video games

Ep. 51 - A Unique Route to a Degree in Game Design - Vanessa Briceño

Ep. 51 - A Unique Route to a Degree in Game Design - Vanessa Briceño

How many lawyers do you know that are also game designers?  After this episode the answer will be 1! My guest Vanessa Briceño spent time as a corporate lawyer who moved into the gaming space achieving her Master’s in Game design from NYU!  She is also a philanthropist who started an amazing full tuition scholarship through her family foundation, the Barlavento Foundation, for women in the gaming industry!  We get down to business and talk about things like story games, board games, mega man 2, woman in gaming and the challenges she faced losing her father and brother.  Can Vanessa utilize her judicial prowess to defeat this week’s boss, The Flood from Halo?

Ep. 48 - From Wolfenstein to Game Design - Scott Fine

Ep. 48 - From Wolfenstein to Game Design - Scott Fine

What’s the first game you give your 3-year old to play?  I’ll give you a hint, it’s really bloody, you kill a lot of Nazis and ultimately defeat Mecha-Hitler!  That’s right, this week’s guest, Scott Fine, Creative Director of Diamond Raven Games started his gaming journey with Wolfenstein 3D at age 3.  Scott is a successful game designer and talks about his path into the industry.  We also chat about things like Destiny, band, the Tuba, grandmas gaming, how to design a game, and The Ace of Snakes?  Can Scott creatively find of way to defeat Pyramid Head in the Boss Battle?

Ep. 46 - Supporting the Military through Video Games - Steve Machuga

Ep. 46 - Supporting the Military through Video Games - Steve Machuga

The military has always held a special place in my heart.  We’re honored to have Steve Machuga, CEO/Founder of Stack-up.org a charity supporting active duty military members and veterans through video games!  Amazing stuff!  As a veteran himself Steve talks about what it’s like being deployed and the evolution of how Stack-up.org came to be.   We also dig into topics such as losing yourself in World of Warcraft, video games as therapy for PTSD, xbox achievement addiction and…..using romance novels as target practice?  Can Steve get locked and loaded against the Archdemon from Dragon Age in the Boss Battle?

Ep. 44 - SEASON 2 PREMIERE - Video Games and Fitness - Scott Herman

Ep. 44 - SEASON 2 PREMIERE - Video Games and Fitness - Scott Herman

THE SEASON 2 PREMIER of the Boss Battle Gamecast is here!  Yes the long wait is over and we’re excited to bring you a new line up of guests, awesome boss battles and great stories.  We kick things off in Episode 44, my lucky number, with friend and fellow fitness expert, Scott Herman, founder and CEO of muscularstrength.com.  We get the party started with things like completionism in games, the famous question “how much do you bench bro”, fun fitness banter, online gaming, and who would win in smash bros.  Can Scott use his physique to out lift the boss of the week, Phanto from Super Mario Bros 2?

(Rebroadcast) Ep. 31 - Hyper Light LIFTER - Akash Thakkar

(Rebroadcast) Ep. 31 - Hyper Light LIFTER - Akash Thakkar

Rebroadcast of Episode 31.  Enjoy!

We love music and sound in video games.  We’re joined this week by Akash Takkar, someone who knows a thing or two about the subject having recently done the sound for HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER!  Akash is an accomplished video game composer/sound designer, public speaker, teacher and entrepreneur.   Turns out he also likes the gym a lot too!  We talk about xbox indie promotions, HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER, Madden, Lifting, getting swoll, the influence of music in games, square-enix and their new creative projects, health in the game industry,…did I mention the gym?  Can Akash deadlift his way to a victory over the boss of the week:  Mecha-Hitler?

Ep. 40 - How to get a Job in the Gaming Industry - Marc Mencher

Ep. 40 - How to get a Job in the Gaming Industry - Marc Mencher

First things first…HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM (JULY 7th) Ok back to it….Getting a job in any capacity is a skill in itself and the gaming industry can be even more difficult.  Thankfully we have Marc Mencher, the Game Recruiter and founder of GamerRecruiter.com on the show to give you tips on how to make your next job hunt a success!  Also returning in this edition is my friend Loren Segal to serve as co-pilot as we interview Marc and talk about wacky things like Mario 3 Speed Running, World of Warcraft Movie Reviews, Cleaning toilets, EVO and Street Fighter V on ESPN2, Esports, The Overwatch Competitive Update,  The Future of Kickstarter and more!  Can Marc recruit the support to take on a Big Daddy, the boss of the week?

