Conference Call

GWJ Conference Call Episode 148

Batman: Arkham Asylum, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, Starcraft Watching, Wipeout Pure (The Purest), Special Guest and Love Developer Eskil Steenberg, The Future of Motion, Platforms & Tech, Your Emails and more!

This week we're joined by indie game developer Eskil Steenberg, maker of Love. It turns out the man behind such an enigmatic game has an interesting opinion on just about anything. If you want to submit a question or comment call in to our voicemail line at (612) 284-4563.

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Music credits: 

Intro/Outtro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree Audioworks

"Lo-Fi Attitude" (SGX) - www.sgxmusic.com - 0:34:05
"Garibaldi" - Ayco (Eiko Ishiwata) - www.eikoishiwata.com - 1:11:41

Comments

One of the best ways, I've found, to help teenagers and kids to perform better at school is to motivate them to be better at school - through help, incentives, and other such things. Curtailing video game time isn't going to help with grades if the kid isn't motivated to get good grades. The main problem is that the kid is more motivated to play games than he is to develop academic skills.

Most of the time, this is because the kid has no direction. He doesn't know what he wants to be, and he doesn't care. Give him direction. Inspire him to want to be something awesome. As long as the kid knows what he wants and is pushing forward in real ways to get there, I don't think anyone should really care what his grades are. If they're not important to what he wants to achieve in life, who cares?

LarryC wrote:

One of the best ways, I've found, to help teenagers and kids to perform better at school is to motivate them to be better at school

This is probably why Eskils advice to "have him make a game" is the best. As a kid I used to program quite a bit and I think it's safe to say that it's a big part of why I later turned to a career in software development.

Although I don't quite agree that you should give the kid a C book. That's kind of cruel. I think starting with eg Python is a better idea. As a bonus there are a lot of libraries for Python which makes it easier to make games. (Like PyGame which wraps SDL.)

For parents with younger kids it might be an idea to do it together. A sort of high tech soap box derby.

Actually, I think starting out with in-game editors might be best for a kid - get him into relatively normal level-design before you let him get a crack at the nuts and bolts of the thing.

Fuzzmaster wrote:

So what's the story on that Monday night gaming get-together, Cory? Seattle GWJers want to know!

I jumped out of my seat with eagerness when I heard this on the podcast. Please make it so! I'm so down! I really really really hope this is a scheduled night so I can be sure to avoid working at that time. I'm so excited by the mere suggestion of this! I've heard good things about the Victory Lounge. Omgies that would be so sweet.

We're on! Last week I started opening up the Victory Lounge for game nights, but I'm planning on making a big official hoorah for it in September. Still, come on down and play some games every Monday night with us.

I just got a new copy of Catan and Trailer Park Wars for the bar today, and we're planning on getting more. I'm counting on you guys to help with suggestions and filling the joint up so I can get more copies of our favorite table top games rather than having you all bring your own.

Come on out! My ultimate goal is to make the Vic a regular daily destination bar for gamers rather than just on Monday nights, I know I'd love it: the perfect marriage of friends, booze, and games all in one place!

The Victory Lounge: 433 Eastlake Ave East @ Republican. Plenty of free parking after 6p.

$1.50 Olympia's, $1 ball park dogs, happy hour from 4p-7p, and power hour from 11p-1p.

When I bartend I like to have a cocktail special as well, so I will start working on a cocktail menu tailored just for the night...starting with the DECEPTICON. :p

-come say hi, I'm the half-japanese gal at the Catan table! :p

nancy

Amoebic wrote:
Fuzzmaster wrote:

So what's the story on that Monday night gaming get-together, Cory? Seattle GWJers want to know!

I jumped out of my seat with eagerness when I heard this on the podcast. Please make it so! I'm so down! I really really really hope this is a scheduled night so I can be sure to avoid working at that time. I'm so excited by the mere suggestion of this! I've heard good things about the Victory Lounge. Omgies that would be so sweet.

That sounds awesome, schmancy! If only I weren't too far out of town to make a Monday night trip to Seattle.

I'll definitely be coming to the Victory for gaming nights! It will be a blast I'm sure!

According to the latest SC coverages, the great BoxeR has retired from active tournament play, and is now part of the coaching staff of team CJ Entus. He is now mentoring rising Terran player FanTaSy who, at one point, managed to 3-0 the great Bisu in one tournament. There are several coverages by HuskyStarcraft and HDStarcraft on FanTaSy vs. Jaedong matches. I don't think FanTaSy has ever won that matchup, but the fact that he's fighting Jaedong at all speaks to his ability as a pro player.

I know I'm a little late--a bit backlogged on the podcasts--but for the man who was looking for games that might appeal to someone with Parkinson's, what about something like Bookworm Adventures? Don't need a lick of hand-eye coordination for that. Also, one of the many Mah-Johngg or Crosswords games might work too. Or even some old school point n' clicks.

Were you guys judging the WHOLE game of Batman Arkham Asylum, just from the DEMO? Judging the stealth, combat, and level design from a TUTORIAL level?

Way to lose context, guys.