Friday, July 30, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
|Tron bike on the showfloor|
I didn't take a lot of photos so I've appropriated some from various sources (attributed) to help illustrate my time there.
|Pascal Campion: photo from parkablogs|
Next up, Brandon Ragnar Johnson, creator of one of my favorite books, Big City.
|Eponymonstrous: check his blog|
Went sneaker shopping with my old buddy Jesse Alexander, who as always was on point about where transmedia and entertainment is headed. Jesse is one of the rare people working in TV and film that knows videogames intuitively, not just as a fan but as someone that is able to deconstruct what does and doesn't work for the medium. I hope one day to see him contribute to the field!
I had the good fortune to work with both Javi and Jesse on a secret project a couple of years ago, in which we emulated a writers room as a way to break story for a videogame I was working on. This was a fantastic experience and I highly recommend the collaborative writers room approach to anyone creating a narrative structure for a videogame.
|l-r: Haden Blackman, Me, Dave Filoni|
Finally, shout out to one of my old Lead Designers, Aidan Scanlan, who I ran into and is now back at Bioware working on a very cool looking project he was demoing called Dragon Age 2!
See you next year!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Limbo was released today. I picked it up for XBLA for 1200 points. The game is a true masterpiece. Elegant in its design simplicity and a masterclass in how to deliver graphics, audio and game flow as an integrated experience to convey storytelling.
If you are a fan of artistic games you owe it to yourself to support this game. The commercial success of games like this, along with games like Heavy Rain, show there is room in our industry for a broader range of emotional journeys than the traditional 'summer blockbuster' fare.
More evidence, if any is needed, that our industry is really evolving as an art form. What a great time to be creating games!
Check the PlayDead website for more details.