2K programmer: “BioShock should have failed”

Tuesday, 24th June 2008 07:11 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Speaking at Paris GDC yesterday, 2K programmer Chris Kline told the crowd that in hindsight BioShock should never have been the success it proved to be, Gama reports.

“BioShock should’ve failed, said Kline. “In fact, it did fail a lot, over the course of time. A series of big mistakes and corrections and slipped ship dates, but all of these helped make it a good game.”

Kline explained that the team’s first mistake was to try to ape System Shock 2. There’s lots more of this through the link. Too many words for this early in the morning. We just wanted the headline.



  1. pjmaybe

    God not this shit again. Bioshock was great. If you didn’t like it, move the fuck on. It’s done, gone.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. morriss

    Just that screenshot gives me happy memories.

    Please let the sequel be good. Please?

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Shatner

    What he’s saying is that the path to that well received end product was very very bumpy indeed. Just because the end result proved popular doesn’t mean the development was handled properly or effectively.

    Game Developer magazine regularly runs post mortem articles on games (both popular and unpopular) written by the development team concerned and detail things that went right and things that went wrong. They’re fantastic reading and give a great insight into how many unexpected curveballs get thrown in development for better or worse. There’s a collection of these compiled into a book which covers greats like System Shock 2 and Black and White and not-so-greats like Trespasser. If anyone has the slightest genuine interest in getting an idea of some of the highs and lows of game development then its enlightening reading. Seriously.

    And how is a game developer being critical of the development of a game being “this shit again”? Is there something wrong with a game developer talking about game development?

    In my opinion it makes a change to hear from someone who is actually qualified to speak on the topic

    #3 7 years ago

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