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May 3rd 2017 by ArkaneStudios • 15 Questions • 94 Points
UPDATE: Well that's a wrap on Day 1 of CF Awareness month. Thank you all for the wonderful questions - I am always impressed by them! You can always contact me elsewhere on the interwebs with questions. I am always happy to talk. :)
I did an AMA to kick off Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month last year and the response blew my mind! I decided that this would be the way that I would kick of CF Awareness month every year. Each year, I will have a new year's worth of experience and hope to continue to raise awareness so that we can cure this disease! One of my biggest beliefs is that the best way to spread awareness is by simply sharing your life and experiences.
"Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time." - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
However, Cystic Fibrosis also affects other areas of the body. The other major one being the digestive system.
I began blogging a few years ago, which developed my love of writing and advocating for Cystic Fibrosis. As my blog grew, I had more and more people asking for updates on my health. That's when I began vlogging on YouTube. I am still trying to find a balance between it all, but they are all passions I hope to continue!
Here is my proof and links: Proof
My friend who has the disease used to have a fairly grueling physical training regimen. His father used to cup his hand and hit him in the back to help break up some of the mucas inside. I guess my question is whether or not there has been progress in that respect? Or if that type of physical therapy is still required? It was always hard to listen to when we would hang out. I felt bad that he had to go through it so often. But hey he's still alive and doing very well for himself so I guess it must have helped.
(Susan) Maybe. Probably not. You should check that coffee cup.
Excellent question!!! Yes, there has been advancement. There are many airway clearance devices nowadays. The most popular machine being "The Vest"... which I am currently doing. :) It is a machine that has a vest attachment that puffs up and vibrates to break up mucus. There are also other machines (that can vary as to where you live) and hand-held machines too. Manual PT (what you described in your comment) is still an effect therapy for airway clearance. My partner is actually learning to perform manual PT for me as soon as his schedule clears up because The Vest alone is just not as effective as it used to be.
Which department ordered the most pizza and what are your favorite toppings?
Thanks, so it can progress to pneumonia, if you don't stay on top of treatments?
Yes! It can still lead to pneumonia even if we are diligent with our treatments too. The treatments are preventative care, but it's not perfect. The lungs also get scarred from chronic lung infections.
Hey team, were any of you ever spooked by the Mimics during testing?
What has changed to most for you since last year's AMA?
(Emanuel) I keep a drawer at my desk stocked with clean underpants.
I LOVE your question! A LOT has changed, actually. My baseline (which is what we call our normal) has had quite a drop and I am in the middle of re-adjusting my lifestyle to fit it. I have an official college degree now (I was 2 weeks away from getting it last time I did this AMA) and am working full-time in my field. That has been another adventure in itself. I am also transitioning in "full" adulthood, which to me means having my own insurance and being 100% responsible for my health care. Those are just the big things.
Hey! Prey looks fantastic and I can't wait to play it Friday! Prey has some homages to other games such as Bioshock, System Shock 2 and Half Life 2. What are some other works of fiction you drew inspiration from?
I'm training to be a respiratory therapist. I admire your AMA and love that you spread awareness with such charisma. My question is "what can I do, as I prepare to be in a field working with CF patients, to be the absolute best for you ? What makes you happiest if you are in a situation that would have us meet?"
[Ricardo Bare] Hey Notkade. Some of us read some classic works like the novel Solaris, or the some of Robert Heinlein’s stories, like The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. But, I’d add that a TON of inspiration came from actual science and history.
LEARN TO PLAY MARIOKART!!! Haha. I know that seems like a silly answer, but my favorite hospital memories are playing MarioKart with my RTs. CF patients deal with a lot of medical people, so the ones that treat them like friends rather than a patients are gold.
Got three questions about Prey for you guys:
-Will objects permanently stay where they are placed, whether it be on the ground or stashed in a cabinet?
-If you go through a loading zone, will enemies respawn in previously cleared out areas?
