Bethesda Goes Inside The Vault With Emil Pagliarulo

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Bethesda’s latest Inside the Vault spotlight falls on Fallout 3 Lead Designer, Emil Pagliarulo. This interview gets a little more up close and personal than some others I’ve read. Pagliarulo gives players an opportunity to glean a little insight on the man so crucial to Fallout 3‘s development.

One big question posed is whether the video games industry is recession proof. Pagliarulo gives us an optimistic answer grounded in realism.

Because of the growing popularity of video games, I do indeed think the industry as a whole is recession proof, but that’s more of a high level financial statement. It doesn’t mean a hell of a lot for the people who work for companies that suddenly go under. That seems to have been happening a lot lately, and my heart really goes out to those guys.

I think we sometimes forget how young this industry really is. We’re experiencing the kind of exponential growth the film industry experienced in its early days, and with that comes a lot of growing pains — cancelled projects, studio closures, what have you.

So for the end user, it’s great. All video games, all the time. Steady releases at Christmas, sequels to your favorite games pretty regularly, even revivals of old licenses like what we’re doing with Fallout 3. I don’t see that ever ending. But I think for the people working in the industry, there will continue to be trials and tribulations for quite some time.

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