Meet The Team – Amy Ballinger

Meet The Team Mondays - Creative Writer and Producer Amy Ballinger

Name: Amy Ballinger

Role: Creative Writer

About: For GalaCollider, I am creating the setting and lore for the game, including an overarching storyline that will be revealed gradually in future updates and releases. As a sci-fi writer, it’s particularly exciting to get to design the various playable alien factions and flesh out everything conceivable about them – their evolution, history, culture, physiology, technology, philosophy, religion – absolutely everything. I’m writing about a whole new world, but one four billion years in the future, so it’s fascinating to imagine what might transpire during that timespan.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: To me, the most striking part of GalaCollider is the unique gameplay. There are a lot of games out there with space as their backdrop, but GalaCollider manages to synthesize two traditionally separate genres into a unique and really fun game. It balances deep strategy with accessibility, which is exciting to me as a gamer who tends to avoid 4x strategy games because of their tendency to have a steep learning curve.

What inspires you?: There are really too many to count, as inspiration strikes in the most unlikely of places, from an overheard conversation to an article I’ve read. But there are a few inspiring works that have stuck with me through the years. Ghost in the Shell is a big inspiration to me, especially as a near-future concept of Earth. The Art of War is timeless in its communication of both strategy and psychology, and Jane Austen’s novels capture the intricacies of the human psyche in elegant prose.

What is your current gaming obsession?: A bit of everything. Recently, for MMO’s, I’ve been playing Guild Wars 2 and ArcheAge, for handheld, Super Smash Bros. and Professor Layton games, for console, Destiny and Diablo III, and for computer, Hammerwatch, Hearthstone, Psychonauts, FTL . . . I probably play a bit too much! I haven’t played Bioshock Infinite recently, but I’m still obsessed with it over two years after it was released. And of course, a variety of card/board games, of which Star Realms is a current favorite of mine.