The X Button Podcast: Episode 12

This week on the X Button podcast Peter and Blake are joined by Justin Meisse and Mattias Van Camp as we talk about the new released of games coming out this year encompassing Brink, Uncharted 3, L.A. Noir, and much more. We also go into the downtime of the Playstation Network and the upcoming release of the Crytek 3 engine.

Music by – mEAt b0y/A_Rival

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The X Button Podcast: Episode 11

This week on the X Button podcast we talk about role-playing games from the land of the rising sun! From crazy hair styles, story telling, character interaction, and level grinding. We also indulge in the upcoming East Cost Game Conference, G4’s Franchise Deathmatch, and the tragic story an individual stealing a Gameboy from the dead.

Music by: Dragon Wings/Archangel

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The X Button Podcast: Episode 10

On this episode of The X Button Podcast, we discuss the game industry as a community with our special guest host Wiktor Öhman. We start off with some bad news regarding Sony Online Entertainment laying off 200 employees and closing 3 studios. Then we get into what we think the game community is and what each of us do in the community.

Wiktor Öhman Portfolio Website
http://www.nextgenhardsurface.com
Music by: Astro Crush/Joshua Morse

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The X Button Podcast: Episode 9

This week the X Button Podcast gets down and dirty to talk about sex and sexual diversity in games today. How games can focus more on romantic relationships and how sexuality is addressed in the media today. We also talk about Blizzard cannibalizing their games and Pokemon Black and White!

Music by – Nova Siberia/BigGiantCircles

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The X Button Podcast: Episode 8

This week on The X Button Podcast we have an industry guest David Lam who is the lead character artist at EA Canada and the Game Character Pipeline Instructor for The Rydan Workshop. We talk about how he broke into the industry, what tools he uses, the online classes he teaches at The Rydan Workshop, and more!

David Lam’s Portfolio
The Rydan Workshop: http://www.therydanworkshop.com/
Music by – RoeTaKa/No Need to Reload

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Good News Everyone!

On the next episode of the X Button we will have our first special guest Mr. David Lam, a Lead Character Modeler at EA Canada and co-owner of the Rydan Workshop. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell Randy Gonzalez, we comin.

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The X Button Podcast: Episode 7

This week’s episode is all about being power creative and Cliff Bleszinki’s GDC 2011 session. We talk about the upcoming game Child of Eden, Nintendo 3DS piracy prevention, a the game industry coming together over the Japanese disaster, and Pokémon. Then we move into what it means to be power creative, understanding the business and marketing sides of the industry, and IP for video games.

Music by: Big Giant Circles/Club Showdown

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The X Button Podcast: Episode 6

What happens when you go from one topic to something else, well you get this episode of the X Button podcast. In this episode we talk about how Bungie’s new game will not be an MMO, the marketing blunders of a Homefront PR stunt, and the iPad 2 release. We then go into our main topic Story Archetypes and Character Archetypes; well at least we try to. We go over some of the different types of story plots but then get side tracked and started talking about our likes and dislikes of video game characters. This episode is a little dry in the beginning but it picks up towards the end.

Music by: Big Giant Circles, Sole Signal, Tweek/Global Empire

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The X Button Podcast: Episode 5

Wrapping up February, Blake, Peter, and Jason talk about the sexy new Wii game WeDare, Australia’s ban on the upcoming Mortal Kombat, and some NPD numbers! Then we go into our discussion of the MMO genre. The origins, the features, the addictions, and positive aspects. We even talk about other styles of MMO including dancing, driving, and shooters.

Music by: PxFury/Dragons of Paradise

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The X Button Podcast: Episode 4

This week Blake, Jason, and Peter discuss the hints towards Bungie’s new shooter MMO, the Playstation 2 reaching 150 million units, and Panasonic trying to break into the mobile gaming space. Jason and Peter give their thoughts on the creative new platformer Little Big Planet 2. Then we move into our main topic of DLC. How it has been used poorly in the past and how it can be use be effectively used in the future.

Corrections: The company that made The Back to the Future game is called Telltale Games not Tellgate Games. The Bioware DLC I was referring to was called Lair of the Shadow Broker.

Music by: Chris Abbott/Arkanoid ‘1999 (2000 Mix)’

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