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podcasts that anyone interested in game development has GOT to check out?
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We are Ask Gamedev, and these are 9 of the best game development podcasts
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There are so many podcasts coming out, covering so many topics, that it’s hard to keep up.
And of course, many podcasts about gaming and game development have come along and gained
Listening to podcasts about game development can equip you with valuable insights into
the minds of some of the most well known and passionate game developers around.
They can provide advice on how to get started in gamedev, how to improve aspects of your
games, and provide a fun way to hear about the gamedev journeys of others.
Whether you’re an aspiring indie developer just figuring out how to work your first engine,
or a seasoned pro working on Triple-A titles, if you’re passionate about game development,
you’ll definitely enjoy checking out some of these great game development podcasts we’ve
handpicked just for you!
Now, let’s dive right in!
GameDev Breakdown Just finishing up it’s second season in May
of 2019, GameDev Breakdown is an excellent source for interviews featuring professionals
working in and around the world of game development.
Hosted by Todd Mitchell, an indie software development veteran of 15 years, GameDev breakdown
lets you listen in on sit-downs with the kinds of people who often don’t get much of a spotlight
in the world of game development.
these guests bring a wealth of insight into what the game development industry is really
like, and put on full display just how much passion and work goes into creating the interactive
works of art so many millions the world over enjoy on a daily basis.
Some examples of guests include: Kamil Krupiński, a producer from the team
at Draw Distance, Jordan Lemos, an award-winning script writer
from Ubisoft who worked on games in the Assassin’s Creed series,
and Ray Marek, a comic book author famous for his insights into universe creation and
GameDev breakdown is available for free download on CodeWrite Play.com, as well as on most major
GameDev Advice: The Game Developer’s Podcast GameDev Advice is a podcast engineered for
aspiring game developers to get a look into what the larger gaming industry is really
It’s host, John Podlasek, is a gaming industry vet of 29 years, who has worked for some of
the biggest names in gaming, including Zynga, Disney Interactive and Midway games.
His development portfolio is nothing to scoff at, having produced many of the entries in
the legendary Mortal Kombat series.
Due to his extensive experience and connections in the gaming world, John has been able to
bring on guests of huge renown throughout the gaming world, who have created some of
the most successful and well-known projects of all time, making listening to this podcast
a must for anyone aspiring to one day work on Triple-A games.
Examples of guests include: James Brady, an artist who worked on such
massive successes as PUBG and Red Dead Redemption 2,
Chris Johnson, a producer from Adult Swim’s gaming department, and one of the minds behind
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, a VR game based on the insanely popular series of the
same name, and Tim Kitzrow, who you might remember as
the announcer from NBA Jam
All in all, GameDev Advice is one podcast that is not just for game developers, but
anyone interested in gaming should definitely check out.
It’s available on most major podcast outlets, as well as on gamedev advice.com, where partial
transcripts of episodes and well detailed summaries about guests and their conversations
are provided alongside each episode.
Designer Notes Started in late 2014, Designer Notes focuses
mainly on the design aspects of game development.
With expert analysis of the design tenants of popular games, the information gained from
listening to this podcast should be highly sought after by devs of all experience levels.
Designer Notes has two hosts.
First up is Soren Johnson, the founder of MohawkGames and designer behind such classics
as Civ 3 and 4, and Dragon Age Legends.
FCo-host is Adam Saltsman, co-founder of Finji, who has worked on games like the post-apocalyptic
survival title Overland.
Designer Notes brings on a diverse cast of gaming industry professionals to talk about
and explore all the different processes used in game development
Guests who have come on Designer Notes include: David Sirlin, one of the designers responsible
for Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Clint Hocking, designer and later creative
director on the original Splinter Cell, its sequel Chaos Theory, and Far Cry 2,
and Manveer Heir, a developer best known for his work on the Mass Effect series, who also
provided some help for No Man’s Sky… although, he understandably doesn’t talk about that
project too often.
Designer Notes is available to stream on most major podcast outlets, and it’s more informative
homepage can be found on idlethumbs.net/designernotes .
Building The Game Building the game has been around since the
early days of podcasting in 2012, currently boasting over 370 episodes and counting.
Following the journeys of Rob Couch and Jason Slingerland as they decide to undertake the
difficult process of becoming first-time game developers.
While a bit of a standout from many of our other entries on this list, Building the game
focuses on absolute newbies and their ongoing gamedev journey rather than long-time pros
t’s those very aspects that make this podcast something special as many of you are on the
same journey as Rob and Jason.
It can be nice to listen to two kindred spirits telling stories of familiar hurdles and difficulties,
learning the same lessons, and feeling the same gamedev triumphs.
We think that listening to Building the Game can help make the gamedev process seems a
little less daunting through its use of transparency,and how down to Earth its hosts are.
Every episode is available for streaming on buildingthegamepodcast.com, as well as on
most major podcast streaming services.
The AIAS GameMaker Notebook The AIAS GameMaker Notebook, created through
the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, is a podcast featuring a series of in-depth,
one-on-one conversations between game makers.
AIAS is run by a revolving door of various hosts, each an extremely experienced and exalted
citizen of the game development community.
Some host examples include: Ted Price, Board Member of the Academy of
Interactive Arts & Sciences and Founder & CEO of Insomniac Games,
Robin Hunicke, Designer and CEO at funomena, and renowned game music designer and composer
Both individually, and through conversations with their guests, the AIAS Game Maker’s Notebook
brings a series of thoughtful and intimate perspectives on the gaming world from VIP
insiders, and lets listeners in on the realities of the business and craft of interactive entertainment.
