Episode 07: How Roger Pokorny Mashes Hip-Hop and Video Games Together

The worlds of hip-hop and video collide, not in the world of DJ Hero, but in the artistic stylings of Roger Pokorny. Through his spunky video essays, Roger takes the energy and vibrancy of hip-hop to talk about pop culture and games. From unique perspectives such as the state of rebooting franchises to the insanity of defending Arkham Origins, Roger’s infectous spirit and style rubs off on all his viewers.

 

Dope Facts about Roger Pokorny

  • He is the only* other person who understands why we need a new Splinter Cell game.
  • His Tinder profile was edited by Greg Miller.
  • He is a self-taught editor.

Links to Articles Mentioned in Interview

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“Mozerella Sticks are wild.”

— Roger Pokorny via Twitter on Jan. 5, 2018

This episode was originally recorded on December 21, 2017.

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Episode 05: Peer Schneider Shares a Look Inside IGN

Co-founder of IGN, Peer Schneider sits down with Max Roberts to offer a look inside the world’s largest gaming website—IGN. Peer shares about bringing video games back on TV, reacting and responding to the audience, and how to keep reporting entertainment and gaming news fresh over the course of 20 years. With 156 million monthly users across 12 platforms, IGN is a massive machine. Join us for a peek at the parts the make it all work and the community that fuels it.

Follow Peer on Twitter @PeerIGN
Follow IGN on Twitter @IGN and nearly every other platform known to man including, but not limited to…

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Dope facts about Peer Schneider

LINKS TO ARTICLES MENTIONED IN THE INTERVIEW

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If you frequent websites and YouTube channels and Twitch streams and you like something, say so. You do not understand how important it is to laud people for a job well done. And usually, we have this reaction where we want to say ‘That was awesome’ and step away. You can’t do that. Just like when you are angry—so important to give feedback when you are angry or when you disagree, very important to give that feedback—but remember to do it when you like something.

— Peer Schneider on Action and Reaction with Peer Schneider: Pockets Full of Soup Ep. 48.
I mean, I had to include this somewhere in the post, right?

I mean, I had to include this somewhere in the post, right?

This episode was recorded on July 26, 2017.

Episode 03: Yacht Club Games on Kickstarter and the Future of Shovel Knight

This time on Behind the Pixel, I talk to Nick “Woz” Wozniak and Ian Flood from Yacht Club Games: The studio behind one of my favorite games of all time–Shovel Knight. Join me as I dig into the early days of their Kickstarter, their on-going stretch goals, and the future of the studio. Listen in to learn all about the crowd funded success and its community centered studio.

Follow Yacht Club Games on Twitter @YachtClubGames and their games and news over at their website.

Nick Wozniak is a pixel artist at Yacht Club Games. Follow him on Twitter @norkwoz.

Ian Flood is a programmer at Yacht Club Games. Follow him on Twitter @Ianmflood.

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Dope Facts about Yacht Club Games

  • They created the first third-party Amiibo (and should make more).
  • They raised a total of $311,502 on Kickstarter. That’s 315% more than their goal of $75,000!
  • Shovel Knight has both a “Butt Mode” and a Jar Jar Binks inspired mode that replaces choice text with the words “butt,” “meesa,” and “yoosa.”

Links to articles mentioned in the interview

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“We believe in Shovel Knight. We know that the final game is going to be great. We’re so sure of this that we quit our full time jobs to work on it. We’ve poured a massive amount of time, money and effort into our labor of love, but it’s not enough to finish the game. In order to make Shovel Knight a reality, we need you!”- Yacht Club Games from their Kickstarter for Shovel Knight

Yacht Club Games at PAX East 2013. Image taken from the game’s Kickstarter in Update #2 “We’re back from PAX!” Nick Wozniak is second from the right-hand side. Ian Flood is second from the left-hand side.

This episode was recorded on April 11, 2017.

Episode 02: Alex O’Neill Created His Own Gaming Site and Podcast

In this episode of Behind the Pixel, I figure out who the heck Alex O’Neill really is. Ever since he replaced me on Millennial Gaming Speak the weekend I got engaged, I’ve heard rumblings of a fly guy that podcasts for hours on end, knows Greg Miller, and has some thought-provoking things to say about video games. Listen in as I chat with Alex and learn about his living portfolio—Irrational Passions—and the future of the industry.

Follow Alex on Twitter @AlFighter27 and his work over at Irrational Passions.

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Dope Facts about Alex

  • He is a mad lover of Chipotle
  • He thinks Kingdom Hearts 2 is the best Kingdom Hearts game
  • When Googling his name, the American-born, India-based actor Alexx O’Nell comes up first

Links to articles mentioned in the interview

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“This Max character, getting engaged, sounds like a dirt bag.”- Alex O’Neill from episode 77 of Millennial Gaming Speak “Why We Want Careers in Games Media.”

Edit (05/16/2017): The original title of this episode was “An Interview with Alex O’Neill.” I decided to change the name to better reflect the podcast and its content for listeners.

This episode was originally recorded on April 7, 2017.

Announcing a New Project

I am launching a new project. This project is a long form interview show with a variety of people throughout the video game industry; whether they be a gaming journalist, game designer, or an industry personality.

The first episode airs this Monday, January 30,2017 at 12:00 PM EST on my YouTube channel. A companion post with the interview will go live here on Go Left Gaming.

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