-Is it possible to explore everything without any alien powers, or do you at least need Mimic?
Understandable if you can't get to all/any of them. Looking forward to the game!
How often are you on Reddit and what are your favorite subreddits?
(Susan) 1. Yes, if you stash something, it will remain in place. There are some good spots in your office to place things...
Sometimes. It depends on what is happening on the station and how long you've been gone.
You should be able to go everywhere without using alien powers. It won't be EASY to go everywhere, but afaik, it is possible.
This question has a funny story to go with it. My first time really using Reddit was for my AMA last year. Then I got on the front page -- my partner is an avid Reddit user and has never been on the front page... so we giggle about that all the time. I go on Reddit about once a week, I would guess. I frequent the /r/CysticFibrosis subreddit, although since we started a Discord I have been on less often. Otherwise I really like /r/aww, /r/funny, /r/mildlyinteresting, and /r/showerthoughts.
First of all, thank you for all these years of amazing games, rocking in my case since Dark Messiah of M&M.
What do you do to think about those virtual boundaries we have regarding interaction? I've seen some really weird ideas (Like the toy gun with the computer) that I could not come up with. How do you get those ideas?
Also, how do you feel regarding the "Prey" name? Probably this is more a Bethesda itself related question, but I would like to know how do you feel when using that name regarding expectations from people who played the last one, the cancellation of the sequel and so.
Pd: Just want to put it clear that this is not a "Hate message regarding the use of the trademark"
[Ricardo Bare] Believe it or not a lot of our best ideas come from dealing with constraints. Sure, you can come of with some interesting things if someone hands you a blank piece of paper, but 9 times out of 10 you'll come up with something MORE interesting if you have constraints and resource limitations. (Smart creatives put constraints on themselves even when there are none).
It felt like for ages the immersive sim was dead, and now there's been this big resurgence with games like Dishonored and Prey and future games like Underworld Ascendant and System Shock 3. Even games that were quite traditional now have experimental systems interacting with eachother like the new Zelda. What do you credit this to? Do you think gamers are just more receptive to this kind of game now? Does Arkane feel vindicated having championed this genre for so long?
(Eric) We love the Immersive Sim genre here, and we are lucky enough to be developers that make games that we want to play. It's exciting to see that so many others love it as well, and I hope to see more games!
would you consider Prey as more of a thriller game or an adventure game?
[Ricardo Bare] Both!
Was Cedric Peyravernay chosen to do concept art based off of the work he did on dishonored?
(Jessie) Cedric is great to work with. He definitely understands our artistic values since he's worked with Arkane for so long. He made a really great contribution to the look development of our characters in particular. Fred Augis was another artist who did several key pieces for us as well.
Will there be an FOV slider in the PC release? I played the demo on PS4 and not being able to fix the FOV kinda ruined my enjoyment of the game a bit because I wasn't able to aim properly, keep track of enemies that dart around, and having everything right up in your face is kinda off putting.
For instance, when you first meet Alex in person, you have to step up to him to initiate a conversation. I got close enough to him where the UI popped up with his name and I tried pressing buttons to talk to him but I realized I wasn't close enough. You pretty much have to kiss the man in order for the conversation to activate and I just felt it was a bit strange to have to get so close.
Anyway, my point is that being able to push the camera back a bit would make it a much better experience for me so I was just curious if there might be plans for a slider or not. Cheers :3
(Susan) At launch, FOV can be adjusted via config file (unsupported feature) and we’re working on implementing it with a full slider post-launch.
Fun fact unrelated fact - but related to PC settings: We will have ultra widescreen support at 21:9 for launch.
Each individual person has a role in developing the games that you guys put out there for us, what are some personal fears you guys have about showing off your games to the public?
[Ricardo Bare] I think any creative person can relate to that tornado-like mix of anxiety and giddy excitement (and maybe sometimes abject terror) at finally showing someone what you've been working on for the last X years. If I could summarize mine it would be something like: I'm really proud of the game we made. It's the kind of game I would want to play. So, my hopes and fears are all wondering if people will resonate with the same things that I appreciate about the game.
