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Looking Glass Studios Interview Series - Audio Podcast 6 - Greg LoPiccolo
Part 6 of a continuing series, where I interview members of the now-defunct but highly influential Looking Glass Studios (1990-2000), which wrote the book on 3D first-person narrative game design throughout the 90s, in such games as Ultima Underworld, System Shock, and Thief.

Next up: Greg LoPiccolo. Greg has risen to impressive heights as the vice president of product development at Harmonix, makers of world famous games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but he got his start at Looking Glass back in the 90s. Coming from the music industry (he was bass guitarist in the Boston-based rock band Tribe) he started out as music/sound designer on System Shock, eventually becoming project lead on Thief 1. I talk with Greg about his roots in the music business, how he adapted to the culture of video games and software design, and how that has affected his approach to game development overall.

If you ever wanted to know how SHODAN's voice came about, be sure to give it a listen!

Download the podcast here.


On July 17, 2011 at 11:10 PM, soupfaace Author Profile Page said:

Any chance you could share links to the music mentioned in this episode of the podcast?


Here is a link to a youtube video of the Level 1 music in System Shock.

On July 28, 2011 at 12:53 AM, soupfaace Author Profile Page said:

Okay, but I had hoped to have links to the remixed (remastered?) versions of the System Shock music made by some fan, the stuff that was once on the band's website.


Here they are. I've just cut-n-pasted the youtube links Greg sent me after we recorded the podcast.

On July 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM, soupfaace Author Profile Page said:

Thanks for… Wait… uh… well, okay. They all seem to take me to the same midis of the game music. Maybe I should listen to the interview one more time, but with a browser window open so I can STFW.



I want to experience Thief with the A3D sound card! Wow. That sounds cool. Totally my favorite games ever made, if I had to choose. :)

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