Is Todd Howard a good game developer?

Discussion in 'General Fallout Discussion' started by AlphaSlayerZX, Nov 27, 2016.

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Is Todd Howard a good game developer/designer?

  1. Yes, he's a good.

    4.8%
  2. He's alright.

    21.4%
  3. Nah, he's shit.

    52.4%
  4. Hard to say.

    21.4%
  1. AlphaSlayerZX

    AlphaSlayerZX Deadpan

    Oct 12, 2016
    As the title says, do you guys think Todd Howard is a good game developer/designer based on his work?
     
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  2. Risewild

    Risewild Half-way Through My Half-life
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    Jun 14, 2014
    Not sure, which games did he actually developed? There are games I know he was "involved" but I don't know which ones he was actually involved in all or most part of the games.

    He strikes me as someone who actually loved RPGs in the past, but he seems like he doesn't play those anymore and doesn't seem to know much about the broad gaming market anymore. He seems like he only knows of the most famous games at the moment. I say this because of the interviews he have done since the early 2000's to this day. He never mentions any games besides the popular ones at that time. He also strikes me as he doesn't participate much in game developing anymore and just approves stuff other people suggest.
    For example in the E3 before Fallout 4 was released he seemed a bit lost playing the demo part of the game, he seemed to not be able to explain things and was always very vague (like he had never played it much at all, just got used to the controls and that was probably it).
     
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  3. a721402

    a721402 I'm officially doomed.

    Mar 29, 2016
    What kind of good we are talking about here? good at his job or have good will? because he is good at his job about use his sweet lies to hyper up a game and create lots of blindly supporters, yet he don't really have the good will to properly respect a beloved franchise and its long time fans like he claimed.
     
  4. Vergil

    Vergil Banned

    Jul 8, 2014
    He's a hypeman, nothing more nothing less.
     
  5. kraag

    kraag Stalwart Prick

    Dec 26, 2015
    I think he could do a lot better if he weren't so tightly bound by corporate red tape, releasing games in half-finished states, using customers as beta testers, these actions reek of corporate interference and trying to "maximise profits".
     
  6. BigGuyCIA

    BigGuyCIA Mildly Dipped

    Oct 26, 2016
    Hard to say. He needs to surround himself with people that will creatively challenge him on ideas. It seems like most of the upper crusts at Bethesda are just a bunch of Yes-men.
     
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  7. Jogre

    Jogre It's all JO'Ger now

    Oct 25, 2015
    I remember a while back there was an interview where Feargus Urquheart was answering questions about New Vegas's release, and they mentioned what it was like having Todd Howard as a boss.
    http://www.gameinformer.com/games/f...ut-new-vegas.aspx?PageIndex=2&PostPageIndex=2
    I find it interesting how he mentions how relaxed Todd Howard was, and how Feargus was more resistant to Josh Sawyer's ideas than Toddy Boi.

    My theory is that Todd Howard isn't really an ideas guy, but thinks of himself as more of a team leader, and he trusts other's judgements on the specific aspects of the game.

    This is a great quality if he's working with a company like Obsidian, as it means they can implement all the crazy ideas they want, and usually that turns out the best in terms of role-playing, however when working for a company like Bethesda, that isn't too big on writing and favours gimmicks, he should really take a stricter stance with them.
     
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  8. Risewild

    Risewild Half-way Through My Half-life
    Modder Orderite

    Jun 14, 2014
    I have that theory too. He seems like he just approves things and isn't really involved in game making.
     
  9. SarcasticGoodGuy

    SarcasticGoodGuy *R O T T E N*

    Aug 31, 2016
    no
     
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  10. therealyesman

    therealyesman His Imperial Majesty

    Nov 19, 2016
     
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  11. 0wing

    0wing Все умрут, а я волномут

    Mar 23, 2015
    Is he a game designer to begin with?
     
  12. ikazuchi87

    ikazuchi87 First time out of the vault

    Jun 16, 2007
    He's mediocre at everything he does.
     
  13. Prone Squanderer

    Prone Squanderer A bit of a Sillius Soddus.

    Jan 3, 2016
  14. Jogre

    Jogre It's all JO'Ger now

    Oct 25, 2015
    I love how every other comment on that video is actually about Todd Howard.
     
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  15. therealyesman

    therealyesman His Imperial Majesty

    Nov 19, 2016
    FALLOUT 3 WILL HAVE 200 ENDINGS AND IT WILL JUST WORK YOU FUCKING KNOB HEAD
     
  16. Prone Squanderer

    Prone Squanderer A bit of a Sillius Soddus.

    Jan 3, 2016
    I thought that was good ol' Pete?
     
  17. therealyesman

    therealyesman His Imperial Majesty

    Nov 19, 2016
    I'm almost certain Toddy Boy said that
     
  18. Jogre

    Jogre It's all JO'Ger now

    Oct 25, 2015
    I just commented that 200 endings lie on the video.

    What a coincidence.

    Anyway

     
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  19. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008

    Terminator Future Shock and


    Terminator SkyNET.


    Both made by Bethesda and under Todd Howard.
    Apparantly, for their time pretty decent.

    And it really seems that they look like a very early Fallout 3/4 prototype ... it explains a lot why Fallout 4 is what it is today ...
     
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  20. Jogre

    Jogre It's all JO'Ger now

    Oct 25, 2015
    Meme Dump time