About One Cool Thing
One Cool Thing is a podcast speaking with people in and around videogames about One Cool Thing not from games which is really fascinating them at the moment. One of the founding principles of Die Gute Fabrik is interdisciplinarity - collaborating with people from other art forms to bring fresh ideas to video games. And that’s also what’s at the heart of this podcast series: what not from games is shaping how people think about making games right now?
About This Episode
On this episode we meet Matthew Seiji Burns who chats to Hannah Nicklin about Two Visions of Zen.
Matthew Seiji Burns is a writer, director, composer and game designer based in Seattle on the West Coast of the USA. All in all Matthew has worked on games as varied as AAA games like Halo 3, to high-concept Indies like Eliza as part of his long standing collaboration with Zachtronics, and on high impact yet tiny works of Interactive Fiction like The Writer Will Do Something or The Arboretum. He has a 6 record back catalogue on bandcamp with Zachtronics.
Have a listen below:
Or you can listen to the podcast on YouTube too:
- Matthew Seiji Burns - Personal website
- Eliza - on Steam and Nintendo eShop
- Music for Zachtronics games
Books and other references on the show:
- How the Swans Came to the Lake by Peter Fields
- Shunryu Suzuki (Wikipedia):
- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
- Zen Is Right Here by David Chadwick and Shunryu Suzuki
- Xuanhua (Wikipedia):
- Touching Ground by Tim Testu
- Three Steps, One Bow by Heng Ju and Heng Yo
One Cool Thing Production Credits
One Cool Thing is hosted by Die Gute Fabrik's Studio Lead Hannah Nicklin and is produced, edited and sound designed by Tom Whalley. Additional production and research by Úna-Minh Kavanagh and our theme music by Nick Ellis who can be found on Bandcamp as tenby.