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ABTS-026: Triangle Studios Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and Bren interview the CEO of Triangle Studios, Remco de Rooij and discuss the various games that they have released including our personal favorite It Came From Space, And Ate Our Brains.

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Triangle Studios

Games:

It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains
Cross of the Dutchman

Doug playing Level 1 Block Hospital on INSANE Mode (video)

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ABTS-024: Lastronaut Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and Bren interview the creators of the popular iOS game Lastronaut, Darrin Henein and Stephan Leroux. We discuss how their first game got over a million downloads in the first week and we also convince them both to play a round of IWTW!

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Lastronaut (Free iOS game)
TechCrunch article

I Was The Walrus:

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Contestants: Stephan vs. Darrin
Category 1: What fantasy (fictional) world would you want to live in?
Round 1: Hyrule vs. The Matrix
Category 2: Who is your video game gladiator (Pokemon)?
Round 2: Thrall vs. Booker DeWitt
Category 3: If you could pick any type of food to end world hunger, what would it be? 
Round 3: Cereal vs. Poutine
Tiebreaker Category: What genre of video games would you want your real life to be?
Round 4: Racing vs. World Builder

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ABTS-022: Curvin Huber Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug interviews one of his past game design professors, Curvin Huber, who has now moved on to work for one of the top gaming schools in the country: Becker College. We also get around to playing 10 Questions!

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Midnight Terrors (trailer)
Curvin’s Portfolio
Autodesk puts SoftImage to bed
Becker College ranks in top 10 for best game design schools!
Becker College website

10 Questions Recap:

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Category: Animated Feature Film
10. Is it a Pixar movie? Yes
9. Did it have a hot air balloon? No
8. Did it feature cars? No
7. Did it take place in the ocean? No
6. Did it involve superheros? No
5. Was it released within the last 2 years? No
4. Did it revolve around toys? No
3. Did it feature bugs? No
2. Is the main character a little robot? Yes
1. Guess: WALL·E
Answer: WALL·E

ABTS-020: Amir Rajan Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug interviews Amir Rajan who had the #1 game/app in the Apple App Store for 19 consecutive days! We also get to play another round of 10 Questions.

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A Dark Room (Developer Log)
The Ensign
Amir’s Twitch Channel

10 Questions Recap:

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Category: Video Game Console
10. Is it made by Nintendo? No
9. Is it handheld?
8. Is it made by the evil empire Microsoft? No
7. Was it made before ’99? Yes
6. Is it made by Sony? No
5. Is it made by Sega? Yes
4. Guess: Sega Saturn YES!
Answer: Sega Saturn

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ABTS-018: John Sonmez Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and Matt interview software developer life coach, fitness expert, and podcaster John Sonmez.

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-John’s new book: Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual
-John’s blog: www.simpleprogrammer.com
How To Market Yourself As A Software Developer
Get Up and Code podcast
The Entreprogrammers podcast

3 Actionable, Bit-sized Tips

1. The most productive thing you will ever do in your life/career is to stop watching TV.
2. Invest in people skills. Read How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
3. Have some kind of goal.

I Was The Walrus:

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Contestants: Doug vs. John
Category 1: Things that you do not want to find when you come home from work.
Round 1: An asteroid in your kitchen vs. 500 dead hookers covered in bee stings
Category 2: Someone that you would not want to encounter at the supermarket.
Round 2: Voldemort vs. Anyone from Walmart after 2:00AM
Category 3: Worst possible video game concept.
Round 3: A game about being a software developer vs. Podcast Hero (amended to Novel Writer)

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ABTS-015: Frag Castle Games Interview

In this episode of ABTS, Doug and Bren interview the founders of Frag Castle Games, John Bubriski and Jared Barboza. We discuss the various games they’ve released, their backgrounds in game development, and we play another tournament of IWTW!

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Frag Castle Games Website
Games: Rock Kickass, RK Runner, Lovey Bird, Shroom Jump, Final Frontier
Frag Castle Github
FragCast Podcast
XNA, MonoGame, Game Maker, ImpactJS
One of five winners for the Github Gameoff 2012 with Rock Kickass
PAX East 2013 Cost Breakdown blog post
Steam vs. Uplay vs. Games for Windows Live
Titanfall, Don’t Starve Together (Klei), Mark of the Ninja (Bren could’ve theoretically burned down in a building playing this game)

I Was The Walrus:

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Category: What you would want to have if you were trapped under a frozen lake
Match 1: John vs. Jared
Round 1: Old spice vs. Samus Suit
Round 2: Legos vs. Falcon Punch
Round 3: Reddit vs. Sun Blade from Final Fantasy

Category: Where would you go during a zombie apocalypse?
Match 2: Bren vs. Jared
Round 1: Green Lantern Planet Oa vs. An English Pub
Round 2: Atlantis (from Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire) vs. TARDIS
Round 3: Batcave vs. Mall

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