Episode 14 — FATAL1TY

 

If you would have asked me a few years ago when eSports became “a thing,” I would have likely said the beginnings were somewhere in the avenue mid to late 2000’s.

This is clearly wrong, but this has more to do with my own personal limited exposure to eSports which was around that time. I learned somewhere down the road that I was wrong and that the emergence of eSports not only came from the first person shooter genre, but that it had happened much earlier than I thought.

I discussed eSports with Cameron Irvine, the commissioner of the Simulated Football League, who highlighted the journey of breaking into eSports with wholly unique idea and the struggles and successes that he has had in growing the franchise.

This week, I bring you Johnathan Wendel. His given name may not ring a bell, but his gaming handle might: FATAL1TY.

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Episode 12 — Neversoft, Infinity Ward

This week’s guest is Simon Ko, an artist who has done concept art for the Guitar Hero and Call of Duty franchises.

Originally a concept artist specializing in vehicle design, Simon got picked up to do work with Neversoft on a little known franchise called Guitar Hero. This work with Neversoft merged into a career with Infinity Ward working on the Call of Duty franchises.

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Episode 11 — King of (the long) Kon

618UQzLlp4L._SY355_ Twin Galaxies has officially dropped the ban hammer on a second prominent world record holding champion: Billy Mitchell.

The scrutiny against Mitchell’s scores came on the heels of the ban against Todd Rogers, after a member of the Donkey Kong forums posted evidence that Mitchell may have used MAME, an emulator, to achieve scores he claims were won on an original arcade cabinet. A few weeks later, Apollo Legend dropped some evidence of his own.

If you’ve caught all of the episodes of the show, you’re acquainted with Scott. He’s been a guest so many times because his perspective is vast. He joins me today to talk about Billy Mitchell and his time working with Twin Galaxies in addition to the ways those experiences still impact his life today and what the real takeaway from the ban is.

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Episode 10 — The Simulation Football League (SFL)

What is the Simulation Football League you ask? It’s a football league that YOU could play in. You, as in the universal you. And with me today to school us on the game is the Commissioner of the League himself: Cameron Irvine.

The SFL currently boasts 18 teams spread out across North America and the UK, with more than 200 players, coaches, owners, and broadcasters around the world that work and play to stream two seasons  every year.

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Episode 9 — What do Madden and Medici have in common?

The answer to that question is this weeks guest: André Thomas.

André is the CEO of Triseum who has quite the resume to back up his history working in games. He has spent more than 20 years in CGI production, working on films such as Men in Black and Independence Day, in addition to being appointed head of graphics over the EA Sports football franchise that includes Madden, NCAA, and more.

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Episode 8 — Do video games cause violence?

ICYMI: Members of the video game industry  met with President Trump and some other congressional voices to talk about video game’s potential for causing violence in American society. The agenda included a little montage of cherry picked scenes depicting humans killing other humans. Watch the video for yourself, courtesy of the White House:

With these claims circulating the news and social media come calls for heavier regulations and even bans on violent content (please tell me you read the list of games he would ban, PLEASE). Something that is often missing from the narrative is an actual counter-argument.

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Episode 5 — Newgrounds.com

“A living history of the internet.” Tom Fulp wasn’t wrong when he said that Newgrounds.com was just that.

Tom is the true pioneer to online content creation. His first webspace was up and running in 1995, but four years earlier, at the tender age of 13, Tom sought to bring people together (even if it wasn’t initially intended for the web).

Some of the Internet’s first truly viral content was created by Tom himself, including a flash game using the likeness of the childhood horror show the Teletubbies that earned him a pretty lawsuit courtesy of PBS. Inside Edition reached out at a time to cover another game — Assassin, a flash game that was uploaded around the same time as Club a Seal — that prompted Tom to purchase the domain name Newgrounds.com, and thus a surviving relic of the early internet was born.

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Episode 4 — Rampage

I somehow managed to steal Brian away from his booth at the Houston Arcade and Pinball Expo to get him to regale his time working at BallyMidway on a little game called Rampage.

You know, the game that’s being turned into a movie. With The Rock.

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Episode 3 — @!#?@

I had the chance to pal around with Warren Davis, PSPJohn Newcomer, and John Hardie over the summer during the 2017 Let’s Play Expo and at the National Video Game Museum (very neatly nestled up in North Texas!). He was kind enough to sit and chat with me about… everything. Well, not everything, but everything from his love of acting, to his time working for Gottlieb (and on Q*bert!), but we also talk about his time working for competitors like Williams, a little about a never-released game that Warren and John worked on together, his time as a Disney Imagineer, and more!

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