Rank #1: Episode 22: Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford
The president and CEO of Borderlands creator Gearbox Studios shares stories from his fascinating career in games, including getting his start on Duke Nukem 3D, working on Half-Life, Halo, Brothers in Arms, and much more!
Sep 01 2017
Rank #2: Episode 05: Halo and Destiny Composer Marty O'Donnell
Halo and Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell shares incredible stories from his many years at Bungie, including a canceled game called 'Gypsum', how Halo 2 was originally supposed to end, meeting Paul McCartney, and much more!
Apr 09 2016
Rank #3: Episode 31: Xbox Creator Seamus Blackley
Xbox creator Seamus Blackley shares stories from his incredible career, from being given the name Seamus at his first game development job, to the infamous first-person PC game Trespasser, to creating the Xbox at Microsoft, and much more!
May 15 2018
Rank #4: Episode 06: No Man's Sky Mastermind Sean Murray
No Man's Sky programmer and mastermind Sean Murray sits down for
over an hour to discuss his early days in the industry working on
Burnout 3, the humble origins of No Man's Sky, how VR could be a
good fit for No Man's Sky, what it was like to meet Elon Musk and
Steven Spielberg during E3 last year but then turn down a meeting
with Kanye West, and much more!
May 04 2016
Rank #5: Episode 18: Renowned Game Designer Peter Molyneux
Peter Molyneux's career has been fascinating, whether you play his games or not. His resume includes Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Theme Park, Fable, and many more. This two-hour interview covers all of it, including other topics like Kinect and his future in games, among others.
Apr 28 2017
Rank #6: Episode 03: Aaron Greenberg
Longtime Xbox marketing executive Aaron Greenberg talks about the early Xbox days, his favorite Xbox moments, the 2016 Xbox lineup, his love for Xbox boss Phil Spencer, his early days working at Disney and Nestle, and much more!
Feb 01 2016
Rank #7: Episode 12: Call of Duty and Titanfall Creator Vince Zampella
Our 45-minute chat with industry legend Vince Zampella covers his entire career, from his early days at GameTek to Medal of Honor to Call of Duty to the Activision lawsuit and now to Respawn and Titanfall.
Oct 21 2016
Rank #8: Episode 39: Bonnie Ross
343 Industries studio head and AIAS Hall of Famer Bonnie Ross discusses her entire career in this 70-minute interview, from her start on an NBA basketball game to how she came to ask for – and get – the keys to the Halo franchise, including the trials of Master Chief Collection and the lessons being applied to Halo Infinite. She discusses taking over Halo from Bungie, the mistakes of the Master Chief Collection, the reception of Halo 4, what they've learned from Halo 5, and what 343's approach is for Halo Infinite.
Feb 26 2019
Rank #9: IGN Unfiltered 11: Longtime PlayStation Boss Jack Tretton
Longtime SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton recounts his career at Sony, including his thoughts on the Vita, the PS3 launch, the PSN hack, the historic success of the PS2 and PS4, and much more!
Sep 30 2016
Rank #10: Episode 15: RPG Legend Feargus Urquhart
Longtime Black Isle Studios and Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart shares stories about his career, including working with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, getting burned by big publishers, building his own IP, and more!
Feb 01 2017
Rank #11: Episode 04: Xbox Live Arcade Creator Greg Canessa
Former Xbox exec and XBLA creator Greg Canessa sits down for a 70-minute interview about how XBLA almost didn't happen, Bill Gates's favorite XBLA game, and much more!
Feb 17 2016
Rank #12: Episode 16: Mortal Kombat Co-Creator Ed Boon
Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon discusses his career, including the origin and rise of the franchise, the still-beloved movie, Injustice, and more!
Feb 23 2017
Rank #13: Episode 25 - Cuphead's Chad and Jared Moldenhauer
Cuphead is one of gaming's best success stories of 2017. The hand-drawn 2D-animated bullet-hell shooter captured everyone's attention a few years ago, and has held onto it ever since – right up through its long-awaited and fantastic final release and its millionth copy sold. Now, brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer of Studio HDMR spend an hour-plus discussing their incredible story, from growing up as Contra fans and classic animation fans to leaving their day jobs to finally finishing Cuphead. Check out the video above for the entire interview!
Nov 14 2017
Rank #14: Episode 28: Diablo Creator David Brevik
Diablo creator David Brevik recounts his fascinating career making games, including how a Justice League game led to Diablo, the meteoric success of Diablo and Diablo II, his years at Blizzard, and what he's up to now.
Feb 20 2018
Rank #15: Episode 30: Josef Fares
Filmmaker-turned-game-maker Josef Fares, the writer-director of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and A Way Out, shares stories from his career, including his (in)famous "F*** the Oscars!" rant from The Game Awards, his thoughts on Roger Ebert's "games aren't art" stance, and much more!
Apr 10 2018
Rank #16: Episode 32: RPG Guru Josh Sawyer
Josh Sawyer is a longtime veteran of renowned RPG studio Obsidian Entertainment, and he's seen a lot in his career. From his history-based beginnings to Fallout, Pillars of Eternity, and much more, his story is a fascinating one!
Jun 26 2018
Rank #17: Episode 17: Ultima Creator and Astronaut Richard Garriott
Ultima creator Richard Garriott tells us incredible stories about his life and career, including his early Ultima success, changing the gaming world with Ultima Online, visiting outer space as a private-citizen astronaut, exploring (and getting stuck under) the Titanic's remains at the bottom of the Atlantic, his thoughts on the future of the RPG genre, his new project Shroud of the Avatar, and much more!
Mar 31 2017
Rank #18: Episode 29: Rare Studio Head Craig Duncan
Rare studio head Craig Duncan chats about his life and career, including his time running Rare. He discusses how Sea of Thieves arrived at its pirate theme, whether they might let other studios work on classic Rare IP, the Kinect years, and much more.
Mar 20 2018
Rank #19: IGN Unfiltered Episode 24 - Steve Gaynor
Fullbright co-founder Steve Gaynor has had an amazing from-the-ground-up career in video game development. From QA testing at Sony to making F.E.A.R. levels to BioShock 2 to BioShock Infinite and now to Gone Home and Tacoma, his story is both fascinating and inspiring. Please enjoy the full hour-long interview!
Oct 17 2017
Rank #20: Episode 19: Harmonix Co-Founder Alex Rigopulos
Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos discusses his unique career, from starting Harmonix out of MIT to Disney using some of their tech for theme parks to, of course, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Central, and the rise and fall of the music game genre.
May 23 2017