James B. Jones – Narrative Writing

In this episode of Behind the Screen, we chat with James Jones, journeyman writer for the games industry and former colleague at BioWare Austin. Among James’ achievements in games include co-authoring the STAR WARS: The Old Republic Encyclopedia, writing narrative and VO scripts for NCSoft’s Blade & Soul, constructing story arcs and lore for multiple games in the action, fantasy, and sci-fi spheres, and more.

Kristen chats with James about his well-traveled, sometimes difficult road in the industry, from his humble beginnings in Flint as a writer and later Editor-in-Chief of Binge Gaming, to his work at BioWare Austin’s STAR WARS: The Old Republic, to the trials and tribulations of Red 5’s Firefall, and much more. We also talk to him about the personal and emotional cost of being exposed to the sometimes turbulent, volatile nature of the games industry, and how his struggles and successes have shaped the narrative writing work he continues to contribute to many titles.

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