(Reboot) Ep. 44 – Video Game Fitness – Scott Herman

(Reboot) Ep. 44 – Video Game Fitness – Scott Herman

Hey! It’s a reboot of THE SEASON 2 PREMIER of the Boss Battle Gamecast is here!  Yes the long wait is over and we’re excited to bring you a new line up of guests, awesome boss battles and great stories.  We kick things off in Episode 44, my lucky number, with friend and fellow fitness expert, Scott Herman, founder and CEO of muscularstrength.com.  We get the party started with things like completionism in games, the famous question “how much do you bench bro”, fun fitness banter, online gaming, and who would win in smash bros.  Can Scott use his physique to out lift the boss of the week, Phanto from Super Mario Bros 2?

Ep. 51 - A Unique Route to a Degree in Game Design - Vanessa Briceño

Ep. 51 - A Unique Route to a Degree in Game Design - Vanessa Briceño

How many lawyers do you know that are also game designers?  After this episode the answer will be 1! My guest Vanessa Briceño spent time as a corporate lawyer who moved into the gaming space achieving her Master’s in Game design from NYU!  She is also a philanthropist who started an amazing full tuition scholarship through her family foundation, the Barlavento Foundation, for women in the gaming industry!  We get down to business and talk about things like story games, board games, mega man 2, woman in gaming and the challenges she faced losing her father and brother.  Can Vanessa utilize her judicial prowess to defeat this week’s boss, The Flood from Halo?

Ep. 50 - Retro Game Customization and Craftsmanship - Ryan Spence

Ep. 50 - Retro Game Customization and Craftsmanship - Ryan Spence

Nostalgia for retro gaming is more prevalent than ever today.  This week’s guest Ryan Spence, founder of Ultimate Customs, sits down with me to talk just that!  What does he do? Ryan takes old-school gaming consoles, mainly the NES and turns them in to amazing works of art, customized with lights sounds, colors and designs!  Ever wondered how your old Nintendo would look if it were decked out like your favorite movie, band, tv show, wrestler or super hero?  Join us as we discuss the amazing process behind creating these masterpieces, retro gaming, the 90’s, the hip-hop community, adult nostalgia, the Patriots (eeew), and more!  Does Ryan have what it takes to design a strategy to defeat Rodrigo Borgia from Assassins Creed II in the BOSS BATTLE?

Ep. 49 - Getting Excited about Indie Games! - Mark Soderwall

Ep. 49 - Getting Excited about Indie Games! - Mark Soderwall

Are you ready for some high octane, energetic, excited, pump up, full of juice and excellent indie game advice!  Well it’s here because that’s exactly what guest Mark Soderwall, CEO/Founder of Indie Game U brings to the episode!  Mark’s infectious energy stems from a long and successful career in AAA video games and recently turned Indie to help smaller developers with creating, launching and marketing their games.  We have a loud and boisterous talk about old school arcades, JUST STARTING, AAA vs indie development, having JUICE, TED Talks, video game art and more!  Can Mark leverage his gaming motivational mind to defeat Scorpion in this week’s boss battle?

Ep. 48 - From Wolfenstein to Game Design - Scott Fine

Ep. 48 - From Wolfenstein to Game Design - Scott Fine

What’s the first game you give your 3-year old to play?  I’ll give you a hint, it’s really bloody, you kill a lot of Nazis and ultimately defeat Mecha-Hitler!  That’s right, this week’s guest, Scott Fine, Creative Director of Diamond Raven Games started his gaming journey with Wolfenstein 3D at age 3.  Scott is a successful game designer and talks about his path into the industry.  We also chat about things like Destiny, band, the Tuba, grandmas gaming, how to design a game, and The Ace of Snakes?  Can Scott creatively find of way to defeat Pyramid Head in the Boss Battle?

Ep. 47 - Women are Gamers Too - Pamela Horton

Ep. 47 - Women are Gamers Too - Pamela Horton

If you like to laugh and have a good time with video games, look no further!  This week’s guest is Pamela Horton – Gamer, YouTuber, host, personality, fellow nerd, streamer and media extraordinaire from Pamela Horton Gaming!  Her fun and playful style shine through as we talk about the awesome projects she’s working on these days including her new series, Drawesome Gaming!  Join in as we discuss, world of Warcraft, Nintendo, Woman gamers, overcoming stereotypes, creating quality content, RPGs and being yourself!  Does Pam have enough nerdy heart to defeat the Boss, Ganon from the Legend of Zelda Series?

