The Vagabond Gamecast Ep: 0.7 – Working in Games: Aspiration and Reality

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In this episode, we discuss our long term career plans and impressions of what it means to work in the game industry. We touch on some of the challenges involved considering our plights as parents of young children, and contrast our respective chosen career paths as one who’s taken the plunge and works in games versus one who’s gone the risk-averse, stable route of a more traditional software/hardware development job. Adult stuff, folks!

Speaking of work… not much in terms of gaming this time. Life gets in the way like that.

The Vagabond Gamecast Ep: 0.6 – On Nova Scotia and Gaming Literature

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Being a working parent means that side projects require effort outside regular hours. This time around, we got up at 5AM on a Tuesday to make sure we had our chance to catch up on everything important in the world of us gaming.

In this episode we start off catching up on the latest games we’ve been playing (Matt: Battlefield 1, Steve: Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright).  Steve was able to finish off playing Birthright and has now moved onto reading up on the Reverse Design Forum’s Final Fantasy VI analysis. Bringing this up lead into a conversation about some of the books we’ve either read or have been intending on reading. For those who might be interested in checking out some of the titles we mentioned…

Some of these books include:

Stores that we mentioned that we like are:

With some brief discussion on the shows:

The Vagabond Gamecast Ep: 0.5 – Reminiscing

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Sometimes podcasts don’t go 100% as planned. In this case we sat down with an important agenda… and instead just wandered where the road took us. Join us as we talk “Battlefield 1” and our experience playing multiplayer games such as “Marvel vs Capcom” and “Left 4 Dead”. This took us down Nintendo Power memory lane and finally to the new Nintendo Classic Mini launch.

The Vagabond Gamecast Ep: 0.4 – Moving to America

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Right about now most of the Americans we know are talking about moving to Canada… but in this exciting episode of the Vagabond Gamecast, Matt and Steve meet up (in the US of A) to discuss what it was like for them to move to the home of the brave.

The Vagabond Gamecast Ep: 0.3 – Making Time For Life and Games

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This week we discuss the ins-and-outs of balancing our lives as gainfully employed, somewhat ambitious creators-of-things and video game enthusiasts with being a parent to young kids. How does one maintain a family life while beating every game on their to-beat list in just one lifetime?

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We gnaw on the gritty details of what it’s like finding time to play games and rawk life as a busy parent / adult, as well as both of our general approaches to task management and prioritization of all those ‘adult’ tasks outside of work and play. We finish with a quick discussion of games we’ve played and look forward to playing.

The Vagabond Gamecast Ep: 0.2 – Baby Gaming

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This time, on another exciting episode of The Vagabond Gamecast, Matt and Steve catch up on the latest games they’re playing (Metroid Fusion, To The Moon, and Fire Emblem: Birthright). This leads into a mini discussion of their thoughts on the Final Fantasy franchise before finally getting into the meat of what every retro gaming dad has on their mind: Should babies play games too?

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While Matt has allowed his daughter the privilege of holding a SNES controller, Steve has focused on allowing his son to have free reign over his phone. 22 month old Lazarus appears to enjoy such hit apps as: Ethereal Dialpad, Super Hexagon, Baby Wooden Blocks Puzzle, and Endless Alphabet.

The Vagabond Gamecast Ep: 0.1 – PlayStation VR

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In this super cool episode of The Vagabond Gamecast, we hop out of our comfort zone as retro geeks (and mostly-immobile gamers) to discuss some recent goings-on in the game industry, namely the recent PlayStation VR launch and our impressions of both PSVR and VR in general.

The Vagabond Gamecast hopes to be a regular podcast, which will track the happenings of a couple of globetrotting nerd parents and their ongoing quest to keep up with the world around them.

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We share some general musings and impressions of the Playstation VR and the future of virtual reality.

The Vagabond Gamecast Ep: 0.0 – The Nintendo Mini

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As some of you may remember, back in 2013 two enterprising individuals (one Matthew Langille, and one Stephen Tucker) decided to work on indie game development in their spare time. While Sprixelsoft may be no more, this was neither the beginning nor the end of the pair’s hijinks. Indeed, if you’ll fast forward (or rewind depending on when you’re reading this) to 2016, you’ll find yourself here: at The Vagabond Gamecast!

The Vagabond Gamecast hopes to be a regular podcast, which will track the happenings of a couple of globetrotting nerd parents and their ongoing quest to keep up with the world around them.

Episode 0:

Our heroes begin their podcast and geek out over the upcoming Nintendo Classic and Family Computer mini.

TIL: Learn to Code in C++ by Developing Your First Game (Section 4, Lectures 94-98)

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OK, time to shake the dust off of my Unreal skillz. As you may know, Gears of War 4 (the project I’ve been employed to work on for the past year and a half) has been (pre)released! I’m pleased with the amount that I learned working on that game, and am happy to finally have a completed game on my résumé. But I’ve also moved onto a new role at a little company called “BioWare”. Which means that if I’m going to keep my Unreal knowledge from getting rusty, I’ve got to continue to find time to work with it in my off hours. Hence the reason I’m up at 5:30AM on a Saturday resuming my studies with Udemy (and why it’s taken me more than 24 hours to find the time to finish less than 40 minutes of tutorial watching). Read More >

TIL: Human Japanese 44: Weather. What’s Next?

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Huzzah! I’ve finished! I picked up Human Japanese back in February of 2013, so it’s nice to have finally cleared it off my perpetual to-do list. It’s really damned tough to make learning a language a priority… but I enjoy doing it. As for the rest of this year… I still need to finish playing Rocketbirds in Japanese. But right now, my priority is to get through Mass Effect 2. Read More >