Speaking at Inclusion Summit: Entertainment and Tech tomorrow

Looking to improve your hiring process? Want to set up systems that continually give you qualified candidates? Want to see what some smart people are doing to promote inclusivity in the tech and entertainment fields? Want to see how many rhetorical questions I can put in one paragraph? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Inclusion Summit: Entertainment and Tech tomorrow to find out more. I’ll be speaking at 10:30am, but there are a host of others who will be present as well.

Where:     CTRL Collective, Playa Vista, 12575 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066
When:       April 21, 10am-5pm
Who:         Co-sponsored by the TV Academy, the PGA, and with speakings from NALIP, CAPE, and more!
Tickets:    Get yours here.  50% off using “Boola” promo code.

Do it! This is your invitation to be included in the Inclusion Summit!Image may contain: 19 people, including Kevin Winston and Anne Toole, people smiling

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Assassin’s Creed Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs is live!

MarchUpdate_headerThe final DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins, Curse of the Pharaohs, is live today! I was the lead writer on this extravaganza set in the ancient capital of Egypt, Thebes, forcing Bayek to face new foes and Pharaohs who seem to have risen from the dead. Enjoy hours of new content, including fantastic locations, weapons, and battles that expand what you’ve already enjoyed in Assassin’s Creed Origins. If you have a season pass, you can download it straight away, or you can purchase it for the low, low price of $19.99.

Already, fans have been saying to Ubisoft “look all I’m asking is what time the curse of the pharaohs dlc will go live I’m not asking for you to employ me” 🙂 and “And so apparently the cutscenes from the Curse of the Pharaohs DLC plus the full ending have already been leaked / shared / published / whatever. Be careful out there!” Check out the launch trailer here:

Congrats to the team at Ubisoft Sofia on the launch, and hope everyone enjoys playing it!

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Released! Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

Where the Water Tastes Like WineWhere the Water Tastes Like Wine is a Narrative-Adventure game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. I was one of the writers, and now you can buy it and play it right now on Steam! It’s perfect for the you-shaped person reading this post right now!

Although it’s finally available for all to enjoy, it’s already been picking up some steam (sorry for the pun) on the indie scene. It won the Developer’s Choice Award at Indiecade:Image may contain: 1 person

It’s also been nominated for Excellence in Narrative in the Independent Game Festival (IGF), along with some other awesome indies:

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It’s also picked up a lot of great reviews and ratings from players on the Steam page. Once you buy Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, don’t forget to leave your own rating!

 

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Horizon Zero Dawn wins Writers Guild Award!

It happened! Horizon Zero Dawn won OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING at the Writers Guild of America awards ceremony on Sunday. Congrats to all the nominees, winners, and the HZD writing team:

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

Check out the acceptance speech and some photos from the event, but be warned, there is a clown.

Next up are the DICE awards next week in Vegas and the GDC awards next month in San Francisco. Fingers crossed for the Guerrilla team, who are nominated in multiple categories!

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Horizon Zero Dawn nominated for Writers Guild Award!

Horizon Zero Dawn‘s writing team earned a Writers Guild Award nomination! The announcement marks my second nomination; the first was for THE WITCHER. HZD has made quite a splash, winning Best Narrative at the Golden Joystick Awards and the Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival, among others. Horizon joins nominees from such projects as HANDMAID’S TALE, GLOW, and GET OUT. Read on to see all the Videogame Writing nominees!

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, External Writers Anna Megill, Hazel Monforton; Lead Narrative Designer Sachka Duval; Arkane Studios-Bethesda Softworks

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Written by Cas Ruffin, Patric M. Verrone; TinyCo

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

Madden NFL 18: Longshot, Written by Michael Young, Adrian Todd Zuniga; Story by Michael Young; Tiburon/Electronic Arts

For a full list of nominees and other awards info, check out the list here.

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Come Through the Looking Glass for this graphic novel adaptation

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016 film) poster.pngGuess what arrived in the mail today? The graphic novel adaptation I wrote of the 2016 film Alice Through the Looking Glass. My adaptation of Linda Woolverton’s screenplay merges with an adaptation of the first Alice in Wonderland film to form DEVASTATOR! No, actually, they merge to form Alice in Wonderland: The Graphic Novel Collection, which you can pick up now in time for the holidays if you are so inclined.

The collection includes hopefully not embarrassing pages from the comic script I wrote, showing how the work turned from words to image. The artwork for the story comes from Massimiliano Narciso, along with lettering from Brandon DeStefano and editing from the inimitable Jennifer Hale. If you liked the movie, or even if you haven’t seen it, it might be worth a look to see how an artist other than the director (James Bobin after Tim Burton) takes the subject matter.

I’m going to sit down and watch the movie with comic in hand to play “Which Medium Suited it Better?”

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ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE series official selection at Baltimore & Rio Webfests

large20size_8The series I created, ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, will be showing at Baltimore New Media Web Festival this weekend, under its English title, LOVE, ANNETTE. The fest goes on all weekend, but make sure you’re there Sunday to catch the viewing, hopefully with English subtitles.

WHAT: LOVE, ANNETTE screening
WHEN: Sunday, November 5 at 2pm
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, Maryland

You can buy tickets for the two-day event here. I’d attend myself if I weren’t speaking elsewhere this weekend. If you go, please let me know how it went! And if you can’t make it this time around, the Rio Webfest chose ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE for their webfest in mid-November. In case you were planning to be in Rio 🙂

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