SIGNIFICANT ZERO: HEROES, VILLAINS, AND THE FIGHT FOR ART AND SOUL IN VIDEO GAMES

Walt Williams



 

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.

 

PUBLICATION DETAILS

LANGUAGE

BINDING

EDITION

ISBN

YEAR

PAGES

English

Paperback

9781501129964

2018

304

English

Hardcover

9781501129957

2017

304

English

eBook

N/A

2017

304

AUDIOBOOK DETAILS

LANGUAGE

LENGTH

VERSION

NARRATORS

YEAR

English

9.5 hours

Unabridged

Kevin T. Collins

2017

 

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Authors/Narrators: #KevinTCollins #WaltWilliams

Publishers: #AtriaBooks (Atria Books)

Languages: #English

Format: #Paperback #Hardcover #eBook #Audiobook

Accessibility: #TextToSpeech #ScreenReader #EnhancedTypesetting

Year: #Year2017 #Year2018

Genres: #Industry #Memoir


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#2KGames (2K Games)


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#WaltWilliams (Walt Williams)


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#Bioshock (Bioshock)

#Borderlands (Borderlands)

#Mafia (Mafia II, Mafia III)

#SpecOps (Spec Ops: The Line)

#StarWars (Star Wars: Battlefront)

#TheDarkness (The Darkness)


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