Sometimes you don’t find your true passion until you walk away from the corporate world and start your own business and that is what our guest Tony Gowland did. He’s had a fruitful career working for companies such as Rockstar and Activision and then founded Ant Workshop, an indie studio that is set to release their game, Binaries. We talk with Tony about his time working on AAA titles like GTA: Chinatown Wars and Red Dead Redemption and his move to creating his own studio and about his latest game, Binaries, a unique look at the PC puzzle platformer.
Imagine running your own comic book convention, booking guests, dealing with fans and celebrities with weird requests. Now imagine doing that with Stan Lee as one of the owners. We sit down with Regina Carpinelli co-founder of Stan Lee’s Comikaze. Regina shares with us her start and what it is like to run one of the largest conventions in Los Angeles.
Greg Street joins us on the show and as current lead game designer for Riot Games and their mega hit, League of Legends and his former position as lead systems designer of Blizzard’s mega hit, World of Warcraft you might think we will be talking a lot about games, well you’d be wrong. We’re talking cruises! Greg is going to be one of several high-profile guests on the upcoming, GaCuCon Game Cruise convention and event being held in Miami on January 26th thru 30th 2017. Hosted by the Miami based, Game Trep team and Make Games Miami, it’s the first of its kind so we wanted to get Greg’s thoughts on conventions, interacting with fans and being stuck on a boat with nowhere to run. Don’t worry we asked a few gaming related questions too.
In this episode we’re talking Albion Online, the upcoming MMORPG that features a robust crafting system, player economy and PVP which you can play on your PC, MAC and even tablet devices. Christoph Hombergs joins us to talk about what players can expect in the world of Albion Online.
eSports is taking the world by storm as millions watch gamers compete in fighting and RTS games live and online. Most of us as used to seeing competition come from the U.S. Europe and Asia, but Africa also has a strong eSports community and we were happy to sit down with Aaron Boateng founder and event coordinator of event fest to talk about Ghana's National eSports event, Playbox's Gamers Fest.
We were also joined by Isaiah TriForce Johnson Founder & CEO Empire Arcadia whose work with the global eSport initiative continues to help expand eSports into new regions. It was an interesting leaning experience to discover the gaming culture within Africa and the eSports scene on the content and talk about the upcoming Gamer fest and release of a new eSports fighting game, Indie Assault that will feature an African character.
12-time world FPS champion Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel returns to talk about the upcoming GaCuCon gamer cruise leaving out of Miami Florida on Jan 26th. He will be on that cruise along with several other guests and we wanted to get his thoughts on the event as well as what he and his brand has been up too.
If you love games you’re more than likely to love video game music. This goes double it you love racing games. There is something about the sound of a good tune while racing down the countryside or on a track. What does it take to but such a score together to make an iconic soundtrack? With the release of the Forza Motorsport 6 video game soundtrack we sit down with composers Kaveh Cohen and Michael Nielsen who talk to us about their love of music not only for video games, but their work in television on shows such as, Wolverine and the X-Men, The Chronicle and The Science of Star Wars and films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. We talk about the ins and outs of music the fans love to hear and how each track is created specifically to hit that perfect emotional moment.
Jay Bartlett the star of the upcoming retro gaming inspired documentary directed by Rob McCallum, Nintendo Quest, joins us on this fun and informative episode of The Obsolete Gamer show. We talk about his upcoming film, a little of what happened behind the scenes and his love of retro games and video game collecting.
Today gamers like connectivity and the ability to be social and connect with other gamers and Evolve HQ provide just that where Gamers can connect and play PC games with other gamers from around the world.
We look at the trailer for Fragments of Him, a unique and interesting first-person drama gaming experience coming to PC and Xbox. We headed out to the Netherlands to talk with Mata Haggis about what players can expect from the game.
We’re talking Brut@l, a re-imaging of the classic ASCII dungeon crawler with its roots in classic gaming but with a 3D style today’s gamers can enjoy. We let you know can expect from the game with producer, Richard Wood from Stormcloud Games.
We talk with Jan Taaks on the release of the turned based tactical RPG, battle Brothers available on Steam.
We sit down with Robyn “Sheba Baby” Brown who among many other things is an event manager for SuperCon2K is a professional gamer and part of team EMP. We talked with Robyn about her gaming background how she got into professional gaming and the challenges she faced being a female gamer and being on a team that has faced controversy.
Bringing gamers together in your community can be a daunting challenge be it for a LAN party or an event. Our guest, Andru Fratarcangeli has taken it to the next level working in South Florida to bring together gamers, educators and business to elevate the gaming community as a whole. His work not only connects gamers in South Florida with local events and meet-up’s, but gives those looking to enter the gaming field another path beyond leaving the state and he also is bringing a new video game convention to Miami as well. GaCuCon is the Game Culture Con Cruise & Expo, it features a 1-day Expo event in Miami followed by a 4-Day cruise. We talk to Andru about GaCuCon and what you can expect if you sign up for this event.
When you have a company known for great games you become even more curious about the people behind them so when we had a chance to talk with Kevin Mentz from Daedalic Entertainment we were excited to do so. We were already fortunate enough to have a written gamer profile from Claas Paletta and for Kevin, we learned his favorite classic game is The Battle of Olympus. We also talked about his move from playing games to wanting to create them and finally working for Daedalic and the number of games he personally worked on including Memoria. Overall, a fun interview with a lot of game talk and trailers from a number of Daedalic titles including, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, Blackguards 2 and Randal’s Monday so check it out.
Remember Kix cereal? Kids love it and moms will too? The idea was the cereal was really good but it was good for you. We often applaud a game when it’s well made, fun to play, but allso teaches you something you most likely would not have learned on your own.
We are in the age of gaming for all the good and the bad. The good, a smart, talented woman who began her love of gaming at age 5 and by age 12 was getting into competitive gaming where she has achieved much success. The bad, dealing with trolls, haters and mean spiritedness that are far too often associated with gaming. The Obsolete Gamer Show was honored to feature Hollyanne Setola in our latest episode where we talked about her history of gaming from being introduced to gaming by her grandmother who worked at NASA, to her Counter Strike days with her teammates. We also talked about the current landscape of gaming and todays gamers and the difference between now and only a few years ago. Our discussion about bullying and internet trolls sheds some light on what many, but specifically women deal with in gaming today
We chat with Pedro Guerra, designer/programmer for Good War Games an indie studio based in Miami, Florida and one of many developers that was at the recent GaCuCon gamer cruise. We discuss how the cruise went, starting and being part of an indie game studio and some of his favorite games.