Branching Narratives: Gary Whitta On Animal Talking, Star Wars, and '90s Video Game Magazine Wars

Branching Narratives: Gary Whitta On Animal Talking, Star Wars, and '90s Video Game Magazine Wars

Animal Talking host Gary Whitta talks about writing about games before the internet, penning a Star Wars movie, and more.

In Episode 5 of Branching Narratives, Jeff talks with Gary Whitta—screenwriter (Star Wars: Rogue One, The Book of Eli), comic book writer, and novelist—talks about what it's like to go from being a video game magazine editor to being the guy who wrote a Star Wars movie. He also discusses the trials and tribulations of being a Hollywood writer, the joy and craziness of hosting the wildly popular Animal Talking show, and what it was like to write about video games before the internet. [Download Link Here]

Host Jeff Green and Gary talk at length about Gary's career transition from games journalist to screenwriter, sharing a number of Rogue One-related stories along the way. Considering Jeff and Gary's shared journalistic background, the two also reflect on their time working with ultra-competitive '90s video game magazines—including the heat between Computer Gaming World and PC Gamer at the time. Gary also discusses his unexpected viral hit Animal Crossing-set talk show, Animal Talking, which has had guests such as Danny Trejo, Elijah Wood, Kevin Smith, and others. Gary and Jeff chat about all this and much more, so be sure to tune in.

Gary Whitta has had a long history both in and out of the games industry. | Gary Whitta

You can listen to our first four episodes with guests Austin Walker, Samantha Kalman, Pete Hines, and Kahlief Adams right here.

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Branching Narratives is a show dedicated to meeting the most interesting people in the games industry. It's hosted by veteran gaming personality Jeff Green, who in the course of his long career has served as Editor-in-Chief of Computer Gaming World, hosted the popular podcast GFW Radio, and co-founded the gaming consultancy Min/Max. Over the course of seven weekly episodes, Jeff will welcome a rotating cast of game developers, influencers, journalists, and executives for frank conversations about how they got into video games, the state of the industry, and more.

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