By Joshua Hillyer
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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.
||CleanEpisode Twenty-Five - 2017 Game Narratives with Jon Irwin||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...||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Twenty-four - This Is So Depressing||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...||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Twenty-three - Kyle Bosman||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..||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Twenty-Two - Josh Talks Final Draft 10 and Dark Souls||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 industr||10/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Twenty-one - One Year Anniversary episode||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...||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Twenty - Alone with You - new game by Benjamin Rivers||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...||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Nineteen - William Brierly of Soda Drinker Pro fame||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..||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Eighteen - E3 Narrativecast with Jon Irwin||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...||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Seventeen - Karla Zimonja of Gone Home fame||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...||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Sixteen - Neal Ronaghan of Nintendo World Report||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...||5/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Fifteen - I Know What You're Doing This Summer||Josh tells it all in this overly-honest talk about making the most of the summer as well as the nature of good vs evil in narratives. Specifically, he talks about his plan to write a lot of words, what your plan might be, representations of evil and...||4/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Fourteen - CJ of Adult Swim Games and Player One Podcast||Chris Johnston (CJ) is perhaps the most passionate member of the video game community. In this episode you'll find out why as he discusses the underlying reasons for doing a podcast for ten years ... or launching a youtube page ... or really doing...||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Thirteen - Gabe Durham of Boss Fight Books||Gabe Durham stops by to talk about his downright excellent press, Boss Fight Books. He's published ten wonderful books on games ranging from Bible Adventures to Metal Gear Solid to Super Mario Bros. 2, and quite frankly, he's providing an important...||3/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Twelve - Josh gets to work||Determination stops by to remind Josh of an inconvenient truth: Writers must write. Thus, writers must have time to write. Thus, writers must make time to write. Thus, writers must determine the best times and places to write based on their schedules,..||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Eleven - Aaron Mahnke of Lore||Aaron Mahnke stops by to talk about writing podcasts as well as ebooks, the success of Lore, and the importance of writers cultivating real social networks. Writers of all varieties will benefit from this episode. Lore podcast Aaron Mahnke's novels||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTen - CourTney Collins of television editing and NonLinear Knitting||CourTney Collins stops by to talk about film/television editing as a craft, Las Vegas, telling your family you're leaving a great job, writing honest blog posts, and that strange entity that is the future. It's a great conversation, and I think...||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Nine - Narrative lessons from Bloodborne||The PS4 game Bloodborne stopped by Josh's life to teach him several lessons about storytelling, so he decided to share them with you! He discusses the importance of interesting universes, not beating the audience over the head with exposition,...||1/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Eight - Kevin Larrabee of The FitCast and Back in My Play||Kevin Larrabee stops by this week to discuss two topics that go so so well together: video games and fitness. We focus a great deal of attention on his article "Saying 'Goodbye' to Video Games," funny censor sounds (you'll hear what I chose about...||1/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Seven - Super Mario Bros 2 book by the awesome Jon Irwin||Jon Irwin, author of the downright excellent Boss Fight Book on Super Mario Bros. 2, stops by to talk about his career, his writing process, being an au pair, driving an ice cream truck, and many many other things. On a side note, Jon Irwin...||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Six - Christopher Baker - Author, PR Expert, Former Journalist, Nice Guy||Christopher Baker, the author of one of my favorite nonfiction books, WRONG! Retro Games You Messed Up Our Comic Book Heroes!, stops by to talk about his book, his career as a games journalist, working at Marvel and LucasArts, and what he's up to...||11/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Five - Georgia Dow - Psychotherapist, Podcaster, and All-Around Awesome Person||Alternate title for this episode: Find Your Kevin Larrabee. Georgia Dow stops by to talk about depression, therapy, OCD, and her incredibly helpful Internet videos on anxiety. It's a wonderful discussion that hopefully helps at least one...||11/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Four - Josh vs Josh||Josh is guest-less this week, so Josh stops by to talk to Josh about the Grantland closure as well as Ben Kuchera's article on Halo 5's narrative. Learn more about Josh at joshuahillyer.com I'm not Joshing. We'll return to more traditional,...||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Three - Home - a unique horror adventure||The undeniably trill Benjamin Rivers stops by to talk about his critically-acclaimed iOS/PS4/PSVita/PC/Mac horror game Home. The conversation gets pretty crazy, and Ben is dubbed the "Canadian Lovecraft," a term he begrudgingly accepts. We then talk...||10/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Two - Jonny Metts of RFN fame||Dr. Jonny Metts stops by to discuss his ten plus years working on a popular video game website, the Nintendo podcast from which he recently retired, as well as his awesome book, Surviving Coventry! Plenty of great nuggets on why we do creative...||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode One - Ori and the Blind Forest||Thomas Mahler, Game Director of the stunning 2D action platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, stops by to discuss his game's narrative! Other topics include incorproating story into an interactive medium as well as using Final Draft to write your game's..||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDigital Writes - Episode Zero||This is Episode Zero of the all-new Digital Writes podcast! It's a short one: Josh talks about the show, the reason it exists, and the first few guests you can expect to hear. Stick around; this is only the prologue to what will hopefully be a long,...||8/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Really interesting discussions. Listened to Josh on other video games related podcasts and glad to see him at the helm of his own show, exploring a different aspect of the field. Looking forward to more episodes.
I started listening to this podcast just this week. His guests, starting from week one, have been super interesting and have given me a lot of insight into writing in the games industry. I really appreciate this podcast!
What a guy. What a show. If you are a creative mind, you should listen to this.