In this episode, Marc provides some of the best advice for job hunting in the gaming industry. We talk about utilizing a professional LinkedIn profile and resume, how to strategize your career management and long term growth strategy plan, in addition, behavioral interview techniques that will benefit you, especially when interviewing for your dream job.
Ian Milham has been in the gaming business for twenty years, including time as an environment artist, the art director for the Dead Space games, and the creative director of Battlefields Hardline. In 2016 he became Game Director for Crystal Dynamics directing the Tomb Raider Series.
Ian and I had a fantastic talk covering some of the big turning points in the Dead Space franchise, how to cultivate the feel of a game, the role of "rip-o-matics" and more. If you've ever wondered a team of hundreds manages to work together towards a common aesthetic, this is the interview you need to listen to!
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Featured Show Highlights
It’s imperative to ensure clear communication when working on large game development teams.
In a AAA process, your plan needs to appeal to everyone in the market
The key is to make people “feel” something with your game trailer
The best alignment or reference for chi is real world
The role of a director is to draw a treasure map for the team and then creating faith for those who do not see it.
My career as an Art Director was not spent improving people’s art, but rather aligning there are to make it look as if one person created it
They key in game maker audience is focused and presents a powerful promise to the player
Ripomatic Demo Reel - Chris Weakley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7y5YmTvSGk
In this episode Gordon explains the transition from designer to a business developer and the value of "the curse of gab" and how as a developer, you have to possess effective communication about why things matter and what's at stake in the game experience that you are creating with showing empathy for fellow developers.
Ed is an award-winning writer who has worked with Twisted Pixel Games, Uber Entertainment and Telltale Games. In this interview, Ed shares his own story as well as the powerful narrative frameworks that he finds consistently useful in crafting great in-game tales. This includes the "7 Steps" of a story and white-boarding stories starting from the story's end, not the beginning.
Lorne Lanning is an American game designer, director, writer and voice actor. He is the co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants and is best known for creating the Oddworld series including Abe's Oddysee, Abe's Exoddus, Munch's Oddysee, Stranger's Wrath and Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!. He is currently working on Oddworld: Soulstorm.
In part 1 of our 2 part interview, Lorne presents his path growing into the role of an artist as a social critic and lays out the specifics of how he weaves an artistic message into his games. He also reveals secrets for creating game worlds that have lasting fan cultures and stand the test of time.
Mike Mika has 20+ years game development experience. He helped launch NGMoco, pioneering some of the first free-to-play games for iPhone. He's run studios and played a major role in the shift to digital content distribution with Xbox Live and PSN. He has shipped over 190 games on every platform since the Game Boy, his most recent title, #IDARB was downloaded by over a million people in the first week of its release.