Cover image of Brainy Gamer Podcast
(55)
Arts

Brainy Gamer Podcast

Updated 2 days ago

Arts
Read more

The Brainy Gamer is a podcast and blog devoted to thoughtful conversation about video games.

Read more

The Brainy Gamer is a podcast and blog devoted to thoughtful conversation about video games.

iTunes Ratings

55 Ratings
Average Ratings
53
1
1
0
0

One of the best

By Rawrrrrrhdbdif - Sep 05 2011
Read more
Fantastic, intellectual discussions about video games.

Set aside some time for this one

By RadRacing33 - Apr 15 2010
Read more
This could very well be the most important gaming podcast out there. Period.

iTunes Ratings

55 Ratings
Average Ratings
53
1
1
0
0

One of the best

By Rawrrrrrhdbdif - Sep 05 2011
Read more
Fantastic, intellectual discussions about video games.

Set aside some time for this one

By RadRacing33 - Apr 15 2010
Read more
This could very well be the most important gaming podcast out there. Period.
Cover image of Brainy Gamer Podcast

Brainy Gamer Podcast

Latest release on Aug 23, 2013

All 50 episodes from oldest to newest

Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 42

Podcast cover
Read more

In this episode I make my guest Steve Gaynor squirm uncomfortably in his seat. Of course, we also discuss his new game Gone Home, creating authentic characters, an important lesson from Ken Levine, and a secret room no reviewer has yet discovered. Plus other things.

    I hope you enjoy.

    Aug 23 2013

    56mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 41

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    This is the final episode in my series of conversations about the State of Games. I encourage you to listen to the first  three shows featuring a variety of smart and thoughtful guests.

    In this edition I talk with Kirk Hamilton, features editor at Kotaku, and Brett Douville, Lead Programmer at Bethesda Game Studios.We discuss the impact of indie games on AAA developers, "Anita and the cesspool," and why this is the best of all possible times to be a gamer...among many other topics. 

    I hope you enjoy.

    Mar 26 2013

    1hr 21mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 40

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    This is the third in a short series of conversations I'm hosting on the State of Games. I encourage you to listen to the first two episodes and stay tuned for the final installment, which will appear in the coming days.

    In this edition I talk with Tom Bissell, essayist, critic, and most recently script-writer for the new Gears of War: Judgment game. We discuss writing for games, the perils of Metacritic, the future of storytelling in games, and many other topics. 

    I hope you enjoy.

    Mar 19 2013

    1hr 12mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 39

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    This is the second in a short series of conversations I'm hosting on the State of Games. I encourage you to listen to the first episode and stay tuned for the final two which will appear in the coming days.

    In this edition I talk with Chris Suellentrop, video game critic for the New York Times, and Steve Gaynor of the Fullbright Company, an indie game studio developing Gone Home, a finalist for the Excellence in Narrative award at the Indpendent Games Festival later this month. We discuss the transitional state of the game industry, the relationship of the critic to the designer, and the need for a proper festival for games ala Sundance, among other topics. 

    I hope you enjoy.

    Mar 15 2013

    49mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 38

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    This is the first of several roundtable conversations I'm hosting on the State of Games, an admittedly unwieldy topic, but well-timed, I think, in this transitional period for games and the game industry.

    In this edition I talk with Leigh Alexander and Brendan Keogh, two of the leading critical voices examining games and the culture surrounding them. We discuss the "ecology of games," play as communication, the culture wars, and why we need to "talk about the tree," among other topics. 

    I hope you enjoy.

    Mar 11 2013

    55mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 37

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    Welcome to a special Ninja Edition of the Brainy Gamer podcast! 

    In this edition I talk with Nels Anderson and Chris Dahlen, Lead Designer and Narrative Designer of the new game Mark of the Ninja.

    We discuss the development process for the game, the challenges and opportunities of working in the independent space, and why Chris is the Oscar Hammerstein of game writing...among many other topics. 

    I hope you enjoy.

    Sep 07 2012

    1hr 4mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 36

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    The Brainy Gamer podcast is back!

    In this edition I talk with Stephen Totilo, editor-in-chief of Kotaku, one of the most influential blogs websites devoted to video games in the world.

    Stephen and I discuss video game journalism, the changes he's implementing at Kotaku, why "you can't escape the numbers," why Rock Paper Shotgun rocks, and why we actually need 24/7 games news....among many other topics.

    Thanks for your patience while I took some time off from the show, and, as always, thanks for listening!

    Apr 09 2012

    1hr 5mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 35, pt. 3

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    This is the final installment in my series devoted to game designers and the design process.

    In this edition I talk with Jonathan Blow, creator of the highly-acclaimed Braid and a new game called The Witness, slated to appear next year.

    We discuss a wide array of topics, including the game community's reaction to Braid and his goals for The Witness. Jon is refreshingly open about his discoveries and missteps in the ongoing development process of his new game. He also explains why he's grown uncomfortable characterizing his projects as "art games;" It's a fascinating conversation, and I think you'll enjoy it.

    Aug 30 2011

    1hr 17mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 35, pt. 2

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    This is the 2nd in a 3-part series devoted to game designers and the design process.

    In this segment I chat with Matthew Burns, founder of Shadegrown Games a small studio developing a new music game called Planck. Matthew is also a Producer (contract) for Microsoft, and he's worked on the Halo series since 2006.

    Note: We do not discuss details of Halo 4. No tidbits. No sneak peeks.

    The final episode in this series will appear in a few days, and it will feature an extended interview with Jonathan Blow.

    I hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening!

    Aug 23 2011

    50mins

    Play

    Brainy Gamer Podcast - Episode 35, pt. 1

    Podcast cover
    Read more

    This edition of the podcast begins a 3-part series devoted to game designers and the design process.

    In this first segment I chat with Manveer Heir, Senior Designer at BioWare, about his work and the challenges presented by a complex project. Manveer discusses his day-to-day duties; problem-solving as creativity; why developers keep secrets; and why he routinely "ruins peoples dreams."

    Note: We do not discuss details of Mass Effect 3. If you're hoping for juicy tidbits or inside info on that game, you will not find them here.

    Parts 2 and 3 of the podcast will appear later this week. Listen to the opening of this episode, and you will hear me reveal whom those guests will be!

    I hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening!

    Aug 15 2011

    46mins

    Play
    Loading