...is a podcast featuring a series of in-depth, one-on-one conversations between game makers. The Game Maker's Notebook features several hosts including; Ted Price, Board Member of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and Founder & CEO of Insomniac Games; Robin Hunicke, Designer and CEO at funomena, and composer Austin Wintory. This podcast provides a thoughtful and intimate perspective on the business and craft of interactive entertainment from a variety of perspectives within the games industry.
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Creative Director of Supergiant Games Greg Kasavin (Bastion, Transistor, Pyre, Hades) sits in to guest host a special episode with Charlie Cleveland, Design Director at Unknown Worlds, creators of Subnautica. Greg and Charlie share their experiences with early access development, when to let go of a project, and tabletop games as a source of design inspiration.
Composer Jason Graves (Dead Space series, Tomb Raider, Moss) joins fellow composer Austin Wintory to talk about his different approach to scoring Moss, his career journey to Dead Space, and designing a completely new instrument for Tomb Raider.
Composer Garry Schyman (Bioshock series, Destroy All Humans series, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor series) sits down with new guest host and fellow composer Austin Wintory (Journey, ABZU, The Banner Saga series, Assassin's Creed Syndicate) to discuss his early career both inside and outside of gaming, the evolution of music in games, the differences to working in film, and creating the score for the Bioshock series.
Kiki Wolfkill (Halo series, Fable) sits down with Ted to talk about her career as a race car driver, what transmedia really means, and the importance of diversity in the video game industry.
Industry legend Amy Hennig (Uncharted, Legacy of Kain) sits down with Ted to talk about coaching young developers, giving proper feedback, marrying narrative and design, and the evolution of development culture.
Robin Hunicke returns as guest host and sits down with Lucas Pope (Return of the Obra Dinn, Papers, Please). They discuss their start in games, formulating Papers, Please, the urge to continue learning, and how important relationships are when telling a story.
Shuhei Yoshida joins Ted to talk about Sony's approach to new IP, his thoughts on VR, where the industry is heading, how players are evolving and what it means for developers.
At D.I.C.E. 2019, Robin Hunicke chats with Justin Ma (FTL: Faster Than Light, Into the Breach) about following up on a successful game, development hurdles, finding strength in uncertainty, and discovering success by creating the games they want to play.
To kick off season 2 of GMN, Ted sits down with Bryan Intihar (Spider-Man PS4) to talk about his journey from journalist to game developer, the challenges of working on an existing IP, and his perspective on what it takes to be a successful creative director.
Vince Zampella (Call of Duty, Titanfall) stops by to chat with Ted about building successful companies, growing multiple teams, and making tough decisions in AAA development.
Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone, Volume) joins guest host Robin Hunicke (Journey, Luna) to talk about team dynamics, developer career transitions, guide rails for young developers, and maintaining an online presence.
Kelly Wallick sits down with guest host Robin Hunicke (Journey, Luna) to chat about curating online marketplaces to attract new consumers, designing humane software, and their lasting friendship.
Jenova Chen (Journey, Flower) joins Ted on the show to talk about balancing creative risks, building a universally accepted game, interpreting test data like a doctor, and how thatgamecompany is just like a pirate ship.
Jason Rubin (Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter) stops by to chat with Ted about founding Naughty Dog, leaving and returning to the industry, and the current state of VR.
Ashraf Ismail (Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Origins) sits down with Ted to talk about building large scale game systems, respecting cultures and history, the challenges of quest creation, and why it's important that games are worth their price.
Industry veteren Tim Schafer (Psychonauts, Grim Fandango) stops by to chat with Ted about creating new IP, humor in games, celebrity culture, crowdfunding games, and Double Fine's publishing efforts.
A special episode with Artist and Into the Pixel winner, Romain Jouandeau of Sucker Punch Productions for his winning piece “Cove” from upcoming game Ghost of Tsushima. Bob Rafei of Big Red Button Entertainment chats with Jouandeau about his process as a concept artist, the impact of growing up by the sea, and their greatest artistic inspirations.
Siobhan Reddy (LittleBigPlanet) sits down with Ted to talk about the upcoming game Dreams, the importance of community support, user-generated content, and the "glitter and doom" that comes with being a game developer.
Ru Weerasuriya (Lone Echo) chats with Ted about his experience starting a company, building his team's culture, the common thread in their respective games, and the world of virtual reality.
Cory Barlog (God of War) stops by to share with Ted stories from God of War's development, the impact of social media on games, the experience gained through failures, and the expectations of present-day gamers.
Jeff Kaplan (Overwatch, World of Warcraft) chats with Ted about Overwatch, quest design in MMOs, the differences between company and team culture, and how playing hours of EverQuest eventually led him to Blizzard Entertainment.
Ed Boon (Mortal Kombat) joins Ted to talk about their origins as game developers, the history of Mortal Kombat, video game movies, his place in pop culture, and the challenges of leading a studio.
Ian Dallas (The Unfinished Swan, What Remains of Edith Finch) sits down with Greg Rice (Broken Age, Grim Fandango: Remastered) to talk about his journey into games, their thoughts on What Remains of Edith Finch (SPOILERS), maintaining a studio size of one, and publisher transitions in the middle of development.
In this special episode, Sean Vanaman (Firewatch) and Amir Rao (Bastion, Transistor) meet up to talk about leadership challenges, the importance of team chemistry, job interview rejection stories, and how many more games they will make before they die.
Todd Howard of Bethesda Game Studios chats with Ted Price about the history, decisions, production challenges behind The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, the relationship between games and their own family lives, and the games they play vs the games they create.
Capy's Nathan Vella stops by to chat with Ted Price of Insomniac Games about his journey from film into game development, leading a multi-project studio, comedy in games, and the future of indie development.
Christina Norman of Riot Games joins Insomniac Games' Ted Price to talk about League of Legends, game design, and how to foster a unique studio culture.
Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog sits down with Insomniac Games' Ted Price to discuss trailer reactions, The Last of Us, narrative vs gameplay, and the drive to create something meaningful
Guerrilla's Hermen Hulst joins Ted Price of Insomniac Games to discuss learning from other studios, going with your gut, maintaining team passion and morale, and how their roles have changed over the years at their respective studios.
Robin Hunicke sits down with Ted to talk about building Journey, representing yourself and your game on stage, staying genuine, and amplifying new voices in the industry.
Brendan Greene, aka PLAYERUNKNOWN, talks about being on welfare before PUBG, traveling the world and meeting fans, the importance of having a team you can trust, and the power of game mods.
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