Archive for March, 2012

Episode 30 – Gaming, Developing, Conferencing

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, GDC, Game Developers Conference 2012, Knife City
Our co-host 
Steve Haske just got back from the 2012 Game Developers Conference, and to celebrate his first foray into the “summer-camp” for industry types and developers, we welcome our friend and fellow game journalist Jeffrey Matulef back to the show to talk about all the goings on at the conference. Among the discussion topics are some of the games that were observed, the kind of community GDC fosters (not to mention hugs between industry friends), the highs and lows of the event’s social elements.

We also talk a bit about the new “digitally enabled folk game” Johann Sebastian Joust, which utilizes Sony’s Move controllers (in an unauthorized fashion), Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos”, and a group of people to form one of the most fascinatingly unorthodox instances of multiplayer gaming this year. You’ll be intrigued.

Featuring music from Knife City‘s self-titled EP

Mass Effect 3
Yakuza: Dead Souls
Binary Domain

Finally, we wanted to make a special thank you to Old Town Computers in Portland, OR. Thanks guys.

Episode 29 – Kickstart My Doc

Double Fine Adventure, AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, 2PP, 2 Player Productions, Double Fine, Tim Schafer, crowdfunding, Kickstarter, Lifeformed, Dustforce
Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter

Kickstarter has ushered in a new method of funding projects. Now, group of people can band together and fund a project into existence, while getting thank you gifts in return. Some people have called it a revolution in funding games, movies, music, and all manner of other things. Others have called it merely an option to capitalise on the viral power of the internet.

Whatever you may think about it, 2 Player Productions have certainly made the most of it with 2 wildly successful Kickstater projects. Their latest endeavor teams them up with Double Fine Productions to make a documentary about the creation of a unique IP video game, front to back. Its an exciting idea and something that has never happened before.

We talk with Paul Levering, Paul Owens, and Asif Saddiky about their upcoming Minecraft documentary, the Double Fine project, their in depth however lesser talked of coverage of the Jak and Daxter HD remake, and their opinions on bringing people together to independently fund projects.

Matt – On a personal note and for full disclosure, it is true that these guys are friends of ours and I have donated to all of their projects. However, 2 Player Productions have more than proven themselves as talented film makers and harbingers of a new age of game media. I urge my audience to donate to their project for no other reason than, to paraphrase Paul Levering, due to the amount of money this project has earned you could be preordering a 30 or 40 dollar game for 15 bucks.

Music from Lifeformed‘s Dustforce OST.

Mass Effect
Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door
Ico/Shadow of the Colossus
Brutal Legend
Escape Plan
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Cave Story
Alien Soldier

This may be redundant on the Punk Effect, but we also mention one of our favorite retro game review series, 16 Bit Gems. You can find it on the The Clan of the Grey Wolf or The Punk Effect.