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Dev Game Club features two veteran game developers who look at games from the past to discuss their impact and relevance today.

Dev Game Club features two veteran game developers who look at games from the past to discuss their impact and relevance today.
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United States

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Dev Game Club features two veteran game developers who look at games from the past to discuss their impact and relevance today.

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@devgameclub

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English

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Episodes

DGC Ep 134: Thief (part three)

10/17/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we are in the midst of series discussing 1998's Thief: The Dark Project. We talk about map trade-offs, enemy diversity and choices, the levels we played, music and objectives, and other topics. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Up to Undercover Issues covered: "disco is my life," longer Thief: Gold levels, DLC before DLC existed, technical issues and level design,...

Duration:00:42:05

DGC Ep 133: Bonus Interview with SotTR Lead Writer Jill Murray

10/10/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we look back to Shadows of the Tomb Raider for a special bonus episode featuring Lead Writer Jill Murray. We talk about how the writing gets done -- spoilers, there's a lot more planning than writing -- as well as all sorts of topics that grow from that. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Issues covered: lacking access to technology, Jill's early career in visual arts/music/theater,...

Duration:00:42:19

DGC Ep 132: Thief (part two)

10/3/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we are in the midst of our series about 1998's Thief; we talk about the story development of the world, some small mechanical bits, and then dig into the level design of the four levels we played. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Through "The Sword" Issues covered: getting shot with an arrow, starting with the day in the life of a thief, establishing a baseline of...

Duration:01:08:25

DGC Ep 131: Thief (part one)

9/26/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we now begin our series about 1998's Thief; as usual, we start by setting the game in its time before diving into a few of its systems and technology requirements. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Through Cragscleft Prison Podcast breakdown: 0:41 Thief 53:13 Break 53:45 Feedback Issues covered: reflecting on 1998, first-person shooter games of the time, having...

Duration:01:04:45

DGC Ep 130: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Bonus

9/19/2018
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Hello, and welcome to a special bonus episode of Dev Game Club, where we talk about the most recent Tomb Raider release, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, talking a little bit about where the reboots came from and the thinking that went into them as well as some of the structural differences between the two. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Some of the first few hours Podcast breakdown: 0:45 Shadow of...

Duration:01:06:46

DGC Ep 129: Tomb Raider (part four)

9/12/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we celebrate the triumphant return of co-host Tim Longo with... a discussion of the rest of 1996's Tomb Raider. We once again discuss the levels themselves, but also discuss traps, puzzles, and the use of voice to characterize action adventure avatars in more recent games, before turning to takeaways and your questions and feedback. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections...

Duration:01:32:13

DGC Ep 128a: Flösser Interview Revisit

8/29/2018
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No show notes this week as we revisit our 2016 interview with guest Janos Flösser; you can find those notes on the website. However, Brett does take a moment to answer a reader email before the show and to talk about next week afterwards.

Duration:00:57:40

DGC Ep 128: Tomb Raider (part three)

8/22/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we have been playing 1996's Tomb Raider. We spend more time on the levels themselves as well as diving into the AI for human enemies, the sense of space and of pace, and having no idea what to do to find a key. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Through Egypt, in theory Podcast breakdown: 0:41 Tomb Raider 1:00:17 Break 1:00:47 Feedback Issues covered: plumbing,...

Duration:00:52:14

DGC Ep 127: Tomb Raider (part two)

8/15/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we have been playing 1996's Tomb Raider. We specifically dive into level design, Lara's move set, combat, and a bit about technology here and there. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Through Greece, theoretically Issues covered: dinosaurs in film in books, level size, level design and events to direct the eye, interconnectedness of areas, distilling the original...

Duration:00:49:59

DGC Ep 126: Tomb Raider (part one)

8/8/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we are turning our eyes to 1996's Tomb Raider. In this episode we situate the game in its time, paying particular attention to the challenges of 3D and technology at the time. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Through Peru Issues covered: setting the game in its time, 3D acceleration, "at least they got our names right," having to control a bunch of extra stuff in...

