Warren Spector thinks Lollipop Chainsaw shouldn’t have been made
Lollipop Chainsaw is part silly, part sexy, and part bad ass. But if there’s something it isn’t, it’s serious.
In short players run around as a perky breasted, pigtail clad, bubbly blonde teenager with a big pink chainsaw. Apparently her high school got infested with zombies and head cheerleader Juliet the only one that can stop them, with some help from her classmates, teachers and her disembodied boyfriend Nick’s head.
Of course not everyone thinks it is the best game ever. In fact Warren Spector, developer of games such as System Shock and Deus Ex, said it shouldn’t have ever been made.
At the DICE Summit convention on the 7th Warren Spector put on a presentation for a small audience of a few hundred game designers, executives and reporters; of his personal journey as a gamer and a game designer and all of the changes he went through from his 20s to his 50s.
“My interests in content have changed dramatically and I suspect this is true for many of you. There are some games the should just not be made, by the way….” Spector said at one point in this presentation.
At that moment, Spector showed an image of Lollipop Chainsaw, to which a few audience members chuckled lightheartedly.
“I’ll try not to be too obnoxious,” he continued. “When I was younger, that’s all I needed. All I needed was to differentiate myself from other people. If it was going to convince my mother that I was a juvenile delinquent, I was there. I needed to be transgressive. Adrenaline rush and spectacle were all I needed. I don’t think I was alone in that. Maybe I’m just shallow…. When you’re this age, spectacle is plenty. And bloodsprays and all that stuff is really kind of what you’re looking for because you really want to alienate people in a strange sort of way. You want to shock people and you want to be different… Not so much, anymore.”
He went on to add,
“I have no interest in guys who wear armor and swing big swords. I have been the last space marine between earth and an alien invasion. I really just don’t need to go there anymore. I want content that is relevant to my life, that is relevant to me, that is set in the real world… If we’re going to reach a broader audience, we have to stop thinking about that audience strictly in terms of teenage boys or even teenage girls. We need to think about things that are relevant to normal humans and not just the geeks we used to be,”
What do you guys think? Are games like these too low brow? Should creators start making more realistic mature games and less silly games or do you love it? Should Lollipop Chainsaw have been scrapped? Let’s talk, leave a comment below.