Sean Vanaman – Campo Santo: Audio Interview

After completing the first season of Telltale’s critically acclaimed series The Walking Dead, lead writer Sean Vanaman and designer Jake Rodkin left to form their own studio – Campo Santo. For the last 10 months the team at Campo Santo has been hard at work on their first title, a mystery story set in the Wyoming wilderness called Firewatch. In this interview Sean and I discuss the challenges of starting a new studio, the fun
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Warren Spector – Denius-Sams Gaming Academy

In his D.I.C.E. 2013 keynote speech, Warren Spector observed “I have spent thirty years championing a very specific kind of game.” That kind of game is very systemic, encourages player creativity, and respects the power of a human story. Spector has applied this design philosophy to games in many different genres. At Origin Systems he worked on the narrative-heavy space combat series Wing Commander, the Ultima Underworld games, and System Shock. At Looking Glass he
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Dan McAuliffe – Independent

While the game industry has seen rapid growth in the past decade, the mobile sector in particular has exploded. What was once a niche area of game development has spawned entirely new genres, play styles, and markets. Dan McAuliffe has witnessed those changes firsthand. After working on dedicated mobile gaming devices like the GBA, PSP, and DS, Dan joined Glu Mobile and switched to smartphone development. His most recent position was Head of Studio at
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Brad Muir

Brad Muir – Double Fine: Audio Interview

In the first audio interview for MemoryLeak I speak with the always affable Brad Muir about his 13 year career in the game industry. Brad and I discuss Massive Chalice, Brazen, the challenges of running a crowd-funded project, and Double Fine’s relationship with publishers.


Jon Mavor – Uber Entertainment

In 1997 Cavedog released the wildly original real-time strategy game Total Annihilation. It was a critical and commercial success that defined a new sub-genre of RTS games which operated on a massive scale. Jon Mavor was a programmer on that project, and a relative newcomer to the industry. Since his time on Total Annihilation Mr. Mavor has worked as a gameplay programmer, engine architect, and designer. After amassing more than 15 years of experience in
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Jean-François Dugas – Eidos Montreal

It’s no easy feat to reboot a classic core franchise like Deus Ex. What makes the original two games so distinctive is difficult to replicate – multi-path level design, a huge variety of options for every challenge, and a vision of the near future that reflects our hopes and fears about what scientific progress may bring. In 2011 Eidos Montreal released Deus Ex: Human Revolution to wide acclaim. It was a game with modern conventions
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Eric Schaefer – Runic

In 1996 Blizzard North released Diablo to critical acclaim and massive success. Diablo’s effect on action role-playing games was tremendous. It became responsible for an entire sub-genre, causing future titles with similar mechanics to be dubbed “Diablo clones.” Its lead designer, Erich Schaefer, went on to create an even more successful sequel as well as several other games which stuck close to the genre he helped pioneer. Most recently Mr. Schaefer co-founded Runic Games and
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Dan Pinchbeck – The Chinese Room

After spending a number of years studying games in an academic setting, Dr. Dan Pinchbeck designed Dear Esther, an unconventional story-driven game, and released it to critical and financial success. Since then, his small development team has expanded drastically and is now working on two larger titles: Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. While Dr. Pinchbeck is known for his experimental titles, he has a deep appreciation for mainstream games
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Brian Mitsoda – DoubleBear

Brian Mitsoda has an extremely strong role-playing game pedigree. He began his career at Interplay in 1999 doing quality assurance work. Five years later he was the head writer on Troika’s classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, a title that still receives tremendous praise for its unique role-playing mechanics and mature tone. Following Troika’s collapse, Mr. Mitsoda spent three years at Obsidian Entertainment before leaving to found DoubleBear Productions. Currently Mr. Mitsoda is the creative
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