INTERACTIVE NARRATIVE CONSULTING

FOR GAMES AND VR

WHAT I DO

 

IP GENERATION

Have a cool new mechanic, but need  fiction to wrap around it? 

Let's create a universe and a compelling story hook  to get your game

or VR experience

to the next level.

WORLD BUILDING

You have a concept locked in, now you need to build out your IP.

We'll create rules and logic for your world, fill it with history and NPCs until it feels like a living, breathing place.

INTERACTIVE DESIGN

Want an interactive story that gives your players agency and choice?

I have years of experience in the arcane art of building complex branching narratives that don't blow your budget.

SCRIPT

DOCTORING

Your VO deadline is fast approaching and your characters still sound like cartoons? A quick dialogue touch up can add some organic  idiosyncrasies to make them feel human.

 

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awards

Selected

 
Best Live Action
VR Experience - 
The Proto Awards 2016
Official Selection 
2017
Venice International Film Festival
San Francisco International
Film Festival
 
Sitges Film Festival
 
Cinequest
Film & VR Festival
 

Nominated for Best Adventure Game -

 IGN's Best of 2015

 

Nominated for Excellence in Storytelling -

 International Mobile Gaming Awards 2015

Best Game - 

BAFTA Awards 2015

Most Anticipated Game - Spike VGX Awards 2013

Nominated for Favorite Video game -

Nickelodeon Kids' 

Choice Awards 2016

Nominated for Best Early Adopter - Google Play Awards 2016

Nominated for Favorite Video Game - 

Blimp Award 2016

Nominated for Best Story - BAFTA Awards 2010

Nominated for Best Game Writing - 

Writers Guild of America Award 2010

Best Action Adventure Game, Spike VGX Awards 2009

Nominated for Game of the Year, AIAS 2010

 

Nominated for Game of the Year, GDA Choice Awards 2010

Let's Talk STORY

9 out of 10 video games are never completed by players. 

 

Once the mechanic is mastered, there is little incentive to keep going. But games with a high completion rate tend to have one thing in common:

 

You want to know what happens next.

 

Story is what hooks us. Story is what guides us to the end.

 

Joshua Rubin brings over 20 years of experience telling stories for award-winning, bestselling Games, TV, Film and VR 

to his work as an INTERACTIVE STORY CONSULTANT.

 

Whether you're working in VR or classic "rectangular" media, Joshua can help your team shape

a player-driven narrative.

 

With his deep contacts in the industry, Joshua can quickly draw together a Writers Room to break your story

or parachute in solo to elevate your dialogue on a deadline. 

 

Whether you're at the concept phase or the eleventh hour, Joshua can help you give players "the feels"

or generate a world that will make them believe.

 

Want to know more? 

Get in touch

 
      Joshua isn't afraid to tackle big story challenges. As a world-builder he excels at crafting strong themes, high stakes and deep mysteries. He… would be a real asset to any interactive storytelling team.

Joseph Staten
Senior Creative Director
Microsoft

      Joshua is both detail-oriented and aware of the bigger picture. He takes ownership and responsibility for the full experience, dreaming big, but also taking into account the requirements of other teams that affect the story. He chases down both story details and features that bring the experience into better focus.

Nya Shirzad
Senior Producer
Bungie

        We contracted Joshua to write a major video game project for EA. Josh was a thrill to work with. A very talented and ambitious writer, a passionate gamer, and a thoughtful person. His work was high quality, and he's a great collaborator.

Jonathan Knight
VP / Studio Head
Warner Bros Games

 

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Thanks. I look forward to connecting with you. - Joshua