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GI Show – Debating VR's Future, Ken Levine Interview

by Tim Turi on Dec 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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The latest issue of Game Informer is all about virtual reality. We cover the immersive games and experiences you can look forward to, and how Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and the HTC Vive will define the new medium next year. The Game Informer staff has spent hours playing in virtual-reality worlds in preparation for this issue, and we're excited to share our experiences (both the ups and the downs) with you on this episode. Join Andy McNamara, Jeff Cork, Mike Futter, Ben Hanson, Ben Reeves, and Tim Turi as we enthusiastically debate the most exciting elements of VR and the biggest lingering concerns. Stick around for our chat with BioShock creator and Irrational Games founder Ken Levine as we discuss everything from his new bold, upcoming sci-fi RPG to his thoughts onPaper Mario.

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To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below...

1:00 - Our thoughts on the future of VR
1:04:00 - Listener emails
1:44:58 - Ken Levine on the challenges of building his upcoming RPG with a systemic narrative
2:18:46 - Levine's approach to Twitter
2:23:40 - Levine's thoughts on Paper Mario for the N64
2:27:50 - Levine's thoughts on System Shock 3's announcement and comparisons to his upcoming game
2:34:25 - Bioshock Infinite in retrospect