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From the award-winning video game writer behind Spec Ops: The Line comes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how today's blockbuster video games are made.

Full Synopsis
When his satirical musings in a college newspaper got him discharged from the Air Force, it became clear to Walt Williams that his destiny in life was to be a writer—he just never thought he'd end up writing video games, let alone working on some of the most successful franchises in the industry—Bioshock, Civilization, Borderlands, and Mafia, among others.

Williams pulls back the curtain on an astonishingly profitable industry that has put its stamp on pop culture and yet is little known to those outside its walls. In his reflective yet comically-observant voice, Williams walks you through his unlikely and at times inglorious rise within one of the world's top gaming companies, exposing an industry abundant in brain power and out-sized egos, but struggling to stay innovative. Significant Zero also provides clear-eyed criticism of the industry's addiction to violence and explains how the role of the narrative designer—the poor soul responsible for harmonizing gameplay with storylines—is crucial for expanding the scope of video games into more immersive and emotional experiences.

"An entertaining and provocative look inside big-time video game development." ---Kirkus

"A dark, humorous look into video game publishing, essential for anyone interested in the gaming industry and an entertaining read." ---Library Journal

"Fascinating and compelling, Walt Williams’ memoir is an incredibly human account of what it takes to survive in today’s video game industry. . . . an inspired vision of a better future for games.” ---Jane McGonigal, New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken and SuperBetter

"A tremendously entertaining book." ---Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives and Apostle

"[Kevin T. Collins's] soft, wry delivery fits well with Williams's deadpan jokes and commentary on annoying bosses, lame industry practices, and quirky video game culture" ---AudioFile

Significant Zero

Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games

Author Walt Williams

Narrated by Kevin T. Collins

Publication date Sep 19, 2017

Running time 10 hrs

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