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Two working actors, Dylan and Chris, take deep dives into the games they love, with a dramatic twist. Join us every week for just shy of an hour of conversation on theater, games, and life in a creative career, with some goofing for good measure.

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    • Performing Arts

Two working actors, Dylan and Chris, take deep dives into the games they love, with a dramatic twist. Join us every week for just shy of an hour of conversation on theater, games, and life in a creative career, with some goofing for good measure.

    Let's Go Sports!

    Let's Go Sports!

    This week is short and rambly, but we give a brief overview of the inherent dramatic mechanics of sports, and how eSports tap into those ideas in their own unique ways. Chris also learns about his new favorite thing of all time.

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    • 34 min
    Charting a Course

    Charting a Course

    This week, we finish our discussion of maps in games by looking at the other end of the topic: map-making and exploration. From the flavorful side of well-crafter, diegetic maps to the actual in-game mechanics of cartography, how a game chooses to reveal its world can have a huge impact on the feel of the experience.

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    Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

    • 42 min
    The Big Picture

    The Big Picture

    This week, in what may be the first of two shows about maps, we take a look at level select maps, overworld maps, and the narrative power that a map can hold. Are they strictly utilitarian? Can they be more? Jump in and find out!

    Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter)

    Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

    • 40 min
    Trying Something New

    Trying Something New

    This week, we chat about series and genres that we aren't typically into and what changes that. Whether it's a great trailer or a tie-in with something we already love, sometimes it just takes a little push to get us to try something new.

    Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter)

    Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

    • 37 min
    Footsies Talk

    Footsies Talk

    This week, we're looking at the new fighting game, Footsies, a one-button game and teaching tool designed to improve your fighting game basics, and we dive into the other areas of game design that could benefit from the same approach. Have a listen!

    Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter)

    Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

    • 48 min
    Have I Got a Story for You!

    Have I Got a Story for You!

    This week, we take a look at games that treat a story as a reward in-and-of-itself. Whether it's the capstone to a sidequest or a facet of how the game is presented, sometimes a bit of narrative is every bit as rewarding as a gameplay improvement.

    Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter)

    Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

    • 41 min

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