“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them.”
― Philip K. Dick


Want to Make this Game Together?

March 2, 2017

Last edit: April 13, 2017. Development / design starts in May, some time after I’m done with the Video Game Writing by Video Game Writers project. If you are interested in working with me on this game, I am happy to negotiate some kind of a revenue share contract. Concept An Episodic Single Player Action Adventure Game…


Electric City Colors

January 21, 2017

Electric City Colors by Maxim Salnikov ACT I I was eight. It was a cold Russian night; I was too young to be thankful for the comfort of heating. I had everything: parents who loved me and brought me to trips around the world, a home, even a friend. But on that night, I have…

Deal With the Devil

The Heart of the Deal

January 20, 2017

The Heart of the Deal by Maxim Salnikov The man swirled the ice cubes in his whiskey glass, the low hum of his private jet a soothing, calming sound. It was a sound of power and, as far as the man was concerned, power meant merit. Respect. Money. But the power he had was not…


“Fallout 4” by Bethesda Softworks

January 13, 2017

Who and Why? People responsible for Fallout. Because they made my childhood dream come true. I have played the game on the Playstation 4 Pro for 50+ hours And now it is time to say goodbye. Because, war. War never changes. WHAT & WHEN? Fallout. I learnt English from the original game, and I was…


Hello, I Am From Earth

November 8, 2016

Hello, I Am From Earth by Maxim Salnikov When I lost my arms, I was given a choice: become a beggar, or a starfighter pilot. Terra Corps needed people with nothing to lose, people who were willing to get cybertoys screwed into their bodies so that their genius R&D eggheads could turn them into statistics….



October 30, 2016

Images are used for non-commercial purposes, but I do not know the copyright holders. If you own the copyright to an image displayed below please let me know so I can give you credit. With thanks to Michael Swanwick, Chris Roberts, and Tau Station for the inspiration. Poem for DÓRA GABRIELLA #26 五大  

The Cartographer

The Cartographer

May 10, 2016

The Cartographer by Maxim Salnikov A gust of wind hit the drone, tilting my view of the forest below, the drone’s cameras feeding static-ridden visuals into my VR helmet back on Earth. I gently pushed the flight stick with my right hand as I pushed the throttle with my left. The drone glided over the…

Reboot Develop 2016

Reboot Redux Day 3: The Texture of Magic Part 2

May 6, 2016

This was it. The last hours of the Reboot Develop conference, a gathering of creative, interesting people under the Croatian sun, people who believe in the power of games, and the power of the imagination … to quote the immortal Sir Terry Pratchett, “Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one,” and so I am happy…


Reboot Redux Day 3: The Texture of Magic Part 1

May 5, 2016

For me, the last day at Reboot Develop was the most important. Why? It would start with a writing panel where I’d have the chance to listen to some of the most accomplished video game writers in the world and ask them about what they think about producing a book of video game case studies, then –…