Branching Narratives: Austin Walker's Journey From Academia to Games, Editorial Battles, and Being a Good GM

Branching Narratives: Austin Walker's Journey From Academia to Games, Editorial Battles, and Being a Good GM

Waypoint Radio and Friends at the Table host Austin Walker shares his journey through the games industry.

Editor's Note: We recently changed the name of our new podcast from The Dialogue Box to Branching Narratives. The show notes and feeds have been updated to reflect the new name. You can check out the Dialog Box here.

In the first official episode of USgamer's new show, host Jeff Green welcomes Austin Walker, host of Waypoint Radio and GM of the Friends at the Table podcast [Download Link Here].

Jeff and Austin start off by acknowledging the seriousness and intensity of this historic moment in time and its impact on the game industry—not the least of which is the fact that they would both be at E3 right now.

From there, they back up into a deep dive into Austin's career: How his game-loving parents encouraged him to analyze his thoughts on gaming from a young age; his early career in academia, his big push into the spotlight when he joined the Giant Bomb staff; the tough decision to leave that behind to head up the gaming coverage at VICE; and the even tougher decision to leave his Editor-in-Chief position to focus on his creative endeavors, which includes co-writing a comic book for the WWE.

Along the way, Jeff and Austin detour into musings on the state of game journalism and whether it was better back in the old days (spoiler: it wasn't), and, geek out on the delight of puzzle solving in games.

Check out Friends at the Table and Waypoint Radio right here!

About the Show

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 host 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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Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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