~ March 2009 ~
Joel Cull is a young fan who enjoys
my games all the way from Australia!
Here he puts a few questions to me on behalf of his overlooked countrymen...
Tell me, when making
The You Testament did you ever think your
religious players would be a bit offended
about the whole game? Mainly the idea to KILL JESUS
I knew people would have their own opinions about what I was up to, but my
conscience is clear. The You Testament was a sincere attempt to make religious
ideas easier to understand, and I believe I did the best job I could possibly
do within the confines of a game. The worst any Christian has had to say about
it is that they don't "recognize" my portrayal of Jesus, which is a shame
because you'd be surprised how close to the truth it is. Jesus knew how life
worked and used that knowledge to become more than the average person. If
people don't respect that, I'm not sure what they do respect! As for his
suffering, persecution from a misunderstanding world is key to all religions.
His gallant death is the backbone of the story...
wrestling games, did
you ever think about women
fighting men?! Wasnít that the reason
WWE got kicked off Spike?
That never really occurred to me since it's a game about a theatrical
sport. I see wrestling as more of a "contest" than an ill-tempered fight to
the death. Far from being misogynistic, you could argue that I'm flattering
them by putting them in the same league as the men! I didn't see much
difference between the sexes and gave all characters the same chance to
Have you ever been approached from a major company to buy out any of your
I almost released Hard Time through a subsidiary of THQ, and was looking
forward to developing my wrestling brand with them, but they felt it was a
conflict of interests. At the end of the day, major publishers were never
really comfortable with my work because it was so unconventional. People
didn't even have faith in my wrestling concepts, which was why I had to
publish them myself back in 2003...
Have you ever thought of maybe joining a mod community such as the
Mall or Encore Mall?
I'm not sure the guy that makes the games in question has anything to
offer a "mod" community! Everything I have to offer is up there on screen.
People can edit the games if they like, but I made them the way they are for a
Have you ever used any of the
better mods like the Encore 3D pack or
the TCW series?
I've seen some of them, but I don't think my games are meant to be THAT
polished. I liked to keep things simple and versatile, and worked hard to
ensure that any character could wear any costume. I understand these mods
dedicate entire costumes to each character and leave very little room to
breathe. They're obviously good for people that crave better visuals though...
When did you get the idea to make your games a cartoon
It wasn't a conscious decision! I just knew there were limits to my
artistic skills and decided to hide the flaws in a simple graphical style. I
quite like that bright look anyway. It reminds me of WWF No Mercy on the
which I was always trying to emulate...
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