talk about his departure from Disney and the shuttering of his studio. He wanted to talk about the "graying of gaming" or at least about his journey though gaming. But the elephant is in the room, he said. » 2/07/13 2:51pm 2/07/13 2:51pm

A Game Design Legend, Still Chasing The Video Game Musical Of His Dreams

Someday, somewhere, someone will make a video game musical. Legendary game designer Warren Spector hopes it will be him. His latest game, Epic Mickey 2 » 9/06/12 8:00pm 9/06/12 8:00pm, is , but it's still not a realization of Spector's musical ambitions.

Warren Spector Explains How Epic Mickey Is Like Deus Ex

A cybernetically enhanced secret agent with a sniper rifle. A mouse with a paintbrush. You'd think those two things couldn't have less in common. But Warren Spector, who has now created games starring both of those characters, would tell you that they're more similar than you may realize. » 9/04/12 8:00pm 9/04/12 8:00pm

Whew, Epic Mickey 2 Gets Its Co-Op and Camera Right

Epic Mickey was a game that fought against itself. Oh, I really, really wanted to fully embrace Warren Spector's love letter to Walt Disney's creations. But the continual struggle against the game's camera meant that the Wii exclusive undercut all its charm with severe control problems. » 6/15/12 4:30pm 6/15/12 4:30pm

All That Ultraviolence Bothers The People Who Make Video Games, Too

Did all the neck-stabbing, animal-killing, city-destroying carnage at E3 stand out to you this year? Whether you were there in person or not, it was hard not to notice the uptick in egregious on-screen violence at the 2012 edition of the expo and that rising trend dominated much of the talk coming out in the… » 6/15/12 2:00pm 6/15/12 2:00pm

Epic Mickey 2 Needs the Power of Two... Development Studios

Junction Point—the development studio founded by legendary game designer Warren Spector and later acquired by Disney—made 2010's Epic Mickey all by themselves. That technologically ambitious and mostly pretty game came out exclusively on the Wii. But, now that Mickey and Oswald's next outing will be a multiplatform… » 3/26/12 8:30am 3/26/12 8:30am

Deus Ex Designer Warren Spector Isn't a Real Spectre? I Feel Cheated.

Earlier this month at the Game Developers Choice Awards, Deus Ex » 3/20/12 12:00pm 3/20/12 12:00pm and designer for his contributions to the gaming. This Mega64 tribute to Spector featuring Epic's Cliff Bleszinski aired during the program. I'm surprised they didn't take the award back on the spot.

Deus Ex Lead Designer Honored With Game Developer Lifetime Achievement…

With nearly 30 years in game development and a career spent crafting unique gaming experiences like Deus Ex and Epic Mickey, Warren Spector has been chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. » 2/03/12 3:00pm 2/03/12 3:00pm

The New Spider-Man, the next Warren Spector comic, Mark Twain vs. a…

I'm back from a vacation in Istanbul where the wonders of an iPad and a Wi-Fi connection allowed me to download and read all of last week's 13 big new DC Comics series. » 9/14/11 5:00pm 9/14/11 5:00pm

A new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and more Halo are Among the…

Ever Wednesday there are new comics in comics shops and available for (legitimate) download. But there aren't new Alan Moore comics, every Wednesday, so this one is special! » 7/27/11 8:00pm 7/27/11 8:00pm

Spider-Man Dies, I Think, but, hey, Warren Spector's Writing DuckTales

There are new comics in the comics shops every Wednesday, but some of those comics are not worth your money. As always, I have recommendations about which comics—physical ones and digital ones—you should consider buying. You're welcome! » 6/22/11 8:00pm 6/22/11 8:00pm