Posts Tagged ‘ 2 player productions

Episode 47 – Barf Rooms and Laser Sandwiches

scott c, scott campbell, psychonauts, double fine, double fine adventure, DFA, brutal legend, great showdowns, art, 2 player productions

Scott Campbell has had a hand in some of the most iconic images in video games. Whether its the metal inspired chill spots in Brutal Legend, the Lungfish and Raz in Psychonauts, or concept art for the Double Fine Adventure, his unique take on visuals have set games apart. We talk about his journey to Double Fine, helping shape a video game company’s image, being part of a game with an intense cult following, and making a game with your every idea put on display. Prepare for your master class in being awesome.

Scott C also does a series called “Great Showdowns“. Its an A Jumps B Shoots favorite and everyone should check out his live drawings.

Featuring music from Mosaik from the album Leandi

Episode 37 – With a Collective ‘Meh’

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

News outlets have gotten plenty of practice manufacturing hyperbole surrounding sex and violence in video games. What we seem to brush aside, however, is the rampant lack of serious coverage in main stream media. When video games do get the coveted spotlight of a news segment, it either falls just short of responsible journalism or shows itself to be hilariously misinformed. At best, this turns into a joke on the internet. At worst, the misinformation that has more influence than any game journalism blog.

This episode we invite Asif Siddiky of 2 Player Productions to focus on two news segments that seem to miss the point and expose their bias against serious coverage of the medium, with segments from NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. (It’s recommended you listen to these stories to help follow our conversations about them.)

Featuring music by Burnkit 2600 from the album Sonic Sanctuary

Hidden in Plain Sight
Blocks that Matter
Little Samson

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.

Episode 4 – 2PP vs. AJBS: FIGHT!

For this episode, Matt takes a trip to the headquarters of up-and-coming indie documentarians 2 Player Productions, talking with company heads Paul Owens, Asif Siddiky and Paul Levering about the various game-related projects they’ve been busying themselves with. Discussion includes 2PP’s ongoing behind-the-scenes coverage on Uncharted 3 and Minecraft, as well as the original InFamous, its sequel and finally the company’s critically-acclaimed chiptune documentary Reformat the Planet. Other games and arguments for championing local multiplayer are also thrown into the mix, as views on how games are covered in the media and marketing. Co-hosts Steve Haske and Rich Lau will return next
episode.
Also, if you care about legitimate coverage of video games (something AJBS feels strongly about), please don’t forget support 2 Player Production’s full-length documentary about Minecraft and its developer Mojang Specifications by donating to their Kickstarter fund here.

Featuring music from The ShortsleevesGreenleafGo Motion


Dead Island

Reformat the Planet

Forsaken

Abuse

Blast Corps

Episode 2 – Nerds We Long to Be

On this episode, our special guest Switch from the Dangerous Kids podcast joins the fray. We talk about how 2 Player Production’s coverage of Uncharted 3 is a breath of fresh air from the “Mountain Dew-swilling bro” culture the game industry usually associated with, followed by a discussion of Indie Game: the Movie and the importance of a strong indie presence in the industry. Topping it all off is an impromptu debate over the state of nerd culture in America, which brings up varying interpretations of what it means to be a nerd.

Featuring music from Plain Flavored

Pac-Man 2

Hydrophobia

Klonoa

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