Nostalgia can be a very powerful thing; It can bring back strong memories that transport us to a happier and better time. I aim to speak to anyone and everyone about their nostalgia to best defend from burning out and try to capture the magic that can bring such joy by talking to anyone and everyone about what they love about video games.
So join me as I talk to those related to the industry for conversations about their favorite games, how they got into the industry, and other positive topics and questions related to the industry!
Episode 38 - Conversation with Rubeki, creator of upcoming Lorn's Lure
In this episode I speak with Rubeki, developer of the upcoming Lorn's Lure, and previously Kill The K.O.T.H, DUE, Hatch, and Hollow Head.
Start - 4:45 - Intro
4:45 - 26:00 - Rubeki talks about how he got into the industry and what advice he might give to those looking to get into making games
26:00 - 39:45 - We talk about why Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time is Rubeki's favorite childhood game. As well as other games such as Mario 64, Resident Evil 2, and Jet Force Gemini.
39:45 - 45:30 - We talk about what Rubeki enjoys in games, and what makes them enjoyable to him
45:30 - 50:00 - We talk about what Rubeki does outside of making and playing games.
50:00 - 58:30 - We talk a little more about Rubeki's games
58:30 - End - Wrap Up
Check Rubeki out on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_rubeki
Check out the Lorn's Lure demo at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1417930/Lorns_Lure/
Want to support Rubeki through his development? Check out his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/rubeki
You can also join his Discord via https://discord.com/invite/dQj9DUD
You can also check out his website at https://rubeki.com/ and his Itch IO page at https://rubeki.itch.io/
Episode 37 - Conversation with David Bocek, Sr.Game Designer at Gravity Well, prev Apex Legends and Destiny 2
In this episode I speak with David Bocek, Senior Game Designer at Gravity Well and previously worked on Apex Legends and Destiny 2
Start - 3:00 - Introductions
3:00 - 20:30 - David talks more about what he did as a weapon designer at Respawn while working on Apex Legends
20:30 - 31:00 - We talk about how David got into the industry and any advice he can share based on his experiences so far
31:00 - 37:15 - We talk about why David's favorite childhood games included Silent Hill 2, the Zelda series, Mario series, as well as horror-genre games. Which eventually lead to online shooters being what set him on the path to wanting to work on shooters.
37:15 - 39:30 - We talk about what it is about gaming that David enjoys
39:30 - 47:00 - We talk about the concept of flow state and what games David can feel that in
47:00 - 59:00 - We talk about what David does outside of gaming... Which often includes more video games. We also discuss what kind of comfort games David enjoys to relax
59:00 - End - Wrap up
Check David out on Twitter https://twitter.com/AmusedApricot
Check out the studio David works at Gravity Well on Twitter https://twitter.com/gravitywell
David occasionally streams on Twitch, check him out there at https://www.twitch.tv/Amused_Apricot
As David suggested, everyone should check out the Moss devs, Polyarc, on Twitter https://twitter.com/polyarcgames
Episode 36 - Aaron Clark, co-founder Glovebox Games, creators of Beard Blade
In this episode I speak with Aaron Clark, co-founder of Glovebox Games, creators of Beard Blade
Start - 3:45 - Intro
3:45 - 10:30 - Aaron answers how and why they landed on a magical beard wielding protagonist named Branson
10:30 - 18:15 - I ask Aaron about the current climate of educational games
18:15 - 30:25 - We talk about how Aaron got into making games, and what kind of advice he can share based on his experience
30:25 - 51:30 - We talk about Aarons favorite game, Super Mario World, and why. We then float through a bunch of other games that Aaron enjoyed and I ask about whether he ever played any of the SNES Capcom games due to his art reminding me of their fantastic designs
51:30 - 54:30 - We talk about what makes gaming enjoyable to Aaron
54:30 - 1:01:00 - We talk about what Aaron enjoys doing outside of playing and making games
1:01:00 - End - Wrap Up
Check Beard Blade out on their Steam page at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1546940/Beard_Blade/
Check Beard Blade out on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BeardBladeGame or check out Glove Box Games on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gloveboxgames
Check Aaron out on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ac2Dart
For you hold outs, you can also check them out on Tumblr at https://beardbladegame.tumblr.com/
Check out their Instagram at www.instagram.com/beardbladegame/
Episode 35 - Conversation with Bruno Beaudoin, creator of Nightmare Reaper at Blazing Bit Games
In this episode I speak with Bruno Beaudoin from Blazing Bit Games, creator of Nightmare Reaper
Start - 6:45 - Intro
6:45 - 16:00 - We talk about how Bruno got into the gaming industry
16:00 - 31:00 - We talk about Bruno's favorite game as a child, Blood. As well as his revisiting of an old favorite Daggerfall.
