This week's guest is actor/voice actor Elias Toufexis. Elias has become an actor with a fan base and cult following around the world. He has played dozens of major characters on television in shows like Lost Girl, Alphas, Stargate Atlantis, Smallville and more. He's played particularly memorable characters on: Supernatural & The Expanse. In the videogame world, Elias has played the leading characters in many multi-million dollar projects, including Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and Splinter Cell. He is also the voice of Adam Jensen in the Deus Ex series.
Emily Kelley and Peter Kunin of the Wrong Button Blog join Genese to look over some of the games coming out in 2017. They'll decide if each one is a NEEDROLL or PASS.
Genese talks to Leah Hoyer (Vice President of Creative at Telltale Games about gamer-focused storytelling. Leah also talks about the experience of incorporating The Walking Dead, Batman and Guardians of the Galaxy into their games.
Leah Hoyer is passionate about making story experiences