Sinopsis

Every week, join Ward Games on their journey to build the next great indie game studio. Listen in as they bring on guests from the local indie game dev scene in Richmond, Virginia and from around the world to discuss game development, entrepreneurship, and more.

Episodios

  • Episode 245#58 Paradise Killer, qu’est-ce que c’est?

    Episode 245: Paradise Killer, qu’est-ce que c’est?

    02/11/2020 Duración: 02h40min

    As we roll through the sleepy days of autumn, the games industry continues to keep us on our toes. First up, we have multiple video game movies to contend with, with the release of the first full Monster Hunter trailer and the first photos of Tom Holland as Nathan Drake. But autumn means one other thing: that’s right, it’s spooky season! So we contend with games both scary and macabre as we ponder the nature of consciousness in SOMA, fend off Mr. X in Resident Evil 2, investigate a murder in Paradise Killers, and explore the afterlife in I Am Dead. And once we’re done spooking ourselves through games, there are other horrors to contend with: Facebook’s total absorption of Oculus, lackluster Mario Royale successors, Steve losing his meat, content creators paying license fees to play games, and the American election. Games include SOMA, Resident Evil 2, Genshin Impact, Paradise Killer, I Am Dead, Disc Room, Star Wars Squadrons, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Bros. 35, Soviet Jump Game, Super Smash Bros.

  • Episode 244#58 Minimoons

    Episode 244: Minimoons

    19/10/2020 Duración: 02h04min

    Wedding bells are ringing out on the Wardcast, as two of our hosts prepare for holy matrimony, but before they can spend life eternal with their significant others, they have to take their vows: Do you, Alex, take this Breath of the Wild gacha game, in good rolls and in bad, to be a decent enough successor to the seminal Zelda game? To valiantly defend Super Mario 64 even though it may not be the best entry in 3D All-Stars, and to always find Project Winter to be vastly superior to Among Us? And do you, Nelson, promise to always ensure that we have a five-stack in Valorant, whether in competitive or unranked? To always find Zagreus in Hades drop-dead sexy, and to find Final Fantasy VII Remake a frustratingly lacking game, as long as it is sold on shelves? Games include Genshin Impact, Valorant, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Hades, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Among Us, Project Winter, and Final Fantasy VII Remake. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 243#58 I Would Fight Goofy

    Episode 243: I Would Fight Goofy

    12/10/2020 Duración: 02h13min

    It’s a powdery fresh Wardcast as Dylan, Nelson, and Alex discuss the ever-changing gaming landscape. We got acquisitions galore as Red Ventures steps in to acquire CNET Media and all its associated brands while Microsoft makes a big play by purchasing Bethesda parent Zenimax Media for a whopping $7.5 billion. All the while, the next gen of consoles hangs heavy on the horizon, as we discuss the rise of the prosumers, question the point of 4K, and wonder who the heck is buying a console this holiday, anyways? Games include The Sims 4; Wide Ocean, Big Jacket; Night in the Woods; Boku no Natsuyasumi; Disco Elysium; and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 242#58 Country is a State of Mind

    Episode 242: Country is a State of Mind

    28/09/2020 Duración: 59min

    This week on the Wardcast, Dylan and Nelson are joined by Abby Russell, content producer at Giant Bomb! The duo talks to Abby about her work at the site, including the balancing act of being an informer, entertainer, and a (sometimes) critic of games, as well as understanding the parasocial relationship between herself and the audience. We also tackle the big questions: is the state of Virginia technically in “the South”? And who are video games’ hottest characters? Games include The Sims 4, Fortnite, Titanfall 2, and Marvel’s Avengers. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 241#58 How to Fund Your Video Game, PAX Online 2020

    Episode 241: How to Fund Your Video Game, PAX Online 2020

    21/09/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    For the inaugural PAX Online, we join together with our friends and colleagues to talk about acquiring funding for your indie game! Joining Dylan for this discussion is Finji’s Bekah Saltsman, Kickstarter’s Anya Combs, Kowloon Nights’ Callum Underwood, and Devolver Digital’s Nigel Lowrie! The gang discusses everything about funding partners, including what to have prepared for your preliminary meeting with a potential partner, what your expectations should be for your first collaboration, and more! From the panel description: Finding funding for your game’s development can sometimes feel like a forbidden art — discussed only in hushed tones in hidden rooms. We’re here to demystify that search and equip you with the knowledge and preparation needed to approach a financial stakeholder — whether it’s a publisher, a crowdfunding platform, a funding collective, or some alternate partnership. Listen in on this discussion between publishers, crowdfunding representatives, and other industry professionals about the in

  • Episode 240#58 Nolan North Jr.

    Episode 240: Nolan North Jr.

