162 episodes

Candid conversations with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games.

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    • Leisure
    • 4.8 • 127 Ratings

Candid conversations with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games.

    Going in Blind with Balatro

    Going in Blind with Balatro

    We're joined by LocalThunk, solo creator of the hypnotic deckbuilder Balatro. We discuss flauting the fashion of a genre and going into development blind, the benefits of balacing by feel, and why Balatro shouldn't exist.
    Show Notes:
    Balatro
    LocalThunk
    Big two
    Luck Be a Landlord
    Slice & Dice
    Slay the Spire
    Risk of Rain 2

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Harnessing the Algorithm with Eric Chahi

    Harnessing the Algorithm with Eric Chahi

    We're joined by renowned designer Eric Chahi (Another World, From Dust) to discuss his singularly surreal VR adventure Paper Beast. We discuss building a living ecosystem born from constraints, how the craft has changed over the decades, and the indecency of technology.
    Show Notes:
    Eric Chahi
    Paper Beast
    Another World
    From Dust
    Heart of Darkness
    Strandbeest
    TsuShiMaMiRe
    Paprika
    Pale Blue Dot

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Striving for Imperfection with Jon Ingold (A Highland Song)

    Striving for Imperfection with Jon Ingold (A Highland Song)

    We're joined by Jon Ingold, co-founder of Inkle Studios (80 Days, Heaven's Vault) to discuss A Highland Song - a wild adventure through the Scottish Highlands. We chat about creating narrative-driven games without a critical path, allowing players to fail forward, and the origins of Inkle's beloved narrative scripting language, ink.
    Show Notes:
    Jon Ingold
    A Highland Song
    Inkle Studios
    ink
    The Forever Labyrinth
    Rick Dangerous
    TV Superstars
    Inform
    MUDs
    Uncharted 3's horse-riding section

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Celebrating Our 5th Anniversary!

    Celebrating Our 5th Anniversary!

    We (belatedly) celebrate the 5th anniversary of our show with a sprawling, silly, reflective episode with a full house of hosts! Thanks for listening to us for all this time. Show Notes:
    Bob Mould
    Heat: Pedal to the Metal
    Everest Pipkin's The Poppy Grower
    Learning Moonring with Zach
    A Link to the Past Redux
    Paper Beast
    Late Show 3-Legged Race: Video Game Speedrunner Edition
    Tharsis
    Blue Thunder
    Everyday Shooter
    PixelJunk Monsters
    Puzzled Pint
    Sleep No More
    Teeny Little Super Guy
    LearnedLeague

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Welcoming Rob!

    Welcoming Rob!

    We welcome Rob Dubbin (he/they) as a permanent member of the host pool! We discuss his journey from Late Night into making games, applicable lessons learned in the writers' room, and the importance of making your own shot.
    Show Notes:
    Rob Dubbin
    NYU Game Center
    Babycastles
    Wonderville
    Game Studies Study Buddies
    I Am America (And So Can You!)
    Earl Grey
    ZZT by Anna Anthropy
    London Jerry: Freelance Mailman
    Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondants' Dinner
    Samurai Gunn
    Sportsfriends
    Scripto
    Scripto + Global Game Jam 2024

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Using All of Your Tools with Kevin Poupard (Jusant)

    Using All of Your Tools with Kevin Poupard (Jusant)

    We're joined by Kevin Poupard, co-creative director of the beautiful, meditative climbing game Jusant. We discuss the pains and gains of physics, trying something new as a studio, and anthropomorphizing mountains. Plus special guest co-host Mark Brown of Game Maker's Toolkit! Thanks Mark!
    Show Notes:
    Jusant
    GMTK - How Jusant Makes Rock-Climbing More Immersive
    Mind Over Magnet
    Grow Home
    Shadow of the Colossus

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Seamor Buts ,

The best video game design podcast on the internet

The title says it all. Simply the best video game design podcast on the internet. And maybe the best kept secret, because this is what I’ve been searching for for years and I only just found out about it. Perfection.

mvelasco07 ,

A new favorite!

Eggplant has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I love the engaging conversations and insightful content. I truly learn something every time I listen. Highly recommend tuning in!

turbo plop ,

Pronoun Garbage

I love Spelunky. Once I saw there was a podcast about I had to try it out. I listend to the first 40 episodes and jumped around on the Into The Depths epidsodes. I loved it.

Then they brought up their white cis male privilege.

They have pronouns in their names now.

I listened to it because it was about video games. Now its about white supremacy and genders.

Thats a shame. Unsubscribed

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