31:00 - 37:30 - We talk about what it is that make games enjoyable to Bruno
37:30 - 47:30 - Bruno talks about kind of games he enjoys or plays to relax such as Subnautica and Vampire Masquerade
47:30 - 53:00 - We talk about what Bruno likes to do outside of playing and making games
53:00 - End - Wrap Up
Check Nightmare Reaper out on Steam at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1051690/Nightmare_Reaper/
Check out Nightmare Reaper on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NightmareReape4
Check out Nightmare Reaper on the GOG store at https://www.gog.com/en/game/nightmare_reaper
Join the official Discord at https://discord.gg/u2pdcGY
Episode 34 - Conversation with Anton Hand, VR Dev at Rust LTD, creative lead of Hot Dogs, Horsehoes & Hand Grenades
In this episode I speak with Anton Hand, VR Dev, one of the creators of Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (H3VR).
Start - 4:00 - Intro
4:00 - 7:45 - Anton asks the hard question of "Why hotdogs?"
7:45 - 17:30 - We talk about how Anton got started in the industry starting with modelling and older VR.
17:30 - 23:45 - Anton shares a little advice to get into the industry based on his experiences for 3D Arts with games
23:45 - 34:00 - We talk about why Descent 2 was his favorite game as a child and how all of that sort of bled into aspirations/inspired and such for H3VRs design principles and what not
34:00 - 47:00 - We talk about Escape from Tarkov, a game that Anton enjoys that he feels doesn't get enough credit/attention. Inevitably leading to a discussion about the game philosophy that focuses more on letting you, the player do whatever you would like.
47:00 - 54:30 - I find out what kind of game Anton would make if money and time weren't a concern
54:30 - - Anton talks outside hobbies and what he enjoys unrelated to gaming.
Check out Anton on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AntonHand
Check H3VR out on Steam at https://store.steampowered.com/app/450540/Hot_Dogs_Horseshoes__Hand_Grenades/
Check out Anton and the other Rusties (As he put it!) at https://rustltd.com/
Episode 33 - Conversation with Chandana Ekanayake - Co-founder and creative director of Outerloop Games; makers of Falcon Age and Thirsty Suitors
In this episode I speak with Chandana Ekanayake; Co-Founder, studio and creator director of Outerloop Games and makers of Falcon Age and the upcoming Thirsty Suitors
Start - 06:45 - Intro
06:45 - 16:30 - Chandana talks about how he got into the industry via architecture digital renders/modelling and getting his start at Bethesda
16:30 - 27:00 - Chandana talks about why Metroid and Legend of Zelda were his favorite games as a child, moving on to how the Lucasarts Full Throttle game inspired him to want to get into making games. We jump off of there while talking about other enjoyed games and genres.
27:00 - 35:00 - We talk about what Chandana enjoys about games now.
35:00 - 53:00 - We talk about what Chandana enjoys doing outside of playing/making video games. Coaching sports with his kids, wine tasting, and anime (We spend a lot of time talking about anime...)
53:00 - End - We talk a little more about the upcoming game Thirsty Suitors prior to wrapping up
Check Chandana out on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ekanaut
Check out Outerloop Games on Twitter at https://twitter.com/outerloopgames
Check out Falcon Age on Steam at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1075080/Falcon_Age/ or via their site with more info on where you can purchase it at https://www.falconage.com/
Wishlist Thirsty Suitors on Steam at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1617220/Thirsty_Suitors/