This week I catch up with Larry Asberry Jr. to discuss his favorite games of 2014, the state of college football in the Big 10, as well as the growth of Open Forum Radio and his podcast ‘Prove Your Point’. We also look ahead to 2015 and make some not-so-bold bold predictions for the gaming industry. Enjoy.
2015 begins with a conversation with Gamertag Radio founder Danny Peña about the 10-year anniversary of his podcast. We also cover some of Gamertag Radio’s highlights in 2014, the current state of podcasting, and the potential of crowdfunding for Gamertag Radio’s past, present, and future. Enjoy.
As the end of 2014 approaches, Parris Lilly joins me to talk about the year in super hero movies, Destiny, GamerTag Radio, and being a football dad. There were plenty of other tangents, segues, and one-off mentions as well – at this point, it’s par for the course. Enjoy.
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.
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!
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!