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The Podcast #1

The Podcast #1

Tue 29 Nov 2011 9:30am GMT / 4:30am EST / 1:30am PST

Alice Taylor, Matt Southern and Graham McAllister talk education, futurism and casual versus core

Welcome to the podcast, which we hope will be the first of many such regular broadcast features that we can bring to the site as we move into another calendar year.

Given the success of podcasts on our sister site Eurogamer, and the good reception we've been getting from the audience whenever one of the team guests to talk about more trade-centric matters, we decided it was about time to make our own.

But a podcast is only defined by its content, and to make sure we start off on the right foot we enlisted the help of some of the most interesting speakers at last week's Develop in Liverpool event; Alice Taylor, ex commissioner for Channel 4's online games and now co-founder of MakieLab; Matt Southern of Sony's Evolution Studio and Vertical Slice's Graham McAllister, a biometric feedback and analysis company which works with many of the industry's big development studios.

In no particular order, the guests discuss papercraft, Earthquakes, how to measure the concept of fun, developers being guilty of making games for themselves, demographics versus psychographics, the limitation of labels like family and casual, games in education, manipulating gamers through psychology... and the next generation of consoles, obviously.

A huge thank you to all of those involved for taking part, and for glossing over host Dan Pearson's drifting questions, head cold and minor mistakes. Also a big thank you to Tandem Events for their hospitality and help in putting this podcast together.

If you're interested in taking part in a future podcast, or have any input into ways you think the format could be improved, please do drop us a line or leave a comment below. The podcast is be available through iTunes now, and can be downloaded here.

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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd

137 82 0.6
Wow, long time coming. I will make sure to come back here some point today and give it a listen; should be awesome.

Posted:4 years ago


Seb Long User Researcher, Player Research

2 4 2.0
A great first podcast. Looking forward to the next one!

Posted:4 years ago


Wale Awelenje Programmer/Designer

13 1 0.1
Please make it available via RSS...

Posted:4 years ago


Mats Holm Technical Writer, Electronic Arts

67 56 0.8
Need a RSS for Listen subscription.

Posted:4 years ago


Martin Grider Programmer

4 1 0.3
I would love to see some links to the people/companies/sites mentioned in the podcast.

Posted:4 years ago


Daniel Forslund CEO/Producer, Trino Creative

7 0 0.0
I can't seem to find the podcast in iTunes...?

Posted:4 years ago


Jacob McCourt Marketing Student

2 0 0.0
Has it been posted yet?

Posted:4 years ago


Dan Pearson European Editor,

148 467 3.2
Certification is pending with Apple at the moment, so a right click on the above and a download is your best option, currently. We'll let you know as soon as it's on iTunes.

Posted:4 years ago


Matt Martin Editor,

173 113 0.7
Direct link to iTunes here:

Posted:4 years ago


Gerasimos Balis Games Writer

2 2 1.0
Yes links would make sense

Thanks for the podcast :)

Posted:4 years ago


Wale Awelenje Programmer/Designer

13 1 0.1
The podcast was nice...I would like to subscribe.

Can you make it available via RSS so I can add it to my xml-based podcatcher? I'm sure others would like that as well. Thanks..

Posted:4 years ago


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