Beyond swapping pronouns, will any plot points or lines of dialog change depending on if you choose to play the male or female Morgan?
[Ricardo Bare] A few things here and there, but they're subtle and I don't want to give any spoilers.
Have we seen all the main types of Typhon in the game, or are there some creatures that haven't been revealed in trailers/articles?
Are Weavers an enemy we actually engage with in combat, or do they only work in the background?
Very excited for this game!
(Gary) You can engage with Weavers in combat if you choose or let them work in the background and try to avoid them. Up to you.
What was the biggest hurdle you came across during the production of Prey?
(Emanuel) MINOR SPOILER
From a technical standpoint, the Looking Glass was a very cool, challenging problem. I won't spoil it by describing it, but the challenge was how to get that super cool tech, but performant enough to keep everything else we wanted in the game. Plus, it is a main feature and something super important to the story! We had to do quite a few iterations and a lot of performance work, but we are happy with it. Shout out to Chris who did pretty much all of this feature!
That Prey t-shirt looks so badass. How can I get my hands on one?
(Susan) The one in the proof photo at the top? That one is the team dev shirt, so you'd have to know people who know people. (But I know there are Prey shirts already up on the Bethesda store, including a cool one I want that has the Axiom Program logo on it.)
(Susan) One old, smooth, chill cat and one rambunctious little twerp of a kitten.
Thanks so much for your games. Back in 2012 when Dishonored released I was so so excited for it but I couldn't afford it on launch. I'm proud to say I've preordered both Dishonored 2 and Prey, and I absolutely love your design philosophy.
I was so excited this past week that I learned how to code a bit of PHP just so I could contribute to the gamepedia Prey wiki. My best hope for you guys is to have a great launch and for as many gamers as possible to be able to experience Prey.
- What is everyone's individual favorite part of the development process?
- I know in that in Dishonored 2 you had specific visual pillars in design; what were your visual pillars with Prey?
- What was the most complicated Typhon organism to get through dev process?
- Any teaser about future projects unannounced as of yet?
I know you guys prefer not to talk about the original Prey, but my question is not a hostile one. I was not familiar with the original Prey at all, and I was surprised when I was looking through social media and seeing comments people were making.
5 Did you expect the backlash surrounding your Prey game simply because it has the same name?
Thanks so much for everything. I hope you guys have a great launch, and I have no doubt you'll prove those 'optimization' whiners wrong. They don't even know what they're talking about.
(Emanuel) I can only really answer #1 for myself, but for me it is doing R&D on tech stuff, and improving performance. I love digging into the low level code and finding tricky ways to get more of the framerates. These days there are lots of cores so you have to think of ways to run things in parallel.
I know they prey was inspired by sc-fi film's. What Movies inspired the the game. And how were the inspiration implemented in the game?
(Jessie) For the art department we found Kubrick inspiring. Pacing, lighting, mood, tension, framing - there's a lot of mastery to be found in his films.
- Is there newgame+?
- Will there be DLC?
- How do we claim our preorder bonus in game?
(Susan) Right now we're focusing on launching the game first, so can't speak publicly about NG+, DLC, and any other post-launch plans. Sorry!
And you can claim your pre-order bonus via a redeemable code. Once you're in the game, you can find your goodies in Morgan's office. Conveniently located next to the Fabricator and Recycler for all your crafting needs.
Bryan's doggo is adorable, even with the mistaken identity/career mixup.
[Ricardo Bare] Boom. https://twitter.com/RicardoBare/status/859212533516959744
What do you think would be more optimal for gameplay, Steam controller or mouse?
(Emanuel) Whatever you are most comfortable with! I know it sounds dumb but it is true. Use whatever is easier for you to kill mimics with. I'm a mouse/keyboard person, so that is what I'm using.