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Inside the Developers Studio: Rusty Buchert

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Jul 14, 2008 // Sr. Social Media Manager

E3 gets underway in earnest tomorrow, as press and industry finally get to put their hands on the games we’re working on. Rusty Buchert will be there, showcasing Flower with thatgamecompany. Rusty has over 30 years of experience in the industry and has worked on groundbreaking games like Descent.

As such, his answers are quite illuminating on the following topics (the Blog readers who asked these questions are in parentheses):

  • What are you showing at E3 2008?
  • If you get the chance, what game(s) do you most want to go hands-on with at E3 2008? (Genki-Rocket)
  • Who in the industry would you most like to collaborate on a game with? (indigovenom)
  • If you could re-make any previous-generation game for the PS3, which title would it be, and what would it be like? (KazeEternal)
  • What kind of advice would you give those currently in college and would like to pursue a career in video game development? (Voozi)
  • How often do you make technical changes to your games halfway through or late into the game development cycle based on something you’ve just seen or played from other developers? (P_tear_griffin)
  • How has the PSN changed the way you make games? (tirminyl)
  • If you could say one thing to the fans of your game/series out there, what would it be? (Xanog)

If there’s more you’d like to find out from Rusty on Flower or Linger in Shadows, ask your question in the comments area.

Next interview: Matt Morton (PixelJunk Eden)

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+ darkwing_uop on July 14th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

Flower!! Flower!!! when is it coming? Can’t wait for it


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+ LLAMACODE on July 14th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

what?


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+ darkwing_uop on July 14th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

Posts 1-3 are all out of topics


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+ darkwing_uop on July 14th, 2008 at 1:15 pm said:

great, more of that stuff


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+ tearsofash on July 14th, 2008 at 1:16 pm said:

Oh nice, a pixeljunk eden one tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to both Linger in the Shadows and Pixeljunk Eden. What’s the rundown on Eden’s alleged youtube support? How is that supposed to work?


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    + mmorton on July 15th, 2008 at 1:42 am said:

    Hi there,

    I\’m responding now, because I may not have a chance to while I\’m on the floor at E3 tomorrow.

    The YouTube feature is accessed anytime by entering the options menu. You can record up to 10 minutes at a time, pausing and unpausing at will. When finished, you can export to your video section on XMB or direct upload it to your YouTube account. It will stay \’private\’ in your YouTube account until you set it to public.

    It\’s quite nifty!


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+ darkwing_uop on July 14th, 2008 at 1:18 pm said:

@11 its basically like that other Japaneses game, there’s an option to capture gameplay video for a limited amount


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+ enewtabie on July 14th, 2008 at 1:18 pm said:

Jeff
Please ban PShelper right now..He’s just a troll.


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+ Jenovah on July 14th, 2008 at 1:19 pm said:

I wish you had more questions directed at the projects these guys are working on, rather then personal questions, I’m sure they are nice people, but that’s not why I am visiting the blog.


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+ darkwing_uop on July 14th, 2008 at 1:21 pm said:

And this isn’t the right blog to comment about FF!!!


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+ brandothe2nd on July 14th, 2008 at 1:24 pm said:

Hey Rusty,

So I am still a little fuzzy on the premise of FlOwer. What exactly would we be doing in the game?


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+ C-h-a-o-s on July 14th, 2008 at 1:26 pm said:

My question for Matt Morton (PixelJunk Eden)would have to be, What are your favorite PS3 features / need a tester (will work for schwag!)


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    + mmorton on July 15th, 2008 at 1:45 am said:

    My top favorite features are Remote Play (was playing PixelJunk Monsters in Hawaii airport on my PSP while on vacation), Divx support for my external hard drive hooked up via USB (my PS3 is now my media machine) and, of course, Blu-Ray abilities (just enjoyed RAMBO… a guilty pleasure).


