John Romero 'Made Game Design Cool' - Cliffy B

Tom Hopkins

Gears of War 3

Epic design director credits id Software co-founder.

Published on Sep 20, 2011

Gears of War 3 designer Cliff Bleszinski wound up making blockbuster games because of legendary industry figure John Romero.

Speaking to NowGamer, Bleszinski said he always saw himself going down the explosive, AAA route.

"Honestly, I’m not going to lie – I had Romero envy," he told us. "I have a lot of respect for John and I think he got a lot of undue amount of shit… to this day he does. He’s actually moved on and is doing very well in the social space cos John dared to do what no one else dared do at that point and that’s actually show he was having fun with his job and try and bring gaming out of the basement."

Romero was part of the team including John Carmack which created Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake, and resulted in him living up to a rock and roll public image.

"Some of the efforts may have been a little bit misguided but I was like ‘wow, that guy is kinda cool with his long hair and his Ferrari. I wanna be like that dude’!" remembers Bleszinski. "And that was one of the things – instead of a kid wanting to grow up and be a football player or an astronaut or a fireman suddenly game design popped up on the radar and, you know, you take a lot of flak for it but I’m having the time of my life."

Gears of War 3 launched on Xbox 360 today - hit the link to check out the full Gears 3 interview with Cliffy B.



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