Lectures & Presentations
Seven (Or So) Techniques for Writing a Moral Game
At the GDC Narrative Summit 2013, I did a follow up to my 2011 Seven Ways a Video Game Can Be Moral. It was a quick one at only 30 minutes, but it was the very first talk of the whole conference so that was fun. This talk only has one video clip toward the end, so you're getting a rpetty complete version of it in the slides with the notes at the bottom.
The Brain Dump is a session at the Montreal International Game Summit where I get together a group of speakers who each do super-short, super-passionate 5-minute talks about subjects of their choosing. Unpredictable awesomeness happens every time. I've done it in 2011 and 2012, but so far only slides for 2012 are up.
Cinematic Game Design IV - Character and Empathy
At GDC 2012 Marty Stoltz and I once again did a Cinematic Game Design presentation, this one on manipulating audience/player relationship to characters. No video clips are included with the PowerPoint, but most of what we said can be found in the notes for the slides.
Seven Ways a Video Game Can Be Moral
At GDC 2011 I did a semi-sequel to my 2010 Five Ways a Video Game Can Make You Cry talk. The new one is called Seven Ways a Video Game Can Be Moral and is a bit more serious, dealing with the importance of developers putting meaningful, thought-provoking and moral content into their games. No video clips are included with the PowerPoint, but most of what I said (and more in many cases) can be found in the notes for the slides.
Five Ways a Video Game Can Make You Cry
In 2010 I gave a 25 minute talk at the Game Developer's Conference titled Five Ways a Video Game Can Make You Cry. It is tongue-in-cheek at first, but gets serious, and deals with the industry's obsession with making a game that will make you cry. The slides have notes at the bottom, and links to YouTube of rough equivalents of the videos I showed.
Environmental Narrative: Your World is Your Story
In 2010 I also gave a 50-or-so minute talk titled "Environmental Narrative: Your World is Your Story", which is more practical for your project. I have included some decent notes in the notes section of the PowerPoint, hopefully those are useful. Sadly the videos are not included for this talk, but it's still fairly informative.
Cinematic Game Design Series
In 2006 I gave a presentation at the Game Developer's Conference titled Cinematic Game Design. The talk benefited greatly from the movie and gameplay clips we showed (which can't be included here) and from my co-presentor, Marty Stoltz. Nevertheless, I hope these powerpoint slides will still be interesting.
At the Game Developer's Conference in 2007 Marty Stoltz and I presented a sequel to our popular Cinematic Game Design talk from 2006 (for the original, see below). This entirely new talk focused on cinematic storytelling techniques and how they can be applied to game. We did an encore presentation at the fmx Conference in Stuttgart and I did a solo version at GDC China in Shanghai. Like the previous talk, this featured a lot of movie and game clips which can't be posted here, but the slides are below.
At the Game Developer's Conference in 2009 Marty Stoltz and I presented the third installment in the "Cinematic Game Design" talk series. This new talk focused on action scenes in movies, and how to apply those techniques to make more dramatic action sequences in games. As with the previous talk, this featured a lot of movie and game clips which can't be posted here, but the slides are below.
I was one of the keynotes at the Philadelphia GameX Industry Summit in 2009 with a talk about the origins of game ideas, urging developers to use more original sources. I presented the same talk to students at the MIT Gambit Game Lab the following week. People seem to have dug it. It's a little hard to follow without the video clips and my audio, but you'll get some of the gist.
At the Game Developer's Conference in 2008 I led a panel entitled Stories Best Played. On the panel, four designer/writers (Steve Meretzky, Marc Laidlaw, Ken Rolson and myself) each picked our two favorite storytelling games and discussed them with the group. The link below will lead you to more information about the panel including a link to the PowerPoint slides.
I gave a presentation at the inaugural ACM SIGGRAPH Sandbox Symposium in 2006 titled "What is a Cinematic Game?" It bears some resemblance to the "Cinematic Game Design" presentation below, but less than you might think. It's a little hard to understand without my lecturing, but this should give you some sense of what it was like.
Game Design: Theory & Practice
The most rambling about game design I have ever done is contained in
my book, Game Design: Theory & Practice,
available from Wordware Publishing.
This book has proven quite popular among both aspiring and established game developers,
and has served as the text for numerous college courses in game design. Indeed the
book was popular enough to warrant a second edition, which has just been released.
Click here to read all about it.
The Suffering - Ties That Bind
Game sequels are strange beasts, particularly when you don't have a lot of time to completely reinvent your game. The Suffering: Ties That Bind was on a pretty tight schedule, but had some very specific goals that we mostly met. Below are some of the articles I wrote and interviews I did related to that particular strange beast.
For The Suffering I wrote/talked about the game's development quite a bit in various places. Here are some of the more interesting bits, for those who want to learn what the heck we were thinking.
I also wrote some fiction pieces that were used for various promotional purposes. These were carefully crafted to still fit in with The Suffering's game-world fiction, providing some interesting back story not available in the game itself. Fans (established or potential) should enjoy checking them out.
Game Developer & Gamasutra
I have written a few pieces for Game Developer magazine and its sister web site Gamasutra, with a few more pieces in the works.
SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics
I also write a colum for SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics, where I still ramble on about design issues, but with a bit more of a focus on the graphical end of things. The column is quite descriptively called Gaming & Graphics, though the first of these was actually written as a special item for their gaming-oriented issue.
Inside Mac Games
Paranoid Ramblings also happens to be the name of the column I wrote for Inside Mac Games magazine in 1997 and 1998. They've been gracious enough to allow me to reprint my writings here so they can continue to be read by interested parties.
Feedback to any of these articles is encouraged at email@example.com.
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