"Can you imagine what games we would have if [id's] John Carmack decided he wanted to create a believable character as opposed to a believable gun?"
- Deus Ex
and Epic Mickey
creator Warren Spector expresses his frustrations
with the industry's focus on violence and high-end visuals.
Spector says that he's been "actively trying to shame" developers like Carmack and Epic Games' Tim Sweeney, as he believes they spend too much time working on rendering techniques or finding new ways to simulate violence, when they could focus their efforts on recreating basic human interactions and relationships.
He notes that it's understandable that the industry has a tendency toward violent game mechanics, as those actions are easy to map to the press of a button. While creating something like a virtual conversation is certainly more complex, Spector thinks it's a goal that's at least worth pursuing.
"We focus a little bit too much on violence, but we all know how to do it. It's easy. And a lot of players seem to like it. It isn't all we can do and it certainly isn't all we should do."