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IGN Unfiltered

IGN Unfiltered goes in-depth with creators of your favorite video games, talking not just about the games themselves but about the fascinating lives of the people behind them. New episodes each month!

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Episode 46: Phil Harrison (Sony, Xbox, Google)

My guest this month is Phil Harrison, who joined Sony during the early PlayStation days and rose through the ranks. He shares career stories from behind the scenes of the PS2 and PS3, and also of his time at Microsoft in the late-Xbox 360, early-Xbox One era. And don't miss part 2 of this Unfiltered interview tomorrow, which focuses on Harrison's present-day job running the Stadia platform at Google.

1hr 4mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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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!

1hr 38mins

15 May 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 50: Marcus Lehto (Halo, Disintegration)

Longtime Bungie art director and eventual game director Marcus Lehto created the Master Chief himself and helmed Halo Reach, one of the series's most beloved entries. In this one-hour interview, Lehto discusses his humble origins, such as how he got Bungie to hire him, as well as leaving the studio in recent years and starting a new studio to work on a new game, June 2020's Disintegration.

1hr 10mins

12 May 2020

Rank #3

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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.

1hr 10mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 23: Randy Pitchford Part 2 - Aliens: Colonial Marines, Battleborn, and More!

The president and CEO of Borderlands creator Gearbox Studios returns after his initial visit last month to finish his story. This time, he shares more stories from his fascinating career in games, including Aliens: Colonial Marines, Battleborn, the future of Borderlands, and much more!

1hr 32mins

12 Sep 2017

Rank #5

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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. 

1hr 28mins

20 Feb 2018

Rank #6

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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!

1hr 17mins

14 Nov 2017

Rank #7

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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.

1hr 48mins

28 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 21: Deus Ex and System Shock Creator Warren Spector

The creator of Deus Ex, System Shock, Ultima Underworld, Epic Mickey, and more sits down for an hour-long interview about his entire fascinating career.

1hr 5mins

14 Jul 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 47: Stig Asmussen (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, God of War trilogy)

Veteran game developer Stig Asmussen, who discusses his career in gaming, from being an art director and eventual game director on God of War 3 to leading a team at Respawn Entertainment on the smash-hit Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

1hr 1min

17 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 43: Bethesda Game Studios Director Todd Howard

Longtime Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard joins us to discuss his Hall of Fame career, from the Terminator first-person shooter that got him started to the incredible success of The Elder Scrolls series to the acquisition of the Fallout IP to his new sci-fi project, Starfield.

1hr 24mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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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! 

1hr 6mins

10 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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Unfiltered 07: Gears of War and Lawbreakers Creator Cliff Bleszinski

Legendary game designer Cliff Bleszinski joins us for over an hour to share Gears of War stories, how he developed his first game as a teenager, more about his new game Lawbreakers, and much more!

1hr 15mins

26 May 2016

Rank #13

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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!

1hr 21mins

17 Oct 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 14: Naughty Dog Co-Founder and Oculus Exec Jason Rubin

Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin has been in the games business since he was 14. We interview him about building Naughty Dog, trying to save THQ, and making VR games at Oculus.

1hr 13mins

21 Dec 2016

Rank #15

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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!

2hr 3mins

9 Apr 2016

Rank #16

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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! 

1hr 5mins

26 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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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!

46mins

23 Feb 2017

Rank #18

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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.

45mins

21 Oct 2016

Rank #19

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Episode 35: Insomniac Founder Ted Price

Ted Price founded Insomniac Games almost 20 years ago. In this hour-long interview, he details his life and career in video games, from his chance meeting with a future business partner to his early bet on PlayStation to creating games like Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, Sunset Overdrive, and now Spider-Man. 

1hr 6mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #20