Update: Unlimited Hyperbole is no longer available. There are two episodes preserved by the Thief community on Youtube which are linked in the episode index, however other episodes have since been lost to time.
Games are a multi-disciplinary artform. They aren’t just limited to using words, music or pictures to tell their tales, but can use broader devices too; emergence, artificial intelligence and environments. These, as much as anything else, help inform the character of a game.
Of these tools, it’s the environments we play in which most concerns Rob Briscoe. He’s worked as an environment designer on projects such as Mirror’s Edge and Dear Esther and in this episode of Unlimited Hyperbole he discusses what his role entails, the aspects which characterise his wider style and the pressures that environment designers are often under. Most amazingly at all, he also provides the first hints of what his next project might be, years before it may otherwise come to light.
Unlimited Hyperbole is a short, weekly podcast about videogames and the stories we tell about them. The show is divided into seasons of five episodes, each with a topic that’s used as a prompt when interviewing special guests. This season we’re talking about “Matters of Character” – and to find out more about the production of this episode, read after the jump.