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Stories about video games and the virtual worlds that power culture and community.

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Play & Preserve
2019
A whole generation of games are at risk of being lost forever. Physical media like floppy disks and optical discs have a limited lifespan, and their time is running out. The growing trend of digital games too, many of which don’t exist in any physical format, are also under threat of disappearing. While we can’t save everything, there is still hope. A global community of game historians and preservationists are working to save games history, one disk at a time. Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2021
Good Game
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In 2006 the ABC, Australia’s public broadcaster, debuted ‘Good Game’, a brand new TV show for gamers, by gamers. The program came about at the perfect time; when people still watched appointment free-to-air television, and before the explosion of YouTube and Twitch. Remaining on air for 10 years, Good Game was a show beloved by gamers around the country, and in this episode we explore its life, death and legacy in Australia’s games community. Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Watch Good Game & Spawn Point on YouTube Bajo on Twitch Steph on Twitch Back Pocket on Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
The Afro Hair Library
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Computer-generated imagery and the algorithms that drive them are the technological breakthroughs that have seen our world recreated in digital form. But when it comes to representing humans, these advancements have predominantly refined the depictions white people. Across games and digital media, the standard models for rendering features like skin and hair have been developed and perfected over decades, and are all geared towards, young, white skin and straight hair. Now, a new 3D database is seeking to address the lack of thoughtful representation of Blackness in games.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Visit the Afro Hair Library The Racist Legacy of Computer-Generated Humans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
Boomshakalaka!
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NBA Jam is a memorable arcade game for many reasons, but the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of its fans is the game’s announcer, for iconic lines like “HE’S ON FIRE!”, and “BOOMSHAKALAKA!”. In this episode, we meet Tim Kitzrow, the voice behind the catchphrase, and how NBA Jam shaped his career as a voice actor for video games. Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Get a custom voicemail or birthday greeting from Tim Kitzrow at whosaidwhatnow.com. Get the album: Boom Shakalaka by BoomBaptist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
NBA Jam
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In 1993, Midway released the game-changing arcade basketball title, NBA Jam. At the height of Michael Jordan mania and the NBA’s rise to global popularity, Jam was a defining sports game of the era. In this episode, lead designer Mark Turmell, along with author Reyan Ali and other Midway names, take you back to the arcade to learn how the $1 billion basketball hit swept the world.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Get the book: NBA Jam, by Reyan Ali Get the album: Boom Shakalaka by BoomBaptist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2021
Culture, Remixed
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Video games are not just for entertainment. They can also be a powerful tool for education, especially when combined with immersive technologies like virtual reality. Experiential learning is at the core of many indigenous cultures, including Torres Strait Islanders, which led Rhett Loban to create a one-of-a-kind VR game that captures his peoples traditions and customs in a whole new way. Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Watch the TSVR trailer Guardian article: I turned my Torres Strait Islander culture into a video game  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
Remaking Metroid
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Milton Guasti had spent 10 years of his life recreating Metroid II, until Nintendo claimed copyright infringement, merely a day after its release. There was always a chance that the lawyers would come knocking, but what Milton didn’t expect was for his hobby project to become the game that an entire community was counting on.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Articles: Better Than Black and White: One Man’s Decade-Long Quest to Remake 'Metroid II' How a Metroid Fan Turned a Threatening Legal Letter into a Job Making Games Music: Download the AM2R Soundtrack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2021
Full Immersion VR
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Virtual Reality has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. And while the tech is still developing, it has great potential to solve real world problems. By combining the Unity game engine and haptic technology, one tech startup is using VR to create fully immersive training simulations. This episode comes from the podcast Moonshot, from Lawson Media.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2021
Autcraft
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Minecraft is one of the highest selling games of all time, and the blocky, 8-bit sandbox is especially popular with kids, due to the freedom its gameplay offers. But for children with Autism, that freedom is often challenged when playing online, where bullies and trolls are a barrier in their experience. This was a problem that Stuart Duncan set out to solve, creating a dedicated Minecraft server for Autistic kids and their families.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
The Sound of Hades
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Hades is the fourth title from Supergiant Games, and one the best games of 2020. A rogue-like dungeon crawler, inspired by Greek mythology, you play as Zagreus, the son of Hades, as you attempt to escape the Underworld, fighting your way through waves of enemies. The game posed a unique challenge for Audio Director Darren Korb when he came to compose the music. This episode, we explore the soundscape of Hades and how the music and sound design was carefully crafted to provide a thrilling experience, even after hundreds of hours of play time. Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
Ring Fit Adventure
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For as long as video games have been criticised for their sedentary nature, developers have sought to get players off the couch, encouraging physical movement through fitness style games. From the Power Pad to Wii Fit, Nintendo have been a leader in 'exergaming', but these experiences often feel more like gimmicks than serious workouts. In 2019, the introduction of Ring Fit Adventure looked to change that.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
Addiction
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For most of us, games are a fun hobby. But for some people, they can be genuinely problematic. Cam Adair struggled with gaming addiction for ten years, until he hit rock bottom. Now he's working to ensure compassion and support is available for others like him, in a community where addiction is often overlooked or misunderstood.  Episode Transcript, References & Resources Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch If this story brought up any issues for you, help is available: Australia: • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au • Call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit kidshelpline.com.au United States: • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org • Message the Crisis Text Line on 741741 or visit crisistextline.org Canada: • Call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service on 18334564566 or visit crisisservicescanada.ca • Call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868 or visit kidshelpphone.ca  United Kingdom: • Call Samaritans on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org • Text Shout on 85258 or visit giveusashout.org For additional countries, visit suicidestop.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
Red Ring of Death
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When the Xbox 360 was launched in December 2005, Microsoft had accomplished a significant objective that would give it the edge in the console war - beating Sony's PS3 to market by almost a year. But a few months later, a huge problem began to surface - a major hardware defect that threatened to destroy the entire Xbox brand.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
Premium vs Freemium
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In the span of around 12 months, the release of the very first iPhone and the launch of the App Store created a whole new appetite for mobile games, empowering a generation of indie developers in the process. But one small decision, to support in-app purchases for iOS games, would change the marketplace forever.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2020
The Real You
2017
Video games allow us to embody different people and inhabit other worlds. But when you can't be your true self in the real world, exploring virtual ones takes on even greater importance. For transgender people, like Jessica Janiuk, games are a safe space for escapism and discovery, and provide empowerment to embrace the real you.  Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2020
Up, Down, Left, Right
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Which game controller is your favourite? Which gamepad is the worst? You probably already know your answer to both of these questions. It’s a very personal thing, because controllers are central to our overall playing experience. And yet, designers are tasked with creating a controller that needs to appeal to everyone. Impossible. While gamepads have evolved a lot over the years, one particular innovation has remained constant. It started with a simple design solution, that subsequently changed the entire video game industry. Episode Transcript & References Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
Introducing Gameplay
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Gameplay is a show about video games and the virtual worlds that power culture and community. Episodes published every two weeks. Find out more at our website: gameplay.co. Become a Gameplay Member Join our Discord Follow Gameplay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020