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Jade Raymond interview, p2: Splinter Cell and Toronto

Thursday, 9th May 2013 13:42 GMT By Patrick Garratt

The second part of our exclusive Jade Raymond video interview is through the link, including details on Splinter Cell: Blacklist and starting up a studio as large as Ubisoft Toronto.

Watch the above for a good amount of detail on Splinter Cell: Blacklist’s development. You can watch the first part of Sam’s chat with Jade here. Check back tomorrow for the third and final instalment.

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  1. FinalStar

    Is there a special reason you keep using pictures of her that are about 5 years out of date?

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Samoan Spider

    @1 Is there a reason it matters?

    #2 12 months ago
  3. salarta

    @2: So we can yell at each other and complain about things that don’t matter on the internet. :D

    #3 12 months ago
  4. theevilaires

    I wanna bury my face in her hair…omg I bet it smells like Heaven in there. I wonder if she has pretty feet too :)

    #4 12 months ago
  5. anik_lc

    WOW! Jade Raymond is hot! :D Why don’t she start modeling! :D

    #5 12 months ago
  6. FinalStar

    @2 Sure. First off, she looks noticably different these days. Second, I believe I’m allowed to ask why a website that is ridiculously pedantic in regards of pointing out if their writers paid for a drink themselves or not is so sloppy in this (certainly no less important) instance.

    @3 I actually believe that some things like getting names right and showing accurate portraits do matter in the press and even on the internet. And it’s not like there aren’t any more current pictures around.

    Edited to add: I would complain about this if it was concerning other personalities as well, so it’s not a Jade only thing. Let’s say e.g. using a Rooney picture of the pre-hair-transplant-era now would be ridiculous as well unless you wanted to specifically illustrate that point.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. salarta

    @4: That’s nothing on her pencil shavings. Have you seen her pencil shavings? All that discarded pencil material is so sexy, the way it shows more lead as she strips it off is just scandalous. If there’s one thing to take away from these articles about her, it’s her sexy pencil shavings!

    #7 12 months ago
  8. FinalStar

    Erm… I’m starting to feel amashed for being male right about now. Blergh.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. salarta

    @6: Fair point, I was mostly joking around since I’m very serious about other subjects that seem to me like they matter more. There was some argument in the first part of the Jade Raymond interview over viewing her for what she’s done at the company versus viewing her for her attractiveness. I think the latter part is where things get tricky, because without saying more, caring about the recency of her picture is something usually not done toward men.

    I’m suddenly remembering the E3 presentations for Squeenix where a female translator ended up getting fake nudes and hentai done of her despite not even being named.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. Samoan Spider

    @6 Yeah, I take your point but I think #9 explains it pretty well. Taking her accomplishments at face value, she is a successful person and her looks take a back seat entirely. This I think is why an out of date picture matters so little and I’m also certain that there are stock photo’s of many industry faces rocking around that get used and I’ve not once seen the age of the photo questioned.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. FinalStar

    I’ve actually had the opportunity to interview Jade myself a few day ago and I can attest to the fact that Ubisoft is quite aware of the whole attractiveness thing these days – I was even asked to avaid any questions in that regard. Fair enough, since I wanted to focus on the business side anyway, but it leaves my a little surprised it came up in the video interview. Yet again, these interview snippets were done in March and maybe I was asked not to in part of them? Who knows?

    That said, that it’s true that she’s successful in her job because of her accomplishments, but let’s be honest: having the interview here in three 5-minute parts instead of one 15-minute-block and hyped this way is not just because oft that – her looks do take a front seat and that everybody knows her – which again is because Ubisoft shoved here in front of every camera in the AC days.

    I agree that often stock photos are used, but e.g. a Molyneux of today looks just the way he did 10 years ago, so you often can’t really tell how old a picture probably is. Jade has changed quite a bit, though, as can be seen on the “brown” foto used to tease part 1.

    And it’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine because for some reason, it did take quite a bit of nagging and effort to secure a new picture in print quality – just taking an old one clearly would have beeen much easier.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. OmegaSlayer

    Patrice Desillet looks better in Photoshop that in vid.
    Oh…wait…

    #12 12 months ago
  13. Mjorh

    There was nothin special on these interviews. expected more !

    #13 12 months ago
  14. Agt_Pendergast

    Did the interviewer call Blacklist, “Blackflag” at the beginning of the video?

    #14 12 months ago
  15. Tr0n

    Every time I read Jade Raymond, I think of this for some reason.

    http://s2.postimg.org/p9thic8jd/9611_54875_jadecomicjpg_noscale.jpg

    #15 12 months ago
  16. salarta

    @15: A little warning about the content being NSFW would be nice. I don’t blame you because it’s easy to forget such things, but it’s important for people looking at the site in public or at work.

    That said, I remember when that came out. I think it’s a testament to how people viewed the whole way the game and team were being presented, even if it was the fault of the gaming press or not justified.

    #16 12 months ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @15: Have you spend too much time on 4chan or why would you post shit like this on VG24/7?

