Not sure how many of our community may be attending Sundance 2011 - but if you happen to find yourself at or near Park City and the festival, there's a video games panel you may not want to miss. That panel is called Video Games: The Plot Thickens and takes place at New Fronter at the Miner's Hospital on Wedesnday, January 26, 2011, and features panelists from the video game industry who will get together and discuss narrative and character development in the unique interactive medium of video games.
We're honored to see Naughty Dog Neil Druckmann make the trip out to Sundance 2011 to take part in the panel -- he's more than well-qualified to discuss the topic, having served as one of our game designers - along with some writing duties - on the UNCHARTED games, wrote and directed the UNCHARTED: Eye of Indra motion comic series, and is author of his own graphic novel, A Second Chance at Sarah.
You can grab the full description of the panel below - or on the Sundance 2011 site. Seats are still available for for the panel at the time of posting!
Video Games: The Plot Thickens
Writer seeks missing wife. Cowboy settles a score. Adventurer hunts lost treasure. All are plots of standout video games. The stories are realized in visually rich worlds that draw liberally from a variety of cinematic references. This panel takes a look at recent successes in game narrative and character development in addition to exploring other modes of approaching stories as experiences. It’s not so much about writing a story as it is about designing one. Moderated by Michelle Byrd, co-president of Games for Change, and featuring writer Mikko Rautalahti (ALAN WAKE), writer & designer Neil Druckmann (UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE, UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES), and Nick Fortugno, CCO/co-founder of Playmatics.
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time: Starts at 10:30 AM and is scheduled for 90 minutes.
Location: New Fronter at the Miner's Hospital