Molyneux Ritually Buys Everything He Makes

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Molyneux Ritually Buys Everything He Makes

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Peter Molyneux always purchases a retail copy of every game he finishes, even though he could get one for free.

Peter Molyneux is a pretty interesting guy. Despite working in the videogame industry for more than two decades and having developed titles such a Dungeon Keeper, Black and White, and the upcoming third Fable, he still recently said in an interview that he's never made a great game. In that same interview, he revealed a ritual where he gives himself money every time he completes a game.

Molyneux told MCV that he purchases a copy of every game he develops in a regular retail store with his own money. "I always do the same thing," he said. "I always go into a shop, buy my retail copy and go back and play the game."

The purpose is not only to complete a seemingly superstitious ritual, but to give Molyneux a view of his own game through the eyes of a consumer. After purchasing one, he sits down and plays it just to play. "Really it is the first time I play it without writing a long list of things," he continued.

"And it is the first time I think about the design going forward," Molyneux added. This may be why Molyneux can be so critical of himself to call certain aspects of his previous games rubbish, and say that they're not necessarily great. Molyneux feels that his ritual gives him a better view of where he should take games like Fable in the future.

For now, Molyneux calls Fable III a game that everybody should try. However, he says: "I'll probably still be slagging it off in a year's time."

Humility is good quality for a game designer to have, but I'm not sure he really needs to buy his own game. Can't he get a shrink-wrapped copy right off of the Microsoft Game Studios factory line? Do you think Molyneux waits outside of a GAME at midnight with the rest of the common folk? If you work in the videogame industry, you might as well take advantage by getting a free copy of the game you just made.

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He wants to experience it from the consumer's point of view, spending his own money on a product and seeing if he gets his £45 worth. Obviously you do in Fable because it's awesome but still

It might be a little odd.

But to be honest, if I ever made a game, I'd do the same.

I don't see anything strange about it. I'd probably do the same thing myself.

TheRightToArmBears:
It might be a little odd.

But to be honest, if I ever made a game, I'd do the same.

Same, actually. It's simply a way for a designer to get inside the head of the consumer. Naturally, a designer puts quite a bit on the line, and putting that little bit that a consumer does as well simply puts it all in perspective for him.

I don't think its strange at all. I am a software engineer and would love to have a boxed version of everything I did.

Well, at least one person is buying his games...

Korias:

TheRightToArmBears:
It might be a little odd.

But to be honest, if I ever made a game, I'd do the same.

Same, actually. It's simply a way for a designer to get inside the head of the consumer. Naturally, a designer puts quite a bit on the line, and putting that little bit that a consumer does as well simply puts it all in perspective for him.

Well put. This is why, despite the mistakes he's made, I really like Molyneux. I can't help but wonder what kind of symbolism him buying his own game makes.

I am impressed and find myself respecting him more as a game designer. I write for a living and I find it very hard to be self critical without going overboard and demoralizing myself. The fact that he has found a balance that also allows him to better his work and willfully goes through every step of the process, including actually paying for his game, is worthy of admiration.

Well, it's rather admirable, considering that most devs just treat their involvement in a game as a temporary project and move on to the next after completion without ever looking back.

He is the +1 to the sales number! stat boosting the old fashion way! XD

Kharloth:
Well, at least one person is buying his games...

Normally, being the dick I am, I'd laugh at that, but Fable isn't all that bad. Molyneux just needs to actually balance them.

Oh, and release Fable 3 on the PC. Only barrier that's keeping me from checking it out.

I think Molyneux is a legend, man. So what you like about his over-enthusiasm, but the world could do with more people like him.

My kind of man. I am so glad he lives so near me. I would genuinely like to go for a pint with the man, because he is so awesome.

The fact even he knows that he will be slagging off Fable 3 in a year is either really reassuring(He finally gave up on hype) or really worrying(He doesn't care because despite the Fable franchise problems it does well every time and knows he will promise bullshit in a year)

Why not buy his own game? It's a good way for him to determine whether or not the game itself is worthy of having a $60 price tag, and actually playing and critiquing the game as a consumer is a good way for him, as a designer, to try to improve on his games' shortcomings.

