79 episodes

Gaming explained. Ever wonder how video games are made? Or how the most popular livestreamers and YouTubers go viral? Former ESPN, award-winning journalist Jacob Wolf and Overcome comes Visionaries, a new twice-weekly podcast that takes you deep inside the inner workings of the fastest-growing sector of entertainment with interviews of the powers driving it all. Hear from your favorite content creators, game developers, pro gamers and others who shape the media we consume today. No question is off the table.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

Gaming explained. Ever wonder how video games are made? Or how the most popular livestreamers and YouTubers go viral? Former ESPN, award-winning journalist Jacob Wolf and Overcome comes Visionaries, a new twice-weekly podcast that takes you deep inside the inner workings of the fastest-growing sector of entertainment with interviews of the powers driving it all. Hear from your favorite content creators, game developers, pro gamers and others who shape the media we consume today. No question is off the table.

    How Gaming Can Effectively Address Diversity & Inclusion

    How Gaming Can Effectively Address Diversity & Inclusion

    Gaming has long grappled with challenges related to diversity and inclusion. From the high-profile lawsuit targeting Activision Blizzard, the publisher behind World of Warcraft and Call of Duty, for gender discrimination, to a recent incident involving a colorist joke by OfflineTV co-founder William "Scarra" Li, the industry has shown a lack of inclusivity for individuals of diverse gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. In response to Li's comment, influencer and gaming executive Erin Ashley Simon joins the podcast to discuss the path forward in a constructive manner.



    "Humanizing stars are always going to be the best form of connecting and the best connecting stories."



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    Subscribe to the Jacob Wolf & Mikhail Klimentov Patreon: www.patreon.com/JacobWolfMikhailKlimentov

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Indie Game Developer That Raised $1 Million in One Month

    The Indie Game Developer That Raised $1 Million in One Month

    Dan Fornace is the creator and developer of Rivals of Aether and its forthcoming sequel Rivals 2. In mid-November, Fornace and the Rivals team launched a Kickstarter to help fund further development on Rivals 2. The Kickstarter received public support from some of the largest influencers in the Super Smash Bros. community, including streamer Ludwig Ahgren. In just a month, the Kickstarter raised $1 million. But what's next for Rivals?
    You can follow Dan at @danfornace.
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    • 1 hr
    How Music Enriches the Emotional Experience of Gaming

    How Music Enriches the Emotional Experience of Gaming

    Ever reached a game level that stirred intense emotions? Odds are, music played a pivotal role. Join content creator Marco "MarcoMeatball" Cammarota, a former opera singer, as he talks with Jacob to explore the profound impact of music and scoring on the gaming experience. Dive into a conversation about iconic musical moments in gaming history, spanning from the sweeping scores of the Final Fantasy series to the rhythmic realms of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Uncover the subtle ways in which music subconsciously influences the player's journey.
    Subscribe to the Jacob Wolf & Mikhail Klimentov Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/JacobWolfMikhailKlimentov
    Follow Marco on Twitter at @marcodmeatball. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    From Fortnite To Baldur's Gate in Less Than an Hour With Lightforge

    From Fortnite To Baldur's Gate in Less Than an Hour With Lightforge

    It's been a busy year for gaming, as the billion dollar industry's undergone transformative mergers and acquisitions and unnerving scandals. You've seen the stories and the reports, but how does someone on the inside see these changes?
    In the latest episode of Visionaries, Lightforge Games co-founder and CEO Matt Schembari breaks down the intricate layers of his career, from his roots at Blizzard to his time at Epic Games and the departure to create his own studio.
    Matt shared his insight on game design principles and how Lightforge is attempting to bend gaming's programming rules to create a choose your own adventure style RPG, inspired by tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons. Matt discussed his hopes for Microsoft's impact on the culture at Activision Blizzard after that developer's tumultuous two and a half years of labor disputes and sexual harassment lawsuits. And Matt talked about Epic Games scaling back and the broader issues around consolidation in gaming.
    "I want to make a studio that lasts. I want to make a studio that's, yes, profitable so we can stay in business and keep doing what we're doing, but I want to make a game that brings people lots of joy. And so that's really what the focus is. I do truly believe that if you make a good game and then all the other things happen right."
    You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattSchembari.
    To support Visionaries and gain access to exclusive content, subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/JacobWolfMikhailKlimentov

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The CEO that Saved Europe’s Biggest Esports Team

    The CEO that Saved Europe’s Biggest Esports Team

    Alban Dechelotte became Chief Executive Officer of G2 Esports in a critical moment of the organization's history after the controversial resignation of G2 Founder, Carlos 'ocelote' Rodriguez. Less than a year later, he joins Jacob on Visionaries to dive into G2's past problems and future obstacles. Explore G2 Esports' evolution from an up and coming Spanish brand to a global esports powerhouse, and understand how Alban handles hard questions about the future of esports at large.
    "The fans give us their passion and attention. We should pay them for that."
    You can follow Alban on Twitter @AlbanDechelotte.
    To support Visionaries and gain access to exclusive content, subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/JacobWolfMikhailKlimentov

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How Marvel Went from Zero to Hero with the MCU

    How Marvel Went from Zero to Hero with the MCU

    Get ready for a Marvel-ous treat with the latest episode of Visionaries! Joanna Robinson, the co-author of the upcoming book "MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios" joins Jacob Wolf to discuss the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its profound impact on the entertainment industry.
    Diving into the unique challenge of crafting an ending for a narrative constantly evolving within the expansive Marvel Universe, Joanna shares how she and her co-authors captured Marvel's journey, from its triumphant highs to its occasional stumbles. With Jacob, Joanna explore the hurdles of reporting on nerd culture, shedding light on why it's tricky to unveil these behind-the-scenes stories.
    You can follow Joanna on Twitter @jowrotethis.
    To support Visionaries and gain access to exclusive content, subscribe to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/JacobWolfMikhailKlimentov

    • 1 hr 10 min

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