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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. 50 - Retro Game Customization and Craftsmanship - Ryan Spence

Ep. 50 - Retro Game Customization and Craftsmanship - Ryan Spence

Nostalgia for retro gaming is more prevalent than ever today.  This week’s guest Ryan Spence, founder of Ultimate Customs, sits down with me to talk just that!  What does he do? Ryan takes old-school gaming consoles, mainly the NES and turns them in to amazing works of art, customized with lights sounds, colors and designs!  Ever wondered how your old Nintendo would look if it were decked out like your favorite movie, band, tv show, wrestler or super hero?  Join us as we discuss the amazing process behind creating these masterpieces, retro gaming, the 90’s, the hip-hop community, adult nostalgia, the Patriots (eeew), and more!  Does Ryan have what it takes to design a strategy to defeat Rodrigo Borgia from Assassins Creed II in the BOSS BATTLE?

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. 45 - The Scottish Gaming Scene - David Ferguson

Ep. 45 - The Scottish Gaming Scene - David Ferguson

It’s time for another edition of The Boss Battle Gamecast and this week’s guest is David Ferguson of Fool Boy Media.  He hails from Scotland and adds a little flavor to the show!  David is also joining the RaptorCow Team as our sound designer and composer so you know we have to give him the right of passage on the show! Join us as we talk about the Nintendo Switch, growing up gaming over the pond, how to find inspiration for music design, Shrek (of course), and the origin of the name...FOOLBOY?  Can David use his musical prowess to defeat the boss of the week, Dr. Neo Cortex from Crash Bandicoot?

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?

Ep. 42 - How to talk about video games - Efosa Okundaye

Ep. 42 - How to talk about video games - Efosa Okundaye

And we’re back this week with a rockin episode!  I bring on friend and “rival” podcaster Efosa Okundaye the host of The Chronicles of Gamers podcast.  In this episode we break down how to podcast and talk about video games.  Why?  Because it’s what we do!  We also have a fun segment along the lines of Efosa’s show called “The top things to complain about in video games” and we definitely voice our opinions.  Come sit back relax and enjoy the old school video game talk with some new school tips on how to get out there in the video game content space!

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. 37 - In the Tavern of Professional Hearthstone - Terrence Miller

Ep. 37 - In the Tavern of Professional Hearthstone - Terrence Miller

We’re in the middle of E3 right now, but more to come on that later because Terrence Miller, professional Hearthstone player joins the show!  Terrence was most recently in the news for the racially charged comments on the Twitch stream directed toward him during his time at Dreamhack.  He easily overcame the adversity and did not let it put a damper on his amazing 2nd place finish, prize money and now top 20 status in the WORLD!  Listen in as we discuss a variety of topics in this Hearthstone heavy edition such as: the future of Hearthstone in esports, how tournaments work, what it’s like being a pro gamer and we have fun with a little “Hearthstone 101” Segment.  Can Terrence stack the deck against Sniper Wolf to make her fold in the Boss Battle?

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?

Ep. 35 - How to make money in the gaming industry - Rick Davidson

Ep. 35 - How to make money in the gaming industry - Rick Davidson

The Boss Battle Gamecastis in full effect with our challenger/guest this week, Rick Davidson, the Game Career Coach!  He drops knowledge on how to make money in the gaming industry and being a professional!  Does he have the sage-like wisdom to overcome the Boss of the week, Kane from Command and conquer?

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 25 - "Ready Player One" Book Club

Episode 25 - "Ready Player One" Book Club

A little different episode this week!  No guest, but Jon and Ted are in the house together as always with weekly shenanigans.  This week we discuss the PlayStation 4.5, Ted get’s quizzed on NES sound tracks, we do a Ted’s Top List, all leading up to our discussion of “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.  There will be spoilers!  

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 8 - Turkey Day Spreadsheets

Episode 8 - Turkey Day Spreadsheets

Oh how we love Thanksgiving.  By far the best holiday of the year!  What other day do you get an excuse to eat yourself sick and lounge around watching football and playing video games!  This week’s guest is Chase Bethea, Game composer and sound engineer.  We talk Thanksgiving day strategy using spreadsheets and analytics, blizzard’s new branding, Mark Cuban thinks esports are legit and is F***ing psyched, creating adult video game nostalgia, how to hand create sounds in a video game, our favorite thanks giving stories, tips on how to play open world games, bowel movements in Target as well how many times you should go #2 in a day….wait what?  Yes, did we mention this is a show LOOSLEY about video games?  After all that talk and laughter can Chase stop the laughter of the boss this week, the Joker?

Episode 6 - The Pulp Fiction User Experience

Episode 6 - The Pulp Fiction User Experience

The Broncos lost last week and Jon is sad but there’s no time to be upset!  Games are out!  Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void are here and you can play them!  Our guest this week is Ed Moore, UX/UI designer and veteran of the game development industry.  We talk about eye poking cheap shots in football, Bruno mars, tortilla Chips, ice cream, Pulp fiction, indieapocalypse, and of course Lil’ John!...YEAH!!...OK!!!...WHAT!!  This week’s boss is Zeus from the God of War franchise.  Does Ed have the skills to resist the all mighty power and take down Zeus?  

Episode 2 - Buccaneers fans still exist?

Episode 2 - Buccaneers fans still exist?

Wow, we made it to Episode 2 of Jon and Ted’s Excellent Gamecast!  We’re joined by friend and special guest Ed Trillo and discuss his 20+ year career in the gaming industry and his strange love for the worst team in football, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!  Hey we can’t all be perfect!