This episode is all about music in games. I'm joined by guests Dan Bruno (Harmonix, Cruise Elroy) and Kirk Hamilton (Gamer Melodico, Joystiq), two excellent game writers who are also talented musicians.
We each play a collection of clips from our favorite pieces of game music, and we discuss why each serves the game it's written for so effectively. You'll hear everything from chiptunes to orchestral scores. If you can, listen to the show with headphones to catch all the details in the music we play.
I hope you enjoy the show, and thanks for listening!
Direct download: bgpodcast31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:12am EDT

This show is the final in a 3-part series called Gatherings of the Tribe in which I talk to a variety of people about the big events that bring gamers together throughout the year: GDC, PAX, E3, etc.

This episode features my conversation with game developers Matthew Burns (Shadegrown Games), Nels Anderson (Hothead Games), and David Carlton (Playdom).

We discuss a variety of topics, including why developers attend PAX and GDC; why developers keep secrets; and why developers enjoy "spreading their cognitive genetic material."

Hope you enjoy the show, and thanks for listening!

Direct download: bgpodcast30-3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

This show is the 2nd in a 3-part series called Gatherings of the Tribe in which I talk to a variety of people about the big events that bring gamers together throughout the year: GDC, PAX, E3, etc.

This episode features my conversation with critic bloggers Kirk Hamilton (Gamer Melodico) and Rob LeFebvre (Games Are Evil, The Portable Gamer).

Stay tuned for Part 3, which will feature three indie developers offering their perspectives on these big events.

Direct download: bgpodcast30-1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31am EDT

This edition of the show begins a 3-part series called Gatherings of the Tribe in which I talk to a variety of people about the big events that bring gamers together throughout the year: GDC, PAX, E3, , Comic-Con, Gameloop, Games Learning and Society...the list goes on and on. 

This episode features my conversation with veteran game journalists Gus Mastrapa (Wired.com, et al) and Chris Dahlen (Kill Screen Magazine, et al).

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3, which will feature critics and developers offering their takes on these big events. Those segments will appear in the coming week.

 

Direct download: bgpodcast30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

This edition of the show features an interview with Tom Bissell, author of the new book Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter. We discuss why Tom wrote the book; why Mirror's Edge is a better game than you think; why we ought to cut game designers some slack; and many other topics. 

I hope you enjoy the show.

Direct download: bgpodcast29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

After a Shakespeare-induced hiatus, the Brainy Gamer podcast is back!

This edition of the show features two interesting conversations. In the first segment I chat with Jamin Brophy-Warren and Chris Dahlen, co-creators of Kill Screen. We discuss their new magazine, writing about games, Roger Ebert's 4-star review of The Phantom Menace, and many other topics.

In Segment 2 I talk with indie designer Jason Rohrer (Sleep is DeathPassage) about his work, his involvement in the art game movement, and the importance of simplicity.

Direct download: bgpodcast28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

This edition of the Brainy Gamer Podcast features a holiday extravaganza of Gamers Confab goodness: a 4-volume confection featuring a gaggle of bloggers, journalists, and designers all discussing our favorite games of 2009. This final segment includes Matthew Gallant from The Quixotic Engineer; Alex Raymond from The Border House; and Denis Farr from Gay Gamer and Vorpal Bunny Ranch.

Direct download: bgpodcast27-4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:23pm EDT

Part 3 of my "Favorites of '09" series includes writer Tom Bissell, whose work has appeared in Harper's Magazine and The New Yorker; Manveer Heir, lead designer at Raven Software and author of the Design Rampage blog; and Mitch Krpata, who reviews games for The Phoenix and Paste Magazine and writes the Insult Swordfighting blog.
Direct download: bgpodcast27-3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Part 2 of my Favorites of '09 series of podcasts features Leigh Alexander, news director at GamasutraCorvus Elrod from Zakelro Studio; and Nels Anderson from Hothead Games and his blog Above 49.

Segments 3 and 4 will arrive in the coming days. I hope you enjoy!

Direct download: bgpodcast27-2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT



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