March 16, 2020
Ever wonder what it is like to be a part of an entire game development cycle? Rob and Kip have been in plenty, and want to share the good times, the bad times, and everything in between! In this series first, the two hosts talk about the little-known stage known as the "the pitch," where game developers hope to secure contracts with publishers to create the game of their dreams... or just something to pay the rent.
Lots of new music here!
New opening music: Open Dragon by Rob (yes, me)
Stratty Patty by frequent guest Konrad Honey, aka Konrad Silver:
Shelter in Place by Rob, again:
ALSO! WE WANT YOUR QUESTIONS! Have questions about pre-production, getting signed, production, or anything else relating to the process of a game dev cycle? Send them our way via rohoGames on twitter, or nervous pixels AT gmail DOT COM.
March 1, 2020
Certainly one of the most fascinating games ever released, Shenmue provided players with both an amazing open world and puzzling design choices. Rob, Kip, and Patrick dig into this interesting game, digging into what it does well and where it might confuse modern players.
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!
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!
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:
Super Castlevania IV
And more! We had a lot of fun recording this, hence the extra length! Enjoy!
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!
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!)
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.
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.