This week Parris Lilly and I catch up on Parris’ adventures at E3 along with Gamertag Radio’s noteworthy interview of Phil Spencer. Additionally, we talk at length about the Transformers. From the original cartoon, to the animated movie (1986), to all of Michael Bay’s efforts – there’s a lot to get to. Enjoy!
Jay Van Beveren, Community Marketing Manager at PopCap Games, returns to the podcast this week. After discussing life in Seattle, we spend the majority of the conversation discussing his role at PopCap and his love of Bejeweled Blitz. I learn about the dedication and passion of the Bejeweled community, along with the culture inside of PopCap Games. It sounds like a magical place. We also discuss X-Men: Days of Future Past at the end of the recording – spoilers ahead on that one. Enjoy!
Will Kinsler, Community Manager for Epic Games is my guest this week. We discuss the state of football Washington D.C., including his thoughts on the acquisition of DeSean Jackson. We also discuss Will’s move to Epic, his role as Community Manager, and the passion he’s seen in the Gears of War community. Finally, now that Fortnite can be openly discussed, Will shares his excitement for the coming months as the Alpha and eventual final product become a reality. Enjoy!
Harrison Milfeld returns to the podcast to catch up on the St. Louis sports scene, Star Wars optimism, the difficulties he’s faced in pursuing his journalism career, and his work curating stories for Realtime St. Louis. Enjoy!
Ben Kuchera, Polygon’s Opinions Editor, is my guest this week. We discuss Ben’s family including the balance of work and five children, as well as finding a new appreciation for video games through his children’s experiences. We also cover his time at Penny Arcade and the expansion of his writing to topics beyond video games. Finally we cover Ben’s transition to Polygon and what we can expect in 2014. Enjoy!
After a successful Kickstarter campaign and releasing Episode 1 of Republique, Ryan Payton is my guest this week. We discuss the final hours of his team’s $500,000 Kickstarter, the development of Republique, and the reception to Episode 1. We also discuss the benefits of being featured on the App Store, dealing with development and distribution curveballs, and the notion of a gaming development legacy. Enjoy!
Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek is back on the podcast this week talking about the adjustments he’s made now that he’s working from Chicago, his expanding role in producing video content for the site, the growth of the “Bombin’ the AM” and “Interview Dumptruck” podcasts, and we have a brief chat about the state of the current generation of consoles. Enjoy!