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Chris Avellone's Blog


Prepping for E3: Alpha Protocol Research.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 13 July 2008 - - - - - - · 1653 views

New News, Same as the Old News: The fun of prepping for game tradeshows.

But the research is fun!


Morality in Games, Part 2.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 15 June 2008 - - - - - - · 1889 views

And more on morality…

What do you personally consider to be a typically good character?
A good character is one who places others before himself, and is willing to let his character suffer physically, financially, and materially in order to help someone else. They sacrifice, in the recognition that the act of sacrifice is the reward in itself. Sometimes...


Morality in Games, Part 1.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 31 May 2008 - - - - - - · 3775 views

I recently did an interview regarding morality and games for a student's Master's Thesis, and I wanted to share in case anyone was interested. Or wanted to quote me in or out of context for fun.

What is your name and professional title?
My name is Chris Avellone, and I'm Creative Director (and Lead Designer on our Alpha Protocol CIA RPG) here...


World, Story, Character creation interview.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 25 May 2008 - - - - - - · 1298 views

I got to join some distinguished colleagues in giving some comments on world, story, and character design - many thanks to Vince for giving us the opportunity.

You can find the interviews and the collected thoughts at:

Story, Character, World Interview at Iron Tower Forums.


2nd Part of Star Wars Interview up.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 08 May 2008 - - - - - - · 958 views

EU Cantina Interview, Part 2.

It's the last ten questions, but better late on my part than never, I suppose.


What working on Alpha Protocol is like.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 29 April 2008 - - - - - - · 965 views

Working on Alpha Protocol is great, although it has caused some... changes around the office.

Alpha Protocol work environment.

Hope you all are having a more fun and less paranoid week than I'm having.


Star Wars EU Interview up!

Posted by Chris Avellone , 27 April 2008 - - - - - - · 1161 views

Thanks to Andrew (Son of Skywalker) and EUCantina.net, part 1 of writing/designing Star Wars comics/games is up at:

Star Wars Expanded Universe Interview Part 1

Clone Wars Adventures (Issues 7-10) is also nominated for Best Children's Comic in the 2008 Eisner Awards! I feel incredibly stoked (I contributed stories for issues 7, 8, and 10).


What developers at Obsidian do in their off-duty hours.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 11 December 2007 - - - - - - · 1395 views

You can read it all here.

Not company safe in an abstract respect, I guess.


Fallout Memories on Vault Network

Posted by Chris Avellone , 30 November 2007 - - - - - - · 1004 views

Fallout Memories, a decade later, over at Vault Network.


Awards for video game writers... but not designer-writers.

Posted by Chris Avellone , 21 October 2007 - - - - - - · 1715 views

I have to confess, I was pretty happy to hear the Writers Guild of America, West was giving awards for video game writing.

Award Criteria and Submissions

Then the fine print came out, which basically invalidates all the writing work we did at Black Isle and Obsidian for the past ten years, including:

"Submitted games MUST have separate credit for...

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