Steenberg: Love is a “B-”, but “kind of sad” that nobody will top it

Wednesday, 16th February 2011 21:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Eskil Steenberg, the single programmer behind the unusual collaborative building MMO Love, has said his game is a “B- in a genre no one else has gotten a D in”, and that he’s touched the “bleeding edge of what is possible”.

“My game has gone a lot further than anyone else has in terms of really building a simulated environment, Steenberg told Eurogamer.

“The game is being designed while you play it,” he added. “I’ve got a lot further than anyone else has because I’ve built this intelligence into it. But it’s incredibly hard to do it.

“I give my game a B- in a genre no one else has gotten a D in. But there are other genres where people have got A+s. Take a look at Super Mario Galaxy, that’s an A+ game in my mind. What I’m doing is way beyond that in difficulty”.

The lone gun commented that the “saddest” thing about the game is that it limits his future options. What do you do after you’ve single-handedly built one of the most innovative games around – by yourself?

“I’ve done something so complicated, I’ve gone to the bleeding edge of what is possible, and I can’t think of a way to do it better,” he said.

“I’m scared because I don’t see anyone else following me. Blizzard isn’t doing the game that is going to make Love look like ancient technology or crap. I don’t see anyone else doing it. I look at all the games out there and they’re not pushing the envelope further. That’s kind of sad.”

Steenberg commented that the experience of dedicatedly playing Love ruins the player for other games.

“”The players of my game … play a game like mine – maybe mine – and they’ll go back and play something scripted and say, ‘Oh my god this is so archaic.’ It’s like if you play Dragon’s Lair today – I’m not controlling it, it’s all fake.”



  1. YoungZer0

    Well, that wasn’t really helpful. Are we going to see something? How does it work? What is it anyway?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB

    It’s basically a more artsy Minecraft.

    I haven’t played it, but it looks like an impressive piece of work. I’ll stick to Minecraft though.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DuckOfDestiny

    Somebody doesn’t seem the least bit full of themselves *rolleyes*

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Michael O’Connor

    @3 Modesty is a vastly over-rated and entirely unnecessary quality.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. ududy

    There are always new challenges one can find for oneself. If he can’t see that, then he really prefers blind self adoration over taking an in-depth look at what can be done next.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. yacaman

    This guy will never get hired. He is so full of himself.
    I Mine, me, only I, I created. wow.Just wow.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    Could you be more petty?

    I salute anyone who manages to build their own carport, and most definitely anyone who creates an entire MMO on their own.

    You’re sitting here going “Wow, what an egotripping moron” – Yeah, no. That’s a guy who built an entire fucking MMO on his own, and he rates it a B-minus. How about you take your damaged, paper thin egos that apparently can’t let him have that achievement, and build on those for a start, eh?

    #7 4 years ago

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