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Author: Walt Williams Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781541481350
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When his satirical musings in a college newspaper got him discharged from the Air Force, it became clear to Walt Williams that his destiny in life was to be a writer—he just never thought he’d end up writing video games, let alone working on some of the most successful franchises in the industry—Bioshock, Civilization, Borderlands, and Mafia, among others. Williams pulls back the curtain on an astonishingly profitable industry that has put its stamp on pop culture and yet is little known to those outside its walls. In his reflective yet comically-observant voice, Williams walks you through his unlikely and at times inglorious rise within one of the world’s top gaming companies, exposing an industry abundant in brain power and out-sized egos, but struggling to stay innovative.

Significant Zero also provides clear-eyed criticism of the industry’s addiction to violence and explains how the role of the narrative designer—the poor soul responsible for harmonizing gameplay with storylines—is crucial for expanding the scope of video games into more immersive and emotional experiences.

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  • “Narrator Kevin Collins gives listeners a bird’s-eye view of professional life in the video game industry…His soft, wry delivery fits well with Williams’ deadpan jokes and commentary on annoying bosses, lame industry practices, and quirky video game culture.”


  • An entertaining and provocative look inside big-time video game development. Kirkus
  • “A compelling look into a world that doesn’t like to spill its secrets to outsiders…[Significant Zero] has a bright Hero’s Journey arc (complete with setbacks, small deaths) and the winning of boons through cleverness and combat.”


  • “Williams reveals the video-gaming industry in all its lucrative shine and questionable morality…[and] provides a refreshing and realistic portrayal of succeeding at attaining a dream via an unforeseen career trajectory.”


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About the Author

Walt Williams, originally from Louisiana, moved to New York to pursue a writing career and took a job at 2K Games, one of the largest video game publishers in the world. Over the past ten years he rose from entry-level game analyst to senior writer, helping bring life to Bioshock, The Darkness, and other beloved franchises.

About the Narrator

Kevin T. Collins, an Audie Award–winning audiobook narrator, is an actor, singer, recording artist, and director who can be seen off Broadway, on television, and in films.