Forbes Overworld

Allowing a player to make a binary decision and then punishing them with a slew of unintended consequences is a cornerstone of video games. Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez discuss how they approach morality choices in games and talk to Dr. Casper Harteveld, an assistant professor of game design at Northeastern University, about using decision-making in games to both teach and expand the teaching of societal issues as well as use crowd-sourced player data to infer conclusions about human behavior. Also on the show, Paul Tassi and Erik Kain discuss EA's plans for 2018 and the importance of pushing back BioWare's new game 'Anthem' to next year.

01:32:00 2/6/2018

Past Episodes

Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez ponder the surprisingly difficult question of how they actually decide on what games to buy and play. Reviews, friend recommendations, online algorithms? And, @33:09, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about the crazy success of Fortnite's 4th season and how other game companies like Bungie need to start taking note.
01:04:00 5/15/2018
Hear Matt speak with Delane Parnell, CEO of PlayVS, an official esports league for 20,000 high schools. Students can play esports for a state championship like other sports and be recognized by their state association. Plus, at 30:50, Erik and Paul talk about the fate of the loot boxes trend.
01:03:00 5/8/2018
Ever think you're spending too much time climbing the ladder in League of Legends or too much money on gold in Clash of Clans? Could those feelings ever reach a point of addiction? Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez learn more about the science of addiction in relation to gaming and its effects on the brain with Peter Gray, a research professor at Boston College's Department of Psychology. Also, @39:27, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about the state of Destiny 2 in light of the new Warmind DLC announcement.
01:14:00 5/1/2018
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

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Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez ponder the surprisingly difficult question of how they actually decide on what games to buy and play. Reviews, friend recommendations, online algorithms? And, @33:09, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about the crazy success of Fortnite's 4th season and how other game companies like Bungie need to start taking note.
01:04:00 5/15/2018
Hear Matt speak with Delane Parnell, CEO of PlayVS, an official esports league for 20,000 high schools. Students can play esports for a state championship like other sports and be recognized by their state association. Plus, at 30:50, Erik and Paul talk about the fate of the loot boxes trend.
01:03:00 5/8/2018
Ever think you're spending too much time climbing the ladder in League of Legends or too much money on gold in Clash of Clans? Could those feelings ever reach a point of addiction? Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez learn more about the science of addiction in relation to gaming and its effects on the brain with Peter Gray, a research professor at Boston College's Department of Psychology. Also, @39:27, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about the state of Destiny 2 in light of the new Warmind DLC announcement.
01:14:00 5/1/2018
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

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