Digital Writes

By Joshua Hillyer

About this podcast   English    United States

Digital Writes is a podcast focusing on the prevalent but often ignored world of digital writing. Specific areas discussed on the show include:
Video game writing
Blog writing
Web and viral video writing
Books with digital media extensions (i.e., apps)
Hosted by writer and university instructor Joshua Hillyer, Digital Writes sheds some light on the creators of this important content.
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Digital Writes

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Jan. 3, 2017
The terminally trill Jon Irwin stops by to talk about some of the narratives on display at The Game Awards and the PlayStation Experience. We discuss Death Stranding, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, The Last of Us: Part Two, and of course: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  Naturally, things go off course, resulting in topics related to gender representation in games as well as whether games should force players to complete difficult sections in order to see more of the story. Read some of Jon's great writing, won't you? Killscreen Issue 10 with Jon's article about Wii Music Nautilus article about video games changing the hero Super Mario Bros. 2 book Boss Fight Books Paste Magazine  
Dec. 1, 2016
Josh stops by to talk about clinical depression and how it affects writing. The answer is: A LOT. However, there is hope, and it involves not obsessing over deadlines and word counts while still honing your craft. Black Mirror is briefly discussed along with the need for more anthology-style content in television and video games. Links of interest: Scriptnotes podcast episode Dimensional Jumping subreddit
Nov. 1, 2016
Kyle Bosman stops by to absolutely slay in this episode, as we discuss his career, GameTrailers, Easy Allies, stand-up comedy, improv comedy, the Nintendo Switch, and lots of other fun stuff! On a side note: Kyle is an incredibly nice, outgoing person who is going to do well no matter what he does in life.  Links of interest: Easy Allies YouTube page Easy Allies Patreon Gitaroo Man YouTube video of the song Josh kind of sang Kyle Bosman on Twitter Joshua Hillyer on Twitter  
Oct. 16, 2016
Josh stops by to talk about his verdict on Final Draft 10 as well as Dark Souls, American Horror Story, and the NX horror story he wrote. Then: Checking in with Chad as he completes his first six weeks of trying to break into the film/television industry.
Sept. 16, 2016
Father Time checks in to remind Josh that a year has passed since the first episode of Digital Writes, forcing your faithful host to feel a tad wistful. The wistfulness gives way to discussions of specializing in particular types of writing, Final Draft 10, and a new segment called Checking in with Chad. This segment gives an honest look at my co-writer's (Chad Oliver) experience moving to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career. It's going to be funny and might even make you consider motherhood. Links of interest: Interview with Ken Levine Chad's website Book Club (short film)
Sept. 2, 2016
Benjamin Rivers stops by to chat about his new game, Alone with You: A Sci-Fi Romance Adventure.  Let's take a moment to appreciate how incredible these words become when placed in a sequence: "A Sci-Fi Romance Adventure."  We talk about a lot of things including the challenges of writing dating sequences in video games, incorporating the DualShock 4's lightbar into gameplay/narrative, and the potential to educate players while not making a boring game.  Links of interest: Alone with You Benjamin Rivers on twitter
Aug. 16, 2016
William Brierly stops by to talk about his bizarre and wonderful game, Soda Drinker Pro. It's a fun conversation that naturally devolves (or should I say "evolves"?) into arcade talk. Digital Writes is back on an every-other-week schedule, and I can't wait for you to hear some of the guests I've lined up! Links of interest: Soda Drinker Pro Pure Sodaworks Math the Band
June 17, 2016
Jon Irwin stops by to analyze the stories of some of E3's most interesting games! We talk about Death Stranding, ReCore, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and of course, We Happy Few. We also use the word "sausage" more than I anticipated and even touch on some serious topics such as mental health and consciousness/impact after death.  Jon's pretty much the best guy ever, so please buy his book on Super Mario Bros. 2 ! Or at least click on his articles at the almighty Paste! After doing those things, you should watch the trailers of the four games we discussed: Death Stranding ReCore The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild We Happy Few
June 2, 2016
I talked about it in episode zero, and now it's a reality: this week's episode with Karla Zimonja! Gone Home is the best game of the 2010s...or is it 201X's? Either way, Gone Home is incredible and can be played and enjoyed by anyone. AND...the PS4 version is free on PS Plus this month. We talk about teaching, writing, BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den, Gone Home, movies, and a bunch of other things in what I'm going to go ahead and say is the best episode yet. Enjoy! Links of interest Tacoma Gone Home  
May 16, 2016
Neal Ronaghan stops by to talk about a little bit of everything. The Nintendo World Report website, copywriting, the Green Bay Packers, and very creepy Halloween products. It's a good conversation with a good beat, and you can dance to it. Links to all of Neal's downright awesome things: Nintendo World Report Nintendo World Report Patreon I'm supposed to be linking to something else, but it's 1:12 A.M. on Monday, and I can't remember. 
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