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Thread: Looking Glass Studios: The Book?

  1. #1
    The Architect
    Registered: Dec 1998
    Location: Lyon

    Looking Glass Studios: The Book?

    I have a message to relay to you all:

    To all Looking Glass fans everywhere:

    Hi folks. I'm a gaming journalist who's written several articles
    about Looking Glass Studios, Thief, and related subjects in
    recent years, for both gamer and mainstream publications. I'm
    now working on an opportunity that should be of great interest
    to a lot of you, and my friends at TTLG have generously agreed
    to help out with that:

    I am talking with a major tech publisher about writing a book
    on the history of Looking Glass Studios: its rise, its fall, and
    the developers who now carry on in the Looking Glass spirit.
    It'll be in-depth and personality-intensive, but also include a lot
    of technical and creative nitty gritty for industry members and
    gamers, especially regarding LGS's major games like Thief,
    System Shock, and Ultima Underworld. Because Looking
    Glass' fans are such an integral part of their success-- and because
    the Fan Mission developers are doing such amazing things-- I also
    plan to devote a chapter to TTLG, its spinoffs, and the FM

    The trouble is, while the publisher really likes the book proposal,
    they're not sure there's a large enough audience to justify an entire
    book devoted to Looking Glass Studios. (The book would be for
    an imprint primarily catering to the game industry, which somewhat
    narrows its potential audience.)

    That's where you come in: I'm convinced that there must be
    thousands of hardcore LGS fans who aren't necessarily in the
    game industry, but would love to buy and read such a book. And
    I would love your help, to prove that to the publisher. If we can,
    it'll boost our chances of committing the Looking Glass story to
    posterity-- a rare thing, in the notoriously short-attention span
    of the gaming medium. But if computer games ever stand a
    chance of truly becoming the new medium of the 21st century,
    the story of Looking Glass is something that needs to be told.

    So check out the poll to the right, register your vote, and make
    yourself heard! (And send your fellow gamer friends this
    way, too.)

    Many thanks,

    Anonymous Journalist and Dedicated Thief Lover
    There you have it. We need over a thousand votes. If you are not registered in the forum, and want to vote, please do so at TTLG Main and use the website poll.

    Please do not vote more than once, either by using multiple forum identities, voting on the site and the forum, voting on multiple sites (i.e. TTLG & The Circle) or other various and easy-to-do ways of voting more than once. We need a thousand real votes... not a bunch of fake votes.

    Please do tell all your friends, and as many other gaming sites as you can. Spread the word out. Let people know we need votes.

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: uk SE
    Interesting. Any idea of the cost?

  3. #3
    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: under God's grace
    You need votes? Ok, I'll just call the vote-company

    BTW, who dared to vote no? I, of course, voted yes!
    Last edited by Qooper; 16th Sep 2002 at 14:47.

  4. #4
    New Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: Mesa, AZ
    That sounds like a great idea. I'd buy that.

    What I'd really like to see is a nice big coffee table book about the art of Looking Glass Studios, with nice big prints of the artwork used in their games. I guess the book could discuss some of the techniques used in making the art and cutscenes. I'd put that book right in my front room so everyone could see. I'd easily pay 50+ bucks for something like that.

  5. #5
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Konstanz Deutschland

    It's about time :D

    Well, LGS is, sorry, was one off the better game develloper; perhaps the best.
    Since ULTIMA UNDERWORLD2 I love most of their games.
    Great to see the gameing industry is becoming something more mature.
    This little book will be important IMO.
    Regards Dietger

  6. #6
    Registered: Sep 2002 depends on the content, or more specifically the amount of tedious technical jargon I'd have no hope of understanding.

  7. #7
    I'd definitely be drawn towards an art-heavy perspective, but at any rate yes I would buy the book.

  8. #8
    Registered: Jul 1999
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    I would deffinitely buy the book!
    I sure hope we get enough votes!

    I'm really looking foward to the fan section and I hope that I may see some pictures/words from fm authors I know or possibly even from (God be willing) myself!

  9. #9
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The
    Quooper said;
    BTW, who dared to vote no? I, of course, voted yes!
    Digital wants an honest market assessment, not lip service. If you said yes but meant no you aren't helping.

