What else do you do?

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'What else do you do?' is an interview podcast where Masao, an indie game producer, talks to various game developers about what they do when they're not making games.

Episode Date
Ep. 59 Forging tiny knives out of nails

In this episode, I spoke to Jsajm Quino, Senior Brand Manager at Behaviour Interactive, about forging tiny knives during the lockdown, our shared love of dancing, and being a brand manager in a room full of white peers.

Jul 12, 2022
Ep. 58 Flying gets you out of the house

In this episode, I spoke to Rami Ismail about his love of aviation. We talk about the beauty of defying gravity, how you can fly with glasses, and the inability of the games industry to maintain institutional knowledge.

Apr 19, 2022
Ep. 57 Ballet dancer to game publisher

In this episode, I spoke to Vladislav Tsypljak, Co-founder & CCO of Neon Doctrine, about his previous career as a professional ballet dancer with a little bonus story about how he found out he was part Japanese when he was 16.

Apr 12, 2022
Ep. 56 Do you choose to live near your fellow diaspora?

We continue the Asian game dev interview series with Diandra Lasrado, Senior Narrative Designer for World of Warcraft.  We talk about immigrant parents' pressure to succeed, not wanting to live around your fellow diaspora, and being part of a Catholic Indian minority!

Apr 05, 2022
EP. 55 Being a visible Asian Woman in Games

This week I had, Stella Chung, Host/Producer at IGN, on the pod to talk about, learning to embrace being Asian, having mixed feelings about Kpop, and the challenge of being a visible Asian woman in games.

Mar 22, 2022
EP. 54 Identity as tags not categories

Continuing the Asian game devs in the west interview series, I spoke to Raj Patel, Senior Brand Manager at Relic Entertainment, about watching Bollywood movies on discord, racial identity as a tag rather than a category, and convincing people with memes.

Mar 15, 2022
Ep. 53 The silk road

In this interview, I spoke to Matt Kim, News Editor at IGN, about him growing up in two cultures, the silk road giving Asia a common thread and the future of Asian representation in games.

Mar 08, 2022
Ep. 52 Growing up happa

In this week's episode, I spoke to Stephan Akana, Sr. Global Brand Manager at KanaRey Production, about growing up happa, working for a Japanese game company as an Asian American, and the importance of doing things that make you happy.

Mar 01, 2022
Ep. 51 Fridge magnets for your friends

Next up on the Asians working in games interview series is May Ling Tan.  She tells us about working in France without speaking any French, how to lead with kindness, and getting fridge magnets for your friends.

Feb 22, 2022
Ep. 50. Game dev makes you hard

The third interview in the Asians working in games interview series is with Sam Sharma, Director of Product on Destiny 2. We talked about grappling with the concept of Asia as well as how the industry expects everyone to act like a certain type of white man.

Feb 16, 2022
Ep.49 Tinder date so bad it made her a gamer

In our second Asian game people interview, I talk to Monica Fan, associate game designer at Schell games, about growing up in China, a Tinder date so bad it made her a gamer, and her experience in the industry.

Feb 08, 2022
Ep 48. What is kitchen table polyamory?

What is kitchen table polyamory? Amanda Farough came on the pod to talk about her unique story of two families who joined up to make a bigger happier family.

Feb 01, 2022
Ep47. How Asian are you Therese?

Therese Lanz, freelance game artist, and fantasy illustrator came back on the podcast for our first Asian Game Devs working in the West interview series. We talk about how Asian we feel, being mixed, and how where we live impacts our identity.

Jan 25, 2022
Ep 46. You can run from your problems but you have to go home at some point

This week I spoke to Evgeni Puzankov, writer and narrative designer, about shoes, writing, and about the time he accidentally ran a half marathon.

Jan 18, 2022
Ep 45. Wait, you wanted to be a nun?

In this week’s episode, I spoke to Rebekah Valentine, a reporter at IGN, about faith, journalistic ethics, and how she almost became a nun.

