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The 1099

The 1099 is an interview-based podcast that highlights the best writers, YouTubers, developers, publishers, and people in video games and beyond. Founded by Josiah Renaudin and hosted by Joseph Knoop, the duo brings on guests from all over the industry to talk about what they do, current trends, and methods for breaking into games.Big thanks to Simon Viklund for writing the original theme music (you can check out his work at www.simonviklund.com) and Zach Buckley for the remix(find his work at www.zwbuckley.com). Also, thanks to the talented Aaron Sanfillippo for the logo design. Find him at www.ajscreative.com.

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Episode 14: Polygon Entertainment Reporter Julia Alexander

On this week's episode, new entertainment reporter at Polygon, Julia Alexander, joins host Josiah Renaudin to talk about landing a full-time job in the industry, finding a writing mentor, writing weekly feature pitches, and why Drake might be the best living human.


12 Oct 2015

Rank #1

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Episode 121: Giant Bomb's Jason Oestreicher on Games Media's Shift to Video and Ignoring SEO

On this week's episode, video maverick for Giant Bomb, fighting game guru, and former Game Informer video editor, Jason Oestreicher, joins host Josiah Renaudin to discuss creating videos on the internet. Jason explains his journey to Giant Bomb, what it's like training new hires, the growth of crowdfunding, the struggles of doing live shows, showing your personality online, and how important the community really is.

1hr 2mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 23: Nathan Meunier on Self-Publishing and Full-Time Freelancing

On this week's episode, Nathan Meunier, a freelance writer, author, and indie developer, joins host Josiah Renaudin to talk about how to succeed at full-time freelancing, the best ways to publish books and actually make money, and what it's like to go from reviewing video games to making them.

1hr 18mins

22 Dec 2015

Rank #3

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Episode 129: Jan Ochoa on Giant Bomb, MythBusters, and Personality-Based Media

On this week's episode, Jan Ochoa, the brand new associate video producer at Giant Bomb and former cameraman for MythBusters, joins host Josiah Renaudin to discuss the interview process for Giant Bomb and adjusting to the new games media landscape. Jan explains his Giant Bomb fandom, the surreal nature of meeting your heroes and getting your dream job, what it's been like suddenly having a Twitter following, how he got to work for MythBusters, his Giant Bomb goals for 2018, and his surprise answer to a well-known GB community question.


15 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 145: Ben Pack on Joining Giant Bomb, Filling Past Editors' Shoes, and Being a Public Figure

On this week's episode, associate editor and former intern at Giant Bomb, co-host on the Giant Bombcast, and noted Millennial, Ben Pack, joins host Josiah Renaudin to discuss Ben's transition from intern to editor. Ben explains how he got he Giant Bomb job, adjusting to his many new responsibilities, learning how to deal with audience feedback, getting comfortable talking to/working with his heroes, and what to expect from Giant Bomb in 2018.

1hr 1min

23 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 112: Mark Brown on Game Maker's Toolkit and Teaching Players Game Design

On this week's episode, the host of Game Maker's Toolkit as well as a writer seen on Edge, Wired, Eurogamer, VideoGamer, and Pocket Gamer, Mark Brown, joins host Josiah Renaudin to discuss smart, analytical YouTube gaming videos. Mark details the research that goes into his projects, how an understanding of game design can lessen the toxicity of the community, what developers have to say about his videos, the risks of turning to Patreon, and the biggest lessons learned from creating this style of content.

1hr 5mins

2 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 18: Lorne Lanning on Sony's Indie Focus and the State of the Industry

On this week's episode, co-founder and president of Oddworld Inhabitants, Lorne Lanning, joins host Josiah Renaudin to talk about behind-the-scenes craziness from Sony's E3 2013 press conference, how indie games are where all the risks and innovation now take place, and why now is the best time to make a game.

1hr 39mins

9 Nov 2015

Rank #7

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Episode 209: Michael Pachter Returns to Tell Us the Future of GameStop, Streaming, and Next-Gen

The man of many headlines returns. Famed analyst and host of the Pachter Factor, Michael Pachter, joins the 1099 once again to discuss the shaky future of GameStop after its stock value plummets, what the future of game streaming looks like for Google Stadia, Microsoft's XCloud, and even PlayStation, and what prices we can expect for next-gen hardware like the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett. If you want all the business talk you can handle, you've found it.Follow the 1099: @ the1099Podcast on TwitterFollow Joseph: @ JosephKnoop on TwitterPLEASE SUPPORT THE SHOW BY DONATING: https://ko-fi.com/josephknoopSupport our musician @ zwbuckley.comFollow the Pachter Factor on SIFTD.net or @ https://www.youtube.com/user/SIFTDGAMES/videos


8 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 191: IGN Editor-in-Chief of Games Tina Amini on running a games media giant

On this week's episode, the one and only Tina Amini -- Editor-in-Chief of Games at IGN -- joins Joe to talk about how she runs one of the biggest names in games journalism. We dive into Tina's one year anniversary with IGN, what she's learned about leading such a huge team, the evolution of games media over the past decade, and the perspective of the industry she's been afforded as IGN's Big Boss.Support the show by following us @The1099Podcast and @JosephKnoop on Twitter, and support our resident musician at ZWBuckley.com.


11 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 144: John Vignocchi on Life After Disney Infinity and How Developers Play Video Games

On this week's episode, the former vice president of production at Disney Interactive Studios, a former lead designer and product strategist at Midway, and a legend in the Giant Bomb community, John Vignocchi, joins host Josiah Renaudin to talk about everything that's been going on since the end of Disney Infinity. John details his recent wedding bonanza, what he went through after Disney Infinity ended. how being a developer makes him play games differently, what he's working on next, and the Giant Bomb community.

