Archive for April, 2012

Episode 33 – How Games Saved my Life with Ashly Burch

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Ashly Burch, Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin', Web series How Games Saved My Life, Blog,

How Games Saved My Life is a blog dedicated to sharing people’s stories on how video games made a significant impact on their lives. Whether it was the ability to identify with an avatar, distraction from a bad situation, or helping you forget the moment you planned on killing yourself, the site features a wealth of personal stories about how gaming made a difference.

We talk with the site’s creator and curator, Ashly Burch about HGSML’s origins, where it’s going and the impact it has had.

Featuring music by Minusbaby from the album Bias

Persona 3 FES
Mass Effect 3
Demon’s Souls
MLB The Show 2012
This is the Only Level

Finally, thanks to Old Town Computers in Portland, OR for all their support.

Episode 32 – Smart Media

 

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, unwinnable, unwinnable.com, Stu Horvath, Fez, Splatters, Kill Screen, The Atlantic, Jonathan Blow
The internet has given us a forum to talk about video games with our peers on a scale that we never thought possible. While most game writing sticks to gameplay or the bottom line over in terms of recommending a game, game journalism is broadening its horizons, with some writers and outlets addressing the medium in previously unheard of ways. This week Unwinnable editor-in-chief Stu Horvath speaks with us about the rise of intelligent video game writing—and how its presence helps connect experiences with our personal lives and bridge the gap for people who don’t understand the medium.

Since we include Unwinnable among the smartest destinations for game writing, we also discuss the philosophy and origins of the site, as well as being internet friends with Phil Fish and Al Lowe and a spoiler-free talk concerning Mass Effect 3‘s ending. Prepare yourselves—adventure is upon us on this episode of the A Jumps B Shoots podcast.

Featuring music by 4mat from the album Decades

Fez
Journey
Persona 3 FES
The Splatters
Metro 2033
Diabolical Pitch

Our friends and supporters, Old Town Computers, have decided to use their space on our show to bring attention to Friends of BT, a small donation page for Brian Teirney. Read his story about his assault, shooting, and consider donating to support his family while he is in the hospital.

Episode 31 – Indie Game: The Podcast

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Indie Game: The Movie, IGTM, Jim Guthrie, James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot, SNES Controller
Indie Game: The Movie
follows three independent game developers on their journey to complete the seemingly insurmountable task of completing a video game without the aid of a giant studio. Featuring Jonathan Blow (Braid), Phil Fish (Fez), and Team Meat (Super Meat Boy‘s Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes), the film examines the lives and thoughts of these creators throughout each game’s development cycle, all the way to the finish line of public release and critical scrutiny.

Matt caught up with the film’s directors, James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot at the Hollywood Theater following Indie Game’s screening in Portland, OR. They explained how the movie was made, the misconceptions of being a game tester, and the true story behind the question “Why the SNES controller?”.

Finally, thanks to Old Town Computers and Gadget Fix in Portland, OR for all their support.