Gavin Pugh - A Videogame Programming Blog

That 'World Tour' game I've been working on…

26 August, 2008 at 11:19am | Life, My Games, Work

Guitar Hero World Tour Box Art

So, updating this site hasn’t gone entirely to plan. Fortunately though my workload has eased up a little now, there’s a number of things I wanted to write about so hopefully I’ll get the chance now.

Speaking of workload, the last ten months or so I’ve spent working on the now announced: Guitar Hero World Tour. It’s the first Guitar Hero game I’ve been involved with properly, having previously worked on the ‘Tony Hawk’ series at the same studio. I’m really proud of what we’ve done with the new game, and I’m sure everyone’s going to enjoy it when it gets released. Really hoping we can get into that 90-100 range on Metacritic, it deserves to.

It’s a double-edged sword working on something so popular. On one hand it’s nice to read the buzz about your game on the internet, people looking forward to new tracks being announced, and seeing how much some people can’t wait for it’s release. On the other hand, there’s the ‘fanboys’. I probably shouldn’t go into it too much, but our game tends to get a bit of rough treatment by commenters on various game websites. Our competition, Harmonix makes great games and has a very loyal following.  Some people have invested heavily into their product, both finanically and emotionally. It’s a shame this clouds objectivity of what we’re offering at times.

It’s widely publicized that our guys at Neversoft used to play the first two Harmonix-developed Guitar Hero games at company parties. In fact I think one of the first times I had beers with the guys I work with now, was over a game of Guitar Hero in our warehouse. We have massive respect for what those guys did with those games, they’re a quality developer. The first game prompted me to get my first console since emigrating to the US (I left my old ones back in England). I remember lugging that PS2 and the guitar bundle a few blocks back to my apartment from the local Best Buy, in the days before I got a car.

Most of my game playing time in this country has been on Guitar Hero. I’d played a decent amount of Tony Hawk before working on those games, but only casually on a couple of games in that series. GH though is a totally different story, one of my favourite games of all time for sure. I remember excitedly bringing my PS2 and the game in my luggage to Simon’s place in Colorado, for his birthday weekend in 2006. Went down a storm. 🙂 I’d never have thought in a million years that I’d end up working on it.

Dream come true.

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