Directing AAA Video Games with Brian Allgeier

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An American video game designer who is best known for his work as the lead designer and creative director on the Ratchet & Clank series developed by Insomniac Games for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

In 2017, he self-published the book Directing Video Games: 101 Tips for Creative Leaders. Written and illustrated by Brian, the book covers the top principles and tips for both aspiring and experienced creative directors.


Connect with Brian
Twitter: @BrianAllgeier

Selected Links for the Episode

Games Mentioned:
Ratchet & Clank series
Girl with a Stick
Edge of Nowhere

Companies Mentioned:
Naughty Dog

People Mentioned:
Mark Cerny

Featured Show Highlights

  • Learn about the distinct role of a creative director and their influence when providing structure and design support to their team.

  • Brian discusses in detail how a Creative Director prepares a "Macro Plan" - which is a document that sums how all the pieces fit together and keeps the team informed of the vision and where things are going.

  • Creative Directors are known for having a toolbox of ideas, such as how to solve problems using techniques familiar in both filmmaking and game design.

  • Creative Director, Game Director and Project Manager work together to divide and conquer portions of the game. Teamwork is everything

  • BONUS: Listen to hear a few techniques and tips during this interview about Brian's newly released book Directing Video Games: 101 Tips for Creative Leaders, Featuring 101 tips and techniques combined over his years of being a creative director.