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Who Is Video James?

7/20/2018
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We start with a public apology regarding last week's show. John nears completion on a new studio album and Todd refuses to bother one of Riot's founders with lunch. Finally, we discuss community feedback and topics, including how to recover from burnout.

Duration:00:55:33

Takeaways from the ArenaNet Firings

7/10/2018
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We discuss ArenaNet's recent termination of two writers over negative communication with players on social media and examine strategies for setting boundaries for community discussions. John repeatedly drinks from a mason jar.

Duration:00:48:43

Reach Out and Sue Someone

7/3/2018
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Todd recaps his weird HGTV segment to no one, as John is mysteriously missing. On topic this week is Bethesda's lawsuit against Warner Bros., PUBG dropping its suit against Epic, and a dev who made an active shooter sim being forced out of basically everything. Plenty of lessons for indies to gleam from the industry this week.

Duration:00:37:59

Organization And Productivity

5/16/2018
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We talk about overcoming the phrase "real soon" in your indie projects, including both tips you can implement in your work, and strategies to reduce clutter and increase efficiency in the rest of your life, giving you your best chance at success. We also tackle more questions from around the web.

Duration:00:57:23

Designing For Accessibility

5/10/2018
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John rejoins the show and we discuss strategies for developing games with accessibility in mind. Learn where to look for wisdom on helping players overcome barriers due to a variety of impairments. We also tackle tough questions from around the web.

Duration:01:00:22

How You Could Work in Games Next Week

4/18/2018
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We dive deeper into a topic listeners are asking about: freelancing and remote work for game development. You'll hear how Todd left full-time professional software development, and started over in games from scratch with his own freelancing business. Congrats to John on the new baby!

Duration:00:27:11

Checking In On Triple A with John Schiber

4/6/2018
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John Schiber returns and we talk about the highs and lows of the latest round of triple-A games. We also check in on our ongoing Unity game project and share a few more stories from GDC.

Duration:00:43:46

Microsoft Cloud Developer Advocates Jessica Deen and Abel Wang

3/26/2018
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Jessica Deen and Abel Wang stop by at #GDC18 on their quest to bring DevOps goodness to the game dev community. We talk about the importance of consistency and reaching the next level of intuitive, repeatable processes in your software development.

Duration:00:27:25

Edward Thomson and Kayla Ngan of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services

3/25/2018
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We discuss leveraging some of Microsoft's most powerful planning and development tools for game development with version control experts Edward Thomson and Kayla Ngan.

Duration:00:21:48

Next Games Co-Founder and CTO, Kalle Hiitola

3/22/2018
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Live from GDC 2018, Kalle Hiitola joins us to talk about Next Games and its runaway mobile hit, The Walking Dead: No Man's Land. Kalle tells us what makes it run under the hood, and gives us the highlights of his upcoming GDC presentation on massively scaling mobile games with Microsoft Azure.

Duration:00:25:28

Seas, Streams, And Other Troubled Waters

3/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:41:41

Halfpology

3/1/2018
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Reunited at last, Todd spills the beans on a huge freelance project, an awkward problem emerges ahead of GDC, and John formally apologizes for his previous PUBG commentary over Chopin's Prelude in E Minor.

Duration:00:31:11

Think Like an Entrepreneur - Part 1

1/19/2018
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We discuss how to incorporate business wisdom from outside the industry into your game development process, from evaluating ideas to developing your concept and creating a business strategy.

Duration:00:46:24

Alarmism and Governing Game Development

11/26/2017
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A US state representative targets game publishers and developers, Todd and John take a look at the possible outcomes of government intervention in monetization strategies for games, and we try to make sense of the source of all political gaming strife: Twitter.

Duration:01:03:34

Truck Driving and Starting Indie Development

11/18/2017
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We take to the open road in our big rigs or...whatever, discussing a new development in our game industry microtransaction story, then we go through tips for anyone looking to get into indie game development.

Duration:01:03:25

Gone Fishin'

11/14/2017
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Cast your cares away and join us on a wilderness getaway in the form of a show recorded inside a massively multiplayer online first-person fishing game. Yes, really.

Duration:01:04:39

Grand Theft Auto and Violence in Games

10/10/2017
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Where can moderate and conservative gamers turn? We discuss an odd and oddly-timed news piece on Grand Theft Auto at The Daily Wire and talk about how poor gaming coverage is leaving a huge portion of gamers in the lurch.

Duration:00:51:06

Ray Marek of Apogee Comics

9/22/2017
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Indie comics writer and Apogee editor-in-chief Ray Marek joins in for some talk about indie creation, gaming, and the impending doom of Toys R Us. Ray also runs The Horror Syndicate and shares his insight on gaming for horror fans.

Duration:00:46:16

Street Fighter II - Hyper Flammable Edition

8/31/2017
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Capcom is set to re-release one of the most influential video games of all time, not to mention an arcade cabinet that used to live in my house, but it wasn't mine. Oh, and the new one might burn your house down. Here's a look at Street Fighter II, past and present.

Duration:00:21:36

Behold the Presale Crunchpocalypse

8/25/2017
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Nintendo starts the SNES Classic Edition pre-orders at random and they vanish in half an hour, the Xbox One X finds a following for no good reason, and a AAA industry veteran defends crunch, which finally sets the world on fire.

Duration:00:26:17