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Best Videogamedesign podcasts we could find (updated July 2020)
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Updated July 2020
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A top-rated game developer podcast for you to learn the tactics, tools, and routines from 100+ experts to succeed. You will learn how they got started, successful actions they took, mistakes you should avoid, and so much more. Get inspired today and learn how experts in your field found success so that you can model in their footsteps. Subscribe right now to the Game Dev Loadout podcast and get new episodes every Monday morning.
 
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Trynn Check is an independent game designer from DePaul University. She works at iThrive Games that promote mental health and teen thriving. She also has her studio called Intrynnsic Entertainment. We talk about her journey of going to school, working, and breaking into the game industry. Breaking into the game industry is hard, and entry-level job…
 
Voice actor Ben Britton graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts and has been behind the mic for more than 30 years. You can hear him in a variety of games such as Lamplight City, Spellforce III, The Occupation, and many more. You have to learn how to edit files, work on volume levels, create a functional space for consistent recording, and learn …
 
Vincent Michael is one of the founding directors of YHWH Games that teach students how to create video games and transform them into self-sustaining artists. We discuss: Exploit your strengths and stop wasting time on your weakness Learn the different type of artists and stages of an artist There is no work/life balance, only work/life decisions Be…
 
Award-winning British voice actor, Jay Britton has done 50 titles and over 300 characters ranging from indie studios to AAA developers. Games include Divinity Original Sin 2, FIFA 17, Starcraft 2, and more. We discuss: Voice actors should be experts in creating characters Get them involved in a project as soon as possible Table reads is a great way…
 
Mikolai Stroinski is a music composer that has worked on the Witcher 3, Dark Souls 2 trailer, Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and much more. We discuss: Think not just as a composer but as a video game maker as well. You don’t want to get too attached to your music because it might not fit the game. Trust your inner voice because it's a sign to either c…
 
Jeremy Liu was the narrative design lead at NetEase Games, an intern at EA, and a technical designer at Rockstar Games. Titles include Red Dead 2, NBA Live Mobile, and Realm of Duels. We discuss: How to get into technical design Why you need to study and plan ahead of time before taking action His worst moment of working on a game that was destined…
 
Gary Kings of National Insecurities is a lead game designer, writer, editor that has worked on games such as Once Upon a Crime in the West and 2000:1 A Space Felony. We discuss: Get a producer to optimize teamwork and productivity. Before choosing a university, make sure it has the courses you want and need. Get better at game design - play lots of…
 
Ivy Dupler is a NYC-based voice actress who can be heard in video games, commercials, and cartoons. Her recent work includes voicing protagonist Special Agent Vera Englund in Whispers of a Machine (Clifftop Games/Faravid Interactive), as well as several roles in Unavowed (Wadjet Eye Games) and Lamplight City (Grundislav Games). We discuss: Don’t ge…
 
Solo UK indie Nic Rutherford is working on a game called Fringe Plant. We discuss: His decision to go full indie after having a good amount of savings Think about the accessibility of your games such as subtitles, sound effects, or controller inputs Ask questions asap to get answers asap External entities can be a waste of time such as responding t…
 
IGF-nominated narrative designer Xalavier Nelson Jr. creates a morally-complex world with human emotion at the core of every scenario, where the individuals outside your squad matter as much as the rangers you deploy on each map. We discuss: How too much narrative can be detrimental to the game Pre-production is one of the most important part of de…
 
Henrique Olifiers has been in the game industry for more than 30 years working on web-based games, massive multiplayer games, and social games. He is currently the CEO of the award-winning Bossa Studios, which are the makers of Surgeon Simulator, Monstermind and I Am Bread. Now they are currently working on Worlds Adrift, a sandbox MMO with real-ti…
 
Jordan Blackman has been writing, producing, and designing video games for over a decade. He is a mobile game design expert and an accomplished producer. He has designed, produced, and consulted on several 9-figure franchises for companies like Zynga, EA, and Ubisoft. Mr. Blackman brought CSI to Facebook with the smash hit, CSI: Crime City. He went…
 
Passionate about cartoons and games since a kid, Liviu Boar dreamt of making a point and click adventure game since first seeing someone play Day of the Tentacle and realizing interactive cartoons were a possibility. Twenty-odd years later, he started a studio called Stuck In Attic together with another artist and a programmer, Kickstarted Gibbous …
 
David Galindo is the creator of the Cook, Serve, Delicious! series. You will learn: How David used his real-life experiences as a barista to make his games. Why you need to study your competitors by checking their forums and customer reviews to see how they respond to their customers and to see what customers are saying about their game. How outsou…
 
Angel Muniz is a designer and art lead at IS Studios. She has experience with environment and prop creation for Unity and Unreal Engines. She co-organized 3D Learning Network on Facebook for industry vets, juniors, and recent grad artists. She also tutors in 3D art and lighting for games and films. Because of Angel, I’ve been able to network and me…
 
Nathan Hamley is the artist and designer at Sick Chicken Studios, creator of point and click adventure game Guard Duty. Nathan has been involved in game development as a hobbyist since the mid 2000's, making the step to full time development in 2017 whilst working on his first commercial game Guard Duty. Currently freelancing as a pixel artist on v…
 
