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Watch the Makers of System Shock Play It for Its 20th Anniversary

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System Shock's one of those games that lots of descendant creations owe a huge debt to. If you're a fan of moody, story-centric first-person experiences like Deus Ex or BioShock, then you should be watching some of System Shock's creators play it right now.

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Programmer/designer Marc Leblanc has been livestreaming the first System Shock for a few hours now and has been joined by other former Looking Glass Studios peers like writer/game-maker Austin Grossman. They've already talked about how Zelda and various Interplay titles influenced the creation of System Shock. Also, Leblanc said that he approached EA to see about potentially crowdfunding a System Shock 3. Turns out nobody knows quite who has the various rights to the various pieces of the System Shock property. They're answering questions from chat so, if you have a burning question about an all-time classic PC game, then head over there.

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I hope they archive that. I realllly want to watch when I have time.

If you're a fan of moody, story-centric first-person experiences like Deus Ex or BioShock, then you should be watching some of System Shock's creators play it right now.

Also: Portal, The Elder Scrolls, Half-Life, Madden, Harmonix games, Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, etc etc etc.

System Shock really only competes with Ultima as "most influential game of all time." Maaaybe Zelda, but that's stretching it.

Turns out nobody knows quite has the various rights to the various pieces of the System Shock property.

I know some of the details and where to look for the rest.