8 episodes

Veteran gaming personality Jeff Green hosts a rotating cast of game developers, influencers, journalists, and executives for frank conversations about how they got into video games, the state of the industry, and more.

Branching Narratives With Jeff Green USgamer

    • Video Games
    • 5.0, 52 Ratings

Veteran gaming personality Jeff Green hosts a rotating cast of game developers, influencers, journalists, and executives for frank conversations about how they got into video games, the state of the industry, and more.

    Jeff Green: The Early Days of Games Journalism, GFW Radio Memories, and Getting Older in the Games Industry

    Jeff Green: The Early Days of Games Journalism, GFW Radio Memories, and Getting Older in the Games Industry

    USgamer's Kat Bailey turns the tables and interviews Jeff Green this week, so it's his turn to share how he got his first job in the games industry in 1996, days spent rolling into the office at 10:30am to play '90s PC games, GFW Radio memories, and what it means to get older in the games industry. This week the spotlight is on the Black Dragon, so don't miss out.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Kelley Gilmore: Rebooting BioShock, Leading a Studio, And The One Thing You Don't Know About Sid Meier

    Kelley Gilmore: Rebooting BioShock, Leading a Studio, And The One Thing You Don't Know About Sid Meier

    This week's guest is Cloud Chamber Studio Head Kelley Gilmore, who spent nearly 20 years at Firaxis before moving on to run the studio tasked with rebooting BioShock. She talks about the enormous responsibility of rebooting a beloved franchise; how the studio is handling challenges like motion capture amid COVID-19; the importance of hiring for diversity, and the one thing you don't know about Sid Meier. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Gary Whitta: Rogue One, Animal Talking, and the Game Magazine Wars of the 90s

    Gary Whitta: Rogue One, Animal Talking, and the Game Magazine Wars of the 90s

    Gary Whitta—screenwriter (Star Wars: Rogue One, The Book of Eli), comic book writer, and novelist—talks about what it's like to go from being a video game magazine editor to being the guy who wrote a Star Wars movie. He also discusses the trials and tribulations of being a Hollywood writer, the joy and craziness of hosting the wildly popular Animal Talking show, and what it was like to write about video games before the Internet.  

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Kahlief Adams: Black Voices in Games, Breaking Into the Industry Bit by Bit, and More

    Kahlief Adams: Black Voices in Games, Breaking Into the Industry Bit by Bit, and More

    Jeff is joined by Kahlief Adams, host of the Spawn on Me podcast, to discuss the long fight to get more Black voices in the games industry; what it's like to be on the other side of a negative game review; Kahlief discovering games with the help of his grandmother, and his fight to get notice for podcasts about people of color in games. 

    Hosted by USgamer: http://usgamer.net

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Pete Hines: The Early Days of Bethesda, Lessons From Fallout 76, and Why He Won't Even Tell His Kids About Starfield

    Pete Hines: The Early Days of Bethesda, Lessons From Fallout 76, and Why He Won't Even Tell His Kids About Starfield

    In this week's episode of Branching Narratives, we're joined by Bethesda's Pete Hines, who talks about his early days at Bethesda "bullshitting ad copy" with Todd Howard [10:00]; how Morrowind helped keep the company in business [20:00]; the Fallout license acquisition [29:00], and the lessons of Fallout 76 [42:00]. 

    Hosted by USgamer: http://usgamer.net

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Samantha Kalman: The Meaning of Rock Band, Why She Didn't Think She'd Make It as a Game Developer, and Her Next Game

    Samantha Kalman: The Meaning of Rock Band, Why She Didn't Think She'd Make It as a Game Developer, and Her Next Game

    In the second episode the newly-renamed Branching Narratives, Jeff welcomes Samantha Kalman, the indie developer, musician, and technologist behind the unique rhythm game Sentris. She talks about why she never thought she'd make it as a game developer; meeting her heroes; her journey as a transgender woman, and the influences of Loom and Rock Band. Plus, a frank discussion about Black Lives Matter, and her next game!

    Hosted by USgamer: http://usgamer.net 

    • 1 hr 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

EpochAWOL ,

Fantastic conversations

I was not familiar with Jeff before this podcast but his organic conversational style of interview is a delight each and every episode.

DanMcG1augh1in ,

You’re not the Lord of the Rings

It’s so good to hear Jeff Green’s voice again. Keep’em coming.

Beauty Soldier ,

Great casual long form interview series

This podcast is great thus far. I began following Jeff Green’s work during his time hosting GFW Radio, which was the first podcast I ever listened to. I would have been happy to listen to anything Green created for nostalgia’s sake, but this has proven to be an insightful podcast that fills an unaddressed niche in gaming podcasts.
Each episode of the podcast is a well-paced, personal walk through the guest’s career in or around gaming. Green’s interview style is very naturalistic, and he is able to relate his own experience to the guest’s in a way that improves the conversation, rather than shifting focus to himself. Additionally, I am impressed by the diverse cast of guests he has had thus far.

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