    14/09/2020 Duración: 01h50min

    It’s a two man show this episode as Dylan and Nelson sit down to talk about a handful of games, coincidentally all starring the same voice actors. We follow up with Nelson’s foreshadowing last episode about how he might not like Marvel’s Avengers, only to discover that he, in fact, does not like Marvel’s Avengers! And Dylan finally played The Last of Us and leads us through a discussion on how the game holds up seven years on, especially in comparison with the release of Part II. Games include Marvel’s Avengers, The Last of Us Remastered, Fall Guys, and The Last of Us Part II. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 239#58 Quarantine Catsup, Part 3

    Episode 239: Quarantine Catsup, Part 3

    07/09/2020 Duración: 02h54min

    Our third and final attempt at catching up has us discussing games, games, games! It’s a whirlwind tour of all sorts of games — web games, AAA games, and… weird, corrupted fan games? We also double up on two entries in two different franchises, as we jump between Hell and a world of assassination. It’s all this and more in our quarantine catch-up! Games include Blaseball, Mario Royale, Doom, Doom Eternal, Hitman, Hitman 2, Valorant, Pottergame, and Marvel’s Avengers. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 238#58 Quarantine Catsup, Part 2

    Episode 238: Quarantine Catsup, Part 2

    17/08/2020 Duración: 02h43min

    We continue to catch up on the endless Summer of Games™! We find out that the gamers are unwell, as they deal with a Nintendo leak of gigantic proportions, debating dedicated hardware versus emulation, and melting down over Halo Infinite’s alleged graphical “downgrade.” Also to contend with this episode: Pokémon teeth, an upsetting amount of Star Wars, MCU-ified M.O.D.O.K., and, unfortunately, more misconduct in the games industry — content warning for sexism, racism, and abuse — this time at Ubisoft. Games include Apex Legends, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Devolverland Expo, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Phantasy Star Online 2. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 237#58 Quarantine Catsup, Part 1

    Episode 237: Quarantine Catsup, Part 1

    06/07/2020 Duración: 04h17min

    We collect virtually for the first time since the pandemic started to record our longest podcast to date, and for good reason: in lieu of E3 happening this year, we instead have to contend with an eternal summer of announcements. And in the final quarter of this episode, we discuss the ongoing allegations of abuse in the industry — content warning for discussions of sexual abuse and sexual assault — along with the failure of the industry to protect victims and oust abusers. Games include Tabletop Simulator, Just One, Wits & Wagers, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Dépanneur Nocturne, Knuckles’ Chaotix, Spellbreak, Hitman, and Hitman 2. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 236#58 If Its Not Intersectional, Its BS

    Episode 236: If It's Not Intersectional, It's BS

    22/06/2020 Duración: 01h36min

    Josh Boykin — founder of gaming community Intelligame — joins the show to talk about the intersectionality of games and society. Josh discusses the unique way he streams games for the site, balancing gameplay with thoughtful discussions with the chat, as well as the different lenses we use to critically discuss games — commercial, technical, artistic, social, and more. Meanwhile, The Last of Us Part II release is making waves about storytelling in AAA — we reexamine the struggles of ludonarrative dissonance and its less spoken off compliments ludonarrative resonance and ludonarrative harmony and how gaming’s attempt to escape this constraint is reflective of society striving for something better. And we cap things off with last month’s Wholesome Direct and Josh’s role in bringing the showcase to life! Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 235#58 Agitation and Education

    Episode 235: Agitation and Education

    04/05/2020 Duración: 01h11min

    Emma Kinema, organizer for CODE-CWA and co-founder of Game Workers Unite, joins Dylan for a wide-ranging discussion on organizing workplaces in games, tech, and beyond. We talk about organizing in light of COVID-19, finding where workers draw power, the importance of solidarity, and challenging the old wives’ tales used to suppress worker wages. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 234#58 There Was a Guy Named Batman

    Episode 234: There Was a Guy Named Batman

    23/03/2020 Duración: 01h32min

    Recorded before we got the inevitable news of E3 2020’s cancellation, we hunker down to discuss the impacts the coronavirus has had on the gaming world and beyond. We also chat about Georgian caped crusaders, a wonderful kickstarter that recently happened, the end of our devil’s hunt, and a one-of-a-kind console prototype that sold for a little less than expected. Games include Halo: The Master Chief Collection, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Cave Story+, Labyrinth, and Soko Loco Express. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 233#58 Video Games Worldwide

    Episode 233: Video Games Worldwide

    16/03/2020 Duración: 02h11min

    We crack open the Wardcast time capsule to bring you an episode postdated January 25th, 2020, that had us conducting a then-punctual discussion about the Oscars, games, and the gaming news of the preceding months that occurred while we were otherwise preoccupied. We (hopefully) close the book on Death Stranding, take a look at Half-Life: Alyx, try to figure out what happened at The Game Awards, discover some hot ‘sclusies on C-SPAN, and discuss the onslaught of a new console generation. Games include Death Stranding, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 232#58 Making Your Game, PAX East 2020

