The lights are on
Can you imagine how harrowing it must be to pitch a game to a huge console manufacturer with their brand new hardware in mind? Twisted Pixel, the developer behind ‘Splosion Man, had to do just this with Microsoft for their new motion control device. However, the two creators attending the meeting only had three minutes to force a eureka moment.
The story goes that Twisted Pixel had a game in mind for the Kinect (then Project Natal) which incorporated precise finger movements. After getting to know the tech, the Twisted Pixel guys realized they couldn’t pitch the idea. They were forced to come up with something fresh in the three minutes the Microsoft representative took to use the restroom.
"Mike [Wilford, CEO]'s kind of chatting with other Microsoft people, and I'm like, frantically looking around the restaurant just trying to think of ideas," said Bear. "To my left, there was this painting of a skeleton cowboy and I looked at it and just -- literally -- I was like 'OK: Skeleton cowboy that needs to get revenge on posse ... marionette. F*** it.'"
Despite the rocky beginnings, the final product ended up being pretty darned good. Check out the rest of The Gunstringer's hilarious origin story over at Joystiq.
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Awesome story,but I still don't want to buy a Kinect.
HAHA oh thats pretty funny. Good job twisted pixel!
This just made my day.
"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood."
"What mood is that?"
Ha! That's amazing! Talk about some creative juices flowing there.
Not only is it a pretty solid game, but this story makes it a million times better.
Haha, no pressure guys!
That's fantastic. Makes me want to go play this now.
It worked, apparently.
wow talk about an instant success story
OMG that's so funny
Stories like this make me love this industry!
Oh god, this is too funny.
And here I thought making a successful video game was something you had to work at!
lol read this in the borderlands issue
Seems like a good Kinect title, and I'm glad the pitch worked. I've only played the demo so far, but it seems like a good buy.
Looks good, but HATED ms. splosion man,
Andrew Ryan says: Don't play it! It's promoted by Fontaine!
I had a chance to work on Comic Jumper, and with their brand of humor and the way they make fun of everything this article does not surprise me at all. More power to yah TP!!!
Oh my God, that's hilarious how they just wrung a game together out of their asses in just a few minutes.