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343 and Microsoft Studios

Ahhh Seattle, your home to so many iconic game studios; Nintendo, Valve, Bungie, Microsoft, 343 Industries and on and on.  For this trip we were focusing on 2 of the greats - Microsoft, home of the Xbox 360 & 343 Industries, the new home of Halo and creators of Halo 4, the latest in the legendary series. We started our shoot at 343 where we joined Dolby Laboratories for an exclusive interview with Halo 4 Audio Director, Sotaro Tojima, who is one of the more interesting individuals we have spoken with on the topic of game audio. He has a unique and passionate point of view for the medium and it comes through very clearly in his interview.  After Mr. Tojima's interview we had the pleasure of sitting down with lead Halo 4 producer, Chris Lee.  Now that Halo 4 is officially completed and in stores you could feel a combined sense of relief and exhaustion around 343 and Chris was the 1st one to tell us our senses were correct. It was clear from Chris' interview that a third sense was also present among the 343 Industries team. Satisfaction. The reviews are in, the consumers have spoken and Halo 4 is a runaway hit and we were thrilled to visit the team who created it.  Next we headed to Microsoft where we had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Kudo Tsunoda, Corporate Vice President & Creative Director of Microsoft Game Studios. The 1st and obvious take away from meeting Kudo is that Kudo knows & loves games. His passion for all things interactive was evident in his candid and straight forward answers. While we didn't get any insights into what the next Xbox will be, we did get a great interview and were then walked around the entire campus to shoot b-roll, which turned out terrific. Thanks Microsoft!  

--Jeremy