    And seriously I think you people need get a fucking grip. Bukakee Comics, Blowjobs, admission for having a foot fetish?

    What. The. Fuck. Is. Wrong. With. You.

    Can’t you dickcunts not focus for one fucking second? Rub one out and come back you pathetic losers.

    Jesus. H. Christ.

    #17 12 months ago
  18. BD

    Jeeeeeeeeeeeesus Henry Christ, these comments.

    Is there no moderator here with a delete button?

    #18 12 months ago
  19. CaptPierce

    Any women coming to this website, I do apologize for my gender in advance.

    #19 12 months ago
  20. Djoenz

    @15

    The dude that made tht comic is retarded as hell. No wonder she doesnt get the respect she needs when immature people are only concerned about her looks.

    Pathetic man…its demeaning.

    #20 12 months ago
  21. YoungZer0

    Seriously VG, you need more moderators.

    #21 12 months ago
  22. Lengendaryboss

    Great interview.

    #22 12 months ago
  23. theevilaires

    ^ I second that. You guys should try and do more of these. Do a David Jaffe one and have to bleep out a word every 3 seconds :D

    #23 12 months ago
  24. fearmonkey

    If Jade or anyone at Ubsisoft reads the comments on this article, I sincerely apologize for the male species..

    #24 12 months ago
  25. Tr0n

    Dude, it’s a fun comic. Get off your high horse. :)

    #25 12 months ago
  26. Djoenz

    @25
    Fun comic? If Jade Raymond was a family member of mine I would smack the culprit so hard for that direspecting piece of filth.

    #26 12 months ago
  27. Stephany Nunneley

    Fuck. Me. I am all for “free speech” and all that, but, wow. That “comic” is insulting beyond words. Not only to Jade, but to the intellect as well – whether you are male OR female.

    #27 12 months ago
  28. DarkElfa

    Meh, comedy is comedy, enough already with the politically correct garbage, it’s already ruining the US.

    Is it appropriate, no, is it degrading, yes, do I care, not really because I had a laugh and moved on, everyone else should do the same unless you want to call CBS and complain about Janet’s nipple slip again.

    Look at it this way, I’m sure Jade has seen that comic already a few times and then remembered, oh, this is the internet and went back to work. If you let the internet offend you, you might as well turn off your computer and go outside.

    #28 12 months ago
  29. YoungZer0

    That comic must have been drawn by some rather pathetic individual. Really, how sad and insecure do you have to be to believe that just because someone models for MAXIM, she’s suddenly a whore who receives bukkake and gives free blowjobs?

    Fucking Child.

    I’m the first guy to laugh my ass off about the rudest and crudest jokes, but this is no joke, this is a personal attack.

    #29 12 months ago
  30. salarta

    @20: The artist that drew the comic later took it down after realizing just how serious such a thing is. People on the internet can be heartless, but mostly because they don’t understand the gravity of what they’re saying and doing. Being confronted with the potential consequences of their actions will often get people to wise up.

    @25: … Jade Raymond is an actual person. This is a person who is trying to make a career and a living out of being in the video game industry. I really doubt Jade finds it fun for people to mistakenly think of her the same way people mistakenly think of the proper Lara Croft, as nothing more than a sex object with no other meaningful qualities or qualifications. I really, really doubt Jade wants “looked hot” to be the only thing she’s remembered for. A woman having her physical appearance complimented can be a good thing, but not if conversations are more about what nice boobs she has than how she contributed to putting out Assassin’s Creed, or worse, if she’s trying to discuss a serious industry subject and people blow her off because they think she’s only there for her looks.

    #30 12 months ago
  31. Stephany Nunneley

    @28 Has nothing to do with being “politically correct.” I like “low brow” and comedy that’s a bit “blue” as much as anyone else. But I seriously doubt that was meant to be “comedy”, and more an interpretation of the artist’s opinion on the matter. Either way, it was gross.

    #31 12 months ago
  32. DarkElfa

    Oh grow up Zero, it was an internet comic. Nobody needs you to white knight the damn thing and be a hero. So you were offended by it, big whoop, they’ll probably delete it.

    Here’s an idea, why don’t you head for Google image and pull out your jousting lance for some of those poor actresses who people have photoshopped into nudes and porn.

    Throwing a big fit over it and expressing your abject horror is just stupid and a complete waste of time because it will change nothing. They may remove it from this thread, but it will still be out there for everyone to see for the rest of time.

    #32 12 months ago
  33. DarkElfa

    @31, I’m not saying it isn’t gross or unneeded, but I’m kind of beyond being shocked by things I see here or elsewhere, I’m just too used to it by now.

    The internet has broken and desensitized me. :(

    @30, and yet it’s still out there isn’t it. Again, not defending the comic, but the reactions to it are priceless and so heartfelt it make me wince a bit.

    Yes, she’s a real person and yes she shouldn’t ever have to deal with something like that, but whether you disagree, hate or even YoungZer0 the damn thing, it’s part of being on the web. It’s an ugly part and I do wish it would leave but I’m not going to pretend that I can make that happen.

