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Out of Play Area

26 EpisodesProduced by John R. DiazWebsite

A bi-weekly video game development podcast by John R. Diaz, a veteran game designer who goes 1:1 in candid conversations with the developers behind today‘s hit games where we discuss their journey and learnings in this wild industry with no punches pulled. John is a kid born to emigrants from the D… read more


Designing & Directing Video Game Sound | Kristen Quinn - Audio Director @ Polyarc Games | Ep 8

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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