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Beyond the Game: Narrative Design Director Leah Hoyer

The video game equivalent to six seasons and a movie is a broad game franchise, mobile spin-offs, physical books, and some sweet swag. With the high cost of AAA production, it pays for development and publishing houses to invest in transmedia projects that take the game lore off the screen and into the hands of fans who aren’t hardcore gamers. Thinking about how to expand a game franchise off the screen is part of Leah Hoyer’s job.

Test Case Scenario: Dr. Deborah Hendersen

Credit: Dr. Deborah HendersonCredit: Dr. Deborah HendersonThere’s often a deep divide between a game designer’s goal and a player’s expectations, and that’s where behavioral researcher Dr. Deborah Hendersen comes in.

Microsoft Walks Back Xbox One DRM - June 19, 2013

Forget about the once-a-day phone home requirement and restrictions on used games for the Xbox One. Here is the official statement released today on Xbox Wire:

Xbox One Reveal - May 21, 2013

Billed as the “all-in-one entertainment system,” the Xbox One with Xbox Live will allow users to instantly switch between games, live TV, movies, music, on-demand programming, and Skype with just a voice command or hand gesture. Imagine Tony Stark in his basement lab and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what this looks like—minus the hologram. Scientists, get on that.