    Episode 232: Making Your Game, PAX East 2020

    28/02/2020 Duración: 02h11min

    An impromptu addition to our schedule at PAX East has Dylan moderating a panel about publishing and crowdfunding with several friends from the industry. Joining Dylan back in the Bobcat Theatre are Finji CEO Bekah Saltsman, Kickstarter’s Director of Games Anya Combs, Lay Waste Games’ Co-Owner Jon Ritter, and Soft Serve Games’ Chris Wulf. We discuss the dos and don’ts about getting outside help to make your game, including how to approach publishers, what you should have prepared when you’re asking for funding, and some tips for running a successful Kickstarter. We also get a surprise game industry announcement near the end of the panel. From the panel description: Are you thinking about making a game in the next year? Have you already made a game and simply don’t know what to do next? Crowdfunding and [p]ublishing can be a great [way] to get your game out there, but the process does not begin when you launch a campaign or approach a publisher. There is work to be done before, during, and after to ensure you g

  • Episode 231#58 Hidden Gems of PAX East IV

    Episode 231: Hidden Gems of PAX East IV

    28/02/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    We deploy a parachute full of pants to land squarely in the Bobcat Theatre to celebrate the tenth Hidden Gems panel! Joining Dylan for this momentous occasion is producer Felix Kramer, community developer Jenny Windom, and League of Heels announcer Pat Baer. Listen in as we uncover the secrets and surprises from PAX East 2020, and follow along with the panel slides here. From the panel description: As the cold winter winds blow outside, you venture indoors to warm yourself at PAX’s hearth. Inside, you find a treasure trove of games ready to be played, but there are so many to see, where do you start? That’s where we step in: if you’re looking for secrets and surprises from the show floor, there’s no better place to hear about them than at Hidden Gems! Join us as we gather folks from across the games industry to showcase games and experiences that you won’t want to miss. Games include Sludge Life, Kana Quest, Ambition: A Minuet of Power, Mini Maker, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Floppy Knights, Overpass, She Dream

  • Episode 230#58 Hidden Gems of PAX South III

    Episode 230: Hidden Gems of PAX South III

    18/01/2020 Duración: 01h32s

    For our third year at PAX South, we’ve brought together some Hidden Gems veterans to retake the stage at the Cactus Theatre. Joining Dylan Ilvento are compatriots Harris Foster, Rami Ismail, Anya Combs, and Victoria Caña. Follow along with the panel slides here. From the panel description: Welcome to PAX, a virtual cornucopia of games and wonderment! If you’re looking for secrets and surprises from the show floor, there’s no better place to hear about them than at Hidden Gems! Join us as we explore all PAX has to offer and select for you a handful of curated pieces that you’ll want to check out while you’re here. Games include Garden Story, Bill Hates Video Games, Calico, The Artful Escape, Infernax, Speaking Simulator, All Hams on Deck, From Rust, Fire Tower, Foregone, Magequit, Boyfriend Dungeon, and Just Shapes and Beats. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 229#58 Have I Made It? A Discussion about Working in Games

    Episode 229: Have I Made It? A Discussion about Working in Games

    05/01/2020 Duración: 01h56s

    As part of MAGFest’s Music and Gaming Education Symposium, Dylan invited Anya Combs and Sam Eng for a discussion about the trials and tribulations of working in the game industry. We talk about how we got started in the industry, difficult patches we’ve hit, and how we’ve grown from those experiences. Feel free to follow along with the panel slides. From the panel description: Discussions about ‘breaking into’ the games industry are well worn territory. There’s plenty of information out there already about networking, upskilling, and other common topics. But let’s say you’re already doing all of that and you’re still finding it hard getting your big break. What do you do when the going gets tough? Join us for a roundtable discussion with members from the games industry to talk about how they tackled personal challenges on their journeys to get where they are today. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 228#58 Into the MAG 2020

    Episode 228: Into the MAG 2020

    03/01/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    It’s the start of a fresh new year, and that means there’s only one thing to do! That’s right, it’s time to go In. To. The. MAG. We’re poding at MAG for a special one-night-only event. Dylan and Nelson are joined by Video Game Book Club host Michael Macasiano, here to talk about trading morals for superpowers, eclectic arcade games, and videogamesareawful.com. Games include Heave Ho, Circumnavigators, Hercules, F-Zero AX, Sonic Championship, Tetris: The Grand Master 3 - Terror‑Instinct, and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 227#58 Guest Games Played 2019

    Episode 227: Guest Games Played 2019

    31/12/2019 Duración: 26min

    2019 — what a year. A year of ups, a year of downs, but most importantly, a year of new friendships. Before we close the book on this year and this decade, we wanted to ask our guests from the past twelve months if they wanted to come on to talk about the games that meant the most to them. Thanks to Ruthie Edwards, Harris Foster, Sarah Elmaleh, Dante Douglas, and Ben Wander for sharing their favorite gaming experiences from the past year, and thanks to everyone that joined us on the Wardcast in 2019! Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

  • Episode 226#58 The Honorables 2019, Lower Bracket

    Episode 226: The Honorables 2019, Lower Bracket

    30/12/2019 Duración: 02h07min

    This is it: we’ve bickered and bartered our way through the upper bracket, with only Untitled Goose Game coming out unscathed, but once more through the gauntlet we must stride to determine… The Honorables! Got a question for the show? Join us on Discord or email us at contact@ward-games.com!

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