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Lorne Lanning discusses his journey to become a game creator, and how the mind-control mechanic solved Oddworld's narrative problems

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    monarda
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    That was a great interview, thank you! Oddysee was one of my favorite games ever. The story-line kept me engaged throughout, and it was super interesting to see the thought process behind the...

    That was a great interview, thank you! Oddysee was one of my favorite games ever. The story-line kept me engaged throughout, and it was super interesting to see the thought process behind the story - I had no idea. The creator is an interesting individual.

    Super excited to experience the second part. I'm going to see about picking up Oddysee, so I can play through again (it's been 20 years!) so I am ready when Soulstorm comes out. I haven't been excited for a game since I do not know when!

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      Deimos
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      You might want to check out "New 'n' Tasty" if you're going to revisit the game: http://www.oddworld.com/oddworldgames/new-n-tasty/ It's not an exact remake of the original game, but it's intended...

      You might want to check out "New 'n' Tasty" if you're going to revisit the game: http://www.oddworld.com/oddworldgames/new-n-tasty/

      It's not an exact remake of the original game, but it's intended to be quite close with some changes/additions. The Steam page describes it as a "lovingly recrafted, built from the ground-up and totally recooked take on the classic adventure Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee."

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        monarda
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        I read your comment with skepticism. Like the original was pretty freaking cool. I've just gone and looked into "New 'n' Tasty," and I might be sold. Have you played it?

        I read your comment with skepticism. Like the original was pretty freaking cool. I've just gone and looked into "New 'n' Tasty," and I might be sold. Have you played it?

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          Deimos
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          I haven't played it, no. The reviews on Steam seem pretty positive about it though, with a few complaints. It looks like it's been on sale pretty regularly for 70-80% off, so you might want to...

          I haven't played it, no. The reviews on Steam seem pretty positive about it though, with a few complaints. It looks like it's been on sale pretty regularly for 70-80% off, so you might want to wait for a sale to pick it up.

          The original Abe's Oddysee on Steam is much cheaper ($3), but quite a few of the reviews are complaining about the port quality. GOG might be a safer bet, even if it's more expensive there.

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          1. reese
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            I've almost played through the entirety of New 'N Tasty, and as far as I'm concerned, it's better than the original. I bought it much earlier this year. The graphics are excellent. Everything...

            I've almost played through the entirety of New 'N Tasty, and as far as I'm concerned, it's better than the original. I bought it much earlier this year. The graphics are excellent. Everything feels just right, controls included. To anyone who can find the game on sale, grab it. You won't be disappointed. Those new to the Oddworld franchise are in for a big surprise. These games are in a league of their own, mechanically and thematically.

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  2. Deimos
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    Ars Technica uploaded the full interview with Lorne today, which is almost 3 hours long: Extended Interview With Lorne Lanning of Oddworld Inhabitants (@monarda, in case you're interested)

    Ars Technica uploaded the full interview with Lorne today, which is almost 3 hours long: Extended Interview With Lorne Lanning of Oddworld Inhabitants

    (@monarda, in case you're interested)