Rockstar hope Red Dead Redemption "evokes an emotional response"

Lazlow Jones, Rockstar developer and regular contributor to Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series as a variety of radio show hosts, told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat that he hopes Red Dead Redemption's "gritty western" atmosphere will evoke an "emotional response" from players, Neowin has learnt via Eurogamer.

Jones, who most recently would have been heard as the the host of Grand Theft Auto IV's "Integrity 2.0" radio station, said that he hoped "that for the people that do pick it up that it evokes an emotional response. That people will feel they're part of our world and that they'll become immersed in the time period."

According to Jones, the team behind Red Dead Redemption did a lot of research into the time period, such as the guns, clothes and even the interiors, which were carefully researched in detail.

In response to a question about how it felt to complete the game after so much hard work, Jones said "It's an amazing high. You're also very sensitive to any criticism about it because you've worked so hard on it."

The Rockstar producer went on to talk about the frequent accusations of Rockstar games such as Grand Theft Auto creating violent behaviour in young people. "Our games are not designed for young people," he said before saying that parents who buy games designed for adults are "terrible" parents. "If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child you're a terrible parent. We design games for adults because we're adults."

He added that they design games for adults in the same way some movies and TV shows are designed for adults only. "There's a lot of kids games out there that we're not interested in playing."

Asked if he felt the game industry was becoming too politically correct, Jones said that he believed Rockstar "pushed a lot of boundaries to be able to make the art" that they should be able to make. "If you tell a gritty crime drama with violence and profanity and call it The Sopranos you're handed a load of awards to put up on the shelf. You do the same and call it a video game and you'll have certain organisations up in arms."

But thanks to reviews praising the artistic content of GTA IV, Jones believes the politically correct restrictions have "largely fallen away".

Responding to a question about what is hopes for Red Dead Redemption are, he said, "I hope they'll love it and that it'll put a smile on their face."

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Jones said,
If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child you're a terrible parent. We design games for adults because we're adults.

+1

"If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child you're a terrible parent. We design games for adults because we're adults."

perfect

solardog said,
"If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child you're a terrible parent. We design games for adults because we're adults."

perfect

I'm with that sentiment, but it's more of a maturity thing. I have 16/17 yr. old friends that play CoD, Halo, RDD, etc, but are fine. What really bugs me is not only having to deal with the 10 year olds on any kind of M game, but seeing the parents succumb to their whining for something way over their age limit every time I walk into Gamestop.

smartin0115 said,

I'm with that sentiment, but it's more of a maturity thing. I have 16/17 yr. old friends that play CoD, Halo, RDD, etc, but are fine. What really bugs me is not only having to deal with the 10 year olds on any kind of M game, but seeing the parents succumb to their whining for something way over their age limit every time I walk into Gamestop.

Couple of my college friends work at gamestop and were talking about that one day. Parent came in with their 12 year old wanting to buy Dante's Inferno. they warned the parent that it was rated m for a very good reason and ask multiple times if she was sure she wanted to buy this for her 12 year old. the mother almost yelled at them for "telling her how to raise her child." few days later the same woman came in yelling at them for selling her the game... good thing the manager was part of the convo the first go around.

smartin0115 said,

I'm with that sentiment, but it's more of a maturity thing. I have 16/17 yr. old friends that play CoD, Halo, RDD, etc, but are fine. What really bugs me is not only having to deal with the 10 year olds on any kind of M game, but seeing the parents succumb to their whining for something way over their age limit every time I walk into Gamestop.

I agree, maturity definitely figures into it.

It's a great game, I'm thoroughly enjoying it and I wasn't big on GTA IV. I think a lot of it is the setting and the immersive experience between Marston and his life mission. The supporting characters are very interesting as well.

macf13nd said,
PC release date? any word?

knowing rockstar and GTA lol in 1 year ......only thng that ****es me off so much with rockstar in recent years i m a PC gamer !! all the way but cant play GTA like 1 year later then all my m8s and by the time i get it theyve spoiled the game by telling me every detail .........

but from wikipedia Red Dead console only

Edited by gunny2k6, May 25 2010, 3:20pm : info

macf13nd said,
PC release date? any word?

