Episode 32 - Shxx Happens!

Episode 32 - Shxx Happens!

Shxx happens is putting it lightly….Ummm yeah…we lost a recording….WOW, that sucks!  Oh well, the show must go on, so we’re going to do it again!  As Jon so eloquently put it, “We can’t go down like that!”  Back to it:  35 Years of Donkey Kong!  Nintendo NX going to cartridges?!  Uncharted 4 is finally here too, but we’re not talking about it!  No spoilers!  Join us as we discuss many things such as the EA/Madden Curse, the all of fame of video games, the end of Disney Infinity and Donkey Kong’s 35 year anniversary!  We’re celebrating with T-shirts!  Grab yours at www.teespring.com/DonkeyKong.  Our guest this week is Sidney Fernandez, indie game developer and CEO of Trike Girl Studios.  Can Sid, flex his organic muscle against the organism hating Dr. Nefarious from Ratchet and Clank in the Boss Battle?

Episode 31 - Hyper Light LIFTER

Episode 31 - Hyper Light LIFTER

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?

Episode 30 - You Shouldn't Buy Tetris

Episode 30 - You Shouldn't Buy Tetris

The podcast isn’t young anymore and we’re in our 30’s!  We welcome Boris Kondratenko as our featured guest this week all the way from the Ukraine.  Boris is a freelance artist, graphic designer, UI/UX designer for video games and other media who has an amazing story of escaping the eastern Ukraine a couple of years ago during the terrorist take-over.  We discuss his art, the Nintendo NX official launch date, Zelda pushed to 2017, Hearthstone, eating cow faces, boiled pig fat, Madden, 8-bit Armies RTS games, and Uncharted.  Can Boris outrun the bosses of the week – Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde the Ghosts from Pac-Man?

Episode 29 - Return of the Ted Guy

Episode 29 - Return of the Ted Guy

Ted is back!  Yes he was in Indonesia for 2 weeks island hopping, playing with Komodo dragons, not showering for days, and also frequenting luxury resorts?!  Whoa…Well the gang is back together and we are excited for a fun episode and to get things on track.  We introduce a couple of new segments that we will be doing, “Disabled Gamers and Accessible Gaming” and “The Sounds of Gaming”.  Both fun ways to keep you (and us) entertained for the 2 hours we blab.  We also discuss Rocket League hoops, PlayStation NEO, the future of game development, our favorite fast food, RIP Prince, Xbox 360 stopping production, will PS5 happen and a triumphant return to the energy drink topic.  Enjoy! 

(Rebroadcast) EP. 16 - The Ikea Retro Room

(Rebroadcast) EP. 16 - The Ikea Retro Room

 

Ok, we said we are back on schedule but Ted had to take a trip to Indonesia randomly!  With ipad, iphone, and Gameboy loaded and ready to rock, I’m sure he’ll be back with some stories of the massive amounts of games he played on the 24 hours worth of transit time each way!  In the meantime, enjoy the rebroadcast of Episode 16 – “The Ikea Retro Room” featuring our guest hailing from Sweden, Heidi!  She is a master retro game collector with the most amazing collection we’ve ever seen!  

Episode 27 - Order in the Gaming Court

Episode 27 - Order in the Gaming Court

Hey Hey!  We’re back in the studio with regularly scheduling programming and a guest, Johnathan Aloni, expert in video game law!  Johnathan brings years of experience in the table-top gaming industry and currently teaches game design students how to legally protect their games.  Join us on this judicially focused episode as we tackle the official release of the second big player in VR, the HTC vive, Atari games, table top gaming, Lara Croft Go, Sony helping disabled gamers, Oculus shipping woes, is “Xbox One.5” really happening, esports and more!  Can Johnathan hold court against the boss of the week, Death Adder from Golden Axe?

(Rebroadcast) EP. 8 - Turkey Day Spreadsheets

(Rebroadcast) EP. 8 - Turkey Day Spreadsheets

So our regular scheduled shows with guests have been off…I have been on the road in London for business and then yesterday, March 31st was my birthday so there was a little hiatus!   Next week we’ll be back to our normal show schedule with new guests, boss battles, weird antics, emails, and more great stuff (debatable haha).   For this week’s show we will be giving you a rebroadcast of Episode 8 (one of my favorites), our Thanksgiving episode last year with guest Chase Bethea titled – "TURKEY DAY SPREADSHEETS".  Enjoy!

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 24 - Finish Him! Scorpion Wins!

Episode 24 - Finish Him! Scorpion Wins!

“GET OVER HERE!”…and listen to this episode with guest Housam Cherif aka “Mitsuownes” professional Mortal Kombat gamer and one of the top Scorpion players in the world!   Hailing all the way from Germany he talks to us about MKX and the professional fighting game community!  A lot is going on this week with GDC and the works!  We discuss topics such as, Microsoft’s new cross network play feature, Rocket League basketball, Start Citizen (as usual), PlayStation VR price and release date announcement, AMD’s new VR headset, Maria Sharipova, fighting games, Mortal Kombat, Lupe Fiasco vs. Daigo and more!  Can Mitsuownes perform a fatality and win in his show down against King Pig in this week’s Boss Battle?

Episode 23 - The Original Game Designer

Episode 23 - The Original Game Designer

Jon is back and we are in full stride once again.  David Mullich joins the show.  David is an Educator, Game Designer, Producer, with 30 years of experience in the gaming industry having worked on titles such as Duck Tales for the NES and the Heroes of Might and Magic series.  We talk about Microsoft’s new direction, RPGs, Dungeon and Dragons, Ready Player One, the NES, Lionhead Studios, E3, Disney, how to get an education in the gaming industry, steroids, the Olympics and much more!  How will David fair in a battle of the mind with our boss of the week, Psycho Mantis?

