Obinna Oparah
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Obinna Oparah

A Master Study in Content Design with Joshua Herbert and Benjamin Gross
Podcast

From Tomb Raider to Ninja Turtles, this pair of Game Designers have been through it all. In this week’s episode we sit down with Benjamin Gross and Joshua Herbert about their roles as Content Designers in the game industry. We discuss the basics behind content design but also take a

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Status Updates
Podcast

“Whatchu working on?!” In this week’s episode, the gentlemen of The Debug Log discuss their progress on their respective games. Eduardo drops a few more hints on THE new VR game he has been working on. Zack and Andrew outline some of the work and challenges that were encountered during

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A Product Manager's Purpose with Vignon Zinsou
Podcast

Tired of getting your PM’s mixed up? Not sure what goes into product management? Eager to impress your friends and co-workers with some key, trivia-ready information about what a product manager does? If you answered, ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then this episode is for you! In this

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Retro Review: What Makes a Game a Classic?
Podcast

They’re back! In this week’s episode, we welcome back our friends of the podcast, Will Dal Porto and Greg Anderson to talk about what makes a game a classic! We lay out some criteria on how we gauge a game (or franchise) to claim ‘classic status.’ In addition to laying

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Tales of a Community Manager
Podcast

“I am a tiny potato. And I believe in you. You can do the thing.” In this week’s episode, we have the privilege of chatting with our friend and community management adept, Janine Dong, about her experiences and growth as a Community Manager. She was an absolute pleasure to interview

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Darkside of Development: Culture & Competition
Podcast

What is better than one episode about the dark underbelly of software development? Two episodes about the dark underbelly of software development! That’s right ladies and gents. It’s that time again! Put the kids to bed, grab a bottle of wine or your favorite brew, and sit back and enjoy

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The Darkside of Development: Crunch & Crashes
Podcast

With all the merriment of the holiday season going on around here at TDL, we thought it appropriate (and of true ‘Troll’ fashion) to go on a series of rants about the uglier side of game development. Today’s episode is Part One of what is slated to be a two-part

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054-freelancing
Podcast

Free • lance Origin: Early 19th century (denoting a mercenary): originally as two words. There is honestly no substantive reason as to why I just gave you the etymology of ‘freelance,’ however Andrew thought you would enjoy it… so, there it is. Awkwardness aside, in this week’s show we talk

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051-freemium-games-late-panda
Podcast

We had the pleasure of snagging an interview with fellow TDLers, Elisabeth Heed and Stephen McCallum, from across the pond in Glasgow, Scotland. In this episode we talk about how the freemium game model, which is rapidly monopolizing the various app stores, can be seen as having very negative effects

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045-Quality-QA
Podcast

Have you ever wondered what goes into the field of QA as it relates to the game development industry? Or maybe you have been itching to know what a ‘smoke test’ is and whether you should be running these tests as an indie dev? Well, in this episode, Obinna and

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TDL-002-Nicolas-Gallo-Brian-Foster
The Debug Lounge

In this episode, Eduardo and Obinna sit down with Nicolas Gallo and Brian Foster of Quickdraw Studios to talk about their projects Gnome Wars! and Riverfest: Sunny Days. The gents at Quickdraw Studios share with the Lounge how they are using games and their skills to promote their hometown of

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The Debug Lounge

Welcome to ​The Debug Lounge​, a laid-back series of game dev interviews of developers like you. Allow us to set the scene… That sound you hear? Those sounds are the sultry voices of hosts Andrew, Obinna, Zack, Ryan, and Eduardo. That lingering smell you smell? Well, that is just a

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040-State-of-the-Game-Dev-Union
Podcast

Members of the Debug Lounge, TDLers, our handful of Google+ followers, and my fellow game developers: This episode marks The Debug Log’s inaugural State of the Game Dev Union. On today’s show, Obinna, Andrew, Zack, Ryan, and Eduardo discuss things concerning the current state of the game development industry as

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039-E3-2016-Wrap-up
Podcast

E3 is in the books! Annnnd, WWDC happened too. In this episode, the guys huddle up by the warmth of what was a pretty exciting conference and talk about some of the key takeaways and things you all should be looking forward to in the coming months. The industry is

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034-How-to-Handle-Cheaters
Podcast

Cheater, cheater, pumpkin-eater; Had a game but couldn’t beat her; He got a GameShark in the mail,; And then he beat it very well! We all know them very well. Hell, sometimes when pushed against a wall (or die one too many times while playing GoldenEye 007), we become them.

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033-Maintaining-Motivation
Podcast

In this episode the fellas sit down and talk about best practices for maintaining motivation for your project during the game development life cycle. No matter where you may find yourself in your game dev career, whether you’re brand new to game development or a seasoned vet, this episode is

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It’s 8:30pm on a Friday. The coffee-fueled mornings, uninspiring commutes, and labor of the workweek is finally behind you. It is just you, your laptop, and the game idea you have been itching to work on. It seems as though the stars have aligned and all is right in the

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028-AAA-vs-Indie
Podcast

Introducing first… from the rich, ruby red corner. Weighing in at $1.5+ million dollars. He hails from the beautiful, but volatile Silicon Valley. With over 52 published games, five top grossing, and only seven defeats! He IS the former heavyweight champion of the world, TRIPLE-A GAME DEVELOPMENT! In the broke,

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025-Rapid-Fire-Roundup
Podcast

You’ve sent letters! You’ve emailed! You’ve snail-mailed! You’ve smoke-signaled for it! You’ve asked, and we’ve delivered! Actually, you did none of the above… but we are adding a brand new podcast segment entitled, “Rapid-Fire Roundup” where the hosts collect a handful of the latest game dev articles as well as

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024-Networked
Podcast

Have you ever wondered what it would take to get a game online and accessible to individuals all across the globe? Curious as to when and how to plan for scalability and dealing with server load? For those of you out there interested in the ins and outs of networked

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022-GDD
Podcast

So, you’re scouring the inter web forums for some engineering and art help for your next, big game idea, when forum user, “xX1337ProgrammerXx” replies to one of your posts with, “Interested to help! Do you have a working GDD?” — to which you reply with, “Huh?” Maybe this has happened

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020-Resolutions
Podcast

It’s in the books! We offhandedly, randomly, and unofficially mark the end of the first season of The Debug Log with this episode. The entire five-man Debug Log crew take a moment to look back on some of their favorite episodes, interviews, tips, and games from the first eighteen episodes.

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Clive-Downie
Podcast

What do you get when you add the former VP of Marketing at EA and former COO of Zynga, an individual with a deep passion for games and gamers across the world, and a game-changing (pun intended) game development platform like Unity3D? You get Unity’s Chief Marketing Officer Clive Downie

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018-Tutorials
Podcast

For ages, developers have had the difficult task of balancing the amount of explicit gameplay tutorials with the level of player discovery that is provided in their games. Many gamers have experienced the ‘overbearing developer’ who forces players to endure an hour-long training sequence, while other gamers have been left

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015-Networking
Podcast

A TCP packet walks into a bar and says, “I want a beer.” The bartender responds, “You want a beer?” The TCP packet says, “Yes, I want a beer.” Wow, just writing that 3-Way handshake joke hurt. In any case, you guessed it, today’s show is all about Networking in

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014-Unite
Podcast

‘The crowd here is electric, Ryan! Developers of all shapes, sizes, and skillsets are pouring into the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention center here in Boston. We’ll be here all week on the ground floor, so stay tuned to the episode for more in-depth discussions on Unite. Anyway, stay

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013-Moble-Games
Podcast

What’s the ‘Viralability’ of your mobile game? What’s Viralability, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you! Viralability is a completely made-up word that defines the capacity for your mobile game to go viral! If your game isn’t hitting a Viralability Score of 6.0 or higher, then we are here to help!

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012-Unite-2015-Boston
Podcast

Chugga chugga choo choo! That’s right, folks! Unite 2015 is here and we’re uber excited to be hopping on the hype train going straight to Boston. We can’t wait to engage with the growing Unity community at the conference and hope we can meet a few of our listeners while

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011-Fig-Outer-Wilds
Podcast

In this episode we speak with a handful of game development pioneers in CEO and Founder of Fig, Justin Bailey and the team behind the 2015 IGF Grand Prize winner, Outer Wilds. Justin breaks down how the Fig platform works as a curated crowdfunding and investing medium where passionate players

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010-Version-Control
Podcast

Download the Episode Here A personal Github account with Large File Storage: $0. Hosting a server for your repository: $300. Writing an epic compression algorithm that you lose because you didn’t have your project under source control: priceless. Devs, don’t be -that- person! Set your projects up with version control

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