    Perhaps if the book had a more general issue base and appeal, where the LGS situation was the cause celebre but not the only story. I think the FM community is an aspect worthy of considerable examination. I am unaware of any other game that has FM's of the quality, complexity, sophistication and in the numbers the Thief has.


  10. #10
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: USA
    I personally don't think that the section on TTLG would appeal to most gamers.

    Still, a book about LGS would be pretty cool.

  11. #11
    Registered: Feb 2000
    Location: Anywhere but here
    If I promise to buy two copies, can I vote twice?

    Yeah, I'd buy it. They have an interesting history, as far as I know, and it would be nice to hear more about the development cycles os the games. Also, it would be cool if it had a lot of concept artwork. (I want a really large poster of SHODAN)

  12. #12

    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: 100 Rads Bar
    I'd definitely buy it.
    Wenn ist das Nunstrück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! .. Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

  13. #13
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Hong Kong
    I'd love to read a book about LGS. The only thing is, why on earth does the proposed author choose to remain anonymous?

  14. #14
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Louisville, KY area
    its a conspiracy damnit....someone finally came up with a legitimate poll just to get all the people who vowed to never vote, to actually vote...

    i would deffinitely buy it.....

  15. #15
    New Member
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: Middletown, CT
    As a FMer and Thief enthusiast ( the best game ever type), now that you have brought on the idea, I think it sounds really great. I was saddened to hear of the downfall of LGS a couple years ago, and I never understood why, and what went on there. I would also like to know the history of LGS, like you said. Please, I'm sure thousands of people would buy it, seeing how large a fan base there is for Thief!!


  16. #16
    Registered: May 1999
    Location: You are Here
    I always enjoy behind-the-scenes books and it would be nice to flesh-out the personalities who made LGS tick.

    I'm amazed that noone has ever (to my knowledge) done an entire book on a gaming company.

    After all, gaming is apparantly as big as Hollywood now and there're endless books on the big studios.

  17. #17
    Registered: Jun 1999
    Location: San Diego, CA
    I'm not sure that there are enough LGS fans out there to convince a publisher to pony up the cash to do this book. However, Azal brings up a good point about there being no books (that we know of) that chronicle the backstage side of game development. And it is true that PC and console games produce more revenue than Hollywood movies. Clearly, its a big business story.

    So, if the main focus of the book is to peer inside the game development process, given all of its technological, political, creative, and financial aspects, using LGS as one of the primary examples, then there might be a market.

    I recommend widening the scope a bit.

  18. #18
    Registered: Feb 1999
    Location: Finland
    Voted already. Because being interested of in getting in game industry and fan of Looking Glass there is no doubt that I wouldn't buy the book.

    Also, chapter about TTLG and Thief FMs sounds something awesome. It'd be a must to have book for everyone here.

  19. #19
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Black Squadron

    I would purchase if it was a quality book.

  20. #20
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The
    It would have to be an artifact, not just a text book. Like P747 and others said, artwork and impecable printing.

    Perhaps a companion interactive CD or DVD; music, animations, interviews, demonstrations of design and production, FM tutorials, the Complete FM Collection....


  21. #21
    New Member
    Registered: Sep 2002

    But why anonymous?

    LG's games are some of the best games I've ever played, so the prospect of a book about them sounds interesting. I'd certainly /consider/ buying such a book, but I'd want to learn more about what's inside before handing over a fistful of my hard-earned cash.

    To that end, why does this "gaming journalist who's written several articles about Looking Glass Studios, Thief, and related subjects in recent years, for both gamer and mainstream publications" feel the need to be anonymous here? It seems to me that a better strategy would be to use the aforementioned several articles as references to help establish his/her credibility.

  22. #22
    Registered: Dec 2000
    Location: Espoo/Finland
    Ill get it. ( Now i just have to think a way to get it here in FINLAND)

    well there is alweys some e-stores SO GO VOTE FOR IT!!

  23. #23
    Registered: May 2001
    Location: .nl
    I will buy it.

    Me thinks its Digi, but then again he has little time to write a book. But he sure has the knowledge. Now, lets don't go on a witchhunt to find out who it is guys....

  24. #24
    New Member
    Registered: Jan 1999
    Location: Sweden

    Sure, I'll buy it!

  25. #25
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: brisveagas, australia
    thats just plain sex!
    And most of all what really sucks is everything and all of us...
    member, ca$hb0x n3tw3rk

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