This is a show about videogames, the people who play them and the people who make them. Each episode, a guest talks about the games that have shaped their life in one way or another. Games that have inspired them, games that have forged connections & games that have soothed wounds. Checkpoints!
My guest on today's episode is Walt Williams. Walt is the writer of Spec Ops - The Line and the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2. He'll also be releasing a book next month called Significant Zero which is a behind the scenes look at modern AAA development which, if you're a fan of this show, you're very likely to enjoy.
We talk about his early love of Adventure on the 2600, video game branded breakfast cereal, the impact of Final Fantasy 6, why Red Dead Redemption is maybe the best game, and how much he loves video games with endings.
We also talk about how he almost became a preacher, why Batman is really just an enabler for the Riddler, why video game nostalgia can be so much more powerful than other mediums and how he almost didn't take the gig writing Star Wars Battlefront 2 until a tweet from John Boyega pushed him over the edge.
"What happened here was out of my control..."
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Games discussed: Adventure, Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Marble Madness, Final Fantasy 6, Jak and Daxter, World of Warcraft, Arkham Asylum, Spec Ops the Line, Gone Home, Civilisation, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Guitar Hero, Dark Souls, Night in the Woods, Portal 2, Red Dead Redemption, The Last of Us