Just Talking With Patrick Klepek

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!

Follow Patrick on Twitter @patrickklepek and at giantbomb.com.

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The Californians

This week I’m catching up with Parris Lilly, now of Gamertag Radio. We discuss the similarities in our moves to California and life in The Golden State. Parris also talks about the changes in his quality of life since he switched jobs. Finally, we discuss his “coming out of retirement” to join Gamertag Radio, impressions of the next generation of gaming consoles, and the possibilities of SteamOS. Enjoy!

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Operation Supply Drop

I welcome Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, founder of Operation Supply Drop to the podcast this week. We discuss Stephen’s initial motivations for joining the Army and he shares some of his experiences as an Airborne Ranger. We also cover his time as Editor in Chief at Sarcastic Gamer and the events that led to the forming of Front Towards Gamer. And, most importantly, we talk about the origins of Operation Supply Drop, its future, and the notion that video games can be a force for good. Enjoy.

You can follow Stephen on Twitter at @ShanghaiSix and operationsupplydrop.org.

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Just Talking About UltraChenTV Again

This week I’m joined by the other half of UltraChenTV, David Graham. Naturally we talk about David’s entry into the fighting game community, how he started commentating, and what goes in to preparing content for each episode of UltraChenTV. We also cover David’s day job as an attorney at DGP Law, why he went to law school, and how his work as an attorney complements his work as a commentator. David also shares some predictions for the fighting game community as the video game industry prepares for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Enjoy.

You can follow David on Twitter at @ultradavid, http://twitch.tv/ultrachentv and dpgatlaw.com.

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About Reentry Games

Mark Dunham and Andy Kutruff, co-founders of Reentry Games and developer of Little Legends are my guests this week. Andy and Mark have taken unique paths to game development. We discuss Mark’s prior work on Wall Street and Andy’s years at Microsoft before they decided to form an independent game studio. Andy elaborates on the underlying complexities of their game Little Legends. And I try to get Mark to commit to a release date on iOS and Android. Enjoy.

For more information on Little Legends, go to reentrygames.com and check out the game on Kongregate.

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About Flight Club

This week I’m joined by Drew Scanlon, Giant Bomb’s Senior Video Producer. Drew shares stories from his time as a video game tester for Electronic Arts and some of the projects he contributed to at Backbone Entertainment. I try to wrap my head around the fact that Drew’s career with Whiskey Media started with a Craigslist post. Drew describes the magic of a Giant Bomb live show. And I learn about the origins of Giant Bomb’s Flight Club. Enjoy.

Follow Drew on Twitter at @DrewScanlon and various Flight Club hijinks on giantbomb.com.

And as mentioned, be sure to check out the Giant Bomb Extra Life team page for ways to contribute and participate in the 24-hour gaming marathon.

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About Extra Credits

James Portnow, CEO of Rainmaker Games and writer for Extra Credits, is my guest this week. While our conversation largely focuses on the importance of design in video games, we spend some time covering James’ education path, his work at Activision, and at Next-Gen Magazine. James explains why he can’t talk much about the work he did at Divide by Zero Games or currently does at Rainmaker Games, and the significance of white-listing his clients when being approached with possible work. Finally we cover his writing on the web series Extra Credits, the benefit of not addressing the “topic of the moment”, and how directly addressing Microsoft in one episode started an important dialog that could help shape the future of online gaming. Enjoy.

You can find Extra Credits on Penny Arcade, the show’s YouTube Channel, and be sure to check in on the Extra Credits Facebook Page if you want to talk to James directly (he’s a busy guy).

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