Beyond Beta Podcast
By Steve J. Shockey
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Beyond Beta Podcast is a behind-the-scenes look at video game culture. In the podcast, I explore the video game industry with publishers, coders, designers, professional gamers, voice actors, artists, writers, and more. Each episode dives into the guest's history within video games…exploring the ups and downs and everything in between.
||CleanEpisode 34 -- Seth Schorr||In episode 34 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve Shockey speaks with Seth Schorr (the CEO of the Downtown Grand Casino & Fifth Street Gaming) about eSports, business, life, and the future of eSports gambling.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33 -- James "Clokke" Lake||James “Clokke” Lake is a professional Smash Bros. 4 player from Colombia. He is a university student and leader in South America who is partly responsible for organizing tournaments, training players, running the national Smash 4 Power Ranking,...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32 -- Carlos Rivera||In Episode 32 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve Shockey talks with Carlos Rivera, the Head of Production for Tempo Storm, about his role at Tempo Storm, his experience on television and internet shows, working for Disney, eSports, and more.||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31 -- Introducing...The Cross UP!||Beyond Beta Podcast is proud to introduce our newest program called "The Cross UP." You can find the show on YouTube under the Beyond Beta Podcast channel and on www.beyondbetapodcast.com. The Cross UP features Steve “ShockSmash” Shockey and...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30 -- Hyrule Saga Smash Bros. 4 tournament||In Episode 30 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve Shockey talks about his experience at the regional Smash Bros. 4 tournament called “Hyrule Saga,” which took place on June 23rd & 24th, 2018. Steve recaps the overall tournament experience that drew...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29 -- Derek "Dunktrain" Arabian||In episode 29 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve Shockey speaks with professional gamer Derek "DunkTrain" Arabian about his career playing Heroes of the Storm, coaching, his transition to becoming a full-time streamer and much more.||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28 -- Patrick Wyatt (Part 2 of 2)||In Episode 28 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve Shockey and Patrick Wyatt finish their conversation on Blizzard, ArenaNet, Guild Wars, and the video game industry.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27 -- Patrick Wyatt (Part 1 of 2)||In episode 27 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve Shockey speaks with Patrick Wyatt about life in video games, helping to create Warcraft, Starcraft and Guild Wars...and much more.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26 -- Rade Stojsavljevic||In episode 26 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve Shockey speaks with Rade Stojsavljevic about his journey into video games, virtual reality, his experiences with creating JetSet Games, economics, eSports, and more.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 -- Kelsey "SuperGirlKels" Madeiros||In episode 25 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve speaks with Kelsey "SuperGirlKels" Madeiros, a professional Smash Bros. 4 player, about her history in competitive play, women in gaming, sponsorships, and more.||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 -- Nevada Esports Alliance||In episode 24, Brett Abarbanel & Jennifer Roberts speak with Steve about eSports gambling, gambling regulations, eSports outreach, eSports in Las Vegas, and more.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 -- Erik Mohrmann||In episode 23, Erik Mohrmann and Steve speak about physics, video games, STEM programs, and various topics surrounding programs and culture at DigiPen Institute of Technology.||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 -- Frank Klepacki (Part 2 of 2)||In episode 22, Frank Klepacki and Steve continue their conversation from part 1. In this episode, Frank speaks about making connections, following your passions, and more.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 -- Frank Klepacki (Part 1 of 2)||In episode 21, Steve speaks with Frank about his path into the video game industry, how he tackles musical compositions for video games, and his audio work on Star Wars: Empire at War.||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20 -- Jordan "Soma" Tayer||In episode 20, Steve speaks with Jordan about his path into the video game industry, his work on Survivor GameZ, spearheading the early years of Twitch, and his new position at Tempo Storm eSports/Media.||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 -- "Live" from Genesis 5||In episode 19, Steve speaks about Genesis 5 in Oakland, California. This was his first time competing in a major Smash Bros. 4 tournament, and he highlights what occurred inside and outside of his matches at one of the largest Fighting Game...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 -- Zeshan “Z” Fooroqi (Part 2 of 2)||In episode 18 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve continues speaking with Zeshan “Z” Fooroqi (a professional Smash Bros. 4 player) about training and progression, player mentality, the evolving meta game in Smash Bros. 4, work ethic, and the Smash Bros...