Obsidian’s Chris Avellone discusses his career as designer

Thursday, 2nd May 2013 08:52 GMT By Dave Cook

Chris Avellone has been designing games in some capacity for over 16-years, and he had discussed his career and the challenges it has brought in a new interview. It’s a must-read for anyone thinking about getting into the design side of the games industry.

Speaking with, Avellone discussed his role at Obsidian and explained why he maybe hasn’t reached the same marquee status as the likes of Warren Spector, American McGee or Ken Levine.

“I suspect that what Levine and Spector do is more akin to what a project director at Obsidian does; they’re the visionary responsible for the guiding of a project and everyone else on the team looks to them to set the tone and the goals of the project.

“Since we have multiple projects going on at once, having someone dedicated to each rather than overseeing both is ideal,” he explained. “In my role as a creative director at Obsidian, my goal is to help project directors, designers, and other studio owners design and make ‘fun’ better at the company. I give advice and critiques when I can to help the process.”

Avellone then went on to describe his day-to-day routine, the challenges he faces on a daily basis, and what it’s been like to help design some truly memorable games like Planescape: Torment and Fallout: New Vegas.

Hit the link above and show him some love.

Meanwhile, Avellone has been added to inXile’s Torment: Tides of Numenera project. Check out how he’s getting involved here.



  1. Radaway

    More in depth discussion here. —>

    On South Park: “Whenever creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone get really excited about a quest or storyline…they start acting out the characters voices right in front of us…I wish we had a recorder turned on for that, because it’s the funniest stuff I’ve heard in a design meeting”

    #1 2 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.