Bulletstorm Dev Explains the Art of the Exploding Red Barrel

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mindlesspuppet:
Silly developers. Barrel color doesn't matter. Quake 2 had gray barrels, we all expected them to explode.

Simple rule: Barrels explode, crates don't.

In fact, Quake 2 also had explosive crates.

mjc0961:

teh_Canape:

Fronzel:
Doom had green barrels.

Doom only had green barrels

Doom had silver barrels...

!

My memories are a lie!

I don't know which way is up anymore!

SupahGamuh:

mindlesspuppet:
Silly developers. Barrel color doesn't matter. Quake 2 had gray barrels, we all expected them to explode.

Simple rule: Barrels explode, crates don't.

In fact, Quake 2 also had explosive crates.

You're right, the dark gray ones with yellow trim (iirc), completely forgot.

Well damn.... what the hell doesn't explode then.

mindlesspuppet:

SupahGamuh:

mindlesspuppet:
Silly developers. Barrel color doesn't matter. Quake 2 had gray barrels, we all expected them to explode.

Simple rule: Barrels explode, crates don't.

In fact, Quake 2 also had explosive crates.

You're right, the dark gray ones with yellow trim (iirc), completely forgot.

Well damn.... what the hell doesn't explode then.

Brown barrels. The brown barrels in Half-Life 2 just bounce off what you throw them at, because they're filled with... poo?

But to address the topic, it's a wheel that wouldn't be appriciated if it were re-invented. Split/Second had the red barrels explode (more violently); it's what you expect.

teh_Canape:

mjc0961:
words and shit

you're right, but...

can't I play smartass at least once? =P

but yeah, I always noticed the green thing on them, rather than the actual barrels, for some reason

Well it's a bit hard to tell if you're just playing smartass or not. Plus I've played Doom so much that my brain instantly goes "THAT'S NOT RIGHT" and feels the need to get things correct. :p

Sure other games have other exploding thingy's with other colors.
But If i check the vid's of Bulletstorm I see a very very fast paced action game.
If they make the barrels green I would probably miss half of them purely because I didn't get a good look.

All the games you guys mention are much slower paced.

Kojiro ftt:
"We made a stab at trying something different, instead of going with the cliché."

The ironic thing here is that we're talking about exploding barrels, itself a video game cliche (one of the oldest). If they really wanted to try something different, they would have barrels that don't explode. Or, heaven forbid, no barrels at all.

Fortunately they don't want to try something new, they just want to distill blowing stuff up and shooting people into it's purest form, and I salute them!

mjc0961:
Well it's a bit hard to tell if you're just playing smartass or not. Plus I've played Doom so much that my brain instantly goes "THAT'S NOT RIGHT" and feels the need to get things correct. :p

I know, I was actually trying to play smartass while trying to sound serious, usually known as "trolling", but I'm not really fond of that word XD

and yeah, I know the feeling you're saying, which made to me a bit difficult my first time on Doom 3

yet I loved the fuck out of it ^-^

I'm getting tired of explosive red cylinders, how about implosive blue square-based-pyramids?

Anyway, my mind is programmed to: Red = Shoot, Green = Don't Shoot. Asking for more original colouring on explosive barrels is like asking for traffic lights in different colours and orders.

Bob_F_It:

mindlesspuppet:

SupahGamuh:

In fact, Quake 2 also had explosive crates.

You're right, the dark gray ones with yellow trim (iirc), completely forgot.

Well damn.... what the hell doesn't explode then.

Brown barrels. The brown barrels in Half-Life 2 just bounce off what you throw them at, because they're filled with... poo?

But to address the topic, it's a wheel that wouldn't be appriciated if it were re-invented. Split/Second had the red barrels explode (more violently); it's what you expect.

Ugh... I HATED those barrels in HL2, they forced you to use them for all those lame ass physics "puzzles", and they'd be bouncing all over the place. Hated that damn game, gah.

I dont now if this is because of unorginality if they're really serious, but either way this is funny as hell.

Wieke:
Not only do the explode, the red ones go faster as well.

But da Blue Onez are da lucky Boyz.

Fronzel:
Doom had green barrels.

Oh shit.

You just broke BulletStorm.

They all look stupid now.

teebeeohh:
don't use exploding barrels, make EVERYTHING explosive

Like GoldenEye 007 and the exploding office chairs/desks/wooden boxes/lamps/books/everything?

You know, I never ever see these red barrels in real life, but they're everywhere in games.

King_Julian:
That article is all bs. red barrels are red because red a colour associated with DANGER!

Why make a barrel any other colour?

And another thing i dont get is that people ignored the green barrels? That has to be lies because if i was playing a new game and i saw a barrel that was green id be like wow i wonder what happens if i shoot it!

Honestly, while playing Borderlands it took a little while to consciously notice that the barrels, especially the non-red ones, did anything. It was only when one of my exploding guns inevitably hit one.

I think part of it is that even a red barrel can be inconspicuous if it's just a plain, HL2-style barrel with a paintjob. A fire symbol or an exclamation mark makes it far more obvious.

This whole game is about pulling off cool shooter combos. To the people who say put no barrels, that would be dumb. Adding 1 extra thing to a game like this actually makes a string of different combos, your idea of removing them makes the game worse.

well I know my eyes, in a very fast based game, would definitely look at the red barrels FIRST

Bulletstorm it seems has faster paced combat compared to Borderlands

therandombear:
Crash Bandicoot games had green crates that exploded...granted red were tnt and green were nitro, but still.

So why not add both, red for tnt explosion and green for nitro explosion? xD

This. I find it kinda ironic that ten years after I last played Crash, the world has arbitrarily decided that it's no longer proper for green to mean "detonate on contact and red to mean "countdown." >.>

teebeeohh:
don't use exploding barrels, make EVERYTHING explosive

This sounds like a great idea to me. Explosive potted plants FTW.

Has no one raised the question of the contents of these red explosive barrels yet?

What's in them? Why do they explode? That's more important then the colour IMO.

Fronzel:
Doom had green barrels.

Properly because everything else was red.

Soviet Heavy:

Wieke:
Not only do the explode, the red ones go faster as well.

But da Blue Onez are da lucky Boyz.

But gren is bigezt an strongezt!

mindlesspuppet:
Silly developers. Barrel color doesn't matter. Quake 2 had gray barrels, we all expected them to explode.

Simple rule: Barrels explode, crates don't.

Except for the ones that do. *cough*Deus Ex*cough*

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