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May 10, 2021 87 min

In episode 8, John gets to learn all about game audio design from Kristen Quinn an Audio Director for PolyArc Games in Seattle, WA. Her credentials include FEAR & Condemned (Monolith), Fable 2 & 3 (Lionhead), Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac), and Legends of Runeterra (Riot).

She talks about how she got into games, how she approaches hiring and building a strong team, and what she's learned from going to AAA to smaller teams, and what strong audio design means to her, and more.



(00:00) Who is Kristen Quinn?

(09:55) Hiring At PolyArc

(19:43) Supporting Your Team

(31:46) Finding a Partner

(40:00) Adapting from AAA to Smaller Teams

(51:18) Effective Audio Design & Direction

(59:56) Inferiority Complexes

(01:09:02) Repetitive Dialogue

(01:17:06) Kristen's Wrap Up

(01:20:50) John's Final Thoughts

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Reducing Bias in Game Audio Hiring: 

GDC 2021 - Avoid an Identify Crisis as a Technical Designer: 

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