Ep. 46 - Supporting the Military through Video Games - Steve Machuga

Ep. 46 - Supporting the Military through Video Games - Steve Machuga

The military has always held a special place in my heart.  We’re honored to have Steve Machuga, CEO/Founder of Stack-up.org a charity supporting active duty military members and veterans through video games!  Amazing stuff!  As a veteran himself Steve talks about what it’s like being deployed and the evolution of how Stack-up.org came to be.   We also dig into topics such as losing yourself in World of Warcraft, video games as therapy for PTSD, xbox achievement addiction and…..using romance novels as target practice?  Can Steve get locked and loaded against the Archdemon from Dragon Age in the Boss Battle?

Ep. 45 - The Scottish Gaming Scene - David Ferguson

Ep. 45 - The Scottish Gaming Scene - David Ferguson

It’s time for another edition of The Boss Battle Gamecast and this week’s guest is David Ferguson of Fool Boy Media.  He hails from Scotland and adds a little flavor to the show!  David is also joining the RaptorCow Team as our sound designer and composer so you know we have to give him the right of passage on the show! Join us as we talk about the Nintendo Switch, growing up gaming over the pond, how to find inspiration for music design, Shrek (of course), and the origin of the name...FOOLBOY?  Can David use his musical prowess to defeat the boss of the week, Dr. Neo Cortex from Crash Bandicoot?

Ep. 44 - SEASON 2 PREMIERE - Video Games and Fitness - Scott Herman

Ep. 44 - SEASON 2 PREMIERE - Video Games and Fitness - Scott Herman

THE SEASON 2 PREMIER of the Boss Battle Gamecast is here!  Yes the long wait is over and we’re excited to bring you a new line up of guests, awesome boss battles and great stories.  We kick things off in Episode 44, my lucky number, with friend and fellow fitness expert, Scott Herman, founder and CEO of muscularstrength.com.  We get the party started with things like completionism in games, the famous question “how much do you bench bro”, fun fitness banter, online gaming, and who would win in smash bros.  Can Scott use his physique to out lift the boss of the week, Phanto from Super Mario Bros 2?

Ep. 43 - Do I Still Love Video Games? - Ted Edwards

Ep. 43 - Do I Still Love Video Games? - Ted Edwards

Hello everyone!  In this Episode I get into a topic of the week that hits close to home.  “Do I Still Love Video Games?”  It’s a question that’s been on my mind and I want to hear what you think!

I just wanted to say Sorry that I haven’t had an episode up in 2 weeks!  So many things going on and I have been slammed!  I will do a better job of communication moving forward!  Thank you to all the listeners who listen and share every weekThat being said, I hope you enjoy this bite sized episode featuring…ME!  Yes only me today, but I talk about what’s been going on, a little Pokemon GO, Old School Games, my new job, and more!

Ep. 42 - How to talk about video games - Efosa Okundaye

Ep. 42 - How to talk about video games - Efosa Okundaye

And we’re back this week with a rockin episode!  I bring on friend and “rival” podcaster Efosa Okundaye the host of The Chronicles of Gamers podcast.  In this episode we break down how to podcast and talk about video games.  Why?  Because it’s what we do!  We also have a fun segment along the lines of Efosa’s show called “The top things to complain about in video games” and we definitely voice our opinions.  Come sit back relax and enjoy the old school video game talk with some new school tips on how to get out there in the video game content space!

(Rebroadcast) Ep. 31 - Hyper Light LIFTER - Akash Thakkar

(Rebroadcast) Ep. 31 - Hyper Light LIFTER - Akash Thakkar

Rebroadcast of Episode 31.  Enjoy!

We love music and sound in video games.  We’re joined this week by Akash Takkar, someone who knows a thing or two about the subject having recently done the sound for HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER!  Akash is an accomplished video game composer/sound designer, public speaker, teacher and entrepreneur.   Turns out he also likes the gym a lot too!  We talk about xbox indie promotions, HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER, Madden, Lifting, getting swoll, the influence of music in games, square-enix and their new creative projects, health in the game industry,…did I mention the gym?  Can Akash deadlift his way to a victory over the boss of the week:  Mecha-Hitler?

Ep. 40 - How to get a Job in the Gaming Industry - Marc Mencher

Ep. 40 - How to get a Job in the Gaming Industry - Marc Mencher

First things first…HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM (JULY 7th) Ok back to it….Getting a job in any capacity is a skill in itself and the gaming industry can be even more difficult.  Thankfully we have Marc Mencher, the Game Recruiter and founder of GamerRecruiter.com on the show to give you tips on how to make your next job hunt a success!  Also returning in this edition is my friend Loren Segal to serve as co-pilot as we interview Marc and talk about wacky things like Mario 3 Speed Running, World of Warcraft Movie Reviews, Cleaning toilets, EVO and Street Fighter V on ESPN2, Esports, The Overwatch Competitive Update,  The Future of Kickstarter and more!  Can Marc recruit the support to take on a Big Daddy, the boss of the week?