Pretty sure this ones console only and rockstar have told the pc elitests to go F'em selves because there sick of the piracy.

It sure got an emotional response from me...the one where I wanted to hurl my controller at the screen after the barn.

Played this on a mates 360 and the thing the one thing that killed it for me was the auto aim option you get later on..... whats the point. you console kiddies got no skills. apart from that good game.

Stup0t said,
Played this on a mates 360 and the thing the one thing that killed it for me was the auto aim option you get later on..... whats the point. you console kiddies got no skills. apart from that good game.

Stuff it. Not all FPS games have to be twitch, and there's plenty of console shooters that have no aiming assistance, so drop the melodramatic gross generalization. Anyways, when you can die in 3 solid hits and you're outnumbered 5 to 1, in the open, almost everyone has to have that kind of assistance, that's the point. You're an epic gunslinger.

Stup0t said,
Played this on a mates 360 and the thing the one thing that killed it for me was the auto aim option you get later on..... whats the point. you console kiddies got no skills. apart from that good game.

i prefer the PC also due to it being naturally much easier to aim at things with the mouse.

BUT... i did feel that the auto aiming (by pressing LT (Left Trigger) when your crosshairs are near the target your trying to shoot) made it to where i could play the console version on my XBox360 as if i had to aim 100percent free aim then i would have had ZERO chance at enjoying it on a console simply because it's just way to hard to accurately track and shoot stuff on screen quickly in the heat of battle without aiming assistance on a console... because the aiming assistance gets you on there chest area and if you want you can attempt a fine tune of aiming to there head if you got the time but when your up against a lot of enemies you ain't got time to be aiming on a single target for to long.

p.s. for the record i am guesing i am average at best when it comes to free aiming. and to sum it up my skill level is below a certain standard you need on a console in order to 100percent FREE aim and have a chance to beat most games which i do not.

Edited by ThaCrip, May 25 2010, 4:54pm :

Same here (just got to Mexico and did the Ricketts missions). So yeah, no spoilers. So far, I've already had several emotional responses though (like from Bonnie). This game has been great, and I've enjoyed it more than GTA IV as well (except for those stupid cougar attacks, that sucks on so many levels!!!).

The ending definitely prompted an emotion response from me. In my opinion the ending is one of the best of any game I've played.

Vulghore said,
The ending definitely prompted an emotion response from me. In my opinion the ending is one of the best of any game I've played.

Still playing the game so please don't ruin it.

Vulghore said,
The ending definitely prompted an emotion response from me. In my opinion the ending is one of the best of any game I've played.

alright no spoliers dammit... I'm playing it still! lol

Vulghore said,
The ending definitely prompted an emotion response from me. In my opinion the ending is one of the best of any game I've played.

Mafia (2002) (on PC) that to me was the best single player game i ever played (especially in the modern 3D era). it's ending i thought was the best at the emotional response stuff. because the characters etc are just interesting in Mafia. not many other games even come close if you ask me as Mafia plays out like a quality mob film. (best part... Mafia II is due out Aug 2010 and it's a pretty safe bet it will be the best game of 2010 and one of the best of this decade if not THE BEST if it's anything like the first game was.)

in fact, i think Mafia is still one of my favorite games even to this day that i played many times unlike GTA where i beat once and never really cared to much to replay those.

although i will say the ending on Red Dead Redemption is different. so in that sense it was good ... i did get some sort of feeling from beating Redemption but i just was not sure that it was a good feeling that i liked. but i guess it's one of those things you could think about and interpret it a little differently when you think about the entire game etc. (only thing i was a little disappointed on is that the game seems to end the main story around 75percent of the game complete as when i was playing the game i was keeping a eye on that expecting about 100percent would be the end so when it ended earlier than i expected i was kind of disappointed in a way)

p.s. i did like Red Dead Redemption more than any of the GTA games though overall. i give RDR a 8/10 (GTA4 for measure i gave a 8/10 also). Mafia = 10/10 as that's one of the rare games i consider a true masterpiece.

Edited by ThaCrip, May 25 2010, 4:24pm :

Vulghore said,

I didn't say anything specific, I knew to keep it vague.

exactly! ... i agree. what you said is not a spoiler.