Video Games

Active Design Podcast Episode 009: Ken Levine Part 2

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Active Design, Media, Narrative, Technology, Video Games | 3 comments

Active Design Podcast Episode 009: Ken Levine Part 2

http://media.blubrry.com/the_inevitable/p/pcast.andrewpmayer.com/Podcasts/ActiveDesign009-KenLevine.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS We’re back with the second half of my interview with Ken Levine. This week we go deep and discuss the relationship between interactive media and storytelling by way of games, movies, books, and every other media we can think of. Warning: BIOSHOCK SPOILERS in the back half. [audio http://pcast.andrewpmayer.com/Podcasts/ActiveDesign009-KenLevine.mp3 ]     SHOW NOTES INTRO 1:45 Games are getting more...

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Playing With Emotions: It’s Never “Just” a Game

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Active Design, Featured, Featured Articles, Newsletter, Video Games | 0 comments

Playing With Emotions: It’s Never “Just” a Game

It was only a few years after I’d started in the game industry that I made something that was almost entirely *not* a game. It was called Dogz, and it was something different: a virtual pet that lived on your desktop and that you could train. It grew a pixel a day, it ran away if you didn’t feed it, and it had an artificial brain that could learn some tricks (and forget others) if you gave it treats. It looked like a game: there were buttons, and toys, and things to do with it, but that wasn’t the *point*. It was about emotions and connection. That’s what turned...

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Active Design Podcast 005—Ethan Levy: Experience Design is your Business

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Active Design, Active Design Test, Featured, Video Games | 0 comments

Active Design Podcast 005—Ethan Levy: Experience Design is your Business

http://media.blubrry.com/the_inevitable/p/cdn.andrewpmayer.com/Podcasts/ActiveDesign005-EthanLevy.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Episode 5 here! This week the Active Design Podcast features an interview with Game Designer, consultant, and speaker Ethan Levy. Also, I discuss why D&D has become shorthand for almost any discussion of interactive entertainment design.    ...

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