1hr 18mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 188: Dragon Prince creators Aaron Ehasz & Justin Richmond on their diverse fantasy world

This week, Joe is joined by Netflix's The Dragon Prince creators Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond to discuss how they've built their new fantasy world, how they strive to make its characters meaningful and diverse, how they work with fans to find ways they can do better, and what went into making them the writers they are today.Joe also happened to write the first article on Wonderstorm, Aaron and Justin's company. https://www.polygon.com/features/2017/11/30/16716400/last-airbender-uncharted-wonderstormMake sure to support our resident musician at ZWBuckley.com.


18 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 09: Nick Capozzoli of GameSpot

On this week's episode, freelancer Nick Capozzoli joins host Josiah Renaudin to discuss what needs to change about video game reviews, common errors editors point out, and how to discover your own critical voice.


31 Aug 2015

Rank #12

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Episode 170: Ben Esposito on Creating Donut County, Chill-Ass Video Games, and Indie Dev Cycles

On this week's episode, a game developer who’s worked on projects like What Remains of Edith Finch, The Unfinished Swan, Room of 1000 Snakes, Sonic Dreams Collection, and the recently released Donut County, Ben Esposito, joins host Josiah Renaudin for a deep dive into indie development. Ben explains why Donut County took five years to make, the lessons he's learned, idea theft, how to manage your time in the games industry, how to write humor into games, and what comes next.


15 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 182: Josiah Joins EA and Details the Future of the Podcast

On this week's episode, host Josiah Renaudin breaks down his crazy last few months with the help of freelancer and The 1099 MVP, Joseph Knoop. Josiah explains his new job at Electronic Arts, all the different meetings he's been taking, and the future of the podcast.


7 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 210: Fortnite Pro Cizzorz and mentoring the next generation of streamers

When you think about streaming, especially Fortnite streaming, you don't really think about groups of people. You think of a solitary streamer hustling away and landing sick headshots all day long. In a world full of young men and women trying to hustle to stardom, we especially don't think about the mentors in our lives who helped guide us along the way. Fortnite pro Jack AKA Cizzorz of the FaZe clan has taken it upon himself to mentor one lucky contest winner, so I caught up with him on what the experience has been like, what mentorship looks like in such a solitary kind of career, what the FaZe team has imparted unto him, and the future of Fortnite's Creative Mode World Cup competitions. Hopefully you all find it a bit more introspective than the usual Fortnite interview. I know I had fun.SHARE AND RATE THE SHOW ON YOUR PLATFORM OF CHOICE, PLEASE AND THANK YOU!Follow the 1099 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/The1099PodcastFollow Joe: https://twitter.com/JosephKnoopSupport ZW Buckley: ZWBuckley.comTOSS US A BUCK OR TWO: https://ko-fi.com/josephknoop


15 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 117: Nick Scarpino on Kinda Funny, Leaving IGN, and Overcoming Personal Barriers

On this week's episode, co-founder/host for Kinda Funny and former IGN head of production, Nick Scarpino, joins host Josiah Renaudin to discuss starting Kinda Funny and overcoming personal barriers. Nick details why he left IGN, how expectations have changed for Kinda Funny over time, dealing with different fears, what it's like doing open mic appearances, and how to become comfortable being on camera.


30 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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Episode 200 PART 2 - Morgan Webb on X-Play's legacy and building Bonfire Studios

THE BIG ONE, folks! Former X-Play host Morgan Webb joins us to talk about the glory days of broadcast games media, plus a big focus on how she's building a constructive culture over at Bonfire Studios as they work on their first game, and all the lessons she's learned between. Also there's some stuff about cutie oranges, morbid jokes about book clubs, and swearing. It's fun for the whole family.Thank you for coming this far on this incredible journey with us. Time to start planning for Episode 300. Anyone got President Obama's number?Support our musician over at ZWBuckley.comFollow Joe on Twitter: @JosephKnoopFollow Morgan: @MorganWebbFollow the 1099: @The1099Podcast


6 May 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 189: Metro creator Dmitry Glukhovsky on what inspired him to create the Russian apocalypse

Metro series creator and author Dmitry Glukhovsky joins me to talk about the tense political and personal history behind his version of the Russian post-apocalypse, how he helped 4A Games bring it to video game life, and a hell of a lot more. You don't want to miss this one. As always, support our resident musician at zwbuckley.com and let us know your thoughts on Twitter @The1099Podcast


25 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 176: Michael Pachter on the PS5, Problems with Netflix for Games, and Future of Fortnite

On this week's episode, a research analyst at Wedbush Securities, the host of the Pachter Factor, and one of the biggest names in the business of games, Michael Pachter, joins host Josiah Renaudin for a deep dive into the current state of the industry. The two tackle the release date of next-gen consoles, the problems with the concept of "Netflix for games," the success of Fortnite and what it means for the rest of the industry, the state of Nintendo, and Sony pulling out of E3.


26 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 175: Top 10 JRPGs You Need to Play Now with Kim Wallace

On this week's episode, Game Informer features editor and JRPG guru, Kim Wallace, joins host Josiah Renaudin to discuss the JRPGs you need to play—whether you're a hardcore fan or entirely new to the genre. From Dragon Quest XI to Chrono Trigger, the duo details why turn-based games still have a place in modern video games.

1hr 12mins

19 Nov 2018

Rank #20