The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has launched a ten-part documentary series highlighting storytelling in games, with subjects including David Cage, Jenova Chen, Hideo Kojima, and Jade Raymond.
The Game Makers: Inside Story takes a look at storytelling in games with contributions from some serious industry heavyweights.
Developed by Jennie Kong in partnership with AIAS and Wonderstruck Entertainment, The Game Makers: Inside Story takes a look at ten aspects of storytelling within games across ten short episodes: story development, the writing process, character and emotion, narrative design, structure, directing and performance, environmental storytelling, virtual and augmented reality, social themes, and a glimpse at the future of interactive storytelling.
'The landscape of storytelling in games has changed over the past few years,
' claimed Kong of her creation. 'Video game and VR/AR developers are more excited to engage audiences on a meaningful level and tell stories that can move us to tears. I wanted to examine this movement and capture on film what it takes for award-winning studios and indie creators to write and direct emotionally-driven video games.
The list of contributors to the project is impressive, and presented in alphabetical order makes for a hitlist of recent and classic titles: Until Dawn's Will Byles; Heavy Rain and upcoming Detroit: Become Human's David Cage; Flower and Journey's Jenova Chen; What Remains of Edith Finch and Unfinished Swan's Ian Dallas; Deus Ex's Mary DeMarle; The Last of Us and Uncharted's Neil Druckmann; Edge of Nowhere VR and Ratchet & Clank's Brian Hastings; Uncharted's Amy Hennig, who is also working on an as-yet untitled Star Wars project; Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding's Hideo Kojima; King's Quest's Matt Korba; Asassin's Creed and Star Wars Battlefront's Jade Raymond; Entwined's Dominic Robilliard; The Walking Dead and Firewatch's Sean Vanaman; Lone Echo VR and The Order: 1866's Ru Weerasuriya; and Halo's Kiki Wolfkill.
'The Academy is thrilled to partner with Jennie on her project, The Game Makers series,
' claimed Terrence Myers, executive producer at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. 'It fits perfectly into our mission to celebrate the best games and their brilliant creators – something we have done for 20 years through the D.I.C.E. Awards and our other initiatives. We hope to continue to find partners of Jennie’s calibre who have a deep love and respect for the medium and those who work within it.
The full series is available to stream free of charge on YouTube