Jude interviews Matthew Seiji Burns from Seattle. He’s a games developer, writer and composer. His narrative game Eliza is about an A.I counseling program, the people who use it, and the people who make it.
It’s a naturalistic game that Matthew also calls a visual novel and it attracts people who don’t normally play games. Eliza was produced by Zachtronics games studio in 2019. Matthew’s also worked for some big giant games companies. In Eliza his protagonist has suffered burn out in the high tech industry. There’s some autobiographical content in that. Matthew discussed his ideals for games that change society for the better.
Here are some current titles and projects that are inspiring Matthew right now:
- Norco, an adventure game set in rural Louisiana in the shadow of a huge refinery, made by people from the area – http://norcogame.com/
- The work of Everest Pipkin, who makes digital and tabletop games and digital art that engages with a variety of topics including ecology, information, and systems – https://everest-pipkin.com/
- Glow Up Games, Brass Lion Entertainment, and Outerloop Games – minority-led indie game studios centering on characters and stories that haven’t been traditionally included in mainstream games – http://glowup.games/ – https://brasslionentertainment.com/ – https://outerloopgames.com
Each week in creative confidential Jude Kampfner chats to an independent professional performance or visual artist about how they survive and thrive. They share details of moving between projects, becoming more entrepreneurial, finding the best opportunities, and developing a signature image and style. Her guests range from lyricists to novelists, videographers to sound designers.
A broadcaster, writer and coach, Jude gently probes and challenges her so that whatever your line of creativity you learn from her advice and the experiences of her lively guests.
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Theme music composed by Gene Pritsker.
Show producer and editor, Mark McDonald.