Duration:00:41:06

DGC Ep 125: Prey Bonus

8/1/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where in this bonus episode we've turned to a clear descendant of Deus Ex, 2017's Prey. We talk about the first few hours of the experience and note some of its systems and world-building, among other thoughts. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: At least up to the lobby Issues covered: post-it notes, allowing mimics, Tim gets excited, another potential forerunner, using...

Duration:00:50:12

DGC Ep 124: Deus Ex (part five)

7/25/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we are finishing out our discussion of 2000's Deus Ex. In our fifth episode in the series, we talk a bit about the game's viewpoint(s) and turn to our takeaways. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Finished the game at last Issues covered: Tim's marathon of M:I, the othering of Anna and Gunther as well as Walter Simons and Bob Page, building a sense of place and...

Duration:00:59:51

DGC Ep 123: Deus Ex (part four)

7/18/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we have finally turned our attention to 2000's Deus Ex. In our fourth episode in the series, we talk about maps, the damage model, augmentations, and more! Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Up through the Paris Cathedral Issues covered: stealth and non-lethal play, hitting your foes with tranq darts, externalizing statistics, the things you track, a decision or a...

Duration:00:49:40

DGC Ep 122: Deus Ex (part three)

7/11/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we have finally turned our attention to 2000's Deus Ex. In our third episode in the series, we talk about the RPG aspects as far as story goes as well as some obvious influences. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Up through the Paris Cathedral Issues covered: mispronouncing the title of the game, bringing in all the story as you get to Hong Kong, level geometry in...

Duration:00:52:27

DGC Ep 121: Deus Ex (part two)

7/4/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we have finally turned our attention to 2000's Deus Ex. In our second episode in the series, we discuss difficulty levels for different styles of play vs augmentation hard choices and some level systems specifics. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Up through Hong Kong (in theory) Issues covered: trying to get out of the level when you've been in it a while,...

Duration:00:52:28

DGC Ep 120: Deus Ex (part one)

6/27/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we are finally turning our attention to 2000's Deus Ex. In our first episode in the series, we set the game in its time but also talk about its many connections to other games we've played here on the 'cast. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Up to the Airfield Issues covered: ten hours of driving, convergent point in games, early indie dev mentality, formative...

Duration:00:40:59

DGC Ep 119: Bonus Interview with Matt Tateishi

6/20/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club for a second Dark Forces special bonus interview edition. We speak with Matt Tateishi, a level designer on the game, talking about the environment around the building of Dark Forces, process, and leaping into the new. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Podcast breakdown: 0:39 Interview 1:03:31 Break 1:04:01 Feedback Issues covered: a brief history of Matt, architecture department at...

Duration:01:12:11

DGC Ep 118: SWRC Interview Bonus

6/15/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club for a special bonus bonus interview edition. Justin Stinnett turns the microphones on hosts Brett Douville and Tim Longo, in addition to Daron Stinnett, to talk Republic Commando. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Issues covered: making a squad seem smart, how to deal with the squad AI, keeping the squad in view, how to control the squad on a console, squad positioning, seeing the sniper,...

Duration:00:14:52

DGC Ep 117: Bonus Interview with Daron Stinnett

6/13/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club for a special bonus interview edition. We speak with Daron Stinnett, lead programmer and project lead on Dark Forces, looking at the beginnings of his career before turning to specifics about the game. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Podcast breakdown: 0:40 Interview segment 1:04:45 Break 1:05:17 Feedback segment Issues covered: Daron intro, the Stinnett origin story, making houses on...

Duration:01:05:22

DGC Ep 116: Dark Forces (part three)

6/6/2018
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Welcome to Dev Game Club, where we are finishing 1995's Star Wars: Dark Forces. We talk a bit about the final levels of the game while punching dragons and then turn to our takeaways. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: We finished the game! Podcast breakdown: 0:44 DF Discussion 59:08 Break 59:38 Takeaways Issues covered: the Kell dragon, entirely too much discussion of dragon types, being...

Duration:01:13:13