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How would Jesus approach indie game development? How does Christianity inform game development? Join our hosts as we wrestle through what it looks like to be a professional game developer and follower of Jesus.
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||CleanS2E04 Christ-like Protagonists with Jay Tholen (Dropsy)||What does Christ-likeness look like in a game character?||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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Great concept - can't wait to see where it goes.
Obviously these folks are just getting started but I REALLY like the direction they are headed. In the past the impulse of Christian game devs has been split in two: the people making games by-christians-and-for-christians (a niche market at best) and those who chose to work diligently but nervously and secretly in the mainstream. I'm very interested to see the growth in the impulse to be both true to their hearts and also out in the world. I think it's great.
So for those in an emerging 'sub-sector' the ability to hear what others are doing and thinking is a huge boost to morale, but also to their craft.
So four stars for good intent. I'll reserve my fifth to see how the content fleshes out.
(Edited 5 episodes later)
I'm really pleased to see how this show has gone. Please keep it up.
Great podcast about videogame development from a Christian perspective
As a game developer who has faith in Christ and who thinks about how that relates to my work, this is the podcast for me. Other podcasts like Gamechurch, also great, are more about broad cultural ideas, and are nice for players and developers alike, but this one is more tailored toward developers specifically, and I really appreciate that.
The general format is to have a guest or two on, talk about what people are playing, talk about the guest’s faith background and game dev background, and then “deep dive” a game and analyze it from a Christian perspective.
The hosts are likable and approachable and the analysis is well-done. It’s not super in-depth, but provides a good overview of the covered game. There are great testimonies about what it’s like to struggle with faith as a game developer and/or struggle with developing itself. I think that’s the most unique part of this podcast.
The editing of the conversation is a bit rough in terms of audio polish and you can tell sometimes when speech gets cut off, but I’ve learned to tolerate that over time.
Gaming Industry meets Faith
I have thoroughly enjoyed each episode so far as the Radiance podcast team hits hard with solid questions and share the hard struggles they have gone through. Guests share meaningful stories from their own life on how they got into the gaming industry and how their faith has brought them to where they are at now. I also very much agree with the insight into the culture of games and how to think critically about them from a Christian worldview. So looking forward to the next ones!