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GSPC Episode #55: Rob speaks about level design at M+Dev in Madison, Wisconsin

GSPC Episode #55: Rob speaks about level design at M+Dev in Madison, Wisconsin

February 17, 2020

Rob is a professor of practice at Purdue University, which means he sometimes gets to talk about his craft at area conferences. With permission from the M+Dev organizers (thank you!), we present Rob's talk: Finding Theory in Fun: Teaching Level Design as a Discipline. Enjoy!

GSPC Episode #54: Tokyo Xanadu EX+

GSPC Episode #54: Tokyo Xanadu EX+

February 2, 2020

Legendary Japanese developer Nihon Falcom is mainly known for the Ys series. In 2015, however, they released a game that features a modern urban setting, much like the Persona games, called Tokyo Xanadu. Rob and Patrick explore this peculiar JRPG!

GSPC Episode #53: Death Stranding SPOILER review with guest Chris Millar

GSPC Episode #53: Death Stranding SPOILER review with guest Chris Millar

January 19, 2020

In December Rob, Chris and Kip gave their initial, spoiler-free thoughts on Death Stranding. Now, with Rob and Chris having completed the game, it's time to dive deep into spoilers!

A number of cool Death Stranding covers were used for the breaks. Direct links to the youtube videos of these artists here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXzJjhTiwq0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9j4j0P6g48

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHx82jeLpBc

NOTE: Yes, there is a Grid Snaps mascot, Zelda the cat, that you can occasionally hear in the background :)

GSPC Episode #52: The Super Nintendo According to Patrick: You won’t BELIEVE his take on Chrono Trigger!

GSPC Episode #52: The Super Nintendo According to Patrick: You won’t BELIEVE his take on Chrono Trigger!

January 9, 2020

Patrick is a game encyclopedia. He's played almost everything (well, I suppose not Shaq Fu, to our great disappointment!). So Rob and guest Jason Gahler grill Patrick on his Super Nintendo knowledge and opinions... you won't believe what he has to say about classics such as:

Chrono Trigger

Actraiser

Space Megaforce

Contra III

Super Castlevania IV

And more! We had a lot of fun recording this, hence the extra length! Enjoy!

GSPC Classic Episode: Hyperdimension Neptunia with Patrick

GSPC Classic Episode: Hyperdimension Neptunia with Patrick

December 29, 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! With the Grid Snaps team out and about on holiday adventures (which hopefully includes lots of gaming), we bring you this classic episode from our archives.

In Patrick's 2nd Grid Snaps appearance, he discusses the niche Japanese RPG series Hyperdimension Neptunia. With colorful characters, awesome RPG battles, and a fun console wars plot, join Rob and Patrick as we explore this unique game series. One of the most popular episodes from our early days!

GSPC Episode #51: Space Invaders, Rastan and the legends of early Taito Games

GSPC Episode #51: Space Invaders, Rastan and the legends of early Taito Games

December 22, 2019

Taito is a legendary company that made enormous contributions to the development of both arcade and home console video games. Rob, Adam Pratt of arcadeheroes.com and Patrick discuss several games from Taito's early days, including:

-Western Gun (Gun Fight)

-Space Invaders (of course!)

-Rastan

 

GSPC Episode #50: Death Stranding SPOILER FREE review!

GSPC Episode #50: Death Stranding SPOILER FREE review!

December 12, 2019

Fans of this podcast know how long we've been waiting for Death Stranding: we've podcasted about every major blast of news! Now, it's finally here!

For this SPOILER FREE episode, we've invited Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain super-player Chris Millar to the show. Rob and Chris both think Death Stranding is their game of the year... so why do they have so many criticisms of it? Kip, meanwhile, talks about how Hideo Kojima's games present seemingly impossible challenges... that prove quite doable, if you take the time to learn the game systems.

This episode features new intro/outtro music, as well as a ton of great stuff from the Death Stranding soundtrack. And if you listen through to the very end, there is even a little bonus based on the lovely voice of Kip ;)

Check out one of Chris' previous podcast appearances here.

 

GSPC Episode #49: Checking Back In With ArcadeHeroes.com’s Adam Pratt

GSPC Episode #49: Checking Back In With ArcadeHeroes.com’s Adam Pratt

November 26, 2019

Every now and again we like to visit with frequent guest Adam Pratt to check out the world of arcade gaming! We check on the performance of Raw Thrill's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game as well as update our listeners on the progress of the ExaArcadia board, coming soon to Adam's arcade and hopefully many others!

It's always fascinating to hear Adam run his business live, at the same time he talks to us! All that background chatter is real, on-the-floor gaming at Adam's Game Grid Arcade in the Salt Lake City area.

And we here at the Grid Snaps Podcast wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully this podcast can be good company for you as you make your safe holiday travels.

GSPC Episode #48: Two Year Anniversary Special: with guest Konrad Honey!

GSPC Episode #48: Two Year Anniversary Special: with guest Konrad Honey!

November 13, 2019

Did you know it's been two years since the Grid Snaps Podcast began? Yep, it sure has, so to celebrate, we've gotten both regular hosts AND guest Konrad Honey to talk about their year in gaming.

Tons of games discussed! Resident Evil 2, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Illbleed on the Dreamcast, Mordhau, Yakuza Kiwami 1 and 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, and more!

Special note: the music at the 29:55 mark is Konrad Honey from his instagram account! His guitar teacher? Rob Howard! Wholesome feels only.

GSPC Episode #47: Kip Carbone Tells us all about Game Lighting!

GSPC Episode #47: Kip Carbone Tells us all about Game Lighting!

November 5, 2019

Game lighting technology has exploded in complexity and power, but it takes the eye of an experienced artist to fully exploit these systems for dynamic scenes that support gameplay. Fortunately for us, Kip is here to explain how to best light a scene!

Also: The guys talk about Death Stranding (coming in just a few days!). Rob, Kip, and Patrick each give their metascore prediction (this was recorded while the review embargo was still up).