We’re back with the second half of my interview with Ken Levine. This week we go deep and discuss the relationship between interactive media and storytelling by way of games, movies, books, and every other media we can think of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warning: BIOSHOCK SPOILERS in the back half.

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SHOW NOTES

INTRO

1:45
Games are getting more popular as the platforms are getting cheaper and more prevelent

2:00
Steam is already the platform of choice for Cafes around the world.

2:50
This says that maybe the other platforms will do better:
http://beta.fool.com/keithnoonan/2013/08/14/why-nintendos-wii-u-failed/42871/
I don’t think I agree.

4:00
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/3/11

4:40
Every game is its own platform.
At least that’s what I *think* I’m trying to say here…

5:20
See. I get there eventually.

6:00
Eyeballs! Eyeballs! Eyeballs!

6:33
First it slows down…
http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/26/the-new-iphones-a7-chip-proves-that-smartphone-innovation-is-slowing-down/

6:55
And man does Oculus Rift make you sick right now.

8:22
End Caps are literally the stands on the end of the aisles at the store.

9:00
Halo 4

09:30
SPOILER ALERT

09:40
The Manchurian Candidate is 51 years old.

INTERVIEW
Ken Levine: www.irrationalgames.com

10:40
Bastion
http://supergiantgames.com/index.php/media/

10:50
Portal
http://www.valvesoftware.com/games/portal.html

11:30
Nabacular Drop
http://www.nuclearmonkeysoftware.com/narbaculardrop.html

12:00
Here’s a nice review of Original X-Com:
http://bitly.com/17dThsa

12:40
X-Com: Enemy Unkown
http://www.xcom.com/enemyunknown/entry
It took a long time for them to recapture the magic of the original.

13:00
Left for Dead
Here’s some video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSPiW4YmNKw

13:30
Walking Dead
Comic, TV Series, Game. It’s a powerhouse.

13:50
Ladies and gentlemen:
E—L—O!

15:00
The Flood
http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Flood
Headcrabs—Kids love ’em!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/a9d5/

15:20
Ron Moore on the Cylons being revealed too early:
I can’t actually find the place where he said it because anything that you look up just brings a bazillion interviews.
Can anyone find the original quote?

15:40
Warm Bodies
Hmmm. I guess we’re spoiling this a bit…

18:50
That’s the sound of Ken politely disagreeing with me, I think.

19:20
Ken’s stuff on story is great.

21:37
Skiing in Tribes
http://tribes.wikia.com/wiki/Skiing

24:00
Steve Ellmore
http://newsle.com/person/steveellmore/21538415

25:00
John Abercrombie
http://irrationalgames.com/tag/john-abercrombie/
Amanda Cosmos
http://irrationalgames.com/studio/featured-employees/featured-employee-amanda-cosmos/

26:00
Here’s an early prototype for Elizabeth

28:00
…among other simple questions that I like to ask.

29:00
Farming in Zelda
http://www.ign.com/wikis/the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword/Treasure_Farming

29:31
Tim Austin
http://irrationalgames.com/insider/featured-employee-tim-austin/

30:30
Here’s what we’re talking about:

31:10
The Liz Squad is in Full Color

34:00
The SPOILERSSPOILERSSPOILERSSPOILERS get pretty big from here on.

34:55
http://seed-of-the-prophet.tumblr.com/post/55115095485/prmartyls-half-of-booker-elizabeth-shippers

35:35
Lutece Shippers
http://cee-ay-gee-ee.tumblr.com/post/47904225467/thewizarddidit-for-all-the-lutece-shippers-i

38:45
The Manchurian Candidate
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-manchurian-candidate-1962

42:00
And okay, I’ll give you Mass Effect

42:20
WOW: The Lich King
http://wowpedia.org/World_of_Warcraft:_Wrath_of_the_Lich_King

43:00
WOW: Cataclysm
http://www.gametrailers.com/reviews/3uu2ac/world-of-warcraft–cataclysm-review

43:35
A Life Well Wasted is a really great and insanely infrequent podcast.
Robert Ashley
http://alifewellwasted.com/

50:50
Shadow of the Colossus is essentially a tone poem in game form.
People have been playing it for years:
http://www.penny-arcade.com/report/article/inside-the-quest-to-find-shadow-of-the-colossus-final-secret

52:30
The Society of Steam! Available on your finer internets!
http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Machine-Society-Steam-Book/dp/1616143754

53:32
The SFWA Newsletter Blowup:
http://www.kameronhurley.com/dear-sfwa-writers-lets-chat-about-censorship-bullying/
I kind of underplay it here, but I honestly didn’t have the details at my fingertips.

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