My name is Nick and I’m a gamer. I enjoy playing games, and I enjoy making them. I’ve spent the last 15 years working as a video game developer and now myself, and two of my long-time collaborators, have started a new venture taking our lessons from games development and applying them to digital books. If you’re not a gamer and have no interest in gaming culture, then you might be interested to know that digital games have come a long way since they crawled out of the arcades and started ruining the fabric of society. If you can look beyond the killing fields of current generation violent blockbusters, there are plenty of games out there which speak to a thinking and reflective audience. I believe that games have a lot to offer when it comes to methods of narrative delivery. When game developers seamlessly pair elegant storytelling with compelling game-play, then the medium transcends itself and becomes greater than the sum of its parts. We think that some of the ideas from modern video games can be used to create a new kind of digital book.
I’d like to share with you three games which have helped to shape the ways we are thinking about a new form of digital book.
Challenging our preconceptions of what defines a game, Journey is an experience which speaks directly to our vision for new forms of story telling. Journey asks very little of the player, your only requirement is to … continue reading