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Matt Perez and Satchell Drakes dig into the curious and intellectual aspects of video games and the medium's impact on the world. Erik Kain and Paul Tassi discuss the week's relevant video game news and new releases.

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Video Games Sound Design Deserve Some Of The Spotlight

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

Past Episodes

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
Jirard Khalil stars in a dating sim with a few of his partners on YouTube. Each week, Khalil uploads videos reviewing games he's 100% completed. Nearly 1 million fans subscribe to his channel, and a few showed their appreciation by designing Asagao Academy, where players can potentially meet and date him. Fandom in gaming is a bit different than other mediums, so Matt Perez and fellow-Asagao Academy star Satchell Drakes talk to Khalil about YouTube fame, gaming communities online and the lowered barrier between creators and fans in the industry. Also on the show, Paul Tassi and Erik Kain discuss the on-going debate on whether or not the $60 price-tag for games should increase with inflation.
01:16:00 2/13/2018
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

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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

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