Behind The Games

The Behind The Games podcast

Forging a Studio of the Future – Interview with Matt Schembari, CEO of Lightforge Games

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Lead by a veteran team and backed by top partnerships, Lightforge Games was founded recently on an amazing bedrock of core values. Matt Schembari, Co-Founder and CEO, talks with us about how they’ve gone a step beyond in creating a studio modeled for the future. Open Salary, all-remote, and flexible work are just some of the bold policies that put these values into action. Thanks, Matt!

Keep an eye on Lightforge Games at https://www.lightforge.gg/

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Indie Games In Warsaw – Behind The Games Podcast interviews Joanna Keler

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CD Projekt Red and a couple other bigger studios have spawned a growing indie games scene across Poland. Joanna Keler has been in the middle of it working on a game called Moonshine Inc. and showing it off at places like PAX West where we met. She tells us all about it and also talks about the transition from corporate business to the games industry and her work with the Women In Games International. Thanks, Joanna!

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Behind Below – Behind The Games Podcast with Mike of Strollart Studios

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Below The Stone combines pixel-art, roguelike gameplay, procedurally generated deep layers, and rpg-like character progression. Mike talks to us about the game and how he and his team have taken it from idea to kickstarter to an adventure we’ll all get to play soon. Thanks, Mike!

Check out Below The Stone at https://www.strollart.com/ and be sure to back it and wish list it on Steam.

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First Look At A Last Breath – Behind The Games podcast with Eneko of Moonatic Studios

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Fresh off a world tour showcasing an early view of Moonatic Studios new game called One Last Breath, we catch up with Eneko Zubiaurre. We talk about the style, art and themes of this atmospheric adventure puzzle game with deep themes and meaning. We also hear about Moonatic Studios origins and the game dev scene in Spain. Thanks, Eneko!

Check out One Last Breath at http://www.onelastbreathgame.com/ and be sure to wish list and play the early access demo on Steam.

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Making Salt and Sacrifice – Interview with Ska Studios on the New Overlords Behind The Games Podcast

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Ska Studios has been ahead of the curve making stylish indie games for many years now. We talk with the studio core, James Silva and Shane Lynch, about their latest souls-like game Salt and Sacrifice, how it’s made, how they got to this point, and what might be next for gaming like this. Thanks James and Shane!

Check out Salt and Sacrifice here: https://ska-studios.com/games/salt-and-sacrifice/

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Hand First VR – Behind The Games chat with Jason Parks of ROTU

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ROTU has a series of VR games that push the boundaries of where VR experiences are headed. Their latest game, Eolia combines amazing music and audio, lore, story, and exploration with a hands first VR design for the Meta Quest 2. Jason Parks, the CEO, joins us to talk about the game, tech and all the other amazing things he and his team at ROTU do. Thanks Jason!

Learn more about Eolia and ROTU here: https://www.rotu.com

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A Game To Remember – Behind The Games chat with Folklore Games

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Mikhaël Vaillancourt founded Folklore Games a number of years ago, pulled in his sister Jes Vaillancourt and an amazing team of creators, and now they are hard at work on a groundbreaking game. Spiral is a beautiful and engaging exploration puzzle-solving game wrapped around the concept of cognitive decline and memory loss. We talk about the origin, game design, and how “The Mechanic Is The Message”. Thanks Jes and Mikhaël!

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Simply Walking Into Gamedev – Behind The Games chat with Shae Rossi of LOTRO

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One does not simply walk into video game development! Shae Rossi is a writer and content designer for Standing Stone Games working on Lord of the Rings Online. She talks to us about taking her writing skills and literature degree and building on that to break into the games industry. We also get to hear what it’s like to develop narrative and content within such a strong, established set of lore. Thanks, Shae!

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Shipping Your First Game – Behind The Games chat with Somara Atkinson

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Getting started in game development, especially indie game development takes a huge commitment and a lot of work. Sometimes narrowing the focus and just getting your first game out there is the breakthrough you need. Somara Atkinson is an indie game developer just about to ship his first game. He talks with us about what that took, how an earlier project didn’t work out as well, and what his advice is. Great talk with Somara and we hope to play Parkour Posse soon… thanks, Somara!

Wishlist/get Parkour Posse on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1666800/Parkour_Posse/

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10+ Cool Studios From PAX West 2022 – Behind The Games Podcast Special Episode

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I was out at PAX West 2022 and met some really cool creators and studios. Sema and I walk through a sample of 10+ smaller games, studios, and creators that caught my eye.

Let us know if you want a more detailed video on any of the studios we talk about here. Stay connected by subscribing on YouTube and your favorite podcast feed so you don’t miss the next interview. Enjoy!