    The internet is a collection of the best and worst of all of us and if you put yourself out there, you open yourself to both praise and ridicule. If you happen to be attractive, the results can obviously be even worse.

    That is why I don’t care. The more attention you give a thing, the more you feed it.

    #33 12 months ago
  34. Stephany Nunneley

    @33 I think we’ve all seen our fair share of worse – my eyes melted just yesterday over something I saw online :)But aiming something like this at her is undeserved IMO.

    #34 12 months ago
  35. DarkElfa

    @34, Well, like I said, she’s probably long past seen this thing and moved on. I’m sure some friend in the office showed it to her and she went “Meh”, and went about her day.

    I won’t be offended by it, but I will say that it doesn’t belong here. At least the artist had the decency to take it down, too bad his readers don’t have the same decency.

    *edit* After reading up on this apparently Ubisoft threatened to sue the guy so maybe it got to her a little bit more, but still, it’s long over with anyways.

    In the immortal words of Joe Garelli, “you can’t take something off the internet, it’s like trying to take pee out of a pool.”

    #35 12 months ago
  36. DSB

    Never underestimate the power of a semi-attractive woman on a group of nerds.

    Kinda reminds me of playing WoW. If there was a woman around who was known to be better than a 4, she would have a third of the guild trying to do to her what those guys are doing in that comic.

    It was really pretty unbelievable to watch. You’d think it was a stereotype, but it’s stone cold reality.

    #36 12 months ago
  37. YoungZer0

    @32: Go fuck yourself, you rusty cumbucket.

    This is not me White Knight-ing. I’m the last guy to do the White Knight, don’t know how you could’ve missed that. I just don’t understand what’s funny about personally attacking a developer. Especially in this way.

    #37 12 months ago
  38. LoadedBoo

    This is the problem when you got 25-30 year old virgins reading video games websites.

    #38 12 months ago
  39. ApplePieChart

    @34 Please share. I dont mean to go into graphic detail, but come on, go into detail a little.

    @37 Well, then you dont understand humor. BTW, your reaction speaks volume. He calls you a White Knight (you ABSOLUTELY are) and then look at your response. YOU CARE TOO MUCH! This is the internet, horrible things will be said about anyone who is successful in any way. The key is to never let them (anyone) see you angry, because it only makes them troll more voraciously. The Internet. You’re doing it wrong.

    #39 12 months ago
  40. ApplePieChart

    @38 That’s oddly specific. Let me guess, you’re 31 and you got a hand j once. LMAO.

    #40 12 months ago
  41. salarta

    @33: First off, as much as I have grown a dislike toward YoungZer0 (among other comments) for certain exchanges I’ve had with him, trying to turn his username into an exaggerated insult label is asinine. Second, that’s not how the internet nor business works. A person will end up putting themselves out there regardless due to their success. You can’t advance in these sort of careers without putting your name and face out there. Meanwhile, the internet is unforgiving and that is NOT a result of if you put yourself out there. Perfectly ordinary, innocent people have essentially had their lives ruined because of internet mob mentality, people that never wanted anything more than an ordinary job and an ordinary life.

    And even if it did operate on an “If you put yourself out there then you run this risk” attitude, that does NOT mean we should encourage that behavior. It’s the same line of thought that leads to “Well, she wore a sexy bikini, that means she’s asking to be raped.” I understand if you take issue with that given the severity of rape, but that’s on par with what happens with things like that comic. It’s not raping Jade’s body, it’s raping her public image, which in turn could ruin her whole career if it went too far.

    And also, no, Jade didn’t “just go meh” to the comic. I explicitly remember reading at the time that it freaked her out, she actually cried over it. A comic like that might, MIGHT be expected (but I still wouldn’t say encouraged) for someone like Kim Kardashian, but someone like Jade Raymond? No.

    @39: There are definitely things that aren’t worth getting so worked up over. I’m guilty of doing that many times in the past over things that were (and are) ultimately inconsequential. This is not one of those times.

    #41 12 months ago
  42. zinc

    Ah the internet, last place for wretches to express themselves, without need of consequence or responsibility. Just squat out whatever you think & hide behind your username :)

    Won’t last much longer.

    #42 12 months ago
  43. DarkElfa

    “Go fuck yourself, you rusty cumbucket.”

    Nice, real mature. You kiss developer’s asses with that mouth?

    Yes, yes you do.

    #43 12 months ago
  44. ApplePieChart

    @42 It’s always nice to express your hopes and dreams, isn’t it?

    #44 12 months ago
  45. DeVitowned

    Hahaha. I love train wrecks. Let the games…begin! *rubs gravy on himself*

    #45 12 months ago
  46. Cobra951

    Jade has done nothing publicly to deserve that comic (which has been around a while, BTW). I think it was meant as satire on the use her obvious charisma to promote AC, but the artist quickly realized he had gone too far, and withdrew it (too late–internet, you know). It did upset Jade quite a bit, which makes the shame even greater.

    #46 12 months ago
  47. Da Man

    Computer entertainment software customers, the bottom of hardcore.

    #47 12 months ago