Meanwhile, Over at Industrial Toys, They’re Talking About Story in Video Games

Here’s a brand new video about the making of the Morning Star, the video game I’m working on. This video is focused on the story and script, both of which, as I’m sure you know by now, I’ve had involvement with. There’s even a bit of me in the video. I know, try to contain your excitement.

7 Comments on “Meanwhile, Over at Industrial Toys, They’re Talking About Story in Video Games”

  1. I tried to contain my excitement, leading to unsightly distentsion of my [REDACTED]. Can you recommend an ointment, poultice or tincture?

  2. OK, I got halfway through and gave up.

    Maybe it’s that my gaming interests stopped at about 1989 (when I had a ton of fun with the Nintendo Entertainment System I and my parents had just bought for my sister and brother-in-law for Christmas; hey, we had to make sure it worked right, yeah?), but I really don’t get this.

    (And I say that having done promo work for past popular games including MYST, THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT and others.)

    I suspect it’s a recurrence of the same thing that hit me in the middle of a D&D game in the Air Force circa 1990: “I’m making up better stuff in my head than this will ever deliver.”

    I don’t want or intend to whizz on @scalzi’s contribution to the game, but while I intellectually get why this is (or at least may be) popular: it tells a story and one gets to BLOW SHIT UP while playing…it leaves me absolutely cold.

    Am I strange, or is it just a function of age and mentality? (Bearing in mind, y’all, that I am just about a year YOUNGER than The Proprietor.)

  3. Ensis – Hello! You can call me Ensis. In 1994 I wrote the novel Jurassic Park. Well, not THE Jurassic Park—obviously Michael Chrichton wrote that—as I found out a few days later. But my version had one thing his didn’t: crayon drawings of dinosaurs by a seven year old (me). Literature had a profound and lasting effect upon me as a child and, after over five years of working with children myself, I hope that my writing will one day open some youngster’s mind the way others’ have opened mine. Anyway ever since then I’ve been writing in one form or another and along the way I began analyzing fiction to see what makes it work. This is a real boon in my writing career—and a real bitch for anyone who tries to watch a movie with me. I never did stop writing—I’ve written ten books (if you don’t count Jurrasic Park [Ballentine Books does NOT]) and I’m constantly working to edit them for human consumption. Someday soon you’ll read one! I also never stopped drawing dinosaurs and you can find them all over the site. My art is for sale and I do commissions as well. Join me on the social medias—Twitter and Instagram @j_ensis, Facebook name Ensis Aurelius, and right here on my Website, for vitriol, libel, the occasional Book review, and dinosaur pictures.

    I’ve always said they need to put more real writers in videogame design.

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