In view of our topic, this episode of the Moving Pixels podcast is expansive. In other words, this is quite a long episode.
Nick Dinicola, Mattie Brice, and I found quite a lot to discuss about the open world genre this week. It is a genre that has become widespread across the medium over the past decade (thanks in no part to a little game called Grand Theft Auto III). Worlds of all kinds have been built for players to explore, telling stories in genres as diverse as crime, the western, fantasy, science fiction, and even schoolhouse drama.
We talk a little about what the genre means to this last decade in gaming and what kinds of worlds most compel players to explore them.