Art & Craft
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Though we tend to sit with video games for a short time, they often sit with us for a very long time afterward. On Art & Craft, join us as we uncover the deeply personal stories of some of the medium’s most thoughtful creatives.
||CleanNavigating The Endless Desert With Team Alto||I thought we’d do something a little different this time around on Art & Craft. Rather than dive deep with with one guest, I’ve chosen to chat with two. Specifically, my colleagues and close friends Harry Nesbitt & Joe Grainger, who form...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPulling Back the Curtain with Nick Ahrens||When I first dug into the role of Producer, I assumed it was my job simply to remind people when tasks were due. Over time, I’ve come to see production much more as the discipline of removing the barriers that prevent people from doing their best...||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRewriting the Rules with Zach Gage||Zach Gage is one of the sharpest design minds creating play today. Whether it’s games like Spelltower, Flip Flop Solitaire, or Really Bad Chess, the things Zach makes brilliantly explore what you can do when you digitize the kind of broad,...||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Hidden Meaning with Jason Roberts||Gorogoa is the kind of brilliant game that's almost hard to believe exists even as you're experiencing it. A densely layered puzzle journey that takes place inside a hand-illustrated fantasy world. Join us as we sit down with its creator Jason...||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnowing Your Worth with Bekah Saltsman||Bekah Saltsman is the co-founder and CEO of Finji, a self-described collaborative game studio working on titles like Overland, Tunic, and Night in the Woods. Join us as we talk with her about pushing back against the "I'm Just" impulse, the realities...||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHitting Your Stride with Danette Beatty||If delaying a podcast about games to ship one of your own isn't a tidy metaphor for development, then I don't what is. Welcome back to Art & Craft! This week, we're chatting with Danette Beatty, 3D Artist at ustwo Games in London. Together, we...||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBring Your Own Narrative with Benjamin Rivers||"A player gives you 50% of what a game is." This is the philosophy underpinning how Benjamin Rivers approaches the things he makes. Rivers is the creator of deeply narrative-driven games like horror hit Home and sci-fi romance Alone With You. Join us...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating for Kids with Jason Krogh||You can learn so much from how someone younger responds - or in some case doesn’t respond - to what they’re seeing, playing, or reading. Sago Mini, makers of digital & physical toys for children, are constantly thinking about how to craft...||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStories And How We Tell Them with Joseph Humfrey||Inkle Studios is a team that crafts experiences which straddle the line between two mediums. These deep, narrative games use text as their vehicle, but still manage to take people on grand adventures through fantasy kingdoms and journeys across the...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Games That Listen With Nels Anderson||Happy New Year everybody, and welcome to the first Art & Craft episode of 2018! On this week's episode, we sit down with Nels Anderson, the lead designer on critically acclaimed Mark of the Ninja, and designer on the narrative hit Firewatch....||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCultivating What Matters With Joel McDonald||"Cultivate what matters. Cut away the rest." This is the slogan for developer Joel McDonald's breakout mobile game Prune, a title about carefully cutting away at trees to help them flourish. It's also the philosophy at the heart of Joel's own journey,..||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReconciling Past And Future With Amir Rajan||Amir Rajan is the creator of minimalist text-based gems like A Dark Room, The Ensign, and A Noble Circle. As someone who creates games often rooted in literature and filled with socially relevant themes, he's seen profound response to the things he...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCapturing A Feeling With Margaret Robertson||Perhaps the greatest compliment that a player can give about a game is that something about this digital experience made their real life better in some way. Imagine trying to achieve that with games almost entirely about colourful shapes. This is the...||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanValuing Intrinsic Worth With Anisa Sanusi||To make games is to connect with people in an intimate, meaningful way, often when they’re looking for relaxation or solace, or simply to escape. But it’s also a business ruled by market trends. Join us as we talk with UI & UX designer Anisa...||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmbracing Constraints With Robert Curry||Mini Metro is a meditative transit simulator all about creating your own subway lines. Before it became a hit, though, its co-creator wasn't sure he'd ever make another game. Join us as we talk with Robert Curry, co-founder and Studio Manager at...||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStanding Out In A Crowd With Nick Suttner||Before the term "indie" had the cachet it does now, Nick Suttner was one of the voices shining a light on small, artful games as a writer for EGM and 1UP. That passion led him into developer relations, where he worked for years helping creators bring...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFacing Death With Gabby DaRienzo||Death is everywhere in video games, and nowhere at all. From falling down a hole in Super Mario Bros. to falling off a cliff in the Uncharted series, death is a tried and true mechanic. Much rarer is the attempt to reconcile with it. Join us as we...||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeauty In Frustration With Benedict Fritz||Not all games will resonate with all players, but what happens when you set about making something you know from the start might frustrate people? This was the challenge facing Benedict Fritz and the team making TumbleSeed. Join us as we talk with him..||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Games By Hand With Luke Whittaker||With so many digital tools used to create them, the term "hand-crafted" has become a marketing buzzword in the games industry. It's meant stir up nostalgia, and bring to mind images of tinkerers toiling away in a workshop. For Luke Whittaker and State..||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnecting Through Design With Chris Bell||Journey and What Remains of Edith Finch are two very stirring games, both of which take different approaches to interaction and storytelling. Chris Bell was a designer on both of them. Join us as we chat with him about connecting powerfully with...||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeyond Monument Valley With Ken Wong||In our first episode of Art & Craft, we talk with Ken Wong, Lead Designer on Ustwo's mind-bending mobile hit Monument Valley, and founder of newly formed independent studio Mountains. Join us as we discuss the importance of discomfort in creating...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Eli is great at interviewing key contributors in the video game space. I love the conversations that take place during these podcasts and often it feels like a more informal GDC talk while gaining insight into each of these creators’ lives.
Thank you for such a great start to a podcast, Snowman games!