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Join Ward Games on their journey to build the next great indie game studio. Listen in as they bring on guests from the local indie game dev scene in Richmond, Virginia, and from around the world to discuss game development, entrepreneurship, and more.

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Join Ward Games on their journey to build the next great indie game studio. Listen in as they bring on guests from the local indie game dev scene in Richmond, Virginia, and from around the world to discuss game development, entrepreneurship, and more.

    Episode 237: Quarantine Catsup, Part 1

    Episode 237: Quarantine Catsup, Part 1

    We collect virtually for the first time since the pandemic started to record our longest podcast to date, and for good reason: in lieu of E3 happening this year, we instead have to contend with an eternal summer of announcements.



    And in the final quarter of this episode, we discuss the ongoing allegations of abuse in the industry — content warning for discussions of sexual abuse and sexual assault — along with the failure of the industry to protect victims and oust abusers.



    Games include Tabletop Simulator, Just One, Wits & Wagers, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Dépanneur Nocturne, Knuckles’ Chaotix, Spellbreak, Hitman, and Hitman 2.

    • 4 hr 17 min
    Episode 236: If It’s Not Intersectional, It’s BS

    Episode 236: If It’s Not Intersectional, It’s BS

    Josh Boykin — founder of gaming community Intelligame — joins the show to talk about the intersectionality of games and society.



    Josh discusses the unique way he streams games for the site, balancing gameplay with thoughtful discussions with the chat, as well as the different lenses we use to critically discuss games — commercial, technical, artistic, social, and more.



    Meanwhile, The Last of Us Part II release is making waves about storytelling in AAA — we reexamine the struggles of ludonarrative dissonance and its less spoken off compliments ludonarrative resonance and ludonarrative harmony and how gaming’s attempt to escape this constraint is reflective of society striving for something better.



    And we cap things off with last month’s Wholesome Direct and Josh’s role in helping bring the showcase to life!

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 235: Agitation and Education

    Episode 235: Agitation and Education

    Emma Kinema, organizer for CODE-CWA and co-founder of Game Workers Unite, joins Dylan for a wide-ranging discussion on organizing workplaces in games, tech, and beyond.



    We talk about organizing in light of COVID-19, finding where workers draw power, the importance of solidarity, and challenging the old wives’ tales used to suppress worker wages.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 234: There Was a Guy Named Batman

    Episode 234: There Was a Guy Named Batman

    Recorded before we got the inevitable news of E3 2020’s cancellation, we hunker down to discuss the impacts the coronavirus has had on the gaming world and beyond.



    We also chat about Georgian caped crusaders fighting Greek fraternities, PlatinumGames’ wonderful kickstarter, the end of our devil’s hunt, and a one-of-a-kind console prototype that sold for a little less than expected.



    Games include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Link’s Awakening, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Cave Story+, Labyrinth, and Soko Loco Express.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 233: Video Games Worldwide

    Episode 233: Video Games Worldwide

    We crack open the Wardcast time capsule to bring you an episode postdated January 25th, 2020, that had us conducting a then-punctual discussion about the Oscars, games, and the gaming news of the preceding months that occurred while we were otherwise preoccupied.



    We (hopefully) close the book on Death Stranding, take a look at Half-Life: Alyx, try to figure out what happened at The Game Awards, discover some hot ‘sclusies on C-SPAN, and discuss the onslaught of a new console generation.



    Games include Death Stranding, Halo: Reach, and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Episode 232: Making Your Game, PAX East 2020

    Episode 232: Making Your Game, PAX East 2020

    An impromptu addition to our schedule at PAX East has Dylan moderating a panel about publishing and crowdfunding with several friends from the industry. Joining Dylan back in the Bobcat Theatre are Finji CEO Bekah Saltsman, Kickstarter’s Director of Games Anya Combs, Lay Waste Games’ Co-Owner Jon Ritter, and Soft Serve Games’ Chris Wulf.



    We discuss the dos and don’ts about getting outside help to make your game, including how to approach publishers, what you should have prepared when you’re asking for funding, and some tips for running a successful Kickstarter. We also get a surprise game industry announcement near the end of the panel.



    From the panel description:



    “Are you thinking about making a game in the next year? Have you already made a game and simply don’t know what to do next? Crowdfunding and [p]ublishing can be a great [way] to get your game out there, but the process does not begin when you launch a campaign or approach a publisher. There is work to be done before, during, and after to ensure you give your creation what it deserves! Join industry professionals to discuss their thoughts, experiences, and ask the burning questions you have.”

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

hdv24p ,

Great insight into game dev scene

If your trying to get into game development this podcast is a good place to look. Glad I found this one :)

Shirleycakes ,

Great Interviews

The freeform nature of these episodes are absolutely great; guests seem super comfortable, the information is on point and the hosts is super engaging. If you’re into game dev or even remotely adjacent to the game dev industry you’re missing out if you skip this show.

kirk musngi ,

Games are cool. Wardcast is cool.

I heard that if you listen to Wardcast, you triple your life expectancy and an angel finds its wings. If you're not listening to Wardcast, neither of the former happens.

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