With 20 years in the technology industry, 10 in the game industry, on 4 continents, Roger Miller comes with a breadth of knowledge. Roger Miller has been on the leading edge of both server and client side technologies from factory automation to data cataloging to award-winning games. He has worked with leading advertising agencies such as Ogilvy On…
 
Alexander McDonald is a freelance game artist working primarily in pixel art and voxel art style. He has worked on games like Duelyst, Moonquest, Primal Carnage and Rivals of Aether. He has also collaborated with streamers and YouTubers making emotes, channel designs and stream graphics. 3 Top Advice: A great pixel artist practice, practice, practi…
 
Victoria Tran is the communications director at Kitfox Games, a small indie team in Montreal, Canada that is creating intriguing worlds like ‘Boyfriend Dungeon’ and ‘Moon Hunters’. They are publishing ‘Dwarf Fortress’ and ‘Six Ages’ to Steam. She has spoken at the game developer conference about Why You Should Care About Fashion and wrote a blog po…
 
We made it to episode 100! Thank you for taking the time out of your day to listen to the podcast and supporting it. This episode is about my long absence, changes to the podcast, new partners, and five action steps I learned from interviewing 100+ experts to help you get started in the game industry. Here are five actions you can take toward succe…
 
Jonathan Jennings is a software engineer from Relay Cars where he develops Automotive VR applications. He has over 8 years of game development experience and worked on titles that had over 2 million cumulative downloads. He’s a public speaker at the Blacks In Tech Conference, Urban Tech Connect, and Rio Hondo College. Top 3 Lessons: When you make e…
 
On this episode of the Game Dev Loadout podcast, I interviewed Andrew Abedian of Survios. His studio made the adrenaline platformer Sprint Vector and the critically-acclaimed Raw Data, the first VR-exclusive game to hit #1 on Steam's Global Best Seller list. You’ll learn how to make VR levels, Andrew experience of working 90 hours a week, and why y…
 
On this episode of the Game Dev Loadout podcast, I interviewed Mark Barlet of AbleGamers Charity. With 25 years of hands-on experience in the assistive technology field. You’ll learn how you can use accessibility as a crowd differentiator, what motivated Mark to help the world play video games and to help you realize the huge market of people with …
 
On this episode of the Game Dev Loadout podcast, I interviewed Michel Mony of Cathar Games Inc. He is actually the consultant of past guest Tommy Roekkum. He specializes in product management, project workflow, and business development. You’ll learn how Michel overcome his worst moment that lasted over TWO YEARS, why validating your idea first befo…
 
On this episode of the Game Dev Loadout podcast, I interviewed Darren Bacon of 343 Industries. He is a concept artist that contributed to companies like Bungie, Disney, and Electronic Arts. You’ll learn why you need to tailor your portfolio, how Darren dealt with studio closers and relocation, and the benefits of adding meditation to your habit. Th…
 
On this episode of the Game Dev Loadout podcast, I interviewed Jay Powell, founder of the Powell Group. He specializes in business development, licensing, and marketing with over 20 years of experience. You’ll learn why following up with important people is crucial, how Jay got ropey dope while working with another developer, and reasons to disenga…
 
On this episode of the Game Dev Loadout podcast, I interviewed Michael Futter, the author of The GameDev Business Handbook. He has 8+ years of experience in the game industry. A former editor at Game Informer. You’ll learn why opportunity cost is important, reasons to avoid the founder’s syndrome, and understand what is fair use. Enjoy! The GameDev…
 
On the Game Dev Loadout podcast, we discuss how to communicate your game to the audience, cultivating long-term relationships, and absorbing user feedback. Chris Remo is the designer and composer over at Campo Santo which created the highly praised game Firewatch. He also co-hosts many podcasts including Import If True, Idle Thumbs, The Idle Book C…
 
On Game Dev Loadout, we discuss how IndieMEGABOOTH was started, how to showcase your game at events, and the cost of inaction. Kelly Wallick is the founder of Indie Megabooth which mission is to bring indie games to the forefront of the gaming community. Game devs go to this event to network with fans, colleagues, and even publishers. She also is a…
 
We discuss the importance of being comfortable, why crunch needs to be avoided, and how her old office was full of holes. Katharine Neil has 19 plus years of experience in the game industry working on a variety of genres including racing games, third-person shooters, management sims, and more. She blogs and speaks at GDC. Currently, she is the narr…
 
On the Game Dev Loadout podcast, join Cliff Harris from Positech Games as we discuss AI programming, interpersonal skills, buying a great chair for comfort, and much more. He is an indie game developer from the UK, behind strategy and sim games such as Democracy and Gratuitous Space Battles. His company also published games such as Big Pharma and P…
 
On the Game Dev Loadout podcast, join Jason Canam from Household Games Incorporation as we discuss making games accessible, taking timeline seriously, benefits of being in a community, and much more. He found his company in 2016 which is focused on creating high-quality and stylized original IP content for consoles and PC. He used to be the game de…
 
