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Welcome to the AIAS Podcasts--your free downloadable broadcast of opinions, news and ideas from the American Institute of Architecture Students. This podcast series is geared for design students, professionals and those interested in discussions, opinions and ideas of architects and other design professionals who are at the vanguard of the profession. Since 1956, the American Institute of Architecture Students has been the official voice of students tin architecture. The association helps to ...
 
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Ted Price chats with Blizzard's President, J. Allen Brack, about his start in gaming and game development; Blizzard's diversity and inclusion initiatives and how it affects the company culture and its games; lessons for live ops and player feedback experiences; and best approaches to building effective leaders. J. Allen Brack is the President of Bl…
 
Ted Price chats with his long-time colleague at Insomniac Games, Marcus Smith. Together they discuss their history at Insomniac Games; his experiences on the Resistance series and Sunset Overdrive; his thoughts on being a creative director; how to build consensus and foster collaboration on big projects; and the challenges the team faced on the new…
 
Ted Price chats with Housemarque's Harry Krueger about their recently released game Returnal. Together they discuss how Housemarque embraced an organic creative process, what effect their gameplay design decisions had on the procedural construction and combat, keeping the arcade spirit alive, and about the challenge of randomness. Harry Krueger is …
 
Austin Wintory chats with Composer Brian D'Oliveira about his music "laboratory" and using its space as a tool for music creation, how he began his career as a composer and learned to have zero limitations, his unique improvisational approach to composing, creating the soundtrack of his childhood in Papo & YO, and about his most recent work on the …
 
Ted Price chats with Hazelight's Josef Fares about his move from film directing to game development, their focus on delivering a large amount of gameplay variety, their dedication to two-player coop experiences, and the pros and cons of replayability. Josef Fares is the founder, writer, and director of Hazelight Studios, who are best known for A Wa…
 
Robin Hunicke chats with Arshea Bimal about her first big break into games; the journey of a producer in the industry; working on systems that help increase diversity and inclusion in design; making sure everyone on the team has a voice; and what she hopes to accomplish in the future. Arshea is a producer at Funomena and was previously a software e…
 
Austin Wintory chats with composer Lena Raine about starting her games career as a designer and not in music, the distinct lessons she learned from game design that helped her begin composing for games, stepping outside of games to release a personal solo album, how Celeste changed her career trajectory, and being yourself on social media while usi…
 
Ted Price chats with Moon Studios founders Thomas Mahler and Gennadiy Korol. Together they discuss the Ori series, Moon Studios' culture and approach around remote development, creating a workplace of respectful honesty and openness, and how to make a flat hierarchy work. Thomas and Gennadiy are the co-founders of Moon Studios, the development stud…
 
Robin Hunicke chats with Chelsea Blasko about her long and varied path towards the games industry, learning via trial by fire at her first job in games, organic growth and diversity in projects and partners to increase stability, finding the confidence to make decisions, stepping out of the shadows into a front-of-house leadership role, the importa…
 
Ted Price chats with David Cage about maintaining balance at an independent studio while juggling multiple responsibilities, his philosophy on writing and directing video games, Quantic Dream's new publishing arm, and what they look for when evaluating pitches from independent developers. David Cage founded Quantic Dream in 1997, with the ambition …
 
Ted Price chats with Jonathan Blow about the personal nature of game development; the intricacies of puzzle design and what it means to players; creating his own programming language; ways the games industry can improve moving forward; and what's next on the horizon for him and Thekla. Jonathan Blow is an independent game designer and programmer, m…
 
Robin Hunicke chats with Dr. Mitu Khandaker about her journey around the world and into the games industry, finding her feet at teaching, building games from the ground up rooted in diverse cultural experiences, and about representation issues facing the games industry and ways to help financially support creators of color. Dr. Mitu Khandaker is CE…
 