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+ EyeHaveYou on July 14th, 2008 at 1:26 pm said:

One more thing, I don’t care about how good or how many PSN games there are on PS Store if you guys don’t start distributing PSN prepaid cards NATIONWIDE!!!!!!!!!!

(And yes, I know it’s available at Meijer)


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+ KeyWii on July 14th, 2008 at 1:29 pm said:

We need some moderation in here. People are spamming.


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+ EyeHaveYou on July 14th, 2008 at 1:29 pm said:

Get ready to push the “Delete Post” button for a long time, Jeff, because there will hundreds of rants here on PlayStation blog in coming days…


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+ C-h-a-o-s on July 14th, 2008 at 1:29 pm said:

“Do you need a tester”? whoops missed a few words.


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+ SillyHatMafia on July 14th, 2008 at 1:30 pm said:

Great, now every single post here will be rated 1′s.


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+ tsaksyapune on July 14th, 2008 at 1:32 pm said:

more love for my 360 now


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+ mikehc69 on July 14th, 2008 at 1:33 pm said:

LOL.

I see millions of PS3 units being sold because of niche games like these.


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+ Shiloa on July 14th, 2008 at 1:35 pm said:

@22

No, it was a Nintendo franchise before.


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+ Thetruefiziks on July 14th, 2008 at 1:37 pm said:

these little cheap (cheap price, not so cheap quality) games will account for a lot of Sony’s profits I assure you


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+ bunnyhunter on July 14th, 2008 at 1:37 pm said:

@aaquib2

yes indeed


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+ PyroJack on July 14th, 2008 at 1:39 pm said:

@30
I agree


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+ StalkingSilence on July 14th, 2008 at 1:40 pm said:

Rusty,
Thanks for taking the time for all of us. Speaking of featuritis, doesn’t seem like Linger In Shadows will have trophies (interactive art would be hard to translate to trophies). But is it too late in Flower’s development cycle for this? Hypothetically, would trophies pull away from the emotional experience that Flower is seeking. Or even for linger in shadows, you want people to enjoy the beauty and art, while others are clamoring to complete the content to get trophies. It’s not worded well, but do you get what I’m asking?

Also, I want to apologize on behalf of the readers who really do like these video diaries. Sorry for the likely influx of rude comments and lack of attention payed to your video, due to what others think are more pressing comments to make.


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+ bunnyhunter on July 14th, 2008 at 1:41 pm said:

@tsaksyapune

thats what you get when you put all your money on killzone 2


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+ darkwing_uop on July 14th, 2008 at 1:43 pm said:

leave the FF rant in the other blog, its disrespectful to this blog item


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+ bunnyhunter on July 14th, 2008 at 1:44 pm said:

@Kenjisan

couldnt say it better


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+ Voozi on July 14th, 2008 at 1:45 pm said:

Hey Jeff, good luck at the Taco meetup LOL

Hope you guys have some hired security guards there to keep you safe from mob of angered Sony fans =P


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+ tsaksyapune on July 14th, 2008 at 1:46 pm said:

lol at the taco meet up!!!!! full of hate over there i bet :D serves them right


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+ kspraydad on July 14th, 2008 at 1:46 pm said:

I’m sorry but mentioning that there is other news today that is causing me to not be interested in PSN games is worthy of deletion off the blog?

Give Rusty a chance and post this tommorrow…very few people are in the mood to care right now.


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+ tsaksyapune on July 14th, 2008 at 1:47 pm said:

delete this blog!!!!!!!!


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+ tsaksyapune on July 14th, 2008 at 1:49 pm said:

im sorry rusty, but you should have waited till tomorrow.


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+ WHAT on July 14th, 2008 at 1:49 pm said:

This guy has been playing a lot of flower. It looks like he could crap in his pants, smile at you and just keep right on going.

This blog post is property of PS blog. Not to be use at MS press conferences.


