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Significant Zero Audiobook

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

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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.

©2017 Walter Williams (P)2017 Tantor

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"An entertaining and provocative look inside big-time video game development." (Kirkus)

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    Rick Chatham San Diego, CA 10-06-17
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    "great insight into the industry"

    if you love video games, you're probably always wondering what happens behind the scenes. what was left out? what was development like? one of the industry's best writers takes you through his own journey in a very personal way.

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    "Revealing insight into the games industry"

    Highly reccomended if you're interested in video games. However, I think the book should come with a spoiler warning. Major plot spoilers for games such as Bioshock, The Last of Us, Dishonored and Spec Ops The Line are casually dropped throughout the book.

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