There are a small handful of gaming companies that one learns to keep one’s eyes open for.
And then, of course, be disappointed when the company is bought by EA and subsequently destroyed like the beautiful house in Graham Greene’s _The Destructors_.
There was Bullfrog, Maxis, Bioware, Origin, (and more!) and when you heard that they were putting a game out, you would sit up and say “Man, I’m going to go to the game store and read the back of that box!” (This is how long ago that was.)
Anyway, there are still a handful of companies left that get me to say “OH MY GOSH I NEED TO FIND A MACRO IMAGE THAT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH SPENDING MONEY WITHOUT REGARD!” There’s CDProjekt, Naughty Dog, Rockstar (to some extent, anyway), and, if you’re into RPGs, Obsidian.
Obsidian is the company that a lot of companies rely on when it comes to making a sequel. The Company makes the first game and it takes off like wildfire and then they hire Obsidian for the next one. Neverwinter Nights 2, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 2, Wasteland 2, and (my favorite) Fallout New Vegas. (They’ve got a handful of original games like Alpha Protocol and South Park: Stick of Truth as well, but they’ve got a longer list of sequels that they’ve done than originals.)
The main thing that you’ll hear about them is that they do awesome RPGs that are buggy to the point of being nigh-unplayable. Like crashes and corrupted save games and really, really frustrating errors that make you have to restart from the last save point and that was an hour ago. But you do it anyway because, hey, it’s an awesome RPG and there are only so many of those.
Well, it turns out, Obsidian has a new game coming out. Pillars of Eternity and, I’m told (shout out to James K) that they actually took the time to QA it properly this time. They published it themselves because “they were sick of being pushed to put out games before they were ready”.
Now that’s something, right there. I’ll be picking this one up tomorrow, you betcha.
So… what are you playing?