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David Gaider Interview Part II�Creativity and the Novels


�Right before a game goes out we�re literally at a point where all we can see are the flaws and think �oh god, they�re going to hate this���

I think the first two novels I wrote just sort of whetted my appetite. It�s the same when you put out a game. When we put out a game, after we�ve done it there�s that whole legion of shoulda, woulda, coulda that you feel. Right before a game goes out we�re literally at a point where all we can see are the flaws and we think �oh god, they�re going to hate this,� and they never do, or most of them don�t. At that point we�ve built up this accumulation of flaws or mistakes or things that got cut or missed opportunities and it become a little overwhelming. You lose a little perspective.

Having put out those novels I feel the errors in them just like in the video games. Once they�re out it�s like uh, it�s terrible it�s horrible, how can anybody read this. There�s been a lot of positive feedback on it, but at the same time I see what I can do better. I�d like to keep developing that skill. It is a different skill. It�s very different from just writing dialogue or structuring quests to actually writing prose. My personal opinion is I did pretty well but I can do better and I�d like to do better. So given the opportunity, I�d like to do that.

One of my favorite parts of the books was Maric. Would we ever see him in a Dragon Age expansion, stand alone game or downloadable content? Is that something that could possibly happen?

Well, it�s a little bit problematic just because if I put a character from the novels in the game, it has to be presented in such a way that anybody who didn�t read the books, which is quite a different audience size between the video game and the books, it have to be in such a way that someone who didn't� read the books would understand who they were and in a way would that actually satisfy the person who did read the books? They don�t need a basic introduction to Maric for instance. The person who read the book already knows that, they�re looking from something extra. They would see that as a rehash of what they already know. So would that do anything for them? I don�t know. Does it do anything for the person who doesn�t know anything about the books? Again, hard to say, this is a new character for them. Is it better than any other new character? Hard to say. I really enjoyed playing Maric but there�d be limitations, maybe it might work as a cameo so someone who read the book would get that extra from it, but it really doesn't impact much on the person who didn�t read the book, so I don�t know. It�s tough because I really grow attached to these characters and I really want to use them, but I have to recognize that the two worlds aren�t necessarily going to mix that well, but if I ever had the opportunity to do it, yeah I would love to. Some of those characters I think aren�t done yet in my mind.

Tomorrow...Part III�Characters and Games as Art
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About Louis Garcia12one of us since 7:09 PM on 08.02.2010

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Gaming has just always been something I've loved since I was a wee lad. Ever since I picked up that NES controller and played Super Mario Bros...much like any gamer, really!

Video games were actually the impetus for me going to college and earning a journalism degree. If not for EGM, Nintendo Power, OPM, Expert Gamer, GameNow and countless other magazines I don't know what I would have done after high school! I'd like to think professional footballer for Liverpool...well, a man can dream can't he?!?!

Right now I'm replaying Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. I keep up with all the big-time releases, (Marios, Halos, etc.) but I'm also always trying to whither down my pile of shame.

I game on all systems. PC is my least played platform, but five years ago I've finally started to play classics after finally buying a home computer. I've now enjoyed games like Half-Life and others I had only read about before having a mouse and keyboard controlled gaming rig.

Some favorite games of mine: Metal Gear Solid series, almost anything Mario, Halo, Xenogears, Fallout series, Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Suikoden 1 and 2...Well, pretty much any good game from any genre except for sports released from the NES era and on. Then it is only Mario sport titles and Winning Eleven and FIFA.

Sad fact about me: I'm desperately (perhaps hopelessly) waiting for a new Shadow Hearts game. :(

Update: It's September in Minnesota (getting chilly), and I'm enjoying Borderlands 2.