Some examples of guests they’ve featured are: Brendan Greene, who you probably know as PLAYERUNKNOWN,
of PUBG fame, Christina Norman, of Riot Games, and one if
the designer’s behind the worldwide phenomenon known as League of Legends,
and even Todd Howard, yes THAT Todd Howard, of Bethesda games.
The AIAS Game Maker’s Notebook is by far one of the best podcasts on this list, and one
that all up-and-coming devs ought to really check out!
You can find every episode available to stream on the Academy of Interactive Arts & Science
website, and on many major podcast streaming platforms.
Humans Who Make Games w/ Adam Conover Adam Conover, just like us, got his start
So, when we found out that the former College Humor star ran a podcast about game design
and development, we just had to go check it out.
As a lifelong gamer, it’s really cool that once he found success through his TruTV show,
Adam decided that he wanted to be able to talk to some of the biggest names behind the
games he loved.
He started this partnership with IGN and Starburns Audio.
The podcast is great for gamers who are thinking about getting into game development but don’t
know much about it, as Adam is coming from the perspective of an ardent fan and consumer
of video games.
Adam asks the kinds of questions we think most fans in his position would ask, creating
a lot of great insight that doesn’t require much background knowledge on game development
The show features a seasonal schedule, taking a hiatus between each one.
Each season contains 8 episodes, and provides interviews with guests including:
Rand Miller, the co-developer behind games like MYST and Obduction,
Edmund Mcmillen , the creator of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, and many more.
You can find Humans who Make Games with Adam Conover on Starburns Audio’s website, as well
as on most major podcast providers.
The Sausage Factory With a catalogue of over 200 episodes, The
Sausage Factory podcast is a veteran of the gaming genre, having been among the first
podcasts about game development around.
Hosted by Chris O’Regan, the program derives its name from the commonly held belief that
video games are more fun to play than to make, and that seeing how they get made can ruin
the enjoyment of them.
This is akin to how seeing how sausages are made can turn people off from ever eating
O’Regan attempts to disprove this negative belief,and show all the beauty and passion
that goes into the creation of video games.
The Sausage Factory has had on a huge array of guests, ranging from big names to lesser
known but vitally important members of the gaming and game development communities.
Guests have included: Bertil Hörberg of Hörberg Productions, creator
of Gunman Clive and Mechstermination Force, Jessica Saunders of Salix Games, the developers
of Du Lac & Fey: Dance of Death, Alex Knight of Firebrand Games, and many more.
Since O’Regan often likes to give the spotlight to indie game developers, some of you could
definitely even appear as guests on his podcast one day.
You can stream The Sausage factory on most major podcast platforms.
Script Lock One of the most important aspects of any great
game is its story.
A good story both keeps the player wanting to keep playing, and immerses them in the
experience as they do.
if you’re interested in making a great story, or how great stories in games are made, then
you have to check out Script Lock.
Hosted by writers Max and Nick Folkman – two brothers that have written for games, movies,
and tv shows for most of their lives.he podcast features the two sitting down with both writers
and game developers to discuss storytelling in video games.
With a catalogue of over 50 episodes, there’s tons of interviews and conversations with
great writers and developers that’ll keep you entertained for quite a while.
Guests of the program have included: Drew McGee, a design analyst who’s worked
on titles like Star Wars: The Old Republic, Greg Kasavin, the creative director at Supergiant
Games, Rosa Dachtler, a narrative designer at criterion
games who has worked on games including Star Wars Battlefront: Rogue One and Battlefield
5, and tons of other experienced professionals from all over the game development industry.
You can stream Script Lock on most major podcast streaming services.
Coffee With Butterscotch Ok, stick with us here, this isn’t a podcast
about different recipes for sweet coffee varieties.
No, Coffee with Butterscotch is the official podcast of Butterscotch Shenanigans, the award-winning
game studio best known for creating the game Crashlands, and currently has a catalogue
of over 200 podcast episodes and counting.
A very humorous look into the goings-on at an independent studio, Coffee With Butterscotch
has three main hosts.
Seth Coster, the studio’s games programmer, Adam Coster, the web programmer, and Sean
Coster, the artist.
The show often includes various other occasional co-hosts from around the company.
You may have noticed the three hosts share the same last name.
That’s not just an incredible triple-coincidence, as Butterscotch Shenanigans was started by
the three Coster Brothers, showing that a passion for game development must really run
in the family.
The podcast provides listeners with insights from the point of view of the founders of
an indie studio, ranging in topics from how games are made and sold, to what it’s like
to start your own studio, to the day-to-day happenings of the brothers’ lives You can
really hear the passion and connection the Costers share in their episodes, along with
their constant sense of humor.
This kind of transparent and personal style makes you feel like you’re part of the family
at Butterscotch Shenanigans.
While the podcast is certainly a fun ride, the combined experience of the Coster brothers
also provides lots of real, valuable insights.
Some include more nuanced topics that most people wouldn’t think of being related to
game development, like how to deal with ego getting in the way of working on a team, or
how to deal with the sudden fame that comes with having a game become popular.
Overall, it’s an extremely enjoyable experience and definitely a podcast we think anyone interested
in game development should check out.
You can find Coffee with Butterscotch on Soundcloud, and most major podcast streaming platforms.
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