Jan 11, 2022
Ep 44. Playing the Sax!

In this week's episode, I spoke to Anya Combs, Director of Games at Kickstarter, about her double life as a Saxophone player! We talk about the history of the instrument, the many bands she plays in, and how to prevent performance-related injuries.

Dec 21, 2021
Ep 43. Making comics!

In this week's episode, I spoke to Benjamin Rivers, Creative Director at Bancy Co, about underground comics of the 80s, comparing comics to manga, and how writing comics teaches you pacing in games.

Dec 14, 2021
Ep 42. Don't be a dick on dating apps

In this episode, I spoke to Victoria Tran, community director for Among us, about her fascination with dating apps, dudes posing with fish, and discuss the perilous journey of dating stereotypes.

Dec 07, 2021
Ep 41. Roller Derby is a full contact sport

In this week's episode, I spoke to JC Lau, Producer at Harebrained Schemes, about Roller derby, gluing her face close to stop the bleeding, and generally being a badass.

Dec 01, 2021
Sap 4 Managers of Diverse Studios Series Alex of Soft Not Weak

In this episode, I talked to Alex, creative director at Soft not weak, about their journey to create their studio, white male Rolodex problem and the difficulty marginalized people face in trying to break in.

Nov 23, 2021
SP 3 Manager of Diverse Studios Series Tanya X. Short

This week we have Tanya X. Short, Creative Director and Co-founder of Kitfox Games.

Listen to our conversation about how to manage skill growth in a small studio and how to focus less on years of experience when hiring.

Nov 16, 2021
Ep40 From Tattoos to influencer management

In this episode, I spoke to Mae Morrison, Influencer Manager at Behavior interactive, about making art, her past career as a tattoo artist, and how she got into the games industry.

Nov 09, 2021
Ep 39. Yes, and!

I spoke to Rebeccah Bassell, producer at Deck Nine Games, about the Colorado game dev scene and her love of improv comedy and Musical improv in particular!

Nov 02, 2021
SP 2 Manager of Diverse Studios Series Allan Cudicio

We continue our series on talking to people who manage diverse game studios with Allan Cudicio.  He is the game designer and founder of Twin Drums. We talk about how he founded his studio and why he has such a diverse team

Oct 26, 2021
SP 1 Manager of Diverse Studios Series Astrid Refstrup

We changed up the gear on the podcast this week and spoke to Astrid Refstrup, CEO of Tripple Topping Games, about how to create a culture of diversity at a game studio.

Oct 19, 2021
EP 38. Jazz pop and Music festivals

Listen to Alex Earle, Producer at Radical Forge, and I talked about his career, Japanese Jazz pop, and video games in this epic ramble of an episode

Oct 12, 2021
Ep 37 Resurrecting dead Consoles

This week I spoke to Chase Bethea, game composer, about bringing retro consoles back from the dead by repairing and restoring them.

Oct 05, 2021
Ep 36. Dungeons and Dragons and cooking for people

In this week's episode, I spoke to Raffael Boccamazzo, a doctor of clinical psychology and the clinical director of Take This, about the clinical application of Dungeons and Dragons and expressing our affections through cooking.

Sep 28, 2021
Ep 35. Chainmail. It's like knitting but with metal

I spoke to Krysti Pryde, Freelance marketing and games consultant, about her passion for blacksmithing and making chainmail. Listen to our chaotic conversation and me totally derailing the conversation to talk about knife sharpening for way too long.

Sep 21, 2021
Ep 34. Horses aren't casual

Do you love horses? Did you dream to be a competitive rider when you grew up? Steph Bedford, a narrative producer, also had that dream. Listen to what it takes to have horses and be a competitive rider in dressage on this week's episode!

Sep 14, 2021
Ep 33. Who doesn't want kittens?

Who doesn't want a house full of kittens? Hear the ins and outs of fostering kittens in this week's episode with Shayna Moon, Senior Tech Program Manager at Unity.

Sep 07, 2021
Ep 32. How to start an Anime convention

How do you start an Anime Convention as a 16-year-old in Sweeden? According to Elvira Björkman, composer and co-founder of Two Feathers, you start by inviting 40 internet strangers to your home! Hear all about it in this episode!

Aug 31, 2021
Ep 31. Want to make some dice?

Did you ever want to make Dice?  Well, you can hear all about it on this week’s episode with Kay Purcell, Lead Community Manager at Avalanche studios!

Aug 24, 2021
Ep 30. Game dev Tiktok!

This week I spoke to Leslee Sullivant, Design Producer at Boundless Entertainment, about her sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful videos she makes on Tiktok!

Aug 17, 2021
Ep. 29 I'm trying to Obfuscate!

This week  Bertine van Hövell, writer and founder of Lost Again Games, and I really got into it deep with nerdy stuff. Join us and explore the strange and wonderful world of live action role playing.

Aug 10, 2021
Ep 28 Roller skate crew!

This week I spoke to Anisa Sanusi about how the covid lockdown was the perfect time to start a roller skate crew!

Aug 03, 2021
Ep. 27 Sewing and Knitting

I spoke to my long-time friend Noémi Rouleau about sewing and knitting on this week's podcast. I complain about my lack of technique and Noemi tells us what she gets out of it.

Jul 27, 2021
Ep 26 Focusing on the moment

What gets you out of your head and lets you focus on the moment? For Mylène Gosselin Legault it’s Softball. We talk about her love of sports and the importance of getting outside!

Jul 20, 2021
Ep 25. Something tangible

Sometimes digital work can feel intangible. Tara J. Brannigan, Director of Player Experience at Behaviour Interactive, makes beautiful jewelry to balance that out.

Jul 13, 2021
Ep 24. and that's why I started a podcast during the pandemic

Like a lot of other people, I started a podcast during the pandemic. Since it's been going for 6 months now I figured it's time I talk about it.  Catherine Smith-Desbiens, the host of Girls on Games was kind enough to guest host and interview me. 

Jul 07, 2021
Ep 23. Making cookies for yourself

Do you feel compelled to make your hobby a side hustle? 

I talked to Gabby DaRienzo, senior artist at Drinkbox studios, about baking and how it's nice to not monetize some hobbies and keep them for yourself.

Jun 29, 2021
ep 22. Sailing the open seas

Did any of you wish you were traveling the world instead of being trap in your home last year?  Well Moana Wisniewski, Associate Art Technical Director at Ubisoft, did. Hear all about her year of boat hitchhiking!

Jun 22, 2021
EP 21. From the stage to indie games

The delightful Alanna Linayre, the founder of Toadhouse games, is on the episode this week. We talk about her career as an actor, the challenges of game development, and how a job outside of entertainment is probably better for your mental health.

Jun 15, 2021
Ep. 20. What is disc golf?

In this episode, we have Todd Mitchell, Game dev, author, and host of GameDev Breakdown Podcast. We talk about disc golf, enjoying the outdoors, and staying sane during the pandemic.

Jun 07, 2021
Ep 19. Scream to intimidate your opponent

Akané D'Orangeville is a PR Manager & interpreter/translator at CyberConnect2, but also a 5-dan holder and a 20 year veteran of Kendo.  We talk about why they scream in Kendo as well as working as a translator in games.

Jun 01, 2021
Ep. 18 What's the point if you can't be yourself?

In this episode, I talked to Luther Patenge, Game designer, writer, and head of studio for Joy Manufacturing Co. We discuss all things Lolita fashion and talk about the important questions like what it means to be “Ita”, gender and Lolita fashion, and the importance of expressing yourself.

May 25, 2021
Ep. 17 Why we love Anime

In this monster episode Kate Sánchez, Editor in Chief for But Why Tho, and I really got into it and talked about our love of anime. We discuss the variety of the subject matter, the strength of the medium, and more!

May 18, 2021
Ep. 16 What is a Shipping agent?

I spoke to Osama Dorias, Lead Game Designer at WB games, about some jobs he had before he became a game dev. We talk about working in warehouses, freelance graphic design, and his interactions with sailors from around the world from working as a shipping agent.

May 11, 2021
Ep. 15 Math is Fun!

I spoke to Kat Welsford, Digital Analyst at Square Enix, about her side profession as a Physics and Math tutor, how her last name isn't Pope, and that you shouldn't be scared of teachers.

May 04, 2021
Ep 14. Fitness!

In this episode, I spoke to Narrative designer Jill Murray about becoming a personal trainer, the difference between working in indie vs. AAA, and how everyone is entitled to enjoy movement however you are able to do so.

Apr 27, 2021
Ep 13. Learning to eat shit

This week, I had the totally bad-ass Anouk Bachman, production manager at Ubisoft Montreal, on the show.  Our conversation got pretty real and we talked about Kickboxing and getting hit in the face by life in different ways like anxiety, pregnancy loss, and a cancer scare

Apr 20, 2021
Ep 12. Magic but not that kind
In this episode, I spoke to Guy Blomberg, Program Director at Xsolla Diamond Club and the creator of the Game Industry Gathering, about his experience in games and his love of magic.(The magician kind not the CCG)
Apr 13, 2021
E 11. Kitty Powers' heavy petting zoo

In this episode, I talked to Richard Franke AKA Kitty Powers, Game dev, Drag Queen, and the creator of Kitty Powers' Matchmaker.  We talk about drag, gender identity, race, and skin color of emoji

Apr 06, 2021
Ep 10. Ping-Pong is a sport

In this episode, I spoke to Chel Wong, Award-Winning Freelance Composer on games like Kine, Whisker Squadron, and Only Cans, about how Ping pong is awesome and also a sport.

Mar 30, 2021
Ep. 9 Collecting and displaying dead things

In this episode, I spoke to Stephanie Grandchamp-Dubé, UX designer on Dead by Daylight, about collecting and making displays out of dead stuff.

Mar 23, 2021
Ep8. Intersection of veterinary medicine and video games

In this episode, I spoke to PeachyAenne, streamer and writer/narrative designer on Arcade Spirits

and First Bite, about her day job as a veterinary nurse and practice manager.

Mar 17, 2021
E 7. Do you even lift?

This week I talked to Marie Claude Bernard, Director of Communications at Behaviour Interactive, about going from 0 to national record holder in Olympic weightlifting in 5 years.

Mar 10, 2021
Ep6. We should all be cooking

In this episode of I talked to Laure Guilbert, Marketing Product Director on Rainbow Six Siege,  about how now is a great time to learn how to cook!

Mar 03, 2021
Ep 5.Let's all ride motorcycles

On this week's episode I talked to Ella Lowgren , Communications Manager and Writer at Infinity Plus 2 and 505 Games, about how riding a motorcycle is cool and you should ride one too!

Feb 24, 2021
Ep. 4 Wrestling in rubber suits!

On this episode of 'What else do you do?' I talked to Ian Vaflor, Producer at Hitcents, about how a classically trained cellist ended up wrestling in rubber suits!

Feb 17, 2021
Ep 3. A Very Tough Skate Crew

In this episode, I interviewed Anna Brandberg, Senior UX Designer at King. We talked about picking up skateboarding later in life, forming a Very Tough Skate Crew, and how teaching skating ties back into making video games

Feb 10, 2021
Ep.2 Rock and Roll and Video Games

Therese Lanz is a freelance game artist and fantasy illustrator. She is also a long-time musician who played and toured in bands for many years. In this episode, we talk about what made her go from playing in bands to working in games and how it impacts the art she makes.

Feb 03, 2021
Ep.1 Maid café in the UK

On this podcast, I interview game developers what they do when they're not making games.  For our first episode, I spoke to Sally Blake, CEO at Silent Games.  We talked about her experience of starting up and running an event-based maid cafe in the UK. 

Jan 25, 2021