Significant Zero

Significant Zero

Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games

Book - 2017
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"An award-winning videogame writer offers a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the gaming industry, and expands on how games are transformed from mere toys into meaningful, artistic experiences"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2017
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501129957
1501129953
Characteristics: x, 290 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: 794.8 WIL

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mammothhawk229e
May 02, 2018

Brutal edgy autobiography on a maligned job in the toxic next big thing with matching big egos video game industry & the dreaded "Crunch". The writer that create the backstory, the mindnumbing to immortalized dialogue & the multiple paths in open ended games in concert with development before shipping out in sometimes extended to inflexible deadlines.
He admitted he loved his job a bit too much & act like a swear happy Prima Donna perfectionist chef that happened to be right.
If story done right, game will sell & gain pop culture immortality
He gave out advice for the wannabe.
For a lowbrow & weird metaphors , book surprisingly highbrow & very relatable with regrets on not being more communicative to his co-workers & wish games weren't all first person shooters politicians & lobbyists loved to bash.
Autobiography make Dilbert look like grade school.
Recommended for high school & up.
Even odds it will be an independent Hollywood movie within five years.

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May 02, 2018

mammothhawk229e thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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May 02, 2018

Video games are like rock bands.
Art is the lead vocalist.
Design is on guitar.
Programming plays bass.
Story has no place in the band, because story is the song.

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