Ted Price chats with Lorne Lanning about their long running Oddworld franchise; the distributed development the studio implemented to create the latest entry, how to retain and expand what fans loved about the previous adventures in the series, the importance of patient storytelling, the advantage of hiring generalists over specialists, and the imp…
 
Robin Hunicke chats with Kimberly Voll about how her career in games began, her work on the player behavior team at Riot Games, what it means to design games to play well together, how to empower developers with the right tools and practices to improve player communities, how competitive high stakes moments affect how we interact with each other, a…
 
Ted Price chats with Naughty Dog's Evan Wells about his path towards the games industry, Naughty Dog's early years, their studio culture, thoughts on leadership and studio growth, their approach to storytelling and how they've raised the stakes over the years. Evan Wells is the Co-President of Naughty Dog, which has developed several successful and…
 
Ted Price chats with Gearbox Entertainment Founder Randy Pitchford about the history of Gearbox and the lessons learned along the way, the genesis of Borderlands, Gearbox's unique approach to publishing, and Randy's life long love of magic. Randy Pitchford is a video game industry veteran of more than 25 years and founder of the Gearbox Entertainme…
 
Ted Price chats with writer Erik Wolpaw about his writing career before game development writing on Old Man Murray and Gamespot; his career path into development at Double Fine and Valve; collaborating between writing and development teams; the pressures of creating sequels to beloved games; and important steps needed to help young developers enter…
 
Ted Price chats with Jörg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Together they discuss how Jörg came to be involved with the Flight Simulator franchise, how the team at Asobo Studio implemented Bing Maps into the sim and overcame the massive amounts of data streaming it has to process, the details behind Flight Simulator's procedural generati…
 
Austin Wintory chats with composer Jesper Kyd about discovering his talent for music and love of video games and game music, getting his start with the European demoscene to shipping his first game, working with his first orchestra for Hitman, collaborating with Ubisoft to launch the Assassin’s Creed series, the intricacies of implementing game mus…
 
Ted Price chats with Matt Nava about Giant Squid's work on ABZÛ and The Pathless, his inspirations as a youth that led him to the VFX industry and his first big break, understanding the difficulties of taking too much on when starting your own studio, establishing a studio culture and dealing with conflict, what being indie means now compared to a …
 
Join Rodney Jordan, one of the 2020-2021 AIAS Advocates as he interviews Doris Sung, a Researcher and Architect based in Los Angeles, California and Founder of of DO|SU Studio Architecture. Sung primarily focuses on “Active” Architecture with a special research focus on Thermal Bimetals.AIAS Audio Experience
 
Ted Price chats with Ubisoft's Clint Hocking about the societal commentary behind Watch Dogs: Legion; how the world around us is changing and how Legion reflects this; the inspiration behind Legion's feature that lets players take control of any character they meet in the game; and Clint's advice to aspiring creative directors. Clint Hocking is the…
 
Robin Hunicke chats with Derek Yu, creator of Spelunky 1 & 2. Together they discuss how Derek got started designing games in his youth, the difficulty of marketing small games, the joy of online creative communities, the finer points of game pricing, thinking about game development in physical terms, and the limitless potential of games. Yu is an A…
 
Robin Hunicke chats with Jesse Schell to discuss how Jesse’s work in game development helps keep him up to date as an educator, Schell Games’ exploration into VR, the illusion VR creates for the body; VR’s 10 million problem; and the importance of taking initiative and using all of the advantages afforded by 21st century technology to begin your ca…
 
Austin Wintory chats with composer Jack Wall about career trajectories and starting his career working with Treyarch Audio Director Brian Tuey; getting to collaborate with his wife on several projects; life lessons learned while bartending; his work on Mass Effect; and about the lasting impact the revered music agent Cheryl Tiano (who recently pass…
 
Robin Hunicke chats with Philip Tibitoski from Young Horses Games about releasing a game during a global pandemic, how Young Horses has changed from their first release to now, learning to play to your strengths and the benefits of working with a small team, making sophisticated entertainment for audiences of all ages, and overcoming the pressure o…
 
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