In this episode of the Ward Podcast, we talk about heuristics, artificial intelligence algorithms, and their application to games. We also discuss Nilay Patel, Editor-in-Chief of The Verge, and his interview with Steve Jobs screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle and the effects of abstracting someone’s life through film or celebrity.

The new trailer for Far Cry Primal gets us excited for prehistoric hunting, and we consider the benefits of other developers moving away from the annualized game release in order to reinvent their game franchises. Also, Jessica Curry, co-studio head and composer of The Chinese Room, is taking a step back from her company, so we examine what that may mean for her personal growth as a member of the game industry. Lastly, we think about the best way to structure a game’s narrative, whether it should borrow from the structure from a play versus the structure from a film.

Games include the Star Wars: Battlefront beta, Destiny: The Taken King, and Jetpack Joyride: Back to the Future.