Podcast EP 23: Rika Muranaka Interview – Composer: Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Castlevania:SOTN

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Rika Muranaka is an accomplished and established composer. She’s a producer for AAA video games like Metal Gear Solid 1,2,3,4.,Silent Hill and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Which project has been her favorite
  • The story behind the unique sound from Metal Gear Solid that Rika composed for Hideo Kojima
  • The importance of collaboration
  • The exciting new projects Rika is working on (including work with Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, a TV show, and a mobile app!)
  • Who inspires Rika
  • Her best advice to individuals starting out in their career
  • And more!

Follow Rika on Twitter: @unjazzmusic

http://rndentertainmentusa.com/

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Background music for Mastering The Game spot:  “La Calahorra” by Rolemusic, used under Creative Commons License.

Intro/Outtro: Playing With Power by Fantomenk, used with permission.

The Book Has Arrived

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After what seems like a lifetime, it is finally here: The paperback version of my book (Kindle version available 3/28).

Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

Here’s what others are saying about the book:

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Video Game Quotes: Metroid on the Past

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My past is not a memory. It’s a force at my back. It pushes and steers. I may not always like where it leads me, but like any story, the past needs resolution. What’s past is prologue.

~ Samus Aran, Metroid Other M

How does your past impact your present?

How have your past experiences shaped who you are today?

While no one wants to be a victim to the terrible or traumatic events in our own past, we must also learn to come to terms with them.

But remember: your past does not have dictate who you are today. We can change. We can overcome. We can be better.

We can choose to make a new start. We can embrace ideas like grace and mercy.

And forgiveness.

Don’t let the weight of your past hold you down.

For more inspirational and motivational video game quotes, check back each week or search the archives. 

Video Game Quotes: Secret of Mana on Time

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Time flows like a river and history repeats…

Perhaps you have heard the saying “there is nothing new under the sun.”

While it seems that the next “new thing” is on everyone’s mind, it is funny how often we are just excited about another way of expressing something that is already in existence.

Life is seasonal. There are the seasons where we spend time planting – working hard, hustling to make our dreams become a reality – but then we experience hot summers or cold winter where the harvest feels so far away.

Where ever you find yourself today, remember that it is only a season.

If it is a good time, then enjoy it, but prepare and save for difficult times.

If you are in a hard season, take comfort in knowing that things may soon change, and the sun will shine again, bringing with it Spring and new life.

What season are you in now? How are you making the most of it?

Each Wednesday, stop by for more inspirational video game quotes about life and leadership.

Replay of Mastering The Game Q & A with GDL Entertainment

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Special thanks to Chris Hatala of GDL Entertainment for having me on his show – he asks some really great questions as we dig into content from Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life – check out the video HERE

Be sure to check out the official Games Done Legit Website for information about their professional gaming event services and more great interviews.

Podcast EP 22: Edwin McRae Interview: Narrative Design in Games

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Edwin McRae is a freelance games and transmedia writer and has written for numerous digital media projects, including Nymph, Path of Exile , Big Little Bang , Cash Stash and Skeleton Eater.

As a narrative designer, he has covered everything from Storylining and scriptwriting to world building for the previously mentioned Path of Exile – a MMORPG with over 4 million registered users and was awarded Best PC Game of the Year 2013 by Gamespot.


In this interview, we discuss:

  • What is Narrative Design in video games?
  • How game immersion is often broken
  • The problems of most educational games (“Chocolate over Broccoli”) and what actually works
  • How game story and game mechanics should be connected
  • When do you want to involve a Narrative Game Designer during the game creation process
  • The number one mistake Game Developers make (and how to fix it)
  • The potential for storytelling in video games
  • Emotions in gaming
  • Advice for those who want to write game narrative as a career or for their own games

How to connect with Edwin:

His Website –  http://www.edmcrae.com/

LinkedIn

Class on Narrative Design

Games Mentioned

Stanley Parable

Papers Please

Bioshock Infinite

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Video Game Quotes: Assassin’s Creed

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Educate them. Teach them right from wrong. It must be knowledge that frees them, not force.

Altair, Assassin’s Creed

You know that saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink?”

Just today I was listening to an episode of Dan Pink’s Podcast, where he interview the Heath brothers about their book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work.

During this interview, the idea came up that many individuals will resist choices being made for them, but they are less likely to resist being given a process to make a choice.

Knowledge is power. It takes away vulnerability.

It does not matter if you are buying a car, having an operation performed, or launching a business venture – vulnerability can skew your decision making. Vulnerability most feels like fear.

That’s why we research big choices. It’s why we read how many 5 Star (or 1 Star) reviews a product has on Amazon before we buy.

It’s why we don’t get married on our first date.

Of course, knowing right from wrong does not mean we will always make a good choice, but it sure helps to be informed.

Motivational Video Game Quotes to inspire and power up your work & life – every week!

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Mastering The Game: Introduction

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I’m so excited to share with you the introduction chapter to my new book – Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life. The full book will be available in March 2015 on Amazon. To stay updated on launch date and more, please subscribe here or on the book’s site: allegamy.com.

Now please enjoy the Introduction chapter from Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life. 

 

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Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy X On Love

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Stay with me until the end.

Not until the end, always.

Always then.

Tidus & Yuna, Final Fantasy X

Yup. I’m a bit of a sappy romantic. I’ll admit it, I have cried more than once while playing video games. Final Fantasy VII started it, but Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy X really did it for me. The music, the story, and the atmosphere all work together in an amazing way. But I don’t want to say much more about games today, I want to talk about my wife of 12 years.

It’s hard to believe that it has already been 12 years. Then again, it is hard to remember a time before her and I were together.

In video games, “escort missions” are the worst. You usually play as a hero who is loaded up with weapons, tasked with defending a helpless computer-controlled NPC (Non-Playable Character). The AI is typically pretty bad, with the character you are responsible for protecting running right into trouble.

Just to be clear, my marriage has been nothing like that. My wife is one of the strongest women I know. I am so proud of her and her hard work as a wife, mother, student, and employee.

She’s pretty incredible.

I love you babe.

Video Game Quotes: Majora’s Mask On Starting

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Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow. However, that parting need not last forever. Whether a parting be forever or merely for a short time…That is up to you.

- Happy Mask Salesman

Things have a beginning and an ending. We often have control over what we allow to continue. When it comes to life, we are not promised a set number of days. We cannot choose the day and hour of our own “finish line.”

We can, however, choose our starting point. If you have been putting off starting something important, creative, or meaningful, now is the time to act. The best time to plant a tree is 100 years ago, the second best time to plant a tree is today.

What have you been putting off that you should do today?

What is the very first step you can take?

Go do that.