Richard Garriott: Most Current Game Designers Are Lazy Failures

Creator of the famed Ultima series, Richard Garriott, believes that the majority of current game designers are ill suited for that role and that they work as game designers only because they lack the technical skills required for other roles.

"Other than a few exceptions, like Chris Roberts, I've met virtually no one in our industry who I think is close to as good a game designer as I am," he said. "I'm not saying that because I think I'm so brilliant. What I'm saying is, I think most game designers really just suck, and I think there's a reason why."

Garriott suggested that most modern-day game designers end up in that role because they lack the skills required in other fields such as programing or art where work quality can be assessed easily. In fact, Garriott noted that artists and programmers are often better game designers than the designers themselves since they have better understanding on how their work products affect gameplay and design.

"So we're leaning on a lot of designers who get that job because they're not qualified for the other jobs, rather than that they are really strongly qualified as a designer," he lamented. "It's really hard to go to school to be a good designer."

And this lack of skill is only amplified by laziness and reliance on rehashing existing ideas instead of exerting effort to come up with new ones. "They generally say, 'You know, I really like Medal of Honor, but I would have bigger weapons, or I would have more healing packs, or,' you know. They go to make one or two changes to a game they otherwise love versus really sit down and rethink, 'How can I really move the needle here?'"”

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There's just no getting through to you

Do you seriously think that being self taught holds no equal ground to being formally taught through an institution? Sorry, but that's delusional. Right, since you have not taken anything I have had to say seriously, maybe you'll listen to an historical figure such as Albert Einstein. A quote: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school." Do you think that the brilliant ideas that came from the most known inverters of their era came from formal education? No, it came to them in their dreams and through the process exploration and trial and error... If you cant at least agree on some of those points, then consider this conversation over...
You voted 'yes'.

If that were true, literally

If that were true, literally every person who did not love education enough to continue it would be both as impossibly brilliant and naive as Albert Einstein was. And yes, I would say that, because education is not what you ready or teach yourself - true learning and development as a thinker only comes with being faced with charged and challenging ideas and discussion. Without them, we are only left to selectively take in whatever the filter we're viewing the world from allows us to pass through, and subconsciously discarding or disregarding ideas that we don't find appealing or find too radical to conceive. Even the sources we find on the internet are always, often unknowingly to the author, epistemologically and ideologically charged, and putting our authority of knowledge into them does nothing but taint and poison our knowledge and the public sphere rather than develop understandings around them.

You're faling to see the point

Yes, you can learn a specific skill set, yes you can expand on that knowledge, but imagination and creativity is not something that can be taught - and that was part of Einsteins argument that formal education will only take you so far... So are we done here?


This is the Internet calling, I am currently one of the known largest information and ideas sharing platforms in the world - with billions of pages of information which is not all based on second rate BS, that's right, your ears did not deceive you, "not all based on second rate BS" - because if you do enough research you will ACTUALLY find professionally written publications which includes (but not limited too): Images, the scientific breakdown of working components and a platform where you can freely exchange the creative process of ideas and information... You do the math...


I am a learning A.I with a vast repository of information capable of teaching organic organisms that are willing to learn.

Good Point

You might say he thinks of himself to highly, but hell he is absolutely correct. Look how many remakes of games we have that only have slight changes to games. Honestly the recent Halo game felt like a COD game with the textures changed on it. There are a lot of games out there that don't seem to change much in their games and this applies to all platforms. I've had the chance to play a couple of the Ultima series and they do bring some new innovations to their genera and class of games. Please note I am not a die hard Ultima play I've just had the chance to play a couple of the games is all.


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