Xeno Prima (key idea):
Even Meier’s memoir is the result of a collaboration with Jennifer Lee Noonan, a former sound designer for video games. Even Miyamoto had help; his worlds were enriched by the Tolkienist storytelling of his colleague Takashi Tezuka, and, as Melissa Wood and France Costrel’s Netflix series “High Score” shows, by the many illustrators and sound designers who touched the games. Meanwhile, Meier had started working with Shelley, the board-game designer, who gently nit-picked Meier’s sprawling world-building. “Make sure the player is the one having fun.” Game designers want to impress the players, Meier knew, but players want to impress themselves.
Xeno Secunda (main gist):
Meier released Civilization thirty years ago this month, after developing it with Bruce Shelley, a veteran board-game designer. The pair were inspired by the illustrated history books you might find on a middle-school library shelf, and by titles like Seven Cities of Gold (1984), a video game of Spanish conquest created by the designer Danielle Berry. The game is put together by hundreds of hands, from producers, designers, illustrators, and coders to marketers, play testers, and skin-modding fans. Even Meier’s memoir is the result of a collaboration with Jennifer Lee Noonan, a former sound designer for video games.
Quite impressive! Bookmarked, kudos!