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Developing Games for the Cloud
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Everyone has been talking about the cloud… so, we figured we should too! In this week’s episode, we bring in another former Sprocketeer and backend server engineer, Tyler Ohlsen to talk about his experience when developing for the cloud and some of the tools, services, and concepts needed to begin

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The Road to Better Concurrency
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The party doesn’t stop at 100! We’re keeping the train moving right along with another fresh episode In this week’s episode, we bring in former Sprocketeer and backend server engineer, Matt Bolt to talk about a series of blog posts that he recently posted. In The Road to Better Concurrency,

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100-100th-Episode-Retrospective
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We finally did it! After 4 very short years, we managed to reach 100 episodes of The Debug Log. In this episode, we are joined by a very special person, none other than our lost co-host Eduardo Castillo Fernandez! Together, the 5 of us discuss some of our favorite experiences

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The Darkside of Development: Company Closures II
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What is better than three episodes about the dark underbelly of software development? FOUR episodes about the dark underbelly of software development!! That’s right depressed ladies and gents. It’s that time YET AGAIN! Put grandma and grandpappy to bed, grab a box of tissues, a tub of ice cream, a

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The Darkside of Development: Company Closures I
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What is better than two episodes about the dark underbelly of software development? Three episodes about the dark underbelly of software development! That’s right ladies and gents. It’s that time AGAIN! Put the dogs in their kennels, grab a keg of your favorite brew, and sit back and enjoy part

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The-Debug-Log-Post-Image
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As a game dev, you probably deal with bugs and glitches on a day-to-day basis. Today we are talking about the best kind of bugs, bugs that end up being happy accidents. The history of game development is full of stories of legendary glitches that became profound features, not only

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096-Holiday-Special-2018
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Welcome to our 4th annual Holiday Special where we discuss some of the biggest games and stories of the past year. Thank you for sticking with us for another year and stayed tuned for more episodes and content in the months to come. Happy Holidays everybody, be safe, and have a happy 2019!

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095-Unite-2018-Wrap-Up
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Unite 2018 Los Angeles! In this episode we discuss the many happenings at the annual Unity convention Unite. There was a lot to see at this years conference. Some of the highlights include the Entity Component System, nested prefabs, the Visual Effects Tool, FPS sample, Mega City, and many more.

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Episode 86: Rapid-Fire Roundup
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This week we are back with another “Rapid-Fire Roundup” episode. Catching up on a lot of the stories of the past few months, we tackle everything from Microsoft’s interesting new Game Pass offerings to updates on the eternal Unity vs Unreal war. All that and more on this episode of The

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093-Evolution-of-Game-Networking
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Another walk down gamedev memory lane with Ryan and the gang! This week on the show we discuss the evolution of networking in games. We cover the growth of the play spaces for multiplayer games such as university networks to linked computers and on to the Internet. We also talk

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Episode 92: Optimizing your Game for Performance
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Double the flavor, double the fun! We’ve got a pair of Sprocketeers, in Dan Moran and Lisa Hicks, joining us today to talk about methodologies, tools, and techniques used to help optimize games for performance. We take a fairly high-level view of optimization techniques, which makes the discussions in this

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091-Is-Your-Game-Worth-It
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We all know making games is hard, but what do you when a project lingers on forever unfinished? Are you working on your grand masterpiece? Will you look back one day and feel proud that every doubt you had, every project delay, every catastrophe was all part of the journey

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World Building with Geoffrey Nahashon
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It’s Interview Time! (to be read in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers voice) In this week’s episode we sit down with industry vet, Geoffrey Nahashon to talk about his experience as a Lead Artist and his approach to building game worlds. He offers up a lot of solid advice and is

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Unity 2018 Beta
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Oh. My. God. Becky. First. It’s Zack’s Birthday. Second. Unity 2018 Beta is out and ready for all you eager developers out there to get your hands on it! In this week’s episode Obinna and Ryan cozy-up and discuss Unity Technologies’ latest beta release of Unity 2018, which is jam-packed

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088-The-Next-Big-Thing
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“Patience is a virtue. “ So, that quote has nothing to do with this topic, but it seems like a cool thing to start the episode summary with! That said, in this week’s episode Zack, Ryan, Andrew (Happy belated Birthday), and Obinna sit down to discuss “The Next Big Thing.”

