Episode 15 – Michael Hicks

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Designer and musician on Pillar, a collection  of minigames, each with unique personalities and challenges, which his headed to PS4.

Previously, Michael and I had coordinated the third Indie Games Summer Uprising in 2012, which  was a showcase for XNA developers on Xbox 360. Additionally, Michael had created Sententia and released it at the time as well.

As though that’s not enough, Michael finished college this summer, and earned a BA in Computer Science.

We talk about going from C++ to XNA, writing your own engines, the current pricing structure of indie games, and what his experience was like at Full Sail University.

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Episode 07a – Simon Jackson

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Due to some recording issues, we’ve re-recorded Simon’s episode, with all new content, and talk of Unity’s new GUI framework, uGUI!

Simon is a long time community developer focusing on all things XNA / Windows Phone / Windows 8 and beyond.

Technical Architect by day in the Healthcare division of a large services company while at night the game developer in him comes out. He’s very active in the MonoGame  community, in addition to Unity. Finally, Simon is a major contributor to the XNAUK user group and website.

If you enjoyed what you heard here today, or found this show to be helpful, please consider donating to Gamer’s Outreach Foundation, which is organized by fellow Xbox MVP, Zach Wigal.

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Episode 08 – Matt Doucette, Xona Games

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With me this week is Matt Doucette, lead developer at Xona Games, a boutique team based out of Nova Scotia, Canada. His team is best known for their Japanese style of shmups, which have appeared on Xbox Live Indie Games, as well as Turbulenz, an online market for HTML5 games.

If you enjoyed what you heard here today, or found this show to be helpful, please consider donating to Gamer’s Outreach Foundation, which is organized by fellow Xbox MVP, Zach Wigal.

Some of the topics discussed include:

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Episode 05 – Charles Cox, 4gency

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On the fifth episode of the Indie Dev Podcast, I interview Charles Cox of 4Gency. Follow along as he illustrates how he made the transition from working for Sierra, helped lead Microsoft’s indie push with XNA, and his tips for becoming an entrepreneur in the software industry.

If you enjoyed what you heard here today, or found this show to be helpful, please consider donating to Gamer’s Outreach Foundation, which is organized by fellow Xbox MVP, Zach Wigal.

Benjamin Briggs

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Episode 03 – Alexander Jordan, Apathy Works

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On the third episode of the Indie Dev Podcast, I interview Alexander Jordan of Apathy Works. Follow along as he illustrates how he got his start with the first person shooter modding scene in the mid 90s, released his first game Around The World on XBLIG, and followed it up with Cute Things Dying Violently — a premier title in 2011’s Indie Games Summer Rising.

Alex also enlightens us on his experience with writing networking code in Unity, the benefits of prototyping to explore what does / does not work for your games, and  his current Unity project, At the Lytchgate.

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Episode 02 – Kris Steele, Fun Infused Games

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On the second episode of the Indie Dev Podcast, I interview Kris Steele of Fun Infused Games. Follow along as he illustrates how he got his start with his first game Nasty on XBLIG, and has crafted nearly a dozen titles since 2009.

Kris also enlightens us on his experience with using Xamarin tools for cross-platform C# development, exploring Unity after coming from an XNA background, and the process of porting a number of his titles the Ouya along the way.

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