Jake Birkett has been an indie developer since 2005 for his company Grey Alien Games. HIs work includes Shadowhand and Regency Solitaire. He also writes blogs about his experience. Join us as we discuss making games faster, how he took the huge risk of going indie, and much more.By The HP Video Game Podcast Network
 
On the Game Dev Loadout podcast, join Nick Culbertson of Moby Pixel as we discuss the importance of updating your game as technology advances, turning negative experiences into positive, the meaning of game dev, and much more. He is the host of a new game developer podcast called Game Dev Deconstructed where he explores the process of game developm…
 
We discuss the benefits of having a game consultant, his experience of hiring a freelancer, how he got a publisher, and much more. Tommy is the Project lead and CEO of Trym Studios, hailing out of Norway, currently working on their first game, a 17th century trade sim! Tommy, coming from the oil industry made a big transition from a safe and well p…
 
We discuss the importance of gathering data on your audience, High LTV customers, CAC, and much more. Dan Schoenbaum is the CEO of Cooladata which specializes in helping clients understand their customer’s journey from discovery and conversion to retention and growth. Essentially they analyze customer behavior analytics to help you figure out what …
 
"So too how a mountaineer has their safety line, a game team has their revision control system. If codes get messed up or something goes fubar, you have a RCS like a GitHub or Perforce that will help you recover NOT IF accidents happen but when IT happens especially as you start to scale up in development." Blair Leggett leads a small indie studio …
 
"One of the key measures for when teams are communicating well is that their proactive in sharing information with each other. They don’t waste too much time asking each other questions. They proactively tell people what they need to know when they need to know it." Zachary O. Toups is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Ne…
 
Three P’s Principle “You can take a project if it has any one of these three P’s. Great Project if you think it’s really neat and you love the work. Great People if you are working with awesome people and building great relationships. Great Payment if it pays well. It’s amazing if you get two of the three.” Join Richard Ludlow of Hexany Audio as we…
 
Teddy Bergsman - “I never seen a single person being fired over a tool helping them out or making their work faster. Not a single time and I work with gaming companies and filming companies in the world. And that just doesn’t happen and I think that’s what scares people to shy away from revolutionary type of tools. Embrace it, adopt it early as you…
 
Gary D. Nissenbaum - “Have you created a three-dimensional world in which the interaction of these characters is so unique that it’s really not copying that of the other games, and have you created designs and elements that are so different than what’s come before? That’s where the rubber meets the road when it comes to the legal issues.” Gary D. N…
 
We discuss the importance of backing up your data, getting in the game industry with a unique degree, the benefits of identifying human emotions, and much more. Lennart Nacke is an associate professor and research director for the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Games Group at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He focuses on evaluating our phys…
 
Wing Cho - “You should really have a dialogue. Always talk because if you don’t then you will have a big issue and it’s going to take more time to deal with it when you could of dealt with it immediately. He is a Ex-Nintendo and ex-Rockstar lead game designer with 20 years of experience. With over 17 shipped titles and selling over 12 million units…
 
Duncan Watt - “The fastest way to work with someone to break the ice and get the ball rolling, it’s just be honest. Be honest, be excited, and tell the truth.” Duncan Watt is the founder of the Fastestmanintheworld Media which provides custom scoring, audio outsourcing and consulting for the digital games industry. His work include Bioshock Infinit…
 
Sebastien Dussault - “It’s really rare that we just sit down and think about what we do and just try to do one thing at a time, even if it’s for 15 minutes, those 15 minutes can count.” Sebastien Dussault is the lead animator at Meduzarts and worked at Ubisoft Quebec before that. At Meduzarts, his focus is on high-end cinematics, scripted events, a…
 
Join Matthew Carl Earl as he discusses the six core values of his company, letting composers be early in the process of the game idea, making bold moves, and so much more. He is the lead composer at Hexany Audio which specializes in original music, sound, and voice over for games, VR, and interactive media. They have developed audio for both Triple…
 
Oded Sharon - “You need to use your strengths as a creative person and not necessarily as a production company. If you are a small team, buy pre made assets from the assets store that are within your scope. Don’t waste time building everything.” Oded Sharon is the founder and ceo of two companies, Corbomite Games and Adventure Mob. With over 18 yea…
 
Rob Alvarez - “Every action you take has to help you build toward the objective, maybe not directly but even if it’s indirectly, you have to see a path. Whatever you are including, whatever you are introducing is helping your player feel some way so that you can achieve your business objective, or your fun objective, or your learning objective.” Ro…
 
Sonia Michaels - “There are a lot of really qualified people out there and so when I have three people that have similar degrees, similar qualifications, and similar experience. You're going to hire the one that seems like they're going to be the best to work with because no one wants to work with a jerk.” Sonia Michaels is a senior lecturer at Dig…
 
Jenn Sandercock - “It’s much better just to make, just to do. What you going to do is probably going to be wrong and need revisions. Don’t spend ages on a game design doc. Just make something, show it, iterate. ” Jenn Sandercock found the independent mobile games studio called Inquisiment with the goal of creating experiences that foster friendship…
 
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