26 episodes

Brian and Ike explore game design, production, and publishing topics from an indie perspective with their combined 26+ professional years in the video game industry. Discover how you can start your own studio in today's fast changing digital download landscape by developing and publishing on mobile, consoles, and other platforms. Dive deep into the art of game design and explore how to best express your unique vision with your audience using everything from modern to retro design tools and tactics.

The Game Design Dojo Podcast Brian McRae and Ike Herman: Indie Game Developers, Designers, Podcasters

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 71 Ratings

Brian and Ike explore game design, production, and publishing topics from an indie perspective with their combined 26+ professional years in the video game industry. Discover how you can start your own studio in today's fast changing digital download landscape by developing and publishing on mobile, consoles, and other platforms. Dive deep into the art of game design and explore how to best express your unique vision with your audience using everything from modern to retro design tools and tactics.

    GDD 026 : Limitless Production

    GDD 026 : Limitless Production

    Get more done in less time for lone wolf developers, hobbyists, large teams, and everything in between. Listen now to Game Design Dojo Episode #026

    • 1 hr 5 min
    GDD 025 : Virtual Reality Deep Dive

    GDD 025 : Virtual Reality Deep Dive

    In this expansive episode Brian and Ike discuss the dream, tech, design, best practices, and market strategies of virtual reality for game developers. Listen now to Game Design Dojo Episode #025

    • 1 hr 8 min
    GDD 024 : Design – Metroidvania #1

    GDD 024 : Design – Metroidvania #1

    In this first Metroidvania discussion Brian and Ike define the popular gameplay style, discuss its history, cite game examples, and explore player motivations. Listen now to Game Design Dojo Episode #024

    • 1 hr 6 min
    GDD 023 : Production – Lean Startup Decoded

    GDD 023 : Production – Lean Startup Decoded

    How to use the “Lean Startup” method for game development. A discussion and exploration of how and when to use it for your projects. Listen now to Game Design Dojo Episode #023

    • 1 hr 3 min
    GDD 022 : Design – Physics Gameplay

    GDD 022 : Design – Physics Gameplay

    An exploration on using physics as the core mechanic as opposed to just a supporting simulation system. Listen now to Game Design Dojo Episode #022

    • 53 min
    GDD 021 : Business – Monitizing Your Game

    GDD 021 : Business – Monitizing Your Game

    Brian and Ike dive deep into different ways to monitize your games, and how to tie your monitization strategy with your brand. Listen now to Game Design Dojo Episode #021

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Ow My Hands ,

Helpful, Smooth, Fun

Brian and Ike are great hosts, and have great voices for podcasting.

Their talk is full of their experience, and has a good balance between theory and practical tips, in my opinion. Also with a good amount of cheesy silliness to oil the drab parts!

Shame that this podcast is over, but thankful for the episodes we have!

Alex Hepworth ,

Awesome and Helpful (Read Entire Review)

I was bored playing a game on my phone at 4am and decided to look at podcasts that deal with game developing (as I’m currently learning and deciding whether it will be my career path) and just listening to a few episodes have already helped me so much with how to perceive certain things, think of new ideas, tips to overcome obstacles (both current and future), and much more. It also gives me an insight as to what it’s like to be a developer on a 9-5 level, as well as an indie game owner-developer.

Unfortunately I was very sad to realize (through old references and such) that this podcast ended in 2016! I have yet to decide whether I will continue to listen to the older episodes, as I don’t know if the knowledge will be too old to pertain to current development strategies.

I understand and heard in one of the podcasts that (at least one of you) was in your late 30’s at the time of the podcast (a 2015 one I believe), so I understand if this is part of the reason you guys aren’t doing these anymore. But if you’re still doing similar activities, please consider continuing this series. It is very helpful, and I know I’m not the only one!

But, I recommend this podcast to anyone who is interested in game developing, either as a career, hobby, or just a general interest. It is also a great way to learn on-the-go! Whether you’re in the bathroom, driving, can’t sleep, etc! Podcasts are a great feature and trend right now, and this one definitely belongs! Thank you guys for what content you have already put out!

gdacarv ,

I miss you guys so much...

New episodes please!

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