Episode 225 | Walt Williams Interview

Episode 225 | Walt Williams Interview

Walt William’s new book Significant Zero releases today, and if you are a gamer, or remotely interested in the goings on behind the scenes of new media, you’re going to love this book.

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From the award-winning videogame writer behind Spec Ops: The Line comes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how today’s blockbuster video games are made.

When his satirical musings in a college newspaper got him discharged from the Air Force, it became clear to Walt Williams that his destiny in life was to be a writer—he just never thought he’d end up writing video games, let alone working on some of the most successful franchises in the industry—Bioshock, Civilization, Borderlands, and Mafia among others.

Williams pulls back the curtain on an astonishingly profitable industry that has put its stamp on pop culture and yet is little known to those outside its walls. In his reflective yet comically-observant voice, Williams walks you through his unlikely and at times inglorious rise within one of the world’s top gaming companies, exposing an industry abundant in brain power and out-sized egos, but struggling to stay innovative. Significant Zero also provides clear-eyed criticism of the industry’s addiction to violence and explains how the role of the narrative designer—the poor soul responsible for harmonizing gameplay with storylines—is crucial for expanding the scope of video games into more immersive and emotional experiences.

Significant Zero offers a rare look inside this fascinating, billion-dollar industry and a path forward for its talented men and women—gamers and nongamers alike—that imagines how video games might inspire the best in all of us.



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  1. Cool interview! Interesting to hear about aspects of the gaming industry and how the production process works.

  2. Another great interview in the long chain of them. It was an interesting peek into the writers portion of the game dev world. I once aspired to such.

  3. Walt Williams wrote The Line. That makes him the best video game writer we’ve had so far.

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      WINNER! Send me your name and mailing address to hank at authorstoriespodcast dot com.

  4. Really looking forward to this episode. Hank keeps upping his game with guests.

  5. Nick Braker here. I’m away from my computer, probably not signed in. Very interested in winning.

  6. I loved The Line! Pick me!

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