Forbes Overworld

Matt Perez and Satchell Drakes talk about their favorite video games of the past year plus which ones have the most evocative atmosphere. Then, they speak with Lee Petty, an art director at Double Fine productions, about his priorities and approach to creating environments in games. After, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi make their bold predictions for video games 2018 (@46:31).

01:10:33 1/9/2018

Past Episodes

Cosplay has become more than a fan's way of expressing their love for a character. As a celebrated, full-time cosplayer and seamstress with a background in theatrical design, Heidi O'Ferrall has worked with the likes of Nintendo and travels across the country to judge and display cosplay for enthusiasts and professionals alike. Despite its undeniable place in gaming, not many people realize how thriving it is. In this episode hear Satchell and Heidi discuss how the space has grown and where it's headed.
01:04:00 4/24/2018
Often overlooked and taken for granted, sound design in video games plays a powerful role. Hear Matt and Satchell speak with Carlye Nyte, sound designer at Camouflage. Also, @42:51 Erik Kain and Paul Tassi discuss their first impressions of the incredible, new PS4 exclusive, God of War.
01:06:00 4/17/2018
A collaboration between four friends, Minit is a monochromatic top-down adventure game where you drop dead every 60 seconds. The team behind the title deftly uses what could be a grating gimmick as a way to create an infectious blend of speedrunning and environmental puzzle solving. Matt Perez and Satchell Drakes speak with Jan Willem Nijman, 'Minit' co-creator and cofounder of indie studio Vlambeer, about its origins as a game jam project, the game development community in the Netherlands and the state of the indie marketplace in 2018. Also, @42:57 Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about 'Ready Player One' and how it is able to succeed as a film.
01:12:00 4/10/2018
Matt and Satchell talk about the level of comportment gamers need to uphold - particularly once they have mass followings and the backing of brands. At 35:24, Paul Tassi and Erik Kain kick 'Far Cry 5' around again - this time after they've had a week to play it.
01:04:00 4/3/2018
As it stands, gaming news coverage, gameplay and analysis occupy the highest rank of viewership, retention, minutes watched and revenue earned on YouTube and similar viewing platforms. But what's the situation with livestreaming? With Amazon's acquisition of lead video streaming service Twitch alongside the advent of eSports occupying the broadcasting space, what are the challenges and unique characteristics of a streamer versus your average video producer? How does an audience react to live content rather than pre-recorded? Satchell Drakes sits down with verified Twitch streamer Dion Anderson with a viewership of over 9,000,000 to discuss the ins and outs of being a full time streamer.
01:02:00 3/27/2018
Matt Perez and Satchell Drakes talk community and multiplayer games. What role do you play? How do you interact with other players? Is your play style at all reflected in your real life? We'll also hear from Dmitri Williams, USC associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, who studies online communities, about his take on gaming foes and friends. And, @43:36, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi discuss the gaming phenomenon that is Fortnite: Battle Royale and what an upcoming mobile release could mean for the game.
01:12:00 3/20/2018
Blockchain! A topic so trendy, companies haphazardly pepper it into press releases in order to jack up stock prices! Video games are, of course, not immune to the crypto fever. And in fact, there's a lot in common between the two. Matt Perez and Forbes Contributor Dave Thier talk about the different segments linking the blockchain and gaming, from the new ventures incorporating coins into their economies, to the potential of digital marketplaces selling games in Bitcoin, to crypto's immediate impact on the GPU marketplace. What are the future implications of marrying games and cryptocurrency aside from unbearable arguments over whether it's a bubble or not? Also on the podcast, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi discuss the unsurprising announcement of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
00:59:00 3/13/2018
Fortnite Vs. PUBG. PlayStation Vs. Xbox. Mario Vs. Sonic. Why do fans fight tooth and nail over their preferred variation on a genre? Good question, hypothetical inquisitor! Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez talk about gaming's fevered feuds between fans and their own experiences in the fray. Also, Tiffany Barnett White, an associate professor of business administration at the University of Illinois, sheds some light on how advertising and businesses influence these competitive battles and why in the world fans live and die with these products.
00:42:00 3/6/2018
With so much of gaming living as zeroes and ones on servers, the idea of losing history in a blink of an idea is a devastating reality. The topic of preservation is an ongoing discussion in the industry, and one of the best defenses may be writing those experiences down on paper. Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez discuss the issues of preservation in the gaming industry and the few yet great works of nonfiction helping to track its history. They also talk to Gabe Durham, the founder and editor of Boss Fight Books. Each entry in the series focuses on a single game from the perspective of a new author, often mixing history, criticism and personal anecdotes. Also on the podcast, (@40:09) Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about the mysterious lack of Marvel video games in the wake of Black Panther's success.
01:05:00 2/27/2018
Hear Matt and Satchell fess up to the amount of precious time spent playing the games. But, perhaps their self-conscious guilt is misplaced? Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D., director of the Media Psychology Research Center, puts the binge-absorption of media into perspective. Plus @37:08, Paul Tassi and Erik Kain discuss why Hollywood can't seem to make a good video game movie.
01:05:00 2/20/2018

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Cosplay has become more than a fan's way of expressing their love for a character. As a celebrated, full-time cosplayer and seamstress with a background in theatrical design, Heidi O'Ferrall has worked with the likes of Nintendo and travels across the country to judge and display cosplay for enthusiasts and professionals alike. Despite its undeniable place in gaming, not many people realize how thriving it is. In this episode hear Satchell and Heidi discuss how the space has grown and where it's headed.
01:04:00 4/24/2018
Often overlooked and taken for granted, sound design in video games plays a powerful role. Hear Matt and Satchell speak with Carlye Nyte, sound designer at Camouflage. Also, @42:51 Erik Kain and Paul Tassi discuss their first impressions of the incredible, new PS4 exclusive, God of War.
01:06:00 4/17/2018
A collaboration between four friends, Minit is a monochromatic top-down adventure game where you drop dead every 60 seconds. The team behind the title deftly uses what could be a grating gimmick as a way to create an infectious blend of speedrunning and environmental puzzle solving. Matt Perez and Satchell Drakes speak with Jan Willem Nijman, 'Minit' co-creator and cofounder of indie studio Vlambeer, about its origins as a game jam project, the game development community in the Netherlands and the state of the indie marketplace in 2018. Also, @42:57 Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about 'Ready Player One' and how it is able to succeed as a film.
01:12:00 4/10/2018
Matt and Satchell talk about the level of comportment gamers need to uphold - particularly once they have mass followings and the backing of brands. At 35:24, Paul Tassi and Erik Kain kick 'Far Cry 5' around again - this time after they've had a week to play it.
01:04:00 4/3/2018
As it stands, gaming news coverage, gameplay and analysis occupy the highest rank of viewership, retention, minutes watched and revenue earned on YouTube and similar viewing platforms. But what's the situation with livestreaming? With Amazon's acquisition of lead video streaming service Twitch alongside the advent of eSports occupying the broadcasting space, what are the challenges and unique characteristics of a streamer versus your average video producer? How does an audience react to live content rather than pre-recorded? Satchell Drakes sits down with verified Twitch streamer Dion Anderson with a viewership of over 9,000,000 to discuss the ins and outs of being a full time streamer.
01:02:00 3/27/2018

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