Recently I was invited back to Naughty Dog to participate in some interviews to promote the Jak & Daxter Collection…
In 1986, Andy Gavin helped found Naughty Dog and then worked on everything from Crash Bandicoot to the Jak & Daxter series. Recently however, Gavin has been working on entering the book-publishing world.
A cool little blurb in the gear section of the paper (page 35) and digital issue. Click to see it.
This is a really fun hour long podcast mostly about my writing. You can listen to it here.
Gaming Examiner recently had a chance to have a chat with one of the co-founders of Naughty Dog, Andy Gavin. We talk about Andy’s early involvement in creating the company we love so much today, what he thinks of the company’s current direction, and future projects…
I must admit, you’re one of the most fascinating guests we’ve had here at the Underground. You’re a very successful software developer, but what went through your mind that made you take up writing?
An interview focusing on my experiences writing The Darkening Dream and the ideas behind it.
An interview focusing on my experiences publishing and marketing The Darkening Dream.
This is one of the longest and most involved interviews I’ve done to date. I discuss my origins with early computer games and fantasy, and both my video game and writing careers.
A detailed interview covering a lot about my transition from games to novels.
Covering details about the writing of The Darkening Dream.
Here I talk sex and The Darkening Dream
Another cool interview discussing my writing.
I talk about all sorts of things Darkening Dream.
On May 29, 2012 I recorded this cool hour-long podcast mostly talking about gaming (can we say Diablo III?) but also a bit about writing and the like.
This is an awesome and detailed two hour podcast with me where I discuss games, writing, life, etc. All sorts of good stories about the old days at Naughty Dog and a discussion on transitioning from games to novels. Plus, never before heard details on my never-made early 90s MMORPG idea. The podcast itself is here.
This is one hour podcast with me where I discuss games and writing. There are a bunch of good insights here on my creative process. The podcast itself is here.
Andy Gavin reflects and looks back on Crash Bandicoot, and Naughty Dog. He also offers some interesting perspectives on the games industry, drawing from his experiences – finally going on to tell us more about what he’s doing now, as a novelist – and how creating worlds has always been one of his great passions.
Andy Gavin was 16 when he created a little game company called Naughty Dog with lifelong friend, Jason Rubin. That would lead to the creation of Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, and a game style we’ve come to appreciate for its use of technology and polish.
I talk about the book, writing, music and more.
I talk about the book, writing, and hint about the sequel.
I talk about how I got from games to writing and lots of other topics.
I talk on a number of topics like the inspiration for my writing, music I listen to while writing, and even weird meals I’ve had.
Now keep up people…..Andy was making video games with his mate Jason Rubin at age thirteen. I think I was earning a couple bucks rolling marbles at lunch time in the school yard. I know I’m not impressing anybody…well I was pretty good at the marbles.
Q: If you could meet any literary character, who would you pick?
A: Dionysus. I’m sure he’d be great to party with.
Discussions on reading, writing, and more…
I’ve been obsessed with vampires for decades. Not because they are romantic, but because they are undead – and I really mean undead – and because older ones are creatures that have stretched across the centuries…
I really wanted to focus directly on the creative aspects. Dozens of story ideas have been bouncing around in my head for years, and I felt it was time to let a couple of them out. With The Darkening Dream, the visceral part was this image I had – and some might consider me disturbed – of a dead tree silhouetted against an orange sky, a naked body bound to it, disemboweled, and bleeding out…
I really wanted to focus directly on the creative aspects. Dozens of story ideas have been bouncing around in my head for years, and I felt it was time to let a couple of them out.
What do you do after founding and retiring from one of video games’ most successful development houses? If you’re Naughty Dog co-founder Andy Gavin, you write books.
The first of said books is The Darkening Dream, a shadowy fantasy novel about a young girl caught up in a battle that pits ancient supernatural forces like vampires and Egyptian gods against each other.
I never do anything halfway. So in 2010 I read about 20 books on publishing and query writing and spent hundreds of hours researching and querying agents. But the return on time investment was horrible. You wait and wait and barely get any feedback at all…
Please give a warm welcome to Andy Gavin, debut author of The Darkening Dream as well as the creator of the Crash Bandicoot and Jax & Daxter video games franchises.
Fundamentally, I’m a fantasy guy. I read mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy (over 10,000 novels perhaps!) and that’s what I like to write…
These elements: character, plot, and transformational arc, are completely central to the normal story. Really, they are the core of what makes a good film or novel.
But with a game, this whole business is secondary. The primary focus of a game is fun. And fun through gameplay. Does Tetris have any character or plot? Did even Doom? No. But they were fun games. Really fun.
Today we have author Andrew Gavin joining us to talk about his book with bite, The Darkening Dream…
To call Andy Gavin a “serial creator who doesn’t sleep much” is a bit of an understatement…
Andy’s writing detail is incredible and not over done… Sarah is so intelligent, Sam and Anne are twins, Alex is somebody I think I may have a Team T-shirt for…
This post features an extensive Q&A where I talk about my writing and what brought me there from games.
I have author Andrew Gavin on the blog today. Very exciting as Andy is the creator of Crash Bandicoot and now author of a really awesome sounding vampire book which I’m eager to get to.
Available right now on the Amazon.com Kindle (and nook and soon on iTunes) is Andy Gavin’s novel, The Darkening Dream. Andy is better known as Co-Founder of video game developer Naughty Dog and co-creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.
Now I’ve started reading this and got to the vampire part and the guy is badass. He is evil everywhere and does not hold back and it’s finally time we got an evil vampire who likes to kill and torture. I just love everything about this book and can’t wait to continue reading it.
I enjoyed these scenes with Sarah, and I find her an interesting character, a brilliant young woman in 1913…
Gavin … gleefully transforms a story of teenagers battling vampires into something much more.
And here is another amazing novel I would like to share with you.