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David Gaider Interview Part I�Working for BioWare and the Writing Process


How much freedom did you have with writing different aspects of the game?
Some. As lead designer I have a little more freedom. If someone is a senior writer I would give them a plot with a general plan and they would be responsible for going ahead and breaking it down into more detail. They don�t have the freedom to create their own characters�some of them�but the major ones, no. They don�t get to decide the major plot. A more junior writer basically gets handed a much more detailed plan. They�re more responsible for implementing that.

As a lead writer you get a little bit more freedom as in I�m given parameters as in this is what we need the story to be or the lead designer talks to me about the overall vision for the story. We toss ideas back and forth. And then in the end, once I understand the parameters that the game�s story has to be made with, I create that. So, inside those parameters I actually have a lot of freedom, so that part is gratifying. It�s not a case of me deciding I want to write this story. In that respect there is not much freedom (laughs).

Tomorrow...Part II�Creativity and the Novels.
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About Louis Garcia12one of us since 7:09 PM on 08.02.2010

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Gaming has just always been something I've loved since I was a wee lad. Ever since I picked up that NES controller and played Super Mario Bros...much like any gamer, really!

Video games were actually the impetus for me going to college and earning a journalism degree. If not for EGM, Nintendo Power, OPM, Expert Gamer, GameNow and countless other magazines I don't know what I would have done after high school! I'd like to think professional footballer for Liverpool...well, a man can dream can't he?!?!

Right now I'm replaying Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. I keep up with all the big-time releases, (Marios, Halos, etc.) but I'm also always trying to whither down my pile of shame.

I game on all systems. PC is my least played platform, but five years ago I've finally started to play classics after finally buying a home computer. I've now enjoyed games like Half-Life and others I had only read about before having a mouse and keyboard controlled gaming rig.

Some favorite games of mine: Metal Gear Solid series, almost anything Mario, Halo, Xenogears, Fallout series, Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Suikoden 1 and 2...Well, pretty much any good game from any genre except for sports released from the NES era and on. Then it is only Mario sport titles and Winning Eleven and FIFA.

Sad fact about me: I'm desperately (perhaps hopelessly) waiting for a new Shadow Hearts game. :(

Update: It's September in Minnesota (getting chilly), and I'm enjoying Borderlands 2.