Ben was a pro gamer and legend at 16 and a member of the inaugural U.S. National Video Game Team. In our extended interview, we discuss what it was like being a gamer during the 80's, appearing on That's Incredible and meeting, Walter Day for the first time. If you like classic gaming nostalgia this episode is for you.
There’s no denying that eSports is becoming mainstream and will be up there with other sports in viewership as well as participation. One way you can tell this, look to the sports bookers. The gamblers know, they put their money where the action is and know what people will be interested in and they also know a winner when they see one. We talked with Scott Cooley, the official spokesperson for Bookmaker.eu one of the largest sportsbooks in the world that are now offering betting from some of the biggest eSport tournaments ranging from European Gaming League to Evolution Championship Series and Major League Gaming. We talked to Scott about the changing face of sports betting and how eSports came to be included in the world of online betting as well as how it may influence how we look at the sport.
We talk with Miami native, Aaron Varkonyi, developer of, Aliens go Homerun an innovative and interesting take on the classic game, Breakout. We talk with Aaron about his game, being a developer in South Florida and his upcoming game, Wonder Wickets.
We sit down for a discussion with neuroscientist, Dr. Tim Mullen who will be heading up a fascinating research study that aims to map similarities in brain activity and in creative style between one thousand people in a shared experience. Using hundreds of wearable brainwave sensors and cloud technology, Tim and his team aim to visualize and explore this phenomenon as an interactive network of brain activity created in real time by participants in Los Angeles and NYC while they watch the sci-fi film MindGamers. The project is part of an event called 1000 Minds Live, a unique cinematic experience that brings together film, science and technology. In our discussion, we also talk about the real world science behind the scientists working on ways to eventually allow the human mind to connect directly to the outside world and transcend its current limitations and what challenges they face in bringing theory to reality.
For this episode of the Obsolete Gamer Show we talked with Multi-Media personality, Patrick Scott Patterson, a man who has Guinness World Records in multiple video games, has appeared on television and in movies and documentaries, owns his own website where he has been writing articles and showcasing gamers and people from the gaming industry for years. Oh and did I mention he was a wrestler as well? Scott has excellent takes on a wide range of topics important to gamers and the gaming industry as well and he does not just fire them off from the comment section of a website, he gets out there and debates them against a public that often only knows the stereotype of gamers that has been written and handed out to the masses . If you like a robust conversation as much as I do then this episode is for you. We cover a variety of topics from how gamers are looked at by society at large to video game journalism to cyber bulling and the changing world of video game media including websites, television and streaming services such as Twitch TV.
We talk with, James D’Amato author of the book, The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide which is set to be released on Oct 2nd. James lives in Chicago the hometown of host, J.A. Laraque and studied improv at the famed, Second City. A lover of table top games, he took his love of gaming and skills acquired to create a fun and informative book to help out novices and pro’s alike in creating a backstory for their character with tips and exercises to give you more enjoyable and immersive experience. We also talked about his podcast, The One Shot podcast. One Shot is a weekly actual play podcast that explores different role playing systems with self-contained One Shot stories. A rotating cast of improvisers, game designers, and other notable nerds show off the variety and diversity in RPGs bring you a new game every month.
We sit down with the King of the Arcade, Richie Knucklez. Fans of Retrogaming will know him from his gaming achievements, the documentary film, King of the Arcade and of course, Twin Galaxies. In our extended interview, we discuss his experiences running a successful arcade, being a retrogamer and his awesome collection of arcade cabinets.
Step inside a video game streaming channel, but not just any channel, Twin Galaxies Live. We talk with Xander Denke about what it is like running and hosting a web stream and the challenges of dealing with guests and the audience.
Director of Nintendo Quest, Rob McCallum talks with us about his film, the process of creating the film as well as classic gaming.
We sat down with Aidan Price from East Asia Soft to talk about their game Lost Sea and about Aidan's gaming influences which included classic games such as the original Super Mario Bros. and Contra for the NES. Aidan also worked on a number of projects before his work as game designer on Lost Sea included Brink and Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers. Aidan comes to us from Hong Kong so we can add that stamp to our virtual passport of places we have visited on Gamer Profiles and he gave us some inside into how gamers and arcades are a bit different than in the States and his native U.K. so check out the interview and let us know what you think.
We’re heading back to New Orleans with the remastered remake of the 1993 classic, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. We go beyond the game trailer and talk with Jane Jensen about the recent release for iPad and Android tablets and what it was like bringing the Sierra hit to a new generation.
We view the launch trailer for Gladiators Online: Death Before Dishonor the beautifully designed game with gruesome combat where you play as a Lanista or gladiator manager in ancient Rome. Created by Dorado Games, this game visually stunning game plays from your browser, but we not the ones here to tell you about it. We were happy to have Nick Porsche from Dorado games coming all the way from Malta in Europe to tell us a little about the game.
We profile the Free-to-play Mech warfare game, HAWKEN sit down with producer, Joshua Clausen (or as he is known to the community CapnJosh) about the acquisition of the game by Reloaded games and the upcoming fixes, changes and improvements to the game.
We talk with Nick Clarkson a true gamer who has not only played a large number of classic computer games, but was a pioneer with gaming magazines in the U.K. and worked with a number of great game creators before coming to Merge Games. We also talked about his journeyman tour of gaming in the U.K as well as his gaming experiences before diving into Merge’s upcoming titles including Riot, Albedo, and Zombie Kill of the Week.
We take a look at a retro inspired top-down shooter from Big Shiny Games that features all the weapon upgrades and combat action gamers expect from a Sci-Fi space shooter on their smart phone. We also talk with John Mulkey from Big Shiny Games on what to expect from this upcoming title.
We go across the pond to the U.K. Wales to be exact, where we talked with Ray Willmott of Big Cake Games on their game for PS4 and PC titled. Cold Horizon. This is the team that worked on the Metal Gear fan remake and we got a chance to talk about Ray’s gaming history, how he came to Big Cake Games and of course, what we can expect out of Cold Horizon.
We sit down with the team behind the upcoming documentary on the history of Atari, World 1-1. Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez are the creative minds behind the project and we talk about their Kickstarter campaign and all things retro gaming.
We see the articles and the streams and sometimes even the big time tournaments, but what is it like being a pro gamer? We wanted to learn more about the community around professional gaming and eSports so we asked one. Joshua Laus our eSports corespondent takes us through the world of pro gaming and believe me, it's a wild ride.
Like zombies? Like blasting zombies? Like hipsters? Ok, well, two out of three aint bad. We head to Spain and we're talking Hipsters vs. Zombies with Carlos Cuesta Dolz of Arpic Games.