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CliffyB wanted more romance in Gears 1

CliffyB wanted more romance in Gears 1

Gears of War 2 puts a much stronger focus on the romantic subplot between Dom and his missing wife, Maria.

Chatting about Gears of War 2 and the romantic subplot that plays out as Dom tracks down his wife, developer Cliff Blezinski says he wanted to include more romance in the first game but didn't have full confidence in Epic's ability to tell a story.

"I wanted to put it in the first one, honestly," Bleszinski told MTV when discussing the Dom / Maria romance that featured so prominently in the second game.

"It was one of the things [where] we didn't have the confidence in our abilities as storytellers at that time. And we didn't have the time to get it in there."

Thus, instead of getting the full story of Dom searching for his lost wife, all players got in the first game was a glimpse of a tattoo on Dom's arm and brief reference to his wife. In the second game however Epic had clearly gained a lot more confidence in their ability to tell a story as the game actually opens with Dom chasing down leads in an effort to find Maria.

It's really hard to do. I think we did an admirable job of it. Is it a Nicholas Sparks romance? No, it's not. But there's a little bit of heart in there. For some reason, Gears seems to have more of a female following than other shooters, continued Cliff.

"It's kind of a good priority to have, I think," he added. "If everything in the game is so badass and nasty, then you just lose perspective. It's like a person who just yells all the time."

You can check out our Gears of War 2 review for more information, but be sure to let us know what you think in the forums.

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DougEdey 11th November 2008, 12:31 Quote
I read this earlier this morning and I can see the book exploring this in a lot of depth, maybe exploring Marcus' life even more as well. There are a lot of stories and ideas in Gears, it's a shame the games have such a short storyline.
Lepermessiah 11th November 2008, 15:50 Quote
WOW, why does this moron talk so much and why does anyone care? Seriously?
bahgger 11th November 2008, 17:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
WOW, why does this moron talk so much and why does anyone care? Seriously?

Yeah, this punk here is just another forumer on some website and obviously not the design director or something at some big games developer like Epic Games man.. pft! Who does he think he is?!
Jojii 11th November 2008, 18:56 Quote
Captian Planet, that's who!
frontline 11th November 2008, 19:22 Quote
Gears of War 2? Is that the game PC owners aren't going to see? Nothing for me here then...
Gunsmith 11th November 2008, 20:16 Quote
hey cliffy!
if your reading this

**** you and your fat wife

signed
pc gamers
Lepermessiah 11th November 2008, 20:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by bahgger
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
WOW, why does this moron talk so much and why does anyone care? Seriously?

Yeah, this punk here is just another forumer on some website and obviously not the design director or something at some big games developer like Epic Games man.. pft! Who does he think he is?!


Last i checked being a video game designer hardly makes him anything, many other great Game designers have made better games then him don't constantly run their mouth. Get off his nut sack.
metarinka 11th November 2008, 21:39 Quote
I met him once at a lan party back in 2004 he was there to show the then (very very new) beta build of unrealtournament 2k3 on (as yet to be released) athalon x64 system. It was the first time a game had been shown running a xp-64 platform. He also entered the UT2k3 tournament which I thought was wierd being the dev of the game, I was half expecting him to open the console type in some lines and have the other guy instagibbed. He was actually pretty cool, and was competitive at UT making it to the top 20
benjamyn 11th November 2008, 21:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
Last i checked being a video game designer hardly makes him anything, many other great Game designers have made better games then him don't constantly run their mouth. Get off his nut sack.

Jeeze you're gonna last long here...

Since when was saying he had hoped for more romance in Gears 1 "run their mouth"
I'm aware he's been in a lot of other articles saying stuff but if people come to him and interview him he has the right to speak his mind!

