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An interview with The Final Station developers

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Q: Can you tell us something about yourself?
A: My name is Oleg, for 10 years I have worked as a web designer, and 6 of them I tried to get into the gaming industry. This time it seems it worked.

Q: You are not creating games by yourself, what can you tell us about the team at “Do My Best, Games”?
A: “Do My Best” is just a name for me and my friend Andrey Rumak, it’s only two of us. But of course we are also working with several freelancers (sound, music, promo art).

Q: You are getting published by tinyBuild, but is having a publisher worth it?
A: I can tell, that if we didn’t get the publisher, our game would never have been finished. So yeah:)

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Q: As I can understand, The Final Station is a hybrid of two genres, train simulator and 2D platformer. Can you tell more about it? (I will more than likely add some follow up questions based your answers)
A: Yeah, our hero moves through the world by train, and from time to time he stops at stations. So stations are a large levels (villages, towns, factories) where the hero fights with enemies, looking for supplies and survivors. And when he is in his way to the next station, he needs to control train, configure reactors and of course he has to take care of passengers (heal and feed them).

Q: So you have chosen a post-apocalyptic setting with “zombies”, aren’t you afraid that this genre is a bit crowded and you might have a hard time to differentiate yourself?
A: We’re trying to go away from the word “zombie” a little, but actually I’m ok with it, for me main thing that a game was good.


Q: There is one potentially controversial question I would like to ask. Based on the trailer, all survivors seems to be white, are you going to include a more diverse cast in your game?
A: —

Q:You might know that our readers are gamers, but they are also Linux users. So they would probably like to know, what is your motivation to port your game to Linux?
A: It’s quite simple, Unity supports export for Linux and Mac, so it didn’t take much time to make it. Also the more people playing our game, the better for us:)

Q: Do you anticipate any problems that may occur during the porting process?
A: I don’t think there will be any big problems, but if they will, I will be glad of any help from Linux community. Thanks!

Q: Will you release your game with day one Linux support or will be there a some delay before the Linux version will be shipped?
A: Right now I can’t tell you, sorry, but I wish it will be day one support.

Q: In the past publishers weren’t interested in Linux ports, so how did you manage to convince tinyBuild of this idea?
A: Their last project Punch Club included the Linux and Mac ports, as well as many previous games. I believe this is a common thing to get additional part of the audience. I can’t imagine any publisher saying something like “No! Anything but Linux!”.

Q: Do you think that Steam support (Steam Machines and Desktop) has helped Linux gain more acceptance as a gaming platform?
A: I think yes, but unfortunately I'm not expert in this theme.

Q: Will The Final Station support the Steam Controller and/or other gamepads?
A: Right now we’re testing the gamepad control, so I think Steam Controller will work as well.



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WorMzy 16 March 2016 at 11:44 pm UTC
QuoteQ: There is one potentially controversial question I would like to ask. Based on the trailer, all survivors seems to be white, are you going to include a more diverse cast in your game?
A: —

Is there an explanation to go with this answer? Did they just ignore the question?
ricki42 17 March 2016 at 12:00 am UTC
I'm not sure I understand: have they actually tested the game on Linux? They say "it didn’t take much time to make it", which sounds like it's already running. But then they say they don't know if there will be problems, which sounds like they haven't even tested it.

WorMzyIs there an explanation to go with this answer? Did they just ignore the question?
I'm curious about this as well.
Mountain Man 17 March 2016 at 2:25 am UTC
WorMzy
QuoteQ: There is one potentially controversial question I would like to ask. Based on the trailer, all survivors seems to be white, are you going to include a more diverse cast in your game?
A: —
Is there an explanation to go with this answer? Did they just ignore the question?
My respect for the developer actually went up a notch when I saw that because, to be frank, it was a stupid question and deserved to be ignored. I mean, seriously, why would you even think to ask a question like that? Who really cares if all the sprites in the game have tan colored faces?
Pozzuoli 17 March 2016 at 2:36 am UTC
Mountain ManWho really cares if all the sprites in the game have tan colored faces?
People that aren't white?
Nyamiou 17 March 2016 at 2:57 am UTC
Pozzuoli
Mountain ManWho really cares if all the sprites in the game have tan colored faces?
People that aren't white?
I'm sure 3D people are sad too not to be included in this dimensionalist 2D-only title. This is clearly an outrage.
linuxgamer81 17 March 2016 at 7:10 am UTC
Now I hope the developer chose to ignore the question based on scientific information and education, and not because he is a "racist". Do My Best Games could have avoided this all together by simply including our superficial diversity based on people with ancestors from sunny regions who have darker skin than people with ancestors from regions with less sunlight. Skin color is determined by the amount and type of the pigment melanin in the skin. So it would have been the right thing to portray humans in all their colors, sizes and shapes.

