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Creative Designer of "Outer Wilds" Space Exploration Game

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Alex Beachum is the creative designer of the highly-anticipated space exploration game "Outer Wilds," which won the Grand Prize at the 2015 Independent Games Festival.

Outer Wilds is an open world exploration indie video game. In the game, the player-character finds themselves on a planet with only 20 minutes before the local sun goes supernova and kills them; the player continually repeats this 20-minute cycle but learning details that can help alter the outcome on later playthroughs. The game won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and Excellence in Design at the 2015 Independent Games Festival Awards.

Outer Wilds began as Alex Beachum's USC Interactive Media & Games Division master's thesis and grew into a full-production commercial release. He started the project in late 2012 for his yearlong thesis and "Advanced Game Project" assignment. Beachum had previously made a three-dimensional platformer out of Lego bricks as a kid, and was uninterested in a career in games until applying to the Interactive Media program. The original team members were University of Southern California, Laguna College of Art and Design, and Atlantic University College students.

Beachum's original ideas were to recreate the Apollo 13 and 2001: A Space Odyssey "spirit of space exploration" in an uncontrollable environment, and to make an objective-less open world game where exploration would satiate the player's questions without feeling "aimless". Beachum took cues from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker's non-player characters that would tell tales of distant lands as to entice the player to explore those areas for themselves. The game also uses the camping motif heavily, as Beachum himself is an avid backpacker, while also emphasizing that the player-character is far from his home and alone in this galaxy. Journalists have positively compared Outer Wilds's time loop mechanics to that of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask; Beachum notes that in contrast to Majora's Mask the gameplay in Outer Wilds is less about trying to alter the causality of events, but instead to use the time loop in a diegetic manner on larger dynamic systems.

Beachum's team started by working with "paper prototypes" and a "tabletop role-playing session" to brainstorm a narrative. The team built the game in the Unity3D game engine. They later wrote the game as a text adventure in Processing. After Beachum's graduation, the project hired members full-time to work towards a commercial release, with Beachum as creative director.

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  • 30 Under 30 2016: Games - Forbes

    Alex Beachum, 27. Creative director, Mobius Digital. more. Finn Brice, 28. Founder, Chucklefish Limited. more. Tommaso Checchi, 26. Game developer, MojangĀ ...

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Creative Designer of "Outer Wilds" Space Exploration Game

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Alex Beachum Biography

Alex Beachum is the creative designer of the highly-anticipated space exploration game "Outer Wilds," which won the Grand Prize at the 2015 Independent Games Festival.

Outer Wilds is an open world exploration indie video game. In the game, the player-character finds themselves on a planet with only 20 minutes before the local sun goes supernova and kills them; the player continually repeats this 20-minute cycle but learning details that can help alter the outcome on later playthroughs. The game won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and Excellence in Design at the 2015 Independent Games Festival Awards.

Outer Wilds began as Alex Beachum's USC Interactive Media & Games Division master's thesis and grew into a full-production commercial release. He started the project in late 2012 for his yearlong thesis and "Advanced Game Project" assignment. Beachum had previously made a three-dimensional platformer out of Lego bricks as a kid, and was uninterested in a career in games until applying to the Interactive Media program. The original team members were University of Southern California, Laguna College of Art and Design, and Atlantic University College students.

Beachum's original ideas were to recreate the Apollo 13 and 2001: A Space Odyssey "spirit of space exploration" in an uncontrollable environment, and to make an objective-less open world game where exploration would satiate the player's questions without feeling "aimless". Beachum took cues from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker's non-player characters that would tell tales of distant lands as to entice the player to explore those areas for themselves. The game also uses the camping motif heavily, as Beachum himself is an avid backpacker, while also emphasizing that the player-character is far from his home and alone in this galaxy. Journalists have positively compared Outer Wilds's time loop mechanics to that of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask; Beachum notes that in contrast to Majora's Mask the gameplay in Outer Wilds is less about trying to alter the causality of events, but instead to use the time loop in a diegetic manner on larger dynamic systems.

Beachum's team started by working with "paper prototypes" and a "tabletop role-playing session" to brainstorm a narrative. The team built the game in the Unity3D game engine. They later wrote the game as a text adventure in Processing. After Beachum's graduation, the project hired members full-time to work towards a commercial release, with Beachum as creative director.

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  • How to book Alex Beachum?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alex Beachum for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Alex Beachum, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alex Beachum or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Alex Beachum?

    Booking fees for Alex Beachum, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alex Beachum, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alex Beachum?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alex Beachum for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alex Beachum for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alex Beachum or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alex Beachum or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Alex Beachum is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Alex Beachum for your event is available upon request. Alex Beachum generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Matt Zitzmann, Gavan Wilhite, Adriel Wallick, Ashley Ruhl and Trent Kusters. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alex Beachum for an upcoming event.

Alex Beachum News

  • 30 Under 30 2016: Games - Forbes

    Alex Beachum, 27. Creative director, Mobius Digital. more. Finn Brice, 28. Founder, Chucklefish Limited. more. Tommaso Checchi, 26. Game developer, MojangĀ ...

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