It’s time for the Holidays! I’m off work for a bit while I deal with… you know… the winter holidays and all that that entails. I’m also going to be moving to Montréal in about a week [!!?] so basically… I’ve got a little bit of time to take care of myself! I’ll get to an end-of-year update in the near future, but in the meantime, I’d really like to do a little bit of UE4. It looks like there’s no way I’m going to be able to finish going through Section 4 by the end of year, but that’s what happens when life steam rolls your to-do-list 🙂 Read More >
Matt’s back from Japan and Steve’s back from Black Friday shopping. That’s right, this podcast is actually coming a little later than recorded, but with Matt galavanting around the world who can blame us?
The gaming gods have provided a bountiful harvest this year and in this episode we discuss some of our recent aquisitions. It’s mostly a 40 minute geek out session about the marvelous physical media Matt got his mitts on in the land of the rising sun, and all the things Steve said he wasn’t going to buy this year that he picked up anyways.
Ever been frustrated that you can’t play your imported game on your domestic console? Ever have troubles with your Nintendo account because you now live in a country different than when you created the account? Ever experience the wonderful joy of scouring the internet to find a work-around for your region-locking blues?
In this episode, we discuss the woes we’ve faced as global nomads and avid game-geeks, including issues with online accounts, region locking on portable systems, importing international gems, hardware compatibility, and the like.
Hooooooooo boy. Well, I’ve been rather busy for the past two months. When I’m not at work I’ve been making a podcast, buying video games like a mad man, playing with my two year old, and preparing for a move to Montréal. Speaking of the podcast, we missed an upload this week but fear not… that’s not the end of the podcast, it’s simply a result of files that didn’t get saved correctly. There’s still more on the way!
In regards to learning C++… the year is almost over, and I don’t think I’m going to manage to finish everything in my to-do list (I have 90 more videos to go in this series I’m learning from) but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up just yet. The kid is napping, so it’s time to resume my studies. Read More >
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.
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:
- ・I am Error
- ・The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers
- ・Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Memorial Book Vol. 1
- ・Mention of the artwork that can be found in the special features of Final Fantasy Origins
- ・The Art of Final Fantasy IX
- ・Final Fantasy XIV: A Real Reborn The Art of Eorzea
- ・Tactics Ogre Art Works Book
- ・R20+5 Rockman
- ・Advanced Renderman: Creating CGI for Motion Pictures
- ・The Animator’s Survival Kit
- ・The Art and Science of Digital Compositing: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics
Stores that we mentioned that we like are:
With some brief discussion on the shows:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.