Last week in San Francisco, veteran game designer Chris Avellone joined Kotaku Splitscreen to talk about Alpha Protocol, his time co-founding Obsidian Entertainment, and the Bethesda murder dungeon.
We’re back for another Kotaku Splitscreen special from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Today we’re joined by storied RPG writer Chris Avellone, Double Fine senior gameplay programmer Anna Kipnis, and 80 Days writer Meg Jayanth.
Superstar RPG writer and Kotaku Asks guest Chris Avellone has left Obsidian, the company he co-founded. “Off to pursue new projects, but can’t say much else right now,” he tells Kotaku.
What can change the nature of a man? Just ask Chris Avellone, the writer behind some of the greatest role-playing games ever made, including Planescape: Torment, Fallout II, and Knights of the Old Republic II. He’s here today to take your questions.
The spiritual successor to Planescape Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera, once held the record for being the fastest Kickstarter to hit $1 million.
Video game publishers have not treated Obsidian Entertainment very well over the years.
Perhaps you remember Planescape: Torment, a wonderful role-playing game that set a new bar for video game narrative when it was released back in the late 90s. Even today, very few games weave stories as intricate and fascinating as Black Isle's masterpiece.
Like its nameless protagonist, Planescape: Torment might come back from the dead.
Fan webseries Fallout: Nuka Break is, as Kotaku once observed, actually pretty good. The first season ran through 2011. Riding the wave of gamer zeitgeist in 2012, the series' creators have turned to Kickstarter to find the second season.
This Saturday, at PAX East, I had the pleasure of attending the "Plot vs. Play" panel, moderated by Joystiq's Ben Gilbert and Kotaku's own Jason Schreier. The panel brought together three developers who have all worked on landmark, story-driven games to discuss their differing philosophies on the presence and purpose…