Tone Control

Conversations with Video Game Developers

tone control n. A control device, as on a high-fidelity amplifier, for varying the intensity of high and low frequencies. Alternately, a podcast where Steve Gaynor of The Fullbright Company sits down with noteworthy video game developers for an in-depth conversation about their career and creative process, and the tricky work of establishing and maintaining a cohesive tone in their games.


Season 1 of Tone Control has come to an end. Look out for Season 2, start date TBD.

Episode 14:
Ken Levine

May 1, 2014 A long journey's road comes to an end. We always arrive back where we started. Circles within circles... there's always a man.. there's always a city.. there's always a podcast. In this, the final episode of Tone Control Season 1, I sit down with my former boss Ken Levine to talk about the origins of Irrational Games, BioShock, and that time we worked together on BioShock Infinite. Thanks again for listening.

Games Discussed: System Shock, System Shock 2, Freedom Force, BioShock, BioShock 2: Minerva's Den, BioShock Infinite, Gone Home

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Episode Schedule

Oct. 15 2013: Jake Rodkin & Sean Vanaman of The Walking Dead and Campo Santo
Nov. 1 2013: Neil Druckmann, Creative Director of The Last of Us
Nov. 15 2013: Craig Hubbard, Writer & Designer of No One Lives Forever and F.E.A.R.
Dec. 1 2013: Clint Hocking, Creative Director of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Far Cry 2
Dec. 15 2013: Tom Bissell, writer of Extra Lives and Gears of War: Judgment
Jan. 1 2014: Randy Smith, designer on the Thief series, creator of Spider and Waking Mars
Jan. 15 2014: Brendon Chung of Blendo Games
Feb. 1 2014: Tom Francis, creator of Gunpoint
Feb. 15 2014: Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid and The Witness
Mar. 1 2014: Amir Rao & Greg Kasavin of Supergiant Games
Mar. 15 2014: Ryan Payton of Camouflaj
Apr. 1 2014: Tim Schafer of Double Fine Productions
Apr. 15 2014: Jake Solomon, Creative Director of XCOM Enemy Unknown
May 1. 2014: Ken Levine, Creative Director of BioShock and BioShock Infinite


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