by Nolan Leahy

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences launched an interview-style short film series titled The Game Makers: Inside Story on Feb. 15 on YouTube. The series goes over big video game titles from the viewpoint of the writers and designers. It also touches upon other topics from storytelling in video games to experiences with working on larger funded titles. The videos include developers such as Neil Druckmann, a writer and developer from Naughty Dog, and Kiki Wolfkill, an executive producer at 343 Industries.

Jennie Kong created the mini-series and Wonderstruck Entertainment and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences produced the series. Kong tweeted how the first episode explains “how story plays a role in video games beyond just being fun & entertainment.” She also said in an interview done by Todd Spangler that she “wanted to examine this movement and capture on film what it takes for award-winning studios and indie creators to write and direct emotionally driven video games.”

The movement she refers to is how powerful video games have become as a storytelling medium within the past 10 to 15 years. 2K Australia’s Bioshock Infinite, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us and Bioware’s Mass Effect have all received critical acclaim in recent years for their storytelling. These examples, as well as many others, are evidence of how in-depth the storytelling experience can be, and The Game Makers: Inside Story hopes to improve the medium for the next generation of game developers.

Sources: Variety, Gamespress

Image: Digital Media Wire


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