Games From Old-School Animators – Vidjagame Apocalypse 507

There’s a lot of overlap between the videogame and animation industries, but it’s always a big deal when a big name in 2D cel animation decides to apply their talents to something interactive. This week, we’ll look at five standout collaborations between game developers and old-school animators, after which we’ll touch on Colossal Cave, Persona 3 and 4 coming to Game Pass, the demise of Stadia, and the games you’d like to see “enhanced” by voiceovers and/or FMV.

Question of the Week: Which long-absent videogame creator would you like to see return to the games industry?

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5 thoughts on “Games From Old-School Animators – Vidjagame Apocalypse 507

  1. QotW: What’s Warren Spector up to these days? He produced a ton of my favorite games ever, like Thief, Deus Ex, Wing Commander, the best Ultimas, etc. But I don’t think I’ve heard anything from him since Epic Mickey 2, which was over a decade ago now.

  2. QotW: Shigesato Itoi. It’s been 17 years since Mother 3 and his presence in any game would be a pleasant return.

  3. QotW: This is sort of a cop-out answer, since she passed away last year, but I would have loved to see another game from Reiko Kodama. Phantasy Star and Skies of Arcadia were such great games, but the 7th Dragon games for the DS and PSP were underrated gems – in fact, 7th Dragon 2020 is one of my favorite RPGs ever. Sadly her career was cut short in 2015 when the CEO of ImageEpoch went missing, assumed killed by the mob.

  4. Check out Double Fine’s Devs Play series on YouTube. They did a great video with Louis Castle talking about the development behind both Aladdin and Lion King and what working with Disney Animation was like. Apparently they were creating the game before Disney was finished with the film and a few of the levels are based on sketches. Jeff Katzenberg wanted them to scrap those levels since they weren’t part of the movie. But they decided to keep them since it would have removed a big portion of the game and general viewers wouldn’t know that it was based on preliminary art.

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