As a scientist and educator I have been combating the delusional concept of race my whole life. Despite notions to the contrary, there is only one human race. Our single race is independent of artificial geographic origin, ethnicity, culture, color of skin or shape of eyes, we all share a single phenotype, the same or similar observable anatomical features and behavior. Our publicly available research highlights these similarities in our embryonic development, physiology (our organ-based systems), biochemistry (our metabolites and reactions), and more recently, genomics (our genetic makeup). As an evolutionary biologist and partial geneticist, this last one is indeed the most important to me, data shows that the DNA of any two human beings is 99.9 percent identical, and we all share the same set of genes, scientifically validating the existence of a single biological human race and one origin for all human beings. In short, we are all brothers and sister, if people like it or not.

And it is indeed our artificial history, not science, that reveals how the concept of different human "races" arose, how the term has become widely used, and how it continues to pervade our planet. In fact, the word "race" has come to symbolize the division of humanity into segments, divisions that lead to conflicts. Over centuries, people have used the word to divide themselves into black, white, yellow, red, and other distinctions in order to fulfill selfish goals and objectives. Whether those goals were to subjugate various groups of humans, deem them inferior or simply discriminate against them, the reality is that billions of people have been directly affected as a result of the use of the word and notion of "race" itself. The end result, in its extreme form, has led to a plethora of existential crises such as segregation, slavery, violence, wars and genocides. One classic example is the dehumanization of millions of Jewish people by Germany and other European nations during the 1930s and 40s, and the colonization and slavery of Africans by European and North American nations is another.

It is sad, that after all these years where science has clearly disproven the existence of many artificial and delusional human concepts, race being one of them. That people still even believe in and use it on daily bases. The continual use of the word "race", predominantly by the media and politicians (whenever there is a human created crises due to political self-interest and competition for resources) perpetuate the myth of multiple human races and further polarizes our rather primitive and outdated society, this is not a 21st century phenomenon but has been plaguing humanity for thousands of years.

We must not allow the media, politicians or uneducated humans in general to hijack this issue and continue to use the word. We must hold them accountable and demand that they stop using it, especially for sensationalistic and factually false reporting. It is simply irresponsible and feeds into the hands of those that espouse discriminatory and unscientific ideas about the single human race. "Society" can certainly protect the rights of minorities without invoking the word "race"! And educate our children, that we all are the same despite our superficial differences!
sonic 17 March 2016 at 7:56 am UTC
I also noticed that there are no cripples

Silly question TBH

Edit: except this one question it is good interview, thank you


Last edited by sonic at 17 March 2016 at 9:21 am UTC
norsetto 17 March 2016 at 8:06 am UTC
They also seem to be lacking cats, the outrage!
ricki42 17 March 2016 at 11:48 am UTC
Mountain ManMy respect for the developer actually went up a notch when I saw that because, to be frank, it was a stupid question and deserved to be ignored. I mean, seriously, why would you even think to ask a question like that? Who really cares if all the sprites in the game have tan colored faces?

Why was it stupid? The devs can put whatever they want into their games, and critics / interviewers / journalists can criticise and critique whatever part of it they want. You could ask why they chose a green colour palette for the environments, and you can ask why they chose all white for the people. Doesn't mean that all-green colour palettes shouldn't exist, or that all games must have a statistically realistic representation of every human skin colour. They could easily have said something like "this is what everyone here looks like, and we modeled the population based on our town." (which is probably more or less the case) or "We haven't thought about it." (which I supect is also quite likely) or "It's just what we wanted to do."
I very much believe critics should be allowed to question whichever aspect of the game they want, even if you personally deem it irrelevant, it may be relevant to others (like the person doing the interview), and nothing should be beyond criticism.

NyamiouI'm sure 3D people are sad too not to be included in this dimensionalist 2D-only title. This is clearly an outrage.

By that reasoning the Mona Lisa is just a 2D blob of colour rather than the portrait of a 3D person.
The people in the game clearly represent real people - probably not each a specific person, but artistic representations of people like you'd meet in real life. Just like the train is an artistic representation of real world trains. Saying they aren't real and 2D is really a complete non sequitur. But I suspect you already know that, or you'd have a hard time reading comics.


sonicI also noticed that there are no cripples
norsettoThey also seem to be lacking cats, the outrage!

TIL that being non-white is analogous to being a cripple or a cat. Wow. I barely finished breakfast, and I'm already done with the internet for today.
ungutknut 17 March 2016 at 11:50 am UTC
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Nice interview, that game sounds actually pretty interesting - but the PC-question was kind of unnecessary. Like someone is automatically a racist just because he doesn't include the token black guy. One could take this as an imputation - especially people condemning racism.

QuoteTIL that being non-white is analogous to being a cripple or a cat. Wow.
You're aware that this was satiric, right?


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