Austin Grossman

Dishonored writer thinks his silent protagonist is better than Half-Life's silent protagonist

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Ninjas taught us silence is the language of assassins, but a half-crazed, blood-soaked theoretical physicist demonstrated silence works just as well for everyone else. Although Dishonored's Corvo Attano and Half-Life's Gordon Freeman share a common penchant for reticence, Arkane writer Austin Grossman told Kotaku he's rooting for his creation more than Valve's beloved hero. Why? "I find Gordon creepy as hell," he stated.


"What if Don Draper were a game developer?" System Shock designer Austin Grossman on his next novel

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Austin Grossman - a designer on the original System Shock, a writer on Deus Ex, and author of the very funny supervillain novel Soon I Will Be Invincible - is writing a novel about a game developer, set in 1998.

He told iO9: "In a way, the template is the first season of Mad Men – what if Don Draper were a game developer? The main character is a mysterious guy and something about his mysterious past makes him good at his job. Don Draper would be an awesome videogame designer, so what if we moved him into 1998 in a videogame company?"