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News, State of the Pod, and Philip Molodkovets of Wargaming
Welcome back! Here are some updates–including the scoop on Inside Video Game Creation in the latest deal at StoryBundle–a word on the state of the podcast, and an exclusive interview with Philip Molodkovets, Wargaming’s executive producer on World of Warships.
Star Citizen’s Senior Lead Gameplay Engineer Goes Indie – Chad and Curtis McKinney of Bit Rot
Chad and Curtis McKinney, Ph. D. (yes, both) call in to discuss Chad’s experience with Cloud Imperium working on Star Citizen and their collaborative indie efforts on Recursive Ruin, a “kaleidoscopic first-person narrative puzzle game” not quite like anything else you’ve likely seen.
Mat Bradley-Tschirgi Returns Again
Industry author, journalist, and developer Mat Bradley-Tschirgi returns to discuss his indie game collaboration with notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll, his interview with legendary Sierra Online founder Ken Williams, getting his first article on Polygon, and more.
Disasterpeace and Casey Lucas-Quaid of Dinosaur Polo Club
Co-host Matt Hill enters the chat! Community manager Casey Lucas-Quaid and famed composer Rich Vreeland (AKA “Disasterpeace”) of Dino Polo Club hang out to discuss their hit indie games, Mini Metro and Mini Motorways. We discuss the Apple Arcade program, keeping the indie spirit alive, navigating Steam Workshop, and more.
Fay and Martyn Maillardet of Imaginary Friends Games
Former Nintendo employees Fay and Martyn Maillardet call in to discuss life after the pro industry and the creation of their first proper indie release, Shindig.
now.gg CEO, Rosen Sharma
Former McAfee CTO Rosen Sharma–now CEO of BlueStacks, now.gg, and Game.tv–discusses his transition into gaming and where software distribution in the industry may be headed, including his thoughts on a future beyond mobile app stores. It may come sooner than you think.
Hacked: No Facebook, No Oculus Quest
Over half of the VR market is controlled by a social media platform with no clear process for human support. What happens when something goes wrong? In this episode, Todd goes over a hack on his Facebook profile that resulted in a bricked Quest headset and nowhere to turn. Here’s how it ended up.
Pontus “Zlapped” Mähler of Global Top Round
Indie accelerator GTR’s director of business development calls in to discuss his time as a pro eSports competitor, his transition into the business of making and publishing games, and what indies need to know about marketing themselves, attracting funding and business partners, and more.
Remembering Our Friend Abel Wang
To celebrate the life of community rockstar Abel Wang, we revisit our 2018 discussion with him at GDC joined by Microsoft cloud advocate Jessica Deen.