It wouldn't feel like he was committing if he did that though. He's committing the funds that everybody who plays the game is so he feels more let down, or more well done by, once he's formed his opinion on the game as a whole.

I would LOVE to work in the Gamestop he goes to

It's a bit strange, sure, but rituals like this usually are. They're not to make sense, they're for the sake of the ritual. Just something consistent one does, a tradition. And I think it's kind of cool.

Wouldn't it be great if he went to buy a copy of one of his games at a shop and they were all sold out. I quite like him

I can't wait for Fable 3, I want it now

My respect for this man has gone up.

GAHH!! Why is the PC version released later?! I want it NOW!

I think it's kind of weird for the staff at the store he buys he's games to sell him a copy of a game he just made. :P

Evilsanta:
My respect for this man has gone up.

GAHH!! Why is the PC version released later?! I want it NOW!

Ditto, I would really like to try Fable out. Fable III will be the first one I have tried but the date for PC isn't even been set yet...

I like this practice of his. It seems to give a new perspective on the game, especially since there would have been a decent period of time between finish working on it, and being for sale. He would experience his game 'new' and see things from a different perspective.

Dude. This is even more epic news on his part. My respect sky-rockets with every passing day for him. I don't know but his humility yet his undying enthusiasm is contagious and makes me smile most of the time. Reminds me of good folks and heroes in the past I met.

Keep it up, Peter. You got yourself a loyal consumer since the days of Dungeon Keeper/Black & White/Fable.

Oh how I hate this joker.

elilupe:
I would LOVE to work in the Gamestop he goes to

Lol. I feel like an ass for pointing out this minor technicality, but he lives in England.

And there's no GameStop in the entire country.

I've said it before, he's genuinely proud of what he makes, sure he starts to see the flaws a bit clearer given time and he admits to them.

I do the same thing with the Fable games, I'm always genuinely in love with them until I've played them to death, which I suppose means Molyneux was right.

'The fable games should only really be enjoy the first time round.'

Because it's really true.

As for him buying his own games from a store. I actually really think that's admirable about him.

I'm sure other developers do the same... Admittedly more discretely, but it shows pride and a true determination to see how he can improve upon it next time.

I kind of commend him on that.

now I'm even happier that I've pre-ordered my collector's edition!

Squeeeeee!

Kharloth:
Well, at least one person is buying his games...

Ninja! I wanted to be the one to say that. Followed by derp, cause I knew someone was going to. /cry

Tom Goldman:

Humility is good quality for a game designer to have, but I'm not sure he really needs to buy his own game. Can't he get a shrink-wrapped copy right off of the Microsoft Game Studios factory line? Do you think Molyneux waits outside of a GAME at midnight with the rest of the common folk? If you work in the videogame industry, you might as well take advantage by getting a free copy of the game you just made.

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Standing in line to buy it lets him see things from our perspective every step of the way. I approve.

Tom Goldman:

Humility is good quality for a game designer to have, but I'm not sure he really needs to buy his own game. Can't he get a shrink-wrapped copy right off of the Microsoft Game Studios factory line? Do you think Molyneux waits outside of a GAME at midnight with the rest of the common folk? If you work in the videogame industry, you might as well take advantage by getting a free copy of the game you just made.

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I think if he does buy his own game on release, it's so he can sorta of see the people that are buying it. Perhaps it's just the thought that counts he may think "I have bought this game for myself, I am a normal consumer" it would perhaps help him feel a bit more objective about the game.

Basically, it's just the thought that counts.

I think its a good idea because when i get a game for free (from a competetion or something) i don't really care about the quality because i have been given FREE entertainment, so if i don't like it then i don't care because i didn't waste money. So if Mr Molyneux buys Fable 3 and thinks that this is a waste of money or there isn't enough to do, then he knows what the consumers feel.

CrystalShadow:

elilupe:
I would LOVE to work in the Gamestop he goes to

Lol. I feel like an ass for pointing out this minor technicality, but he lives in England.

And there's no GameStop in the entire country.

Lol, I completely forgot about that.
Id like to work in whatever video game retailer he goes to then. XD

Interesting. Seems like a good way to see what we see when we play his stuff. And kudos to him for actually paying for it.

elilupe:
I would LOVE to work in the Gamestop he goes to

im quite sure i would hyperventilate just by seeing him

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