Podcast EP 32: Carrie Dieterle Insomniac Games Human Resources

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Carrie Dieterle is Chief People Officer at Insomniac Games, Inc. She is part of the senior leadership team, and is responsible for creating a comprehensive human resources vision, strategy and organization to support the achievement of the company’s mission, objective and short and long term goals through a culture focused on attracting, developing and retaining individuals to support continued growth and excellence. She is also the most fun Human Resources Professional I’ve ever spoken with.

Join us as we talk about:

  • What the employment experience is like at Insomniac
  • How to create a great experience for employees
  • Insomniac’s track record as a top employer with Forbes
  • Transparency & Trust in the workplace
  • CEO Ted Price’s AMA’s
  • How to nurture culture in an organization
  • Carrie’s best career advice
  • The value of Mentorship
  • …and more!

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