Episode 22 - World of Warcraft Friends

Episode 22 - World of Warcraft Friends

Oh no!  We are Jon-less on this episode but we have a packed house in the studio!  Jonas, Kevin and Reza from newly formed game development studio VexaCorp join Ted and talk about their MMO project.  We discuss hot topics such as Sony VR Patents, the Division, World of Warcraft and how this studio formed by meeting in the game, Deadpool, Sweden, the Netherlands, the USA, Why West Virginia Sucks according to Reza, Super Mario World and the SNES.  Can the VexaCorp party come out of the raid alive as they take on Mother Brain in this week’s Boss Battle?

Episode 21 - ESL Gaming in PrimeTime

Episode 21 - ESL Gaming in PrimeTime

It’s Episode 21 and it’s PrimeTime!  The Deon Sanders numbered episode and we sit down with ESL Gaming Producer Joshua Gray!  He comes to us off the recent successful MKX Season 2 Tournament and the WB reality show “Chasing the Cup”, both of which he produced.  ESL Gaming is one of the premier leaders in video games and esports entertainment in the world.  Come hang out with us as we talk about, Virtual reality and the HTC/Vive price announcement, Mortal Kombat, ESPORTS, ESPORTS, ESPORTS, dancing, Acting/Performing, Going to the gym and getting your swoll on, why Deon Sanders used to suck, the plight of the US internet and VIDEO GAMES!  Can Joshua flex his mental knowledge against Heihachi Mishima, our Boss of the Week?

Episode 20 - Beauty Has A Number!

Episode 20 - Beauty Has A Number!

Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovskyi and… Jeff Swingle!  Yep, Jeff Swingle is our guest on the show this week, a music composer and sound designer for media and video games!  We discuss his projects as well as his trash talking ability.  We also hit on things like, a Sonic Movie…WHAT?!, Crash Bandicoot coming back…REALLY?!, StarCraft rule changes, Star Citizen, Tinertia a sick platformer, working at insurance companies, Video Games Live, Final Fantasy, and more!  Can Jeff’s musical prowess win the day against Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2 in our Boss Battle?

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 18 - The Witness, SuperBowl and Steroids

Episode 18 - The Witness, SuperBowl and Steroids

Playing ‘The Witness’ on Steroids?  No no, that’s not a medical recommendation.  But it seems to be what we need with how much we are playing this game!  It’s also SuperBowl week so we gotta talk about football!  Join us as we discuss, The Witness (duh), the SuperBowl (Double duh), Steroids (wait what?), strippers (uh…yeah), booze, MMA, Drug testing, , Madden, Party snacks, X-COM 2, Energy Drinks, and more!  Justin Kauer is our guest, an up and coming game developer.  Can he manage to out run our boss of the week, the Yeti from Ski Free?

Episode 17 - Manly Spa Treatments (Jay Madrigal)

Episode 17 - Manly Spa Treatments (Jay Madrigal)

We’re men! And men like football, beer, UFC, Trucks and…facials?  Uh yeah, it was a pretty light week in gaming news but a few things happened like Ted getting a facial.  Our guest of the week Jay Madrigal, CEO and Founder of the gaming/ecommerce platform PrizeMonsters joins the discussion of our manliness as we tackle Sony Computer Entertainment disappearing, Facials/Manis/Pedis, Apple getting in to VR, Mighty No. 9 being delayed AGAIN, our favorite breakfast cereals, the SuperBowl and much more!  Can Jay summon the strength to defeat Saren Arterius (from Mass Effect) in this week’s Boss Battle?

Episode 16 - The Ikea Retro Room

Episode 16 - The Ikea Retro Room

Ever wondered how many of something it would take to be considered as serious collector?  Try 5,300! That’s how many retro games from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s our Swedish guest Heidi has in her collection! Everything from the Magnavox odyssey to the super famicom and beyond, she’s got it all in a fantastic game room that is home to more than 20 old school CRT tvs and 200+ consoles!  Listen as we explore her retro obsession and talk about other randomness like Czech beer, Ikea, going to prison, the virtual boy, becoming a nerd, swedishness, death metal, being a Viking and more.  Can Heidi dish enough 8-bit punishment to be victorious in our Boss Battle as she takes on Dr. Wily from the Mega Man Series?

Episode 15 - 2 Eyes 3 Guys

Episode 15 - 2 Eyes 3 Guys

Welcome to the first ever sighted minority episode of the show!  Jon and Ted are joined by Terry Garrett, the blind gamer who recently beat Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time!  An amazing feat!  So as the name of the episode suggests, Ted is the only one who can see.  Listen in as Jon and Terry gang up on him with their walking sticks as we discuss, VIDEO GAMES, the NFL playoffs, Mt. Kilamanjaro, being blind, echo-location, Oculus Rift and HTC/Valve Vive, Crossfit, Machu Pichu, Davide Bowe, Sonic, Mario, Zelda, NES, deadlifts and much more.  Our topic of the week is 3d sound gaming.  Can Terry duck and jab his way to the top as he takes on Mike Tyson in this week’s boss battle?

Episode 14 - Blame Canada

Episode 14 - Blame Canada

It’s 2016 and this is the first episode of the year.  Let’s kick off 2016 with a bang as we look forward to so many great games and exciting trends in the industry.  We’re joined by guests, Loren Segal and Marlon Kuhnreich, Canadian Founders of Polyvex Studios a new gaming studio that is blending the genres of competitive multiplayer and the story experience for games.  We discuss, our new year’s resolutions (or lack there of), ethical conundrums, what it means to be Canadian, Hockey, maple syrup, mounties….ok enough of that but we have a good time.  Our topic of the week is Ai and driverless cars.  Can our Canuck duo defeat Dr. Fetus from Super Meat Boy in our 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!