Ep. 36 - How to Win at Games and Beat People - Tom Whipple

Ep. 36 - How to Win at Games and Beat People - Tom Whipple

If you are into game design, game theory, science or anything interesting really, this week’s challenger/featured guest is the man for you!  Tom is the science editor for the London Times and the author of a new book titled, “How to Win at Games and Beat People” – he’s kind of a big deal.  This episode is packed with more science than Barry Bond’s cool-aid.  Join us as we discuss everything from video games being evidence of us living in a simulation, the mathematical difficulty of Mario, AI taking over the world and….skipping rocks?  Yes we have a great time geeking out.  Can Tom form the correct hypothesis to defeat the boss this week, MAGNETO from the X-Men Series?

Episode 34 - High On Video Games

Episode 34 - High On Video Games

VIDEO GAMES ARE LIKE DRUUUUUGS…..yeah we said it….ok not really, we don’t want to start another early nineties “video games and violence” movement but there’s no question they’re addicting!  Our guests this week are Daniel Doan (CEO) and Raquel Hayner (Director of Marketing Systems) from Black Shell Media, a marketing company dedicated to helping indie developers get their games out to you!  We’ve roped them into a hard hitting episode where we tackle two serious issues: Racism on the internet and gaming community in the aftermath of the Dreamhack Hearthstone Tournament livestream as well as Apple’s censorship in games because they don’t like the content!  We talk about other stuff too of course like:  How to make a game addicting, live action video game movies, giant pancakes, astrophysics, Tencent’s new game console, how to market your game and much more!  Can our team apply enough SPF to defeat our boss of the week the Angry Sun from Mario Bros 3?

Episode 19 - Streaming Our Heads Off

Episode 19 - Streaming Our Heads Off

The BRONCOS WIN!!!  SUPER 50 Champions!  AnnnnndDun Duh DA!  We’re twitching out of our minds on this episode as we introduce Ted’s new intern at RaptorCow, Tanner Charmatz!  Tanner is a streamer of 7 years and brings skills and a very relaxed deamor!  We get him out of his comfort zone and discuss Amazon’s new game engine, Failed kick starters, Emojis, The adventures on Twitch, Penis Physics, The Closing of Game trailers, the End of intelligent human life and more!  Can Tanner shed some light on the subject as he takes on Dark Link in the week’s boss battle?

Episode 13 - Best of Recap Ep. 0-12

Episode 13 - Best of Recap Ep. 0-12

What’s this “Best Of Recap” thing we’re talking about?  Ok every 15 episodes or so we plan on doing a recap or best of show that highlights our guests, the awesome people in the industry and their contributions, as well as great moments on the show.  Basically we do it because it’s really fun.  This is the first volume which recaps episodes 0, where jon and I talk about ourselves and you get to know us, all the way to episode 12 last week.

We’re going to highlight

 

1.      John and I and the beginning

2.      We talk football a lot – Great football talk moments

3.      Interviews – We have a variety of guests from different backgrounds all working towards success in the gaming industry

4.      The Best Boss Battles – **SPOILERS**

5.      A couple of the best topics of the week

6.      Some Random funny moments

 

ENJOY!

Episode 12 - Kansas City BBQ FANatics

Episode 12 - Kansas City BBQ FANatics

Merry Christmas Eve!!! The long wait is over and Santa is loading up his sleigh!  Hope you’ve been good so he can bring you all the games and accessories your little heart desires!  In the meantime we sit down with Mitchell Cole, CEO and Founder of FANatics Gaming to chat about his reviews website and gaming discount service.  We also talk about Christmas (of course), blueberry french toast, Star Wars, BBQ!!!, holiday wish lists, our letters to video game Santa, Rick Fox, The Mark Cuban Esports League,  Canada sucking? , and the new Kojimi Productions.  Dr. Robotnik is in the house to challenge Mitch during our boss battle.  Can Mitch throw down and out wit this evil Genius?