34 – Games and stories and so much more with Steve Ogden


In today’s episode we interview Steve Ogden. Steve is a serial creative with a long string of projects behind him: A book of short stories, an animated short, online graphic novel and web comics. All of these while working full time in the games industry at Cyan Interactive on the Myst family of games and currently at Firaxis games, home of the Sid Meirs Civilization series of games. 

In today’s chat we talk about the role childhood plays in grown-up creativity and how it influenced Steve's book of short stories. We also talk about the myth of ‘The Talented A-Hole’ and the importance of balancing artistic skill with technical skill. 

Did you have any A-ha moments from today’s talk? Anything you disagreed with? I’d love to hear about either. Give me a call on my toll-free number at 1 877 966 4886 and leave a message. As always I also accept animal impressions there. If talking to machines isn’t your thing you can always catch me on twitter @sh_tucker.  

Links from today’s show

Steve’s Website: http://steveogden.com/blog/

Steve’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/steveogdenart

Pinkerton Park - http://www.gocomics.com/pinkerton

Bill Watterson - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Watterson

Gary Trudeau - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Trudeau

Croaker’s Gorge - http://steveogden.com/croakers/

Moon Town - http://steveogden.com/moontown/

Calvin & Hobbes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_Hobbes

Walt Simonson - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Simonson

Mike Mignola - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Mignola

Firaxis Games - http://www.firaxis.com/

Myst, Riven, RealMyst - http://cyan.com/ 

URU - http://mystonline.com/en/     

Animwatch - http://podlounge.com/podcast/the-official-animwatch-podcast

Rustboy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRms4B_iaSo

NPR - http://www.npr.org/

Flakes [animated short] - http://steveogden.com/flakes/graphics.html

Bully Entertainment - http://www.bullyentertainment.com/

Steven King - http://stephenking.com

On Writing - http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1439156816/

Neal Gaiman - http://www.neilgaiman.com

Headstones and Monuments - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0988570513/

Through the looking glass - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Through_the_Looking-Glass

The Fifth Element - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119116/

Monument Valley - http://www.monumentvalleygame.com/

Blade Runner - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner

Dilbert - http://www.dilbert.com/

Scott Adams - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Adams