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    Izzy, Morello, and Sirlin on air: Interview on Critical Hit

    As mentioned on David Sirlin's website, a recent audio interview features David Sirlin, Isiah Cartwright, and Ryan Morello discussing game balance. Check it out here:
    http://www.i208.net/CriticalHit/MP3/Crit04.mp3

    The full description from Sirlin.net:
    My Interview on Critical Hit

    Check out my interview about game balance on the Critical Hit show, along with Izzy from Guild Wars. Pretty good stuff! Here's the official summary:

    "So to give a very brief overview of what I'm talking about here, we're talking podcast. Critical Hit is a panelist show, where we get 2 to 3 professionals from the gaming industry into a Skype conference and essentially let them loose on eachother. The point here is that old-school interviews saturate the media scene, and it's time for something more constructive. We bring developers, marketing specialists, media personalities, and the like together to put the important issues on the table.

    Our fourth episode, about game balance, was recorded last night, and hot damn is it epic! We were fortunate enough to be joined by three excellent panelists.

    Our first two panelists are somewhat of a 'dynamic duo'. Isaiah "Izzy" Cartwright and Ryan "Morello" Scott are both employees at ArenaNet, working on GuildWars. Izzy is the official skill balancer, among other responsibilities, in charge of making sure that the PvP experience in GuildWars is as enjoyable as possible. Morello, who used to work side-by-side with Izzy on skill balance, is now working on GW PvE, and is a FPS fanboy at heart.

    Next, we had David Sirlin. Sirlin is a producer and developer, currently with Backbone Entertainment, who has, frankly, a gross amount of experience in the fighting game scene. He is one of the original founders of the Evolution Fighting Series, author of the book Playing to Win, and is currently working on projects such as Puzzle Fighter HD, and Street Fighter Super Turbo HD. For more information on Sirlin and what he does, check out his website, www.sirlin.net

    You can download this episode of Critical Hit by clicking on this link: DOWNLOAD EPISODE 4 NOW (website coming soon!)"

    --Sirlin

    Source: http://www.sirlin.net/archive/my-int...-critical-hit/

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    I listened to that the day it was posted on the QQ forums, it was interesting to listen to.

    Anything I could say has already been said on those forums though.

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    Do they provide a transcript?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barinthus View Post
    Do they provide a transcript?
    I wouldn't imagine so, it runs for over an hour. I'd strongly recommend people give it a listen, it's always good hearing things direct from the developers, and Morello and Izzy are both great.

    Oh and if you listen and enjoy this one, I'd recommend you hunt down the Weapon of Choice interviews with Izzy. Granted they're a bit dated now, but they do give some good insight into how balancing for Guild Wars specifically is done.

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    good to see game devs debate

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