Episode 25 – Ethan Lee, FNA

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Ethan Lee is a software engineer based out of Georgia, who has a history of working on what previously XNA, but is now his own open source fork of the project. Along the way, he has ported a countless number of titles for independent developers across a broad spectrum of platforms including PC, Mac, and Linux.

This is the longest and by far the most technical episode that we’ve had yet. Don’t let that intimdate you though, as there is a lot to learn here. It’s inspiring to see a young person learn so quickly (he only started coding 4 years ago!), and have such deep technical knowledge.

On this episode we discuss speedporting, or the process of moving games to new platforms in the shortest period of time, as well as many of the 36 ports he has done since he got started.  If software engineering or graphics programming is your thing, then this episode is perfect for you.

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Episode 24 – Kevin Giguère, Dragon Slumber

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Kevin Giguère is a  programmer in his thirties from Quebec, Canada, and the man behind Dragon Slumber, a studio behind the SNES inspired  RPG Arelite Core, created with XNA.  Originally started as a dream project to create his own game from scratch, Kevin has done everything himself.

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Episode 23 – Sean Colombo, Blueline Games

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Sean Colombo has been making games for 15 years. After quitting college to run web-startup “LyricWiki”, he sold the site to Wikia in 2009. A couple years later he founded BlueLine Games to focus on making digital versions of award-winning board games. BlueLine’s flagship games “Hive” and “Khet 2.0” are currently the top two rated board games* among the 80 that are on Steam.

Currently, BlueLine is working on the Steam version of a famous Euro-game and updating all four of it’s Steam titles which includes the free-to-play Simply Chess.

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Episode 19 – Michael Hicks

 

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In this follow up to episode 15, Michael gives a brief postmortem about releasing his first Playstation 4 title.

We discuss the process for getting approved through the ESRB as well as Europe’s PEGI system, in addition to  how to prevent burnout and fatigue from working on one project for too long.

Sony’s fatastic services for independent developers are highlighted as well,  and I inquire about Michael’s decision to stick with MonoGame for his current and future titles.

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Episode 16 – Wimbus Studios

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Founded in 2011, and based out of Wilmington DE, Wimbus Studios is the culmination of a few friends wanting to get together and make video games! Fueled by the passion to make awesome games that they would love to play themselves, Wimbus Studios is dedicated to making games that don’t suck! Their first title, The Island of Eternal Struggle, is a turn based RPG adventure.

Joining me today is Steve Sefchick,  and Mike Williams. Becky Mount is also part of the team, but not able to make it on that evening. Join us as we talk about how they got started, why game development can often take so long, and their decision to stick with XNA and MonoGame at this time.

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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 14 – Erik Umenhofer, Firebelly Studios

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.NET Developer by day, and game dev by night, Bay Area resident Erik Umenhofer has been quietly working on games for several years, from the comfort of his own home. First he started with XNA, before making the transition to Construct 2, and has finally settled on Unity.

Listen in as we talk about the good old days of the Commodore 64, solving problems through technology, and the way Construct 2 handles wrapping games for each platform. Going by the studio name Firebellys, their upcoming release, Temporus, a 2D sci-fi sidescrolling platformer is aiming for a release in 2015.

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Episode 09 – Nick Gravelyn, Brushfire Games

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Nick Gravelyn has experience making games and apps for Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS, Windows, and even the Zune HD. He  worked for Microsoft on XNA and Xbox LIVE Indie Games, enabling independent game developers on Xbox 360. He also built technology for interactive television with Microsoft Studios including the interactive 2012 US Election coverage.

Nick now runs his own studio, Brushfire Games, which has recently released their first title, Shipwreck on the PC.

In addition, we also cover indie-friendly tools such as Maya LT, a stripped down version of the 3D modeling tool with an attractive price point for smaller development teams. Nick also covers the process of establishing a small business and some of the related costs associated with it. Unreal Engine 4 was recently released and has a new set of tools and licensing costs, so we discuss that as well, before wrapping up with what makes a platform attractive for indies.
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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.

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