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ModNation Racers Artist Spotlights: David Jaffe “Swears” by ModNation

Chuck Lacson's Avatar + Posted by Chuck Lacson on Apr 19, 2010 // Product Marketing Manager, SCEA

Happy ModNation Monday!

I’m happy to bring to you our next installment of our Artist Spotlight series. Last week, Insomniac GamesTed Price showed us that it only takes a few minutes and some imagination to create girlfriends for Ratchet and Clank. This week, we are happy to bring you someone else’s take on ModNation Racers.

Making games is tough. Making blockbuster multi-million selling games is even tougher! Not many understand that more than David Jaffe, the talented and “outspoken” mind behind the Twisted Metal franchise and a little game called God of War.

If you didn’t catch it on USAToday.com this week, the founder of Eat Sleep Play and the voice behind davidjaffe.biz took a break from his latest project to chat about the challenges of game development, seeing his characters getting the “Mod” treatment, and his reactions to games like LittleBigPlanet and ModNation.

Let the bleeping begin!

Sweet Tooth in ModNation Racers

Fans paid tribute to Twisted Metal during the ModNationRacers Online Beta in December

Kratos gets a Kart in ModNation Racers!

Kratos gets a Kart

Who’s next on the spotlight?

We’ll find out next ModNation Monday, right here on the PlayStation.Blog!

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+ CheckMark on April 19th, 2010 at 9:01 am said:

I am so looking forward to this game!


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 10:57 am said:

    We can’t wait to get it in your hands. :)


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+ falcon07elensar on April 19th, 2010 at 9:04 am said:

The video isnt showing up for me, says its not available.


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+ BeerManMike on April 19th, 2010 at 9:13 am said:

Cool, but they don’t post the story about Jeff talking crap about PSN’s game sharing setup. lol.


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+ BlooodyCow on April 19th, 2010 at 9:15 am said:

DAVID JAFFE!!!!!!!
We need him on the blog at some point this year


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+ meeksparda24 on April 19th, 2010 at 9:16 am said:

I can’t wait too try this gameout.


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+ Elite_Killer_07 on April 19th, 2010 at 9:17 am said:

PRO TIP: Video says its not available.

But, I already seen this video on the web a few days ago. Jaffe seems like hes a natural in front of a camera. I looks like he’s not afraid to speak what’s on his mind, and not caring what other people think of it. I like that.

[caps lock] BUT WHY MUST JAFFE KEEP HIS GAME A SECRET, HES KILLING ME WITH CURIOSITY!! [/caps lock]


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 10:59 am said:

    You gotta love his raw honesty!


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+ Elite_Killer_07 on April 19th, 2010 at 9:17 am said:

Nvm, video is working now.


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+ meeksparda24 on April 19th, 2010 at 9:19 am said:

@Jeff are u still doing the live blog chat? I haven’t seen any lately.


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+ Enforcer_X on April 19th, 2010 at 9:28 am said:

This game is going to rock! I can’t wait!
Love ModNation Mondays!


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+ SquirrelBrigade on April 19th, 2010 at 9:29 am said:

David Jaffe is the best! makes the great games
If they just stamp his name on the bloody box of a game, its sold to me lol.
Guy is awesome


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 10:59 am said:

    Agreed. (Working on that Jaffe stamp now.)


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+ Hunter_xx_ on April 19th, 2010 at 9:33 am said:

Sweethoot??, is it in the game?? I don’t see him as preorder bonus or anything like that :(


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 11:02 am said:

    Actually Sweet Tooth was a “fan made” Mod from the Public Beta. It was amazing. (Although I like the idea of an “official” Sweet Tooth. hmmmmm.)


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+ BlaqueEssence on April 19th, 2010 at 9:34 am said:

Whooo! I can’t wait for this game! Geesh, May 25th can’t get here any faster!


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+ Joseph-X on April 19th, 2010 at 9:41 am said:

looks like an interesting good to play with friends. i might get it.


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 11:03 am said:

    It’s a lot of fun! Make a Track and race with your friends on it via split screen or online.


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+ dragonmagician on April 19th, 2010 at 9:41 am said:

I’m seeing a pattern. Next up, someone from Naughty Dog?


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 11:03 am said:

    You never know! :)


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 11:04 am said:

    But I will say…Naughty Dog “isn’t” next.


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+ poweredbyzen on April 19th, 2010 at 9:44 am said:

would love to see the icarus wings on kratos whenever he goes airborne while doing stunts! :D


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 11:04 am said:

    Oh man, that would have been sweet.


