Moving Pixels Podcast

Art, Commerce, and the Auteur in Video Games

by G. Christopher Williams

12 September 2011

Should game developers be considered auteurs? And how might such a self presentation effect the marketing and sales of video games?

This week regular podcast contributors G. Christopher Williams and Nick Dinicola are joined by veteran podcaster Scott Juster of for a discussion of auteur theory and how it may or not apply to a discussion of video game development.

Playing fast and loose with the concept of the auteur, we consider both some aesthetic concerns, issues of intentionality in communicating such a “signature” of self in a game, and how marketing and commerce might be affected by the way that game developers present themselves to the public.


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More discussion of these video games and the auteur:

The Name Above the Title by G. Christopher Williams

Is Suda 51 the Alfred Hitchcock of Video Games? by G. Christopher Williams

No More Heroes and the New Wave by Michael Abbott

Ken Levine Talks About Game Developers and Self Presentation (around the 43 minute mark) at Gamers With Jobs


Our podcast contributors:

G. Christopher Williams is the Multimedia Editor at  You can find his weekly updates featured at the Neuromance blog.

Nick Dinicola is also a regular contributor to the Moving Pixels blog.

Scott Juster is a contributor to the Moving Pixels blog at  You can also find his writing and podcasts at


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