Submitted by xtheownerzx 1502d ago | news

Slam Bolt Scrappers: The Strange Rise of Fire Hose Games

“They call me the creative director, but most of the time I just surf the internet and watch Kevin Butler videos.” Eitan Glinert is a lively character with a quick tongue and a big smile, and the self-proclaimed “Fire Chief” of Cambridge-based developer Fire Hose Games. (PS3, Slam Bolt Scrappers, Tag Invalid)

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xtheownerzx  +   1502d ago
These guys love there game and rightfully so!
Cat  +   1502d ago
...And Eitan is a member on N4G, I wonder if I can get him to make an appearance here!
eitanglinert  +   1502d ago | Interesting
I'd say you have a pretty good chance of it Cat.

Something I've actually been kicking around with Cat is the idea of posting the design story behind the game here on N4G - actually getting into the nuts and bolts of each of the early designs for the game that DIDN'T make it, showing video, etc.

Would you guys want to see that? I honestly have no idea if people besides game dev nerds like me would be interested in seeing that.
snoop_dizzle  +   1502d ago
That would actually be pretty interesting!
user9422077  +   1502d ago
Yeah, I'd definitely read that; game design is something I'm intrigued about; go for it.
Syko  +   1502d ago | Well said
Well no way I can speak for all the members of N4G, but I will tell you that for me it is a big Hell Ya I would be interested.

I am always a fan of "behind the scene" type stories and I honestly can't recall many IF ANY stories that covered or discussed early designs that had to be left on the cutting room floor.

Plus a lot of gamers around here could use a bit more insight of what REALLY goes into making a game. IMO, Ha Ha.
Jellzy  +   1502d ago

Just finished installing it and will hopefully get a chance to play it tonight! Just about to pop out to play footy now though... :(

Fortunately there are still gamers out there who are actually interested in the design elements of the games they play, praise and criticise.
Rynx  +   1502d ago
it's out? how much is it? I'm intrigued!
doctorstrange  +   1502d ago | Helpful
Out now
$14.99 - worth every cent
doctorstrange  +   1502d ago
Would love to see all the stuff Eitan, I'm a complete nerd when it comes to those kinda things

Murren  +   1502d ago
I'd love to see that!
Holeran  +   1502d ago
Who on earth was in charge of this game not having online multiplayer? You just killed off at least half of the income potential in not designing it with that. This would of been a huge game for online multiplayer and you would of had a gigantic following with it. Unfortunately you guys are going to miss out on what could of been a cult followed game like Peggle and such.
Holeran  +   1502d ago
At least comment if you are going to disagree with me. This is a natural game for online multiplayer and they left it out for some crazy reason.
eitanglinert  +   1502d ago | Well said
Cool! Sounds like a lot of you would be interested in the design angle - I'll talk to Cat and some other N4Gers and see if I can make it happen. Stay tuned!

@Holeran: Sorry you're disappointed, that was my call. Basically we strongly believe that online multiplayer doesn't make sense for this game - if you want you can read a full article I wrote on the subject here: http://kotaku.com/#!5782200...

Or, if you want the tl;dr version: Online multiplayer can't hold a candle to same room couch play (says I!), and we wanted to focus our efforts around building an awesome "interacting with humans and the game" experience.
Holeran  +   1502d ago
Unfortunately for me I have a wife and kids around me at all times. None of my boys old enough to even get an attachment onto a game like this and a wife that plays nothing but Bejewelled. I don't have enough free time with work to have friends over much so I play games like Peggle online a lot. It just seems to me like this game would work naturally as a online multiplayer with people pitting themselves against random others or friends or even to have a ladder system for people to play in and test themselves out against others. There is so much potential in this kind of play that is left untapped. You could of had couch play and online play as well, I just can't see the reasoning in leaving out the online even after reading the above article you refered me to. I know for a fact I am not the only one who feels this way. IGN for one slammed the game for not having online multiplayer as being criminal in today's age and rated it poorly based alot around that. I think their score is asinine but I do agree a couple points should be dropped because of lack of the feature. If this game had multiplayer with a ladder system I know you would have a great following and reap the rewards from it. Just confused really and heart broken after waiting for this game for as long as I did.
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sobekflakmonkey  +   1502d ago
I'm gonna be honest, I completely agree with Eitan, theres nothing like sitting with your friends on your couch IN PERSON playing video games, its a WAY better experience than online, and I really shouldnt have to explain why, and if you think I do, well then damn...it has to have been a while since you sat down with some friends, cracked a few beers and just played some games.
artsaber  +   1502d ago
I was very pleased
With the video, and it has drawn my interest a great deal. I will definitely support you guys and buy this game on PSN. It is so great to see a team work so hard and achieve something great. Thank you for giving us all a snapshot in the creative process. Fire Hose appears to be a talented group that cares about making great games.
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b_one  +   1502d ago
Damn, I really waited for this game, the idea of ​​this mix is really great, but the graphics are below average - seriously, I'm not a geek for gfx but im disappointed. Next - i have a feeling that something is missing (no, i dont talk about multiplayer)
I did some trial version tests and ekhmn... kind of overpriced

Sorry, first impression failed...
ShadyDevil  +   1502d ago
It truly is a Cinderella story of videogames :). Congrats to Firehose.
eitanglinert  +   1502d ago | Interesting
Alright, we're doing it! I spoke to Cat and this is going to happen. Over the next few days I'm going to go and write about the design process behind the game with a series of posts. It'll show the arc we took, what we kept and cut, and basically how we went from a bunch of clowns who didn't know what they were doing to a bunch of clowns with a game on PSN :)

Thanks for the encouragement, and I'm glad a lot of you are enjoying the game!
HevyD  +   1502d ago | Well said
The fist thing you notice about the Fire Hose staff and their Chief, Eitan is that they love gaming. They love gaming in a house, they love gaming with a mouse.

The second thing you notice, and it's immediately after you notice they love gaming, is that they love THEIR game. Let me tell you something, if all developers loved their games as much as Fire Hose, we'd have no need for heaven.

We'd already be there.
TheTwelve  +   1502d ago
Hmmm. Alright. I'm interested. Downloading demo now.

truegame  +   1502d ago | Well said
You guys at Fire Hose Games have my interest. Will buy it. Looks very interesting and something I can play with my girl.

Support small devs!
Ch1d0r1  +   1501d ago
Im gonna check it out, wasn't on my radar till i checked N4G.

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