Lost Between Levels: Seattle

From Bungie to Valve, it would be hard to find a city with more game developers than Seattle. We discover why.

Discussion

160 comments
usermikey
usermikey

I love these episodes. I hope they continue to do more.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Just finally got around to watching this.  Thought it was pretty good - it's nice to see how these companies got off of the ground, and how there's influence from Seattle culture, and from experience with the industry.

It would be nice to see more cities get this kind of treatment, but I'm not too sure where all of these other development teams are located.  Truth be told, when I think of American video game development, my mind goes to Seattle first.

markvons
markvons

Great series it's very interesting I always enjoy watching. Keep it up!

vidooch
vidooch

everything is better in seattle because weed is legal there! weed=better games and weed= happier people,  and the rest of America besides Colorado is lame because of this fact. weed also makes grunge better and grunge is good. way better than macklebore. macklemore is the only thing seattle should be ashamed of and I am glad seattle is not another self-loathing hip-hop city like everyother city in the US, no one cares about your stupid city rappers or how you lived your life there, Id rather  hear happy stoners trying to find their inner darkness within low roaring guitars and sad depressing obscure lyrics. Nirvana= way better than the beatles!

T-Un1t
T-Un1t

I love how all of these game companies are focused on making sure their employees are happy and have fun at work.  Happy employees lead to quality products, these Seattle game companies are living proof!

SpookyHoobster
SpookyHoobster

I'm really glad they do video's in this style/format. Reminds me a bit of the old history channel documentaries but a bit more casual.

SKaREO
SKaREO

Yeah, but most of the talent there moved in from out of town. Seattle is a really bad place to live compared to ... well everywhere else in North America pretty much.

guiyid
guiyid

I'm expecting to see more interesting games launching in April just like Age of Wushu.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

A very good series of interviews.  Well done.  This makes me wish that I could get in such projects.

AwsomeZ101
AwsomeZ101

meanwhile in Australia *cricket chirps*

"psst.. hey we are Fire-monkeys, we make AAA iOS games."

moving on

xophaser
xophaser

lots of programmers live here from MS and amazon, so it's an ecosystem. 

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the city where companies like valve, bungie, and microsoft resides.  i'm proud to live here

DrKill09
DrKill09

If they're so smart, why don't they bring Grunge back? 

chrisrooR
chrisrooR

Great video and interviews! 

elitesoldier117
elitesoldier117

i live in seattle too....love it here except for all the rain

StoicVenus
StoicVenus

I wish I could afford to go to all the different institutions/universities I want to go to. DigiPen was originally on my list of places to choose from, but I ended up having to choose something a bit closer to home. It makes me sad because I feel like it would have been a GREAT place to study. :'(

Mojira7
Mojira7

Awesome episode. Awesome show!

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

My dream job is to become a game programmer.

daeweyn
daeweyn

What a great video guys!  I lived in Tacoma for 3 years and only knew about Microsoft.  Can't wait to go back now and visit all those places.  Keep up  the great vids!

Syphen_bast
Syphen_bast

Rofl! @ - 18:02   doggy suddenly appears in hes lap xD

And btw, awesome video, it really makes some of us wonder, and even think about doing something similiar with a bunch of friends that like games as much as we do. Great laid back team spirit on those companies(so it seemed), thus giving us great games.

This world needs to evolve quickly about how to manage/treat employes, for their own benefit.

This video oughta be a little example on how.


Cheers

Thomasgreen1328
Thomasgreen1328

CAMELOT UNCHAINED is now on Kickstarter guys!

If you don't know about it already.... you should.

eyematter
eyematter

I live in Seattle off of capital hill. Best place on earth.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@SKaREO I highly doubt Seattle is worse to live in than Chicago.  All I hear about is how corrupt that city is.

CryoIllusion
CryoIllusion

@SKaREO Yeah, dude you're just completely wrong. Seattle is always ranked in the top 50 cities to live in on earth for quality of life. From the tech/gaming scene to food to the outdoors: it's truly an amazing city. If a few clouds scare ya away..... bye.

Grubzic
Grubzic

@SKaREO You're stupid. Seattle is one of the greatest places to live in North America, and arguable the whole world. I've lived all across the United States, from Hawaii, to Los Angeles, to Seattle, to New York, and I found that Seattle is probably the place to live in the country.

Literally the only "bad thing" about living in Seattle is the constant drizzle of rain, but it's not even that bad, and whenever the sun shines, Seattle is THE Best place to live in.

Seattle has the "West Coast laid back" attitude, while being an amazingly modern city, with anything you can ask for. There's relatively low crime, the city is very clean, the air is fresh, and there's EVERYTHING you need within reach. You can come here to access the ocean, the nearby mountain, Vancouver CANADA which is only a few hours north, etc.

Every other place I lived in is much more dangerous, dirty, and expensive than Seattle. Seattle is the best.

NTM23
NTM23

@DrKill09 I live in WA, and I mostly dislike Grunge. It's a bad style.

shaunmc
shaunmc moderator staff

@DrKill09 Because grunge is overrated. THERE I SAID IT. 

VastGameMaster
VastGameMaster

I'm also learning programming too. I'm a vary logical person and I find it pretty easy. Programming is a hot field these days do to the lack of programmers especially for game design studios. I would suggest majoring in computer science where programming is involved.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@Scorchstar As a computer science student, I advise you to not just aim to be a "programmer".  A programmer is someone who can put down code and make it work, and many people can do that.  To make yourself really valuable, you have to know how to make really good code with all necessary commenting.  So when you build your games, make them good.  Very good.  Then you will be a valuable programmer.

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

CD Projekt Red>Bungie>Rockstar North>Kojima>Valve

THAT is all

nate1222
nate1222

@eyematter I attend Seattle Central Community College in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. One of the most vibrant neighborhoods I've seen. It's Seattle's version of Inman Park back in Atlanta.

KimJackie
KimJackie

@eyematter Spend half a year in Seattle with working visa, otherwise I'm from Slovenia. Fell in love with the city. More with incredibly awesome music culture and beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I'm moving to BC Canada in a while just to be present there once more. 

tourdefist
tourdefist

@eyematter I've been living in Seattle for 10 years now and I couldn't be happier.

smurfa1
smurfa1

@eyematter I'm from Sweden and visited last summer and you're right, lovely city. I hope to be able to work at Bungie one day. :)