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‘Deus Ex’ Designer Warren Spector Thinks ‘Lollipop Chainsaw’ Should Not Have Been Made

Now this is interesting. Warren Spector, acclaimed designer and creator of Deus Ex, was at the DICE convention earlier today where he spoke to a room filled with industry professionals about his career and tastes in gaming. He discussed his lack of interest in “guys who wear armor and swing big swords,” his growing preference for shorter video games, and he also named a game that “should just not be made.” That game was your pick for the best new IP of 2012, Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw.

This isn’t the first time Spector has touched on this. Last year at E3 Spector made his distaste for ultra-violent video games known. “The ultraviolence has to stop,” he told

He obviously isn’t a fan of the style, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s easy to compare it to the controversy the “torture porn” subgenre in films has seen over the years, but where would we be without similarly hyper-violent horror films like Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead? That over-the-top style has a place in gaming, just as it does in films.

What bothers me the most is his specifically calling out a game as one that “should not exist.” That’s a little obnoxious. I think Duke Nukem Forever is a worthless, sexist, and fundamentally broken pile of excrement, but it shoudn’t not exist. This is particularly annoying because the game in question has definite merit, as I covered in my review. It’s gorgeous to look at and is often funny, in a lowbrow way.

He went on to give a well-deserved nod to games like Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain for their achievements in storytelling. The former was my pick for game of the year, so I’m all for engaging, well-written stories, but sometimes you just want to jam a chainsaw into a zombie’s crotch and lift upwards until a brilliant rainbow shoots out of its newly bifurcated corpse, am I right?

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  • dirtyghettok

    Awesome!!! I love these type of articles. Heard of ‘Lollipop Chainsaw’, seen it, haven’t played it, but now I’m gonna buy it. Hell, if its pissing someone off like him its gotta be good…

  • Dr.murder

    Fuck this guy. Deus Ex was shit and only 15 years too late. Jealousy looks really bad on this ***.

    • Adam Dodd

      Please do express yourself, but let’s refrain from using that word.

  • You are right. There is a difference between not liking something and damning it. The latter is never a good thing.

  • divisionbell

    Wow his statement is ridiculous. There have been some atrocious games but lollipop chainsaw wasn’t all that bad. There have been waaaay worse games than that. I personally think violent games are fine. That’s why we have a rating system!

    And no we don’t need shorter games. We actually need longer games to justify the cost of video games these days.

  • ThunderDragoon

    There’s plenty of different kinds of media that I hate, but I would never wish for any of it to not exist. What a jerk.

  • Laugh Riot

    I enjoyed playing this game. Sure its not the greatest game out there. But I think the novelty of a comical zombie game makes it fun. I loved the PS2 Evil Dead Games not to mention Stubbs The Zombie for PC. B grade games have the same charm as B grade movies.

  • Se_7_eN

    Had this interview emailed to me earlier, the only reply I had was… “Well, this explains why Warren hasn’t been relevant in the industry for the past 7 or so years”.

    I do respect Warren, but I think the industry has greatly evolved and he did not evolve with it.

  • Incinerated

    I’ve heard some terrible things about the dialogue in Lollipop Chainsaw being explicitly sexist and feeding ‘rape culture.’ I really was looking forward to the game because it seems rad, but it sounds like it goes too far verbally so I’ve held off.

    Does Warren work for DICE? I know DICE have met with women for the specific purpose of talking about women in games and as gamers. Which is great!

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