Ep. 39 - Video Game Animation Through Dedication - Joseph Coleman

Ep. 39 - Video Game Animation Through Dedication - Joseph Coleman

Corn bread, collard greens, cool aid, fried chicken, grits, catfish and Video Game animation!   This week’s guest is young and successful game animator Joseph Coleman the artist for the new game Cup Head!   Joseph hails from Mississippi and we discuss our Sothern roots and the path to becoming a video game artist.  He talks about his struggles over-coming being a minority artist from the deep south where art is not normally seen as a career.  We also have fun nerding out way off topic with things like, The Steam Summer Sale, NES Games, Rubber Cement, Superman, Sega Game Gear, Ninja turtles, Art in Games, and Bleach Casserole?  Can Joseph find a creative way to dispatch Vaas Montengro in this week’s Boss Battle?

Ep. 38 - Designing Narrative and Story-Based Games - Jean Leggett

Ep. 38 - Designing Narrative and Story-Based Games - Jean Leggett

What’s an important element of a video game?  If you ask anybody you’ll get a variety of answers but story will always rank high on the list.  This week I’m joined by Jean Leggett, CEO of One More Story Games, the studio that is revolutionizing the way authors and creators make story driven games with their new engine StoryStylus.  We discuss how to create great stories in games, dumplings – ohhh do we discuss dumplings, Will Wheaton, Diversity in the gaming industry, Cookie Monster, and Stand-up Comedy?  Listen as Jean puts her skills to the test in this week’s Boss Battle against King Dedede from Kirby’s Dreamland.

Ep. 37 - In the Tavern of Professional Hearthstone - Terrence Miller

Ep. 37 - In the Tavern of Professional Hearthstone - Terrence Miller

We’re in the middle of E3 right now, but more to come on that later because Terrence Miller, professional Hearthstone player joins the show!  Terrence was most recently in the news for the racially charged comments on the Twitch stream directed toward him during his time at Dreamhack.  He easily overcame the adversity and did not let it put a damper on his amazing 2nd place finish, prize money and now top 20 status in the WORLD!  Listen in as we discuss a variety of topics in this Hearthstone heavy edition such as: the future of Hearthstone in esports, how tournaments work, what it’s like being a pro gamer and we have fun with a little “Hearthstone 101” Segment.  Can Terrence stack the deck against Sniper Wolf to make her fold in the Boss Battle?

Ep. 36 - How to Win at Games and Beat People - Tom Whipple

Ep. 36 - How to Win at Games and Beat People - Tom Whipple

If you are into game design, game theory, science or anything interesting really, this week’s challenger/featured guest is the man for you!  Tom is the science editor for the London Times and the author of a new book titled, “How to Win at Games and Beat People” – he’s kind of a big deal.  This episode is packed with more science than Barry Bond’s cool-aid.  Join us as we discuss everything from video games being evidence of us living in a simulation, the mathematical difficulty of Mario, AI taking over the world and….skipping rocks?  Yes we have a great time geeking out.  Can Tom form the correct hypothesis to defeat the boss this week, MAGNETO from the X-Men Series?

Ep. 35 - How to make money in the gaming industry - Rick Davidson

Ep. 35 - How to make money in the gaming industry - Rick Davidson

The Boss Battle Gamecastis in full effect with our challenger/guest this week, Rick Davidson, the Game Career Coach!  He drops knowledge on how to make money in the gaming industry and being a professional!  Does he have the sage-like wisdom to overcome the Boss of the week, Kane from Command and conquer?

Episode 34 - High On Video Games

Episode 34 - High On Video Games

VIDEO GAMES ARE LIKE DRUUUUUGS…..yeah we said it….ok not really, we don’t want to start another early nineties “video games and violence” movement but there’s no question they’re addicting!  Our guests this week are Daniel Doan (CEO) and Raquel Hayner (Director of Marketing Systems) from Black Shell Media, a marketing company dedicated to helping indie developers get their games out to you!  We’ve roped them into a hard hitting episode where we tackle two serious issues: Racism on the internet and gaming community in the aftermath of the Dreamhack Hearthstone Tournament livestream as well as Apple’s censorship in games because they don’t like the content!  We talk about other stuff too of course like:  How to make a game addicting, live action video game movies, giant pancakes, astrophysics, Tencent’s new game console, how to market your game and much more!  Can our team apply enough SPF to defeat our boss of the week the Angry Sun from Mario Bros 3?

Episode 33 - Fogo de Concept Art

Episode 33 - Fogo de Concept Art

A slightly shorter show this week but it’s still a good one!  We’re joined by Brazilian Concept Artist for games and media Michele Cavaloti.  She shares her struggles to success coming from a poor family, moving to Portugal to study, trying to find a job in a male dominated industry and now kicking butt for projects like The Angry Birds Movie!  We talk about women in games, concept art, ice cream, gorillas, and much more!  Can Michele avoid getting crushed by barrels against our boss of the week, DONKEY KONG?