Matthew Seiji Burns is an author, musician, and game developer.
Kirk and Jason kicked off GDC 2018 by chatting with Zachtronics writer/composer Matthew S. Burns about how he approaches writing puzzle-game music that you notice, but you don't NOTICE.
Jason and Kirk head to the Game Developers conference in San Francisco for a week of special guests.
Matthew Burns sits with us to go over Japanese game development style, practices and franchises, and ponder their place in the game industry today. What goes right, what goes wrong and what the westerners could learn from our Japanese colleagues!
Matthew (writer, composer, and game developer on titles including the Call of Duty and Halo series, Destiny, The Infinifactory, The Arboretum, The Writer Will Do Something, and TIS-100) and Carrie (narrative designer on Pillars of Eternity, writer of The Buried Life and Cities and Thrones) join us this week to talk about maintaining your writing momentum, outlining, the writing process at Obsidian, Large Teams and the Problems they Cause, creating a Total Work of Art in video games, offering decisions that lead to chokepoints, motivating players with different play styles, the negative space that defines players’ experiences, how The Writer Will Do Something came about, that part of the meeting when everybody turns to look at you, when gameplay doesn't trump story, the linearity of relationship portrayals in games today, and should creators ever be involved in the post-release discussion. Our Guests on the Internet Matthew's Twitter and Website. Carrie's Twitter and Website. Stuff We Talked About The Writer Will Do Something Gesamtkunstwerk The Expanse by James S. A. Corey My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante The Moth St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell Perdido Street Station by China Mieville Our theme music was composed by 2Mello, and our logo was created by Lily Nishita.
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Seattle, Washington, USA
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4 hours, 15 minutes
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