"Last i checked being a video game designer hardly makes him anything"
Last time I checked being a jackass who is jealous of a man who is the producer/director of a very successful games series and makes much more money than you'll probably EVER own wasn't that respectable and it doesn't make you anything except an idiot.
So he comments on this and that? It's a free country. Don't like it? Don't read it! No need to be an arrogant p**** about it.
Lepermessiah 11th November 2008, 22:52 Quote
Are you serious? This guy is always saying BS in the media, even Mark Rein corrected him in public a few times, learn some facts. Jealous? LOL, hardly. Many people in the industry make more then him, do they keep talking crap to the media? If you think this has anything to do with jealously you need your head checked. This guy is always spewing some BS, he thinks he is some kind of celebrity or something. I suggest you go back and see this guy runs his mouth more then bigger industry guys like Carmack, Newell, others. The guy takes himself too seriously, he is just lead designer, hardly the big honcho of gaming. I am talking a lot mote then just this episode, this guy is always trying to sound like a teen trying to be cool in the media on a weekly basis, the sad thing is guys like you want his nutz in your mouth. Stop the hero worship dude, it's pathetic.
Lepermessiah 11th November 2008, 22:55 Quote
On a side note, game desginers do not make big money at all, there are many people at my work that would make more then CliffyB, how much do you think he makes, lol. If I was gonna be jealous of someone it surely would not be him.
Amon 11th November 2008, 23:04 Quote
"Romance" is not in the vocabulary of the typical Gears-playing demographic. This nutter is out of his f*cking mind.
yodasarmpit 11th November 2008, 23:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
Are you serious? This guy is always saying BS in the media, even Mark Rein corrected him in public a few times, learn some facts. Jealous? LOL, hardly. Many people in the industry make more then him, do they keep talking crap to the media? If you think this has anything to do with jealously you need your head checked. This guy is always spewing some BS, he thinks he is some kind of celebrity or something. I suggest you go back and see this guy runs his mouth more then bigger industry guys like Carmack, Newell, others. The guy takes himself too seriously, he is just lead designer, hardly the big honcho of gaming. I am talking a lot mote then just this episode, this guy is always trying to sound like a teen trying to be cool in the media on a weekly basis, the sad thing is guys like you want his nutz in your mouth. Stop the hero worship dude, it's pathetic.

Seriously Leper, I'm failing to understand your problem here, Gears of War's lead creator has commented on introducing a romantic storyline into one of Epic's games.

Chill.

I also request you lower your tone in future discussions.
cebla 11th November 2008, 23:17 Quote
So what examples of CliffyB talking crap are you going to give to back up the last couple of posts? Its easy to say someone talks crap, but I can't really tell unless you say what he said that you thought was full of crap. What he said in this article is hardly BS it is most likely what happened.
CardJoe 12th November 2008, 07:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
On a side note, game desginers do not make big money at all, there are many people at my work that would make more then CliffyB, how much do you think he makes, lol. If I was gonna be jealous of someone it surely would not be him.

CliffyB makes more than enough and is a very visible figure. He makes tonnes. It's the developers and animators who work under him and who actually do all the work he tells them to that don't get paid as much and who have to work twenty hour days for months on end. Cliff is more a storyline creator and and public face for the company - he doesn't actually do any of the coding IIRC.
Solidus 12th November 2008, 18:12 Quote
can we please get lepermessaih banned? Hes a complete asshat.

Leper, nicest way i can say this "fook off you ******"
benjamyn 12th November 2008, 19:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
Are you serious? This guy is always saying BS in the media, even Mark Rein corrected him in public a few times, learn some facts. Jealous? LOL, hardly. Many people in the industry make more then him, do they keep talking crap to the media? If you think this has anything to do with jealously you need your head checked. This guy is always spewing some BS, he thinks he is some kind of celebrity or something. I suggest you go back and see this guy runs his mouth more then bigger industry guys like Carmack, Newell, others. The guy takes himself too seriously, he is just lead designer, hardly the big honcho of gaming. I am talking a lot mote then just this episode, this guy is always trying to sound like a teen trying to be cool in the media on a weekly basis, the sad thing is guys like you want his nutz in your mouth. Stop the hero worship dude, it's pathetic.


Aside from the very wealthiest people there's always gonna be people making more than person X.
Okay I can't even be bothered replying to the BS overload that is detected in that post so I'll keep it simple:
You sir have an unhealthy obsession with fantasizing about CliffyB's genitals. I'd keep it to yourself in future.
Also it's not "worship" just because I'm defending the guy coz some idiot on a forum is jealous that someone is making way more money than you'll ever see and have a tantrum everytime he says something. Grow up. Or Get off Bit-tech. :D
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