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17 -- Zeshan “Z” Fooroqi (Part 1 of 2)||In episode 17 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve speaks with Zeshan “Z” Fooroqi (a professional Smash Bros. 4 player) about Smash Bros., Esports, traveling for tournaments, the competitive spirit, and more. (Part 1 of 2)||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16 -- Stewart Gilray (Part 2 of 2)||In episode 16 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Stewart Gilray and Steve continue their conversation from last time. Join them as they dive into V.R., Oddworld, advice for young people trying to enter the video game industry, and more. (Part 2 of 2)||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15 -- Stewart Gilray (Part 1 of 2)||In episode 15 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Stewart Gilray and Steve speak about Stewart’s path into the industry, his extensive career in video game development in the U.K., his two year break from games, and more. (Part 1 of 2)||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 -- John Comes||In episode 14 of Beyond Beta Podcast, John Comes and Steve speak about Kickstarter, Virtual Reality, indie game development, and more.||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 -- with Laralyn McWilliams||In Episode 13 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve and Laralyn talk about collaboration, game development, and being a leader in the industry.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Halloween Episode with Randy Greenback||In this bonus Halloween Episode with Randy Greenback, Steve and Randy discuss Friday the 13th, video game development, and building a community.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 -- Jason L. Blair||In Episode 12 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve and Jason talk about being a writer in the video game industry, the writing process, board games, and dealing with both positive and negative reviews when releasing a new game.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 -- Max Curtis||In Episode 11 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve discusses Esports, marketing, the Las Vegas community, and the future of competitive video games with Max Curtis, the Esports manager for the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 -- Denis Dyack (Part 2 of 2)||In Episode 10 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve continues speaking with Denis Dyack about his run-ins with the Press, Gamergate, and the Perimeter Institute. Denis also opens up on the painful experience of having to shutter the doors on Silicon Knights,...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmash Bros 4. / Esports Announcement||In this mini-podcast, Steve introduces a new component to the Beyond Beta Podcast family--a docuseries that will follow a year-long journey into Esports and Smash Bros 4.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 -- Denis Dyack (Part 1 of 2)||In Episode 9 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Denis Dyack speaks about founding Silicon Knights, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Eternal Darkness, and his relationship with Nintendo. (Part 1 of 2)||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 -- Live from Get Smashed (Smash Bros. 4 Tournament)||In Episode 8 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Steve speaks with amateur and professional Smash Bros. 4 players about their approach to the game, their sponsorships, their training methods, and more.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 -- Milo Ocampo||In Episode 7 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Milo Ocampo of 8-Bit Esports speaks with Steve about collegiate and professional Esports, his path to becoming a tournament organizer and team founder, the current state of Esports, and his passion for Smash Bros.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 -- Dan Cermak||In Episode 6 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Dan Cermak and Steve discuss Dan’s career path to Volition, his experiences with layoffs, and his idea to move Volition into the open-world genre with Saint’s Row and Agents of Mayhem.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 -- Louis Castle||In Episode 5 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Louis Castle discusses the history of Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer, Blade Runner, Boom Blox, and more. The episode also includes talk about Louis's career path to Amazon Game Studios and his approach to...||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 -- Brittany Aubert||In Episode 4 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Brittany Aubert of City State Entertainment and Steve talk about what it's like being an Independent developer. Brittany also speaks about the open development of Camelot Unchained, her passion for wrestling,...||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 -- Randy Greenback||In Episode 3 of Beyond Beta Podcast, Randy Greenback of Gun Media and Steve go over the differences between working for an Indie developer vs. a “Triple-A” developer. Randy explains how his team landed the Friday the 13th license, what they wanted..||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 -- Mike Legg Part 2 of 2||In part 2 of 2, Mike Legg of Petroglyph Games and Steve discuss Universe at War, 8 Bit Armies, and MOBAs. They also speak about acquisitions and life as an Indie game developer all while doing some accidental alliteration.||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 -- Mike Legg Part 1of 2||In Part 1, Steve speaks with Mike Legg about his career in the video game industry and what it was like working on some of the largest IPs in video games.||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
What an informative and very well produced podcast for anyone interested in the video gaming business or community!
Look forward to the book and many more episodes!
Very informative and entertaining
It is great to hear the great stories from one who has been in the video game making business such a long time (Michael Legg) and Steve does a great job drawing out the scoop. You can hear the passion from both of them! Fun!
My Brain is Exploding
So much info! Full disclosure: I know Steve and he's an awesome guy. Not surprisingly, this in turn is an awesome podcast if you are interested in gaming and community and technology in general.