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+ cLokwerk_ye11ow on July 14th, 2008 at 1:50 pm said:

Why are you all rating this post so low? If you have a beef about something else, that’s fine, but you should rate and comment on the contents of this video, take your other arguments elsewhere.

Thanks for answering questions Rusty! Very insightful.


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+ bunnyhunter on July 14th, 2008 at 1:50 pm said:

@mxpxboy

wanna know how many people will be left on this site when thay start banning people

a guess 10 maybe 11 ?


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+ EyeHaveYou on July 14th, 2008 at 1:50 pm said:

@mxpxboy, this is how the PS blog works.


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+ swrebel181 on July 14th, 2008 at 1:51 pm said:

Well by the looks of it, Im the only one who DOESN’T care whether or not FFXIII goes to the 360. I WASN’T going to buy it anyway. This isn’t the end and this is only the first day of E3, there’s more to come. AND if all of you have noticed, just by making you upset, M$ has already won. That was the whole point of this announcement, to stun everyone. It’s not like the game isn’t going to be available on the PS3, we just can’t gloat over it like MGS4. Give it a break already, all of these posts are off topic from the entry anyway and I’ve heard enough whiners.


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+ Aaron on July 14th, 2008 at 1:52 pm said:

Will Lower support trophies?


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+ Aaron on July 14th, 2008 at 1:52 pm said:

Flower*


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+ Thunderstruck on July 14th, 2008 at 1:53 pm said:

Hey Jeff, thanks for these videos, its kinda neat to hear from the folks making the games.
Good luck at conference tomorrow, looking forward to see what Sony has in store.

@Rusty
Hey Rusty, I was wondering what made you interested in getting into your line of work back in the day? (30 years, wow). I can’t imagine the changes you must of seen over the years in technology :-P Good luck with your showing at E3.


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+ LLAMACODE on July 14th, 2008 at 1:55 pm said:

@ 41
I with you
give it a break guys
you all have ps3′s
most of you will buy the game
it’s not like your gonna have to buy an xbox now


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+ darkwing_uop on July 14th, 2008 at 1:56 pm said:

post your FF rant on the other blog item, not this!!!


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+ LLAMACODE on July 14th, 2008 at 1:56 pm said:

opps not at 41
@ swrebel181


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+ thatsmartguywiththefro on July 14th, 2008 at 1:57 pm said:

totally agree with cLokwerk_ye11ow, this was a great video, if you want to complain then complain (hey I did too on the last post), just don’t give a post a low score if it has nothing to do with what was messed up.


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+ darkwing_uop on July 14th, 2008 at 1:58 pm said:

yeah its pretty stupid to give a low score for this video when its not related to that thing, give some respect guys


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+ thefjk on July 14th, 2008 at 2:03 pm said:

LOL… this E3 will awesome, can’t wait for Sony’s press conference!

I just want to know when they’ll release them already. Although I liked flOw on PS3 don’t force the use of SIXAXIS tilty support for flOwer. As a hectic FPS gamer, staying calm and moving smoothly like a monk trying to balance an egg on one finger is kinda tough so I’d prefer the use of Analog Sticks.


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+ ISEMAN on July 14th, 2008 at 2:06 pm said:

@ Cerberus, what does that have to do with this interview.

Back on topic, can’t wait to see more about your games. Both look interesting.

Any kind of release window you can divulge?


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+ LiquidSun on July 14th, 2008 at 2:08 pm said:

Can’t you guys shut the f… up about FFIII in this thread!

I’m looking forward to fLower, look very interesting. Nice interview too.


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+ LLAMACODE on July 14th, 2008 at 2:12 pm said:

still under 50 lol


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+ BadBoyyy on July 14th, 2008 at 2:13 pm said:

mhm..and deleting my comments is that situation like not anything answer to the fans from Sony…


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+ Ghostm on July 14th, 2008 at 2:18 pm said:

Not a single word about trophy support. Nice!
You guys should’ve posted this post another day. Today is a very dark day for us supporters.


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