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Candid conversations with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games.

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Feb 24, 2024

We're joined by Jon Ingold, co-founder of Inkle Studios (80 Days, Heaven's Vault) to discuss A Highland Song - a wild adventure through the Scottish Highlands. We chat about creating narrative-driven games without a critical path, allowing players to fail forward, and the origins of Inkle's beloved narrative scripting...

Feb 9, 2024

We (belatedly) celebrate the 5th anniversary of our show with a sprawling, silly, reflective episode with a full house of hosts! Thanks for listening to us for all this time. <3

Show Notes:

Bob Mould

Heat: Pedal to the Metal

Everest Pipkin's The Poppy Grower

Learning Moonring with Zach

A Link to the Past Redux

Jan 30, 2024

We welcome Rob Dubbin (he/they) as a permanent member of the host pool! We discuss his journey from Late Night into making games, applicable lessons learned in the writers' room, and the importance of making your own shot.

Show Notes:

Rob Dubbin

NYU Game Center



Game Studies Study Buddies


Jan 12, 2024

We're joined by Kevin Poupard, co-creative director of the beautiful, meditative climbing game Jusant. We discuss the pains and gains of physics, trying something new as a studio, and anthropomorphizing mountains. Plus special guest co-host Mark Brown of Game Maker's Toolkit! Thanks Mark!

Show Notes:


GMTK - How...

Dec 31, 2023

We sit down with our newest co-host, writer/developer Rob Dubbin, to each count down our Top 5 games of 2023, alongside picks from previous show guests and our listeners. Happy New Year!

Our GOTY picks (SPOILERS):

Super Locomotive
Kirby's Dream Land 2
The F Train Simulator
Playing Wii-U with a kid