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An N64 classic 20 years later: The Making of Turok Dinosaur Hunter

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Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was released on Nintendo 64 20 years ago this week, and it remains an emblematic if not widely played game for the classic console. As one of the very first N64 games announced back in '94, Turok was both highly anticipated and deeply weird. A cutting edge first-person shooter on a home console (excitement!) based on a 1950s comic book series acquired by a second rate comic publisher in the early '90s (weird!). After two decades, lead designer David Dienstbier is looks back on the difficult, experimental nature of making an N64 game like Turok.

I've been playing games since I turned four in 1986, been writing about them since 1987, and writing about them professionally since 2008. My wife and I live in New York City. Chrono Trigger is my favorite game ever made, Hum's Downward is Heavenward is my favorite album, and I regularly find myself singing "You Won't See Me" by The Beatles in awkward situations.