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087-Game-Dev-Tricks
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Happy New Year! It’s time to kick off 2018 with a feast of an episode. We start with a very fun conversation about all the interesting tricks game devs employ to improve the player experience of their games. We have to admit some of the tricks seem to be just clever

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Episode 86: Rapid-Fire Roundup
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OMG, we’re back again! Brothers, sisters, everybody read! It’s time for another edition of “Rapid-Fire Roundup”. This week we discuss the intense fallout caused by the inclusion of things like Loot Boxes in newer PC and console titles, Ryan airs his many grievances in spectacular fashion, EA shakeups, and the

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085-The-Downsides-of-Developer-Transparency
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There has always been an air of mystery surrounding the game development process. In the past, this was mainly due to the archaic processes involved and the massive amounts of specialized knowledge required to dip a toe into that world. Fast-forward to now, what has changed? Well, the tools are a

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084-Game-Design-Breakdown-Playerunknowns-Battlegrounds
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It seems like every year, one game comes along and dominates the conversation, whether for its excellent execution, superb gameplay, or its originality of ideas. For awhile we thought that game for 2017 would be the triumphant return of the Zelda franchise in Breath of the Wild, but a well-known

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083-Marketing-Your-Game-On-A-Low-Budget
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Making a good game is not enough to make a profit from it. That is why we decided to talk about Marketing in this episode. With such overcrowded market and players with smaller attention spans, it is extremely important to know how to market your game. Of course, we are

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Let's Talk Security: Data Storage
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In this week’s episode we discuss game data security, but specifically try to target how developers should think about and approach security as it relates to their game’s data. This episode is one of a possible* three-part series about security within game development. The Debug Log crew, sans Andrew, also

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081-Personal-Programming-Methodologies
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After a brief month of summer vacation, we are back in action. This week we are talking about Personal Programming Methodologies. Basically, different methods and thought processes that you can employ to break your projects into manageable pieces. We start with a brief exploration into the most popular schools of thought in

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Episode 86: Rapid-Fire Roundup
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Back at last! It’s time for another edition of “Rapid-Fire Roundup”. This week we break down the colossal new version release from Unity, resist the temptation of a cheaper Oculus, assess the fallout from the Fallout 4 ad campaign, and get our minds blown by the amount of money in Esports

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Technical Directing with Benjamin Jordan
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From flunk to hunk! In this week’s episode, we have the privilege of sitting down with the Studio Technical Director of “Sprockets,” Benjamin Jordan, who talks about his experience, growth, and the lessons he’s learned as a TD. Knowledge is dropped consistently throughout this episode as we explore his early

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078-E3-2017-Wrap-up
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E3 2017 has come and gone and as usual, we are left with a bevy of game industry news to wade through. There were some significant format changes to show this year, some major hardware announcements from Microsoft, and as always, a ton of info on new games that we

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Targeting AAA Game Studios with Ryan Killgore
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AAA: From Start to Finish! In this week’s episode, we sit down with another one of our fantastic co-hosts, Ryan Killgore. We jump into an in-depth conversation about how Ryan took a very deliberate approach to his career in game development, mapping out his way to becoming a AAA game

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076-Design-Patterns-Observer
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Hello, guys. Here is another episode of the series about design patterns. For this round of basic patterns, I wanted to finish with the observer. In next episodes, we will be focusing more in design patterns that improve performance. Anyways, that is in the future. In this episode, we talk

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075-Mythic-Structure-in-Game-Design
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What do rollercoasters, songs, fancy meals, and summer blockbusters all have in common? They are designed to take us for a ride. Whether emotionally or physically, each moment is engineered to be just what the audience needs at just the right time. The creators in these mediums are able to

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From Gamer to Game Developer with Zack Schneider
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A Tale of Proving out Passion! In this week’s episode, we have the honor of speaking with our very own Zack Schneider about his career and growth as a game developer. We go into how his initial passion for playing games provided the spark to pursue a career in game

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073-Design-Patterns-Singleton
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Hello, Debuggers. In today’s episode, we continue our series about design patterns with one of the most polemic design patterns of all, Singleton. We explain when you might want to use a Singleton, we go over the definition of this design pattern, we talk about two very common definitions, and

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