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By Alanah Pearce

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Description

Join Alanah Pearce (games media), Troy Baker (voice actor), Mike Bithell (game director), and Austin Wintory (game composer) as they talk about all the games, movies, TV and 'whatever else' they've experienced that month, from four unique perspectives in the games industry.

Episode Date
19. Are Video Games Too Long?
58:49

This week, Alanah, Austin, Troy, and Mike discuss the length of video games, the importance of length to publishers, and the idea of 'editing' games down. 

Jul 04, 2020
18. The Design of The Last of Us Part 2
01:06:41

Sorry this episode is a little late this week, we had some technical issues! BUT, we're here to discuss the gameplay, level, narrative, and sound design of The Last of Us Part 2.

Jun 29, 2020
17. Discussing Review Scores, As Developers
01:10:09

The title pretty much says it all okay I'm in a rush I can't write a description but I did want to apologise for the occasional audio interference in this ep - edited out as much as I could!

Jun 20, 2020
16. Reacting to the PS5 Conference
01:08:17

Aaaand we're back! This week Alanah, Austin, Troy and Mike talk all about the PlayStation 5 reveal conference.

Jun 13, 2020
Play, Watch, Listen: Episode for Friday June 5th, 2020
02:24

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Jun 06, 2020
15. Anticipating The Last of Us Part 2
01:25:14

I'm going to be honest, there are a lot of very big topics covered here, and they're all great, but they are numerous. I don't even know what to write in the description, except that we are not sorry. (Also, Troy is back!)

May 30, 2020
14. How Games and Films Influence Eachother
01:28:58

Alanah, Austin, and Mike talk about Ghost of Tsushima, plus how games influence films and vice versa.

May 23, 2020
13. How the Unreal Engine 5 Demo Works
01:24:09

This week, Alanah, Austin, Troy, and Mike talk about books, drugs (?), and next-gen gaming, including the Unreal Engine 5 demo.

May 16, 2020
12. The Doom Eternal vs. Mick Gordon Controversy
59:53

This week, we chat about the controversy surrounding the Doom Eternal soundtrack (it is majority of the podcast, I swear, we just take a brief tangent at the start), as well as the difficulties of PR in the games industry.

May 09, 2020
11. Is Final Fantasy 7 really a "remake"?
01:16:26

This week we talk about remakes, why they're made, and if games are 'aging' faster than other kinds of media.

May 02, 2020
10. The "rules" of making games
01:25:16

This episode, Alanah, Austin, Troy, and Mike ARE LIVE! We talk about contract law, game design, the rules of writing and how different industries approach exclusivity. 

Apr 25, 2020
9. What do "game directors" actually do?
01:13:50

This episode, Alanah, Austin, Troy, and Mike accidentally talk about directing, and how that works for video games in terms of voices, composing, and overall game design, as well as some tidbits about editing. Also: apologies for the audio quality, we had some hardware issues on the recording side. 

Apr 25, 2020
8. The Games That "Saved" Us
01:25:42

On this week's episode, things get personal, with stories of video games that helped us through tough times, as well as a lot of tangents, because of course. 

Apr 11, 2020
7. Are Game Trailers Tricking You?
01:13:19

On this episode, Alanah, Austin, Troy, and Mike talk about game trailers, including some of their favourites, and then devolve into a rant. 

Apr 03, 2020
6. Troy, Mike, and Austin React to Let's Plays of Their Games
01:03:00

Apologies for the imperfect audio this episode, BUT, AAT&M talk about YouTube's restrictions on creators, as well as how they've reacted to people doing let's plays of games they've worked on.

Mar 28, 2020
5. Pandemic vs. Games Industry: the facts
01:05:31

A discussion of some games we love, but also a bit of a dive into how something like a pandemic, or the loss of E3, actually influences those working full-time in the games industry. 

Mar 21, 2020
4. Should Sonic Have Changed For Angry Fans?
01:20:56

On this months episode of PWL, Alanah, Austin, Mike, and Troy chat about the Sonic movie, Coronavirus and how it'll influence the games industry... and ludo-narrative dissonance. 

Feb 28, 2020
3. Why Games REALLY Get Delayed
01:01:08

Austin, Mike, Troy, and Alanah talk about bugs, delays, sequels, and, of course, Star Wars. 

Jan 31, 2020
2. Are Game Awards Completely Pointless?
01:04:59

After The Game Awards (but before Rise of Skywalker), Alanah, Troy, Mike, and Austin sat down to talk about the purpose of 'Game Awards', including their perspectives as recipients and voters.

Dec 27, 2019
1. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is ALMOST a good game.
01:11:01

For our very first episode of this actually not Star Wars-themed podcast, Alanah, Troy, Austin, and Mike dive into Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and The Mandolorian.

Dec 20, 2019