Tuesday, 6 April 2010

[Interview] Adam from Ubi talks Games. Plus a Round-up of Todays Event.

First off, for anyone reading this who passed through the Market Centre in Crewe today and donated cash to Children's Hospice UK (by ether random donation, playing Just Dance or generally choosing an Ubisoft item) thank you!! You helped to raise £45 for charity, which isn't bad at all for a couple of hours!

GAME Crewe will be doing future events to raise even more cash for Children's Hospice, and has donation boxes out all day everyday, so feel free to drop in and donate at anytime! All 3 of the POS standees (Assassins Creed 2, Avatar and Splinter Cell: Conviction) we had on offer today will still be on offer for a £3.50 deposit until we run out, just pop in and ask!

Adam Bhatti, the representative from Ubisoft who donated his time today to help us raise cash by demoing Just Dance and bringing along a lot of the Ubisoft goodies took time out to answer some questions for Gamepad. Here's what he had to say...

We've obviously just spent a good part of the day demoing Ubisoft Wii titles, but do you actually prefer 'motion based' gaming? Or do you see yourself as a more traditional 'controller' sort of gamer?

As an individual, and as a company, our focus has changed this past year. What started off a fruitful platform has saturated a little, so money isn't made with 'waggle' products as much as it has been.

Q: Digitally downloading full games are being tipped to be the main stream way of accessing titles in the coming few years.
Does this personally mean any difference to you? Would you be all for downloading new releases, or do you prefer 'boxed' products and see boxed products being around for sometime to come?

A: Personally I adore the ownership feeling of having a boxed product. Mind you, only just got into using iTunes recently, so maybe I'm all old and grumpy! Things like Steam look great, but PC is PC.

Q: Are games being aimed too much at casual gaming (Facebook/Farmville, motion controls being two examples) or do you feel that their is still a good balance with harder, more in-depth titles suited to more hardcore gamers?

A: They were, but the industry has become more balanced again with a refocus on hardcore titles. The new motion controller accessories heading to Xbox and PS3 later in the year (Natal and the Playstation Move) will continue to strengthen the balance between casual and hardcore gaming, thanks to them both being accessories for more traditional hardcore platforms, instead of being a necessity.

Q: What would you say is your favourite classic game? And what are you currently playing at the moment?

A: Classic game...has to be anything Mario! Currently really into Heavy Rain on the PS3.

Q: Which big titles can we most look forward to from Ubisoft this year?

A: The new Assassins Creed, and don't under estimate Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, with budgets that match a certain Call of Duty...

Thank you very much for you time Adam!!

So all and all, a top day, and again a big thanks to Adam, and Ubisoft for helping us raise cash for charity!

Just to note, the answers to the interview questions were given based on a personal opinion and not of Ubisoft as a company.

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