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

Podcast EP 19 Interview with Chris Barton

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Today’s episode is an interview with bestselling author Chris Barton!

Chris Barton is the author of the picture books SHARK VS. TRAIN (a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller) and THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS (winner, American Library Association Sibert Honor), as well as the young adult nonfiction thriller CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.? TRUE STORIES OF FALSE IDENTITIES. His 2014 publications include picture book ATTACK! BOSS! CHEAT CODE! A GAMER’S ALPHABET and his YA … Continue reading

Podcast EP 18 – SMART Goals With Super Mario

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SMART Goal with Super Mario? As we approach a new year, it is a great time to start thinking about our goals for 2015. What does Mario know about goal setting? Quite a bit if you pay attention to what he does in Super Mario World.

Today’s podcast will help you succeed in 2015 with SMART Goals.

 

What are your goals for 2015?

Podcast EP 17 Kellee Santiago Are Video Games Art?

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Kellee Santiago is the Developers’ Best Friend at OUYA. She has spoken at universities and conferences around the world on game design, production, and entrepreneurship, and most famously engaged film critic Roger Ebert in a discussion on the topic: “Are video games art?” with her TEDxUSC talk on the subject, and she was named one of the Top 10 Innovators to Watch by Variety magazine, and was one of The Ten Most Influential Women in Games of the Decade on Kotaku.com. In 2011 she was named as one of the top 100 most influential women in technology by Fast Company.

 

In this interview, Kellee Talks about:

  • How technology has changed the way we interact with games
  • The importance of developing yourself
  • Are video games art?
  • The role of flow theory in game development and in life
  • Emotions in video games
  • How failure in one project can lead to greater success in the next
  • …and more!

You can follow Kellee’s work on her website HERE – http://kelleesantiago.com/

Mentioned in the Podcast:

Journey Collector’s Edition (Includes flOw, Flower, and Journey)

OUYA https://www.ouya.tv/

A great summary resource on Flow Theory in Games, found in Jenova Chen’s thesis – HERE

Interview with Patrick Stafford

View Kellee Santiago’s TEDx:

Podcast EP 15 Interview with John G Miller QBQ, Personal Accountability, and Video Games

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John G. Miller, author of: QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, Flipping the Switch, Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional, and Co-author of Parenting the QBQ Way.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What is the QBQ?
  • What are some myths surrounding personal accountability
  • 3 deadly traps that we fall into
  • The mindset that all winners have
  • A powerful phrase that can forever change your life (if you put it into action, daily)
  • And how most gamers already know HOW to do this – but not always WHERE or WHEN to do it

John’s Website: Qbq.com

Follow John on Twitter or  Facebook

 

Podcast EP 14 – The Street Fighter’s Guide to Epic Energy and Focus

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Be sure to check out

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist – Live Action (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

 8 Life & Leadership Lessons from Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

In this episode I share with you 6 habits that can unlock your warrior’s strength and energy for daily use. Most are free and you can start doing them immediately!

Resources Mentioned in … Continue reading

Podcast EP 13 – Interview with Patrick Stafford

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Patrick Stafford is a Digital Producer for PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers), and he runs the Digital Pulse website – a blog and publication with analysis and commentary on technology and digital news and trends. Prior to PwC, he was the Deputy Editor of SmartCompany – the largest online publication for SMEs in Australia.

Additionally he is a freelance journalist, mostly working in the videogames and entertainment space, with occasional wanderings into religion. His work has appeared in various publications including The Atlantic, Polygon, Christianity Today, EDGE, Eurogamer, Hyper, PC PowerPlay and Kotaku.

In 2014, He won the “Lizzie” Australian IT Journalism Award for Best Gaming Journalist.

He also wrote a book about long-distance relationships. Check it out on Amazon. Epic Long Distance: The Beginner’s Guide to Long-Distance Love.

In this interview, we talk about:

  • How lessons learned from video games can help you get ahead in your career
  • Video Games and accelerated learning
  • Advice to writers and aspiring journalists
  • The game Journey as allegamy for life & workplace communication
  • Why you need a personal brand

Check out more of Patrick’s work:

His website: http://pdstafford.com/

The Crafting Podcast

Follow Patrick on Twitter

Mentions:

Gary Vaynerchuck – https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/

Callie Schweitzer – http://www.callieschweitzer.com/

Games that Patrick is Playing

Mario Kart 8

Stickets

 

Show Music

Awesome intro and outtro music from FantomenK

“Playing with Power” Used with Permission from the artist.

 

 

Podcast EP 12 – Survival Horror at Work

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Does your job feel like a survival horror game?

Do your co-workers remind you of zombies, or your boss conjure up visions of a murderous lunatic? Then you need to listen to this episode.

And probably find a new job.

In this episode I talk about:

  • What happens when work feels like Silent Hill or Resident Evil.
  • How great leaders inspire others, per Simon Sinek (Leaders Eat Last)
  • And I reveal the one idea that can change your customer service efforts FOREVER! (No, the customer is NOT always right!)

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