Epic Games Wants to Get You Drunk

Epic Games Wants to Get You Drunk

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Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney celebrates his induction to the Gaming Hall of Fame with an "Epic" bottle of wine.

If you need a good reason to visit Las Vegas, then look no further then the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which celebrates the year's best in games and design. This year, Epic Games' own Tim Sweeney will be honored for his contributions and inducted into the Academy of Interactive Art and Sciences' Hall of Fame, joining other famous game designers and developers like Sid Meier, John Carmack and Shigeru Miyamoto.

To celebrate Sweeney's induction, Epic Games has sent out several very nifty custom branded bottles of red wine. Each bottle sports Epic's 20th Anniversary logo and details on the post-party shenanigans planned for after Sweeney's induction ceremony is over.

Sweeney has been designing and programming games since a young age, releasing his first commercial title ZZT, a text-based puzzler, in 1991. Forming Epic MegaGames (as Epic was originally called) at the age of 21, Sweeney has produced several classic DOS games like Jazz Jackrabbit and Jill of the Jungle, before venturing into 3D in 1998 with notable first-person shooter Unreal.

The AIAS was originally founded in 1996, and is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing videogame entertainment. It currently hosts the yearly DICE Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada for industry professionals to gather and discuss the latest business trends and innovations in the game industry, along with the Interactive Achievement Awards.

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Its nice to see game designers getting the recognition they deserve.

Bah. Misleading title and uninteresting story.

Monkeyman O'Brien:
Bah. Misleading title and uninteresting story.

Agreed. I am curious about whether that after party is invitation only.

"Do you have your invitation, sir?"

*Pulls out bottle of liquor*

"Very good sir."

Just like college, a bottle of booze will get you into a lot of places.

Epic Games want me to get drunk? Seems as good a reason as any.

Anyone know where I can get some Rakia in London?

It would have been funnier if it was for their 21st anniversary.
I think it'd be cool if they had a friday night drinking game party thing on the Gears servers. Then Epic would really be trying to get people drunk--then knowing publishers they'd probably try to get you to buy DLC.

... and here I was thinking Epic was giving away the booze. Maybe that would have soothed the pain from them never doing more with Solar Winds... which incidently was not even mentioned. Jazz Jackrabbit is mentioned, but Solar Winds isn't? Cripes... what horrible taste people seem to have.

An Epic Bottle of wine? Does that mean it tastes awful now because it lost it's flavour 10 years ago?

They want to get us drunk? Does that mean they're going to release another shitty Unreal Tournament game again?

Epic is... weird these last several years. They seem to think they're the Hottest Shit Evar, and yeah their games were good in the 90s and early 2000s, but once UT3 hit, or perhaps before that with (flame shield up) GOW, I just get the impression that they forgot what makes a game fun and interesting, and are focusing on this other stuff that they think is cool but really isn't.

I think they need to focus a little less on how awesome they think they are, or how well they think they know the industry, and start making genuinely fun games again without making statements that force a Flat What from the people reading the resulting news articles.

Therumancer:
... and here I was thinking Epic was giving away the booze. Maybe that would have soothed the pain from them never doing more with Solar Winds... which incidently was not even mentioned. Jazz Jackrabbit is mentioned, but Solar Winds isn't? Cripes... what horrible taste people seem to have.

I definitely remember playing Solar Winds along with Xargon back in the day. Epic produced some pretty great, unique titles in its early years.

 

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