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Apr 06, 2013
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A Eulogy for LucasArts


  In the trenches of game design, work was hard.
  
  Crippling crunches that lasted for months aged us and tested our sanity.
  
  Sometimes executives presented us with projects, development partners, or deadlines that were impossible…
  
  Marriages failed as we poured our hearts into games that the press might eventually skewer.
  
  Pregnancies were delayed in favor of project milestones.
  
  Funerals were missed.


LucasArts made so many games that shaped my ideas about storytelling and humor at a young age, and I’m truly grateful for their work, but DANG I’m glad I didn’t fulfill my childhood dream of working in game design. Sounds like a sweatshop nightmare. (Or advertising.)

A Eulogy for LucasArts

In the trenches of game design, work was hard.

Crippling crunches that lasted for months aged us and tested our sanity.

Sometimes executives presented us with projects, development partners, or deadlines that were impossible…

Marriages failed as we poured our hearts into games that the press might eventually skewer.

Pregnancies were delayed in favor of project milestones.

Funerals were missed.

LucasArts made so many games that shaped my ideas about storytelling and humor at a young age, and I’m truly grateful for their work, but DANG I’m glad I didn’t fulfill my childhood dream of working in game design. Sounds like a sweatshop nightmare. (Or advertising.)

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    As a LucasArts alumni so sad about this. Working at LucasFilm when LucasArt Division was announced and our edutainment...
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    Today’s Call of Duty/Bioshock/Grand Theft Auto generation will never understand the brilliance of LucasArts games. I...
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