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.
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