Interview with Kristen Sych
This isn’t a normal episode of Lost Treasures of Gaming. This week we are joined by Kristen Sych, a personal friend and High School buddy of Syd’s. Kristen is a cinematics director at Activision and has worked on Treyarch’s Call of Duty Black Ops franchise. While the original Black Ops isn’t a lost treasure in the normal sense, we thought it would be nice to look at the development of games from a different angle. That of the animation and the cut scenes we see so much of these days. Kristen is an artist and an animator and we talk about what it takes to create the amazing scenes for blockbuster games such as Call of Duty.
Call of Duty has become one of the world’s largest gaming franchises. There have been many releases over the years, each with its own set of fans and supporters. In 2010, Activision released Call of Duty: Black Ops which represented a new direction for the series.
The game sold more than 5.6 million copies in the first 24 hours and went on to sell more than 25 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling video games of all time. So by that definition it isn’t a lost treasure, but now that the game is 6 years old and there have been numerous sequels the original has become somewhat lost in the shuffle.
This was Treyarch’s fourth Call of Duty game, so they were certainly familiar with the series. Both a criticism and an applauded point are the many ‘Michael Bay’ moments in the game, where the action and explosions are over the top. The continuous action can be tiring for some, but very exciting for others. For me, since the main single player campaign is a little on the short side, this pacing was okay because everything in the game is quite exciting.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a game worth re-visiting if you haven’t played in a while even if it’s just to explore the Zombie mode. What started out as an internal joke at Treyarch has become a staple in the series, and is a well appreciated addition. There are currently two direct sequels to this arc of the Call of Duty franchise and it’s likely that there will be more.
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