Rick and Morty co-creator begins work on VR game with Stanley Parable veteran William Pugh | PCGamesN

Rick and Morty co-creator begins work on VR game with Stanley Parable veteran William Pugh

The Stanley Parable

I’ve met The Stanley Parable level designer William Pugh, once, to chat and play a secret project I’m still (as far as I’m aware) unable to tell anyone about. What’s unavoidable about him is his humour: rapid-fire and layered in the same irony you’ll find in his games. It doesn’t come as a huge surprise to learn that he gets along with Justin Roiland, co-creator and voice of both Rick and Morty.

The pair are planning a VR project for which Roiland has “never - and I don’t say this lightly - been more energized, enthusiastic, excited, and motivated about anything in my entire life. And that includes my TV show stuff.”

“Nothing compares to my excitement for this new medium,” he told PC Gamer. “And I want in, and I want to create experiences I can play, and I want to play experiences other people create, and I want to transport people to other worlds.”

Roiland will take on a creative-director-type role that allows him to continue working on both Rick and Morty and a new show pitch for Fox - leaving the business of engineering, programming and the rest to his collaborators.

“Justin is like a beautiful but naughty child who needs to be taught what is what and what life is,” says Pugh in a characteristic email. “And I’m the parental figure he so desperately craves.”

Expect the colourful characters, bright worlds and science fiction of Roiland’s continuity-agonistic tales on Adult Swim. He says whatever he makes is likely to incorporate NPCs and talented voice actors.

Apparently Roiland first tried the HTC Vive at Valve’s offices around the time of the Dota 2 Rick and Morty announcer pack. Have any of you lot downloaded that?

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EngineerDogIta(8 hours played)
2 Years ago

i cant wait to see what it's going to be

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2 Years ago

I never know quite how to feel about that show. It's so carefree in how it pushes into the more visceral aspects of human nature for the yuks that I feel that I'd have to have a finely tuned, purring Schadenfreude Engine to truly enjoy the goings on.

I can respect it and I'm able to grok why others find it funny. I, on the other hand, always find it overly depressing and sombre. I've enough of my own troubles without carrying Rick's burdens. Which is something I tend to do with characters I like because my bloody empathy and guilt are overdeveloped and never shut up. Ever. Ever.

That kind of thing makes you a bleeding heart, you know? Not quite sure what I can do about it. Not sure that I should do anything about it.

I'm of the Paarthurnax philosophy (one shared by schools of thought dating back to the dawn of civilisation, but this is the most recent retelling thereof and the one most kids will be familiar with), that one is born into the evil of their primal nature and that there's little difference in the end result between stupidity and evil.

Thus one has to rely on higher functions to utilise abstract notions like empathy to their very best. My partner also does this and serves as a constant inspiration. It's quite the thing to have someone you look up to so very much so invested in you. To have that want to be more like someone else because they exemplify the you you want to be more than the you you are.

And my guilt is an overbearing, domineering beast that won't ever rest, that won't ever sleep. Should I be reminded of my own slip-ups, I likely won't be able to sleep for a bit. And that's the kind of mindset the show puts me in, bizarrely; One where I can't stop over-analysing myself and my wrongdoings.

I end up sympathising with Rick. Though I'm bloody certain I've not committed wrongs on the multiversal scale that Rick has, I do end up understanding how he feels a little too well.

So it's not a show for me!

Definitely one for the younger, though, and their hip, sarcastic, dark leanings. More power to them. I'll stick to Steven Universe.