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Documentaries: The Making of Resident Evil 4 and 5

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Two documentaries, mostly promotional, delve into the development and production of Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.

 

Written by Fred Rojas

July 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Documentary: G4’s “Icons” The History of Doom and Making of Doom 3

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0:00-21:59 – G4’s “Icons” Documentary on Doom and the Making of Doom 3
22:00 – 26:23 – Developer Interviews
26:23 – 30:08 – Concept Art and Creature Development

Back when G4 was a thing, the channel would often delve into these short half hour documentaries on the making of upcoming games. Companies liked to include these documentaries in special editions of Xbox games. One of those is found on the special edition of Doom 3 for the original Xbox.

While it’s an interesting look at Doom 3, I have to apologize for the quality, which is a blown up and upscaled version of the video on the disc. That video takes up a small portion of real estate on the screen and the Xbox only outputs it at 480p. Either way, it’s fun and interesting so lets take a look at G4’s coverage of the History of Doom and the Making of Doom 3.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

The Making of Jade Empire (G4 Special)

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A brief documentary produced by G4 and found on the Limited Edition supplemental DVD.

Written by Fred Rojas

January 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

The Making of Fallout New Vegas

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Many of you are probably as psyched and Jam was to hear about the announcement of Fallout 4.  Many consider the true Fallout series developers were creators Black Isle Studios (Fallout and Fallout 2 on PC), which is why fans appreciated Fallout 3 but were more psyched for Fallout New Vegas.  Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, largely made up of former Black Isle members, Fallout New Vegas was more like the original Fallout titles adapted to the newer and more shiny Fallout 3 engine.  The limited edition of the game contained many fun items, some you care about and some you don’t.  Of those, the most interesting is a bonus disc chronicling the development of Obisidan’s new take on the post apocalyptic wasteland and more importantly Las Vegas in that land.  Above is the 8-part, almost an hour documentary on Fallout New Vegas.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

Documentary: The Evolution and Making of Halo

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Sorry Everyone: Due to Copyright Claims we didn’t think we were violating (because we don’t do ad revenue) this video was removed by our editorial team.  We want to continue to offer high quality content to you and we also do not want to violate the rights of any developer, publisher, or business.  We apologize.

Many of you may know the story behind the original Halo, and for those that don’t we have this trusty podcast from a while back.  It’s one thing to hear it and it’s quite another to see it.  This documentary series shows off the initial MacWorld reveal of Halo in 1999 when Steve Jobs himself introduced what was to become a real-time strategy (RTS) title, the progression to a PC squad-based shooter in 2000 at E3, and the final reveal as a first person shooter on the Xbox in 2001.  After seeing how it progresses we then get about half an hour of developer commentary on the various decisions made in the development process to result in the finished product you know as Halo: Combat Evolved.  This video and the gameplay footage in it are owned by Microsoft and Bungie.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Documentary: The Making of Alan Wake

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I love Alan Wake.  Remedy has always done a fantastic job with its games (even if they take more than five years to come out) and while I dug Max Payne, Alan Wake is like nothing else I played last generation.  I may be over selling it a bit, but thanks to the Limited Edition I purchased when this game came out, now you can see this fascinating 3-part documentary on how Remedy formed, started making a thriller title, and eventually ended up at Alan Wake.  There are also some E3 demos from way back when the game was in early development that I threw into the video description for those that want to check them out.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

Double Fine Has Some Awesome Game Dev Videos

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I have always been meaning to watch the fantastic Double Fine Adventure! series spanning more than 20 videos at current that gives you the most in depth look behind the creative process I’ve ever seen.  Always a likable team with an equally likable and charismatic leader in Tim Schafer, Double Fine nails it in this series about Kickstarted title Broken Age and all of the business and developmental setbacks along the way.  I have posted the full run (playlist) below as an in-browser window for your convenience.

What you should also check out is the fantastic Devs Play series that spans 25 videos of development guys playing old games (like The Lion King and Doom) and even how to hack a ROM (they use Legend of Zelda), which I find fascinating.  Probably the best episode, and a rightful finale to the first season, is a more than 2 hour video with Koji Igarashi (Iga) on the development of Symphony of the Night to kick off his new project.  You can also see that below:

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Written by Fred Rojas

May 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Video: The Making of Bioshock Documentary

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As part of our collaboration of documentaries on game design comes The Making of Bioshock.  This was in a supplemental DVD that came with the Deluxe Edition of the original Bioshock and features almost 42 minutes of developmental stories and design choices as told by the staff of Irrational Games themselves.  While you may immediately recognize studio head Ken Levine, there are plenty of other heavy talent you will want to pay attention to in this documentary and hear the story of how a space station in the sea became one of our favorite Xbox 360 games.  If you’ve never played it before, feel free to check out our quick look or game club podcast in addition to the link above for our review.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

Documentary: Dangerous Games (Night Trap)

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Over the years Fred has collected a lot of limited editions, bonus discs, promo videos, and randomly e-mailed/mailed documentaries and making of videos involving video games.  Well it seems pointless to keep them to himself and since we don’t generate ad revenue we’re betting YouTube may let us release these promotional items.  In a new ongoing series, we will be releasing the many videos made available that you probably won’t be able to get your hands on due to rarity or the disposable promo value of them.  We start today with a pseudo “making of” and “post mortem” on the controversial game Night Trap.  It’s about 8 minutes of Tom Zito, Rob Fulop, and James Riley basically pleading with us about the fun and light heartedness of this game that was targeted by the US Senate.  As a fan of Night Trap, it’s a brief and all smiles look at a game that was touted as much more nefarious than it ever could hope to be.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm