The Obsolete Gamer Show: The Business of Gaming with William Volk

Gaming is serious business not only within the game, but in the real world as millions can be made and lost in the industry. Sometimes, it gets complicated and that’s when we turn to legendary game developer and CCO of Playscreen William Volk to school us in the ways of the business of gaming.

We talk with William Volk about the PC dominance in revenue over mobile and even console games and why gamers are willing to pay for DLC or episodic games, but not in mobile in app purchases.

We also talk about EA pulling out of E3 and how not only this convention but perhaps all gaming conventions may just not be worth it to triple A developers.

The Obsolete Gamer Show: Aidan Price – East Asia Soft

We sat down with Aidan Price from East Asia Soft to talk about their game Lost Sea and about Aidan’s gaming influences which included classic games such as the original Super Mario Bros. and Contra for the NES.

Aidan also worked on a number of projects before his work as game designer on Lost Sea included Brink and Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers.

Aidan comes to us from Hong Kong so we can add that stamp to our virtual passport of places we have visited on Gamer Profiles and he gave us some inside into how gamers and arcades are a bit different than in the States and his native U.K. so check out the interview and let us know what you think.

The Obsolete Gamer Show: World 1-1

We talk with the film makers behind the fantastic video game documentary, World 1-1.

Last time we spoke with Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez they introduced us to their film. Now after a lot of hard work their film has been released to rave reviews from around the world and just recently on Steam.

In our interview, we talked about the journey from concept to Kickstarter, the filming and interview process, the behind the scenes stories that happens when you travel around meeting interesting people from gaming history and what is was like to take something you care about, craft it and release it to the world.

The Obsolete Gamer Show: Daryl Rodriguez and Jeanette Garcia

We sit down with the team behind the upcoming documentary on the history of Atari, World 1-1. Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez are the creative minds behind the project and we talk about their Kickstarter campaign and all things retro gaming.

The Obsolete Gamer Show: Paul Elsy – CCP

The Obsolete Gamer Show heads to Iceland to talk with Paul Elsy community manager for CCP Games about his early days of gaming and how he came to work for famed computer gaming company. In our talk we learned a bit about the impact CCP has had on Iceland and the people, the gamers and fans and even the difference between gamers in Iceland and those in the States.

Paul shared some insights about his journey from being a classic gamer and his love of games like Dune and Sonic the hedgehog to studying Robotics at University before volunteering with the community and writing fan fiction for Eve before accepting a job offer from them.

The Obsolete Gamer Show: Regina Carpinelli

Imagine running your own comic book convention, booking guests, dealing with fans and celebrities with weird requests. Now imagine doing that with Stan Lee as one of the owners. We sit down with Regina Carpinelli co-founder of Stan Lee’s Comikaze. Regina shares with us her start and what it is like to run one of the largest conventions in Los Angeles.

The Obsolete Gamer Show: Jordan Weisman

We talk BattleTech, MechWarrior, Shadowrun, and Crimson Skies with Jordan Weisman including details on his Kickstarter that is bringing BattleTech back! From concept to lore and everything in-between if you love the BattleTech world you will want to watch this extended interview with a true gaming legend.

Siege Breakers Sessions #5: Where the gamers at?


We have eSports on television, gamer celebrities, YouTube millionaires, indie developers and a massive website dedicated to streaming video games and yet people are still afraid to call themselves gamers? On this episode we discuss how even though 50% of American’s play video games only 10% consider themselves gamers.

Gamers have changed what a Saturday night looks like and there is even a school that has an esports class, but perhaps we are hesitant to admit we are gamers because of stories like the guy who is suing Bethesda for losing his wife and job due to his Fallout 4 addition.

We may not have a definite answer but we had fun discussing it and we think you will like it to.

Warning: The Siege Breakers Sessions Podcast is NSFW and and contains adult language, seriously if you get easily offended stay out.

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The Obsolete Gamer Show – John Rodd

We all love video game music in one way or another. Often we do not even realize exactly why, that it takes the work of a talented sound engineer to put together the sounds and music in just the right way to give the story true impact and emotion.

John Rodd is one of those engineers and one of the best in the business. His credits include work on Breaking Bad, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and recently, Star Wars Battlefront along with many more.

John takes us through his history from sneaking into see Star Wars at age 11 to working with huge names in the entertainment industry. He also told us about his craft and what it takes to bring emotion to a story be it in television, video games or film.

The Obsolete Gamer Show: Kevin Mentz – Daedalic Entertainment

When you have a company known for great games you become even more curious about the people behind them so when we had a chance to talk with Kevin Mentz from Daedalic Entertainment we were excited to do so. We were already fortunate enough to have a written gamer profile from Claas Paletta and for Kevin, we learned his favorite classic game is The Battle of Olympus.

We also talked about his move from playing games to wanting to create them and finally working for Daedalic and the number of games he personally worked on including Memoria. Overall, a fun interview with a lot of game talk and trailers from a number of Daedalic titles including, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, Blackguards 2 and Randal’s Monday so check it out.

The Obsolete Gamer Show: eSports Industrial Revolution

From playing against friends and strangers in an arcade to competing on a stage for millions of viewers the competitive gaming world known as eSports has come a long way. With the recent purchases of eSport teams and related companies we are definitely in the industrial revolution of the sport.

How did we get here and where are we going, what will happen to gamers who have competed before and those just starting out? Obsolete Gamer sat down with 6 time Guinness World Record Holder, CEO and Founder of Empire Arcadia, eSports Architect and consultant, Triforce Johnson to educate us on what is happening and what he predicts will be the future of eSports when the revolution is complete.

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