40 episodes

Joost crunches data. Laine rummages in archives. Together on UNBOXING, these two NYU professors unlock the secrets of the games business they share with their students and cover the games news for insiders and newbies alike. A weekly podcast for anyone curious about why games matter in today's economy, dropping every Friday. Logo by Moira Zhang, theeverdrift.cargo.site

UNBOXING: Play & Profit for the Gaming Curious‪.‬ Laine Nooney, Joost van Dreunen

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Joost crunches data. Laine rummages in archives. Together on UNBOXING, these two NYU professors unlock the secrets of the games business they share with their students and cover the games news for insiders and newbies alike. A weekly podcast for anyone curious about why games matter in today's economy, dropping every Friday. Logo by Moira Zhang, theeverdrift.cargo.site

    Building the creator economy part 2: Minecraft

    Building the creator economy part 2: Minecraft

    Another Unboxing exclusive. We interview Minecraft's Kayla Kinnunen on Mojang's vision on user-generated content. Plus, why The Game Awards can't win


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    UNBOXING's live reaction to the GTA6 trailer

    UNBOXING's live reaction to the GTA6 trailer

    The worst of Florida as a canvas for the best in gaming. Join team UNBOXING breaking down the long-awaited trailer. We discuss female protagonist Lucia, the nostalgic return to Vice City, and the evolution of boundary pushing blockbuster franchise.


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    • 35 min
    OpenAI's CEO musical chairs

    OpenAI's CEO musical chairs

    Why Emmett Shear's stint was short-lived. PC Gamer's history issue causes Twitter fury over sexism, but did critics get it right? Plus: lighthouse tech, Dune fandom, and why historical narratives matter when it comes to diversity in tech.


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    • 55 min
    The political economy of games journalism: Interview with David Nieborg

    The political economy of games journalism: Interview with David Nieborg

    Amazon Games layoffs lead Laine and Joost to consider what it might signal about the economy at large. Roblox beats expectations and Take-Two drops the announcement of the trailer for GTA6 for a 6% share price bump. We also welcome to the show games researcher David Nieborg and talk about his newly released, co-authored book Mainstreaming and Games Journalism, written with Maxwell Foxman.


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    • 1 hr 35 min
    FaZe falls short, Bungie bungles layoffs, and Netflix can't convert

    FaZe falls short, Bungie bungles layoffs, and Netflix can't convert

    Laine and Joost give you the highlights on FaZe's Icarus-like fall from grace, as it recently got picked up by GameSquare for a fraction of its IPO price. Bungie is laying off workers and disappoints its player community. And lastly, what to make of Netflix converting less than 1% of its subscribers to play games on its platform.


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Building the creator economy, part 1: Roblox

    Building the creator economy, part 1: Roblox

    Another Unboxing exclusive. We interview Roblox's VP of Economy, Enrico D'Angelo, on where one of the most popular games for kids is headed next. Plus, our view on the Microsoft/Activision Blizzard saga coming to a close.


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    • 1 hr 29 min

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