2K’s Director of Community and Customer Service, Stephen Reid, is my guest this week. While Stephen has had a lengthy career in and around the video game industry, we focus on his time as Editor in Chief of PlayStation.com in Europe, his philosophy on community management and interaction, and life at 2K during a busy holiday, and launch season. We also discuss his adventures co-hosting the podcast Nerds Who Wait, and their show’s magical ability to compel breaking news from Hollywood every time a new episode is published. Enjoy.
Russ Pitts returns to the podcast to talk about life after Polygon, life in freelance journalism, as well as the process behind and effort required to complete his upcoming book ‘The Making of Defense Grid 2: The Complete Story Behind the Game’. We also discuss the growth of Take This, the formation of a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity, and the future impact Take This looks to have in the world. Enjoy.
This week I catch up with Parris Lilly during his quarterly visit to the podcast. We cover a number of topics this week including, but not limited to: Bill Simmons, the state of ESPN, Ray Rice, the state of the NFL, racial identity, this Fall’s primetime television lineup, and (to lighten the mood) Destiny. Enjoy.
Harrison Milfeld returns to the podcast this week to talk about the upcoming NHL season, our mutual admiration for Nintendo’s Smash Bros. series, and the culture of journalism – particularly with respect to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Enjoy.
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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!