When we last checked in with Matt Hill, he was growing a thriving community around his Mixer channel and optimistic about the future. Then Microsoft killed Mixer.
The DigiPen Institute of Technology has reached out to let us know about their “online masterclass” series intended to keep you learning while keeping you safe at home.
Previously on the podcast we’ve had opportunities to hear from highly specialized sound designers, musicians, and recording engineers, but we’ve had somewhat limited time to really dig into composition, and that happens to be one of Stephen Tanksley’s areas of expertise. Stephen is a Chicago-area composer for both games and film. He has a wealth of formal music and audio training to talk about, he works on awesome projects as a freelancer (including original music for streamers and a Star Wars feature-length fan film), and he has a personal project to discuss that you’re going to want access to the moment it’s complete.
In addition to shop talk, it was interesting to discuss issues surrounding professionalism and communication in our different focus areas and the value of participating in mentorship, both as a mentor and mentee within your community. It’s always a pleasure to discuss continuous improvement with industry pros interested in making their field a better place.
Go check out Stephen’s work and drop him an encouraging word!
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John rejoins triumphantly to discuss the industry’s latest shake-up. ArenaNet has opted to terminate the employment of two Guild Wars 2 writers following a heated exchange with a partnered streamer/YouTuber earlier in the month. He participates in this discussion while drinking water from a mason jar, as if his own real life is some kind of horror survival game.
We check out the last night of the Sea of Thieves public beta, Todd and John share thoughts about the recent political deflection of gun criticism on to violence in video games, and fresh off of our first development stream, we talk about how to incorporate dev streams into your project cycle.