Episode 06: GrandPOOBear Turned Playing Games from a Hobby to a Career

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Episode 06: GrandPOOBear Turned Playing Games from a Hobby to a Career

David "GrandPOOBear" Hunt is a prominent Twitch streamer and Super Mario speedrunner. What started as a hobby as a way to kill time while healing from a snowboarding accident, Poo has gone full time as a streamer with an engaged community. From taking world records for notoriously hard Mario ROM hacks to saving the frames, Poo shares an inside look to the world of speedrunning and Twitch.

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The worst people on the Internet are not representative of 99.9% of the people on the Internet.
— David "GrandPOOBear" Hunt on Behind The Pixel
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This episode was originally recorded on August 29, 2017.

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Episode 05: Peer Schneider Shares a Look Inside IGN

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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.

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

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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.

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Episode 04: Danny O'Dwyer's Journey to Making Video Game Documentaries

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Episode 04: Danny O'Dwyer's Journey to Making Video Game Documentaries

Join Max as he turns the microphone around on the founder of Noclip, Danny O'Dwyer. In September 2016, Danny left his job at Gamespot to pursue a passion for sharing stories through documentaries focused on video games. Max explores Danny's history of using video to tell stories and discusses the future of Noclip, while learning a bit about the documentary process itself. So sit down, grab a pint, and listen to us interview the interviewer.

Follow Danny on Twitter @DannyODwyer and check out his Patreon for Noclip.

Follow Noclip on Twitter @Noclipvideo and watch all the documentaries on their YouTube page.

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Dope Facts about Danny O’Dwyer

  • Danny's favorite game is Sensible World of Soccer.
  • Danny hosts a podcast about F1 racing called "Shift+F1." You can listen to it here!
  • I'm not sure if there has ever been a time where Danny did not have some sort of coffee mug near his person.

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"At GDC I had like developers and players and even the people we're interviewing like being so nice, like being so, I think grateful is the word I'd use, which is like flabbergasting to me. Like, we were interviewing people and they were like happy we were doing this." - Danny O'Dwyer from his vlog about Noclip's first six months.

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This episode was recorded on May 11, 2017.

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

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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."

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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.

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.

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

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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

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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."

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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.

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Episode 01: Kirk Hamilton - From Jazz Teacher to Game Journalist

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Episode 01: Kirk Hamilton - From Jazz Teacher to Game Journalist

In this inaugural episode of my new long form interview show, I sat down with editor-at-large of Kotaku, Kirk Hamilton. We discuss Kirk's background in jazz music, his journalism career at Kotaku, and how it all jives together. Tune in as I pick Kirk's brain and learn more about one of raddest reviewers in the video game industry.

Follow Kirk on Twitter @KirkHamilton and his work over at Kotaku.

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Dope Facts about Kirk

  • Kirk knows his stuff about video games and all that jazz
  • Wrote a positive review using the word "nope" extensively
  • Loves Avatar: The Last Airbender

Links to articles mentioned in the interview

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 • Onward, Pac-Man!
 • Amnesia: A Machine of Pigs Review
 • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review
 • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review
 • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review
 • Inside Review
 • Gravity Rush 2 Review

Kirk's first album The Exited Door

"I’m just a musician who landed a cool writing gig."- Kirk Hamilton from his blog post Holding On To San Francisco

Edit (05/16/2017): The original title of this episode was "Ep. 01- An Interview with Kirk Hamilton." I decided to change the name to better reflect the podcast and its content for listeners.

This episode was recorded on January 23, 2017.

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