Mark Essen, better known as ‘messhof‘, sits down with us this week and talks about his short, but so far illustrious career as an independent game developer. From his high school days in Los Angeles programming opaque exploration games to his emergence as the art world’s favorite game designer, we talk about his influences, what he likes and dislikes about his own games, as well as how he feels about the independent game scene.

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Another Castle Episode 11 – A Conversation with Mark Essen

This week we sit down with John Sharp, professor at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), to talk about his switch from art historian to game academic. Along the way we talk about the strange provincialism of game enthusiasts, what makes a game ‘good’, and the upcoming Art History of Games conference, which John organized along with Ian Bogost and Michael Nitsche.

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Another Castle Episode 10 – A Conversation with John Sharp

This week we’re talking to a veteran of the New York games industry, Wade Tinney. Wade tells us how he went from being a DJ in London to co-founding his company Large Animal Games. He also gives us some details on the New York game scene, the IGDA, and the design of casual games.

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Another Castle Episode 9 – A Conversation with Wade Tinney

Our last podcast of the year is also our first interview with an out-of-towner! Wes Erdelack, also know as Iroquois Pliskin, was in New York for a weekend and was gracious enough to sit down and talk with us. In this episode we discuss his blog, Versus CluCluLand, as well as what philosophy can tell us about games. Finally, Wes and I have a little throwdown about whether or not games are ‘real’.

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Another Castle Episode 8 – A Conversation with Wes Erdelack

In this episode of Another Castle we talk to game designer and theorist Eric Zimmerman. In the first half we talk about his current projects, including writing a book with Heather Chaplin. Later in the episode we talk about his books Rules of Play and The Game Design Reader, as well as the history behind his company GameLab. Finally, we discuss his opinions on the ‘games as art’ debate.

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Another Castle Episode 7 – A Conversation with Eric Zimmerman

In this episode we’re talking to Heather Chaplin about her book Smart Bomb, some of her best stories about the different game developers she’s interviewed, and her famous rant at last year’s GDC. We also talk about her future work, including a proposed ‘public gaming service’, and our mutual love of Fumito Ueda’s ICO.

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Another Castle Episode 6 – A Conversation with Heather Chaplin

We sit down with Richard Rouse III, who has had a long and storied career as a game designer in the industry, working on games like The Suffering and Blacksite: Area 51. He is also author of Game Design: Theory and Practice, one of the first books to specifically addressed the art and craft of game design.

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Another Castle Episode 5 – Richard Rouse III

Just in time for the publication of his new book A Casual Revolution, we sit down and talk with Jesper Juul. We discuss his career as both a theorist and a game designer, as well as his first book Half-Real and his opinions on the “founding conflict” of game studies: ludology vs. narratology.

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Another Castle Episode 4 – Jesper Juul

In this episode we talk to Greg Trefry, former lead game designer at GameLab and the co-founder of the ‘big games’ festival Come Out and Play.

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Another Castle Episode 3 – Greg Trefry

Episode 2 is up in iTunes and you can download it directly here:

Another Castle Episode 2 – A Conversation with Anna Anthropy