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+ Gekidami on April 19th, 2010 at 9:47 am said:

Any chance of some “play, create, share” in your upcoming game Mr. Jaffe?


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+ spunnups on April 19th, 2010 at 9:50 am said:

Game looks great. And Jaffe, I can’t wait to see what you do next.


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+ MGO_Count on April 19th, 2010 at 9:59 am said:

Can’t wait for this game!!!!


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+ The1stMJC on April 19th, 2010 at 10:20 am said:

more games need the Jaffe seal of approval work on that Sony and put the approval on boxes.


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 11:05 am said:

    I’m working on that Jaffe Stamp now. :)


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+ Korbei83 on April 19th, 2010 at 11:36 am said:

Psyched for ModNation. Psyched for whatever Jaffe’s working on.

Psyched for Evan Wells and/or Christophe Balestra next week talking Drake.


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 11:59 am said:

    You might be Psyched just a while longer. No Naughty Dog next week. But a good guess!


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+ Rhino136 on April 19th, 2010 at 11:51 am said:

Wow I had seen this before and thought it was cool that they put sweet tooth in the game. But now I find out it was a user creation and it just makes me really want this game. I loved LBP just to see what other people could create.


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 12:00 pm said:

    It really was amazing seeing the characters folks made on the beta. Just do a Google search and you’ll be very surprised! Especially since the beta only had a fraction of the assets you get in the full game.


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+ BalramRules on April 19th, 2010 at 11:58 am said:

i like the start, he couldn’t make up his mind =P


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+ acerazer1 on April 19th, 2010 at 12:12 pm said:

Will be getting this in May, can’t decide where to preorder though, so many solid choices. I want the Drake jeep, but I have a credit for amazon, and Kratos looks awesome as well. What a dilemma.

Looks like this and Red Dead Redemption will be my games of the summer.


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 1:07 pm said:

    sounds like a fun summer to me. :)


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+ DZORMAGEN on April 19th, 2010 at 1:10 pm said:

Buying this game 1st day! I love Sony!


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+ xiked on April 19th, 2010 at 1:18 pm said:

This game looks really great, glad that I pre booked. If the loadtimes is faster, the kart handling is better, the camera is better, then this will be a fantastic game.

hey! I have a good PR slogan/text/whatever:

“ModNationRacers the true Mario Kart 2.0!”


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 2:09 pm said:

    I’d say 10.0, but that’s just me! :)


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+ KILLZONE79 on April 19th, 2010 at 1:26 pm said:

hate to say this but, this video has been posted b4 so its kind of old news right now.


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 2:10 pm said:

    Yup, I mentioned that on the post. Just want to make sure folks who haven’t seen it yet get a chance. :)


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+ angelspawn77 on April 19th, 2010 at 1:28 pm said:

funny how you guys chose Jaffe instead of Stig to do this because of the GOW character when he left GOW a long time ago. I totally understand though since he is the one who chose the final design for Kratos so Kratos is pretty much from him. Cant wait for this game though! each time I see it i want it more!


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 2:13 pm said:

    If Kratos had a daddy, I would say Jaffe would be him. Thanks for the excitment, we can’t wait to get it on shelves for you guys.


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+ kKrySh12 on April 19th, 2010 at 1:29 pm said:

kevin butler for the next spotlight?!?!

this game looks wicked fun


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+ kowhoho on April 19th, 2010 at 1:30 pm said:

Very fun video; I love this little series! Will these make it onto the PSN Store? Hope so.

David Jaffe is my hero. Seems like a great guy.


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 2:07 pm said:

    Yup! Should be on the PSN in a little bit.


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+ KILLZONE79 on April 19th, 2010 at 1:30 pm said:

was posted at gametrailers.com

http://www.qj.net/qjnet/news/david-jaffe-shares-a-little-something-about-modnation-racers.html


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+ CapinChronic on April 19th, 2010 at 1:47 pm said:

This game looks *bleeping* amazing I cant wait.


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+ Darkpen on April 19th, 2010 at 2:25 pm said:

…Where was this filmed? Why is he in a mocap studio with a GoW2 poster behind him? I am so confused!


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 2:28 pm said:

    Jaffe’s secret lair. :) This was filmed at our San Diego Studio.


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+ THE-D1RTY-77 on April 19th, 2010 at 2:50 pm said:

Ok, at first i took this game off my ‘gonna get/play’ list of 2010, because i wasn’t sure…

But when this vid came up, i put it back on. Having Jaffe talk about this game is pretty convincing…

[DELETED] Cute…lol

Playstation 3 – It only does awesome!


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+ Lolsa1 on April 19th, 2010 at 2:55 pm said:

I preordered this game a few day ago and the gamestop employee said this game was pushed back to June 1st. Is that true?


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 4:05 pm said:

    Nope. May 25th all the way!


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+ Vex_Doppel on April 19th, 2010 at 3:09 pm said:

I can’t wait to redo my Warmachine mod to better fit with IronMan 2. http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h2/vex_doppel/MODNATION_1.jpg


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 4:07 pm said:

    Wow. Well done!


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+ bolivianlegacy on April 19th, 2010 at 3:12 pm said:

will we see a demo before the game comes out??


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 19th, 2010 at 4:07 pm said:

    I can’t say right now, but we will be sure to let you know right here on the blog.


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+ stennex on April 19th, 2010 at 3:13 pm said:

Jaffe is jus RAW. Awesome! lol. MNR is going to Rok, the beta was sooo goood.

PSNID:stennex.


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+ burnedearth on April 19th, 2010 at 4:26 pm said:

If this is anything like the kart game I used to play it will be a day 1 purchase for me(I won’t mention any names but I’m sure everyone knows). I wish I could have gotten in the beta a few months ago. Hopefully I’ll be able to download a demo and try it out even though I will probably end up buying this anyway.


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+ lostinplainsight on April 19th, 2010 at 4:52 pm said:

how about instead of having David Jaffe talking about mod nation (awesome looking game by the way) can we just get him announcing a new twisted metal. if you guys can do that i’ll totally be your friend


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 20th, 2010 at 12:46 am said:

    Ha. I’ll do my best. :)


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+ MadMeat001 on April 19th, 2010 at 5:31 pm said:

Jaffe is Sony’s response to Shigeru Miyamoto.
can’t wait to see what is his next work


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+ TheThunder2008CA on April 19th, 2010 at 5:36 pm said:

You should meet Kaz the man behind Gran Turismo.


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 20th, 2010 at 12:46 am said:

    Nice idea!


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+ KuRo1605 on April 19th, 2010 at 7:17 pm said:

This looks really cute!


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+ yiyas444 on April 19th, 2010 at 7:24 pm said:

niiiiice !!! in Canada the release date is fith may bit***** !!!


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 20th, 2010 at 12:47 am said:

    25th of May. :)


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+ Airek on April 20th, 2010 at 12:22 am said:

Games like ModNation Racers are going to make me regret my hobby when I’m on my death bed. All I do is hold my breath until the game is released… so for about another month I’ll be wishing time away. Some day I’ll wish I had this time back.

PS – I don’t live like this. Just thought it would be a coolstorybro. But seriously, I’m excited for ModNation. :)


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    + Chuck Lacson on April 20th, 2010 at 12:48 am said:

    No need to hold your breath. It will be here soon enough! :)


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+ xmodnationx on April 20th, 2010 at 6:08 am said:

o.o WE HAVE SEEN ENOUGH VIDEOS OF THE PS3…. PLEASE GIVE US SOME DECENT PSP VIDEOS . I WANNA C THE MODSPOT ON THE PSP…. I WANNA C SOME KART PIMPING ON THE PSP … AND ONE QUESTION… WILL YOUR WHEELS START FALMING IN THE PSP VERSION ONCE YOUR DRIFT METER HITS 5000…. AND THE MOST INPORTAND THING GIVE US A DEMO


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+ Onna76 on April 20th, 2010 at 7:41 am said:

“Jaffe is Sony’s response to Shigeru Miyamoto.”

Come again?! Comparing to Miyamoto-San Jaffe is just a peanut.


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+ nerdmanwhippy on April 20th, 2010 at 7:47 am said:

@45 If you really wanted a response to your questions, going a route that didn’t involve pure cap locks probably would of worked better for you. Spell checker also helps man.


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+ xmodnationx on April 20th, 2010 at 8:17 am said:

47 i did pure caps lock.. so people would c the comment …

and im dutch so that explains the bad english..


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+ TheGodSend on April 20th, 2010 at 9:41 am said:

i so want that sweet tooth custume


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+ Insomnia999 on April 20th, 2010 at 1:40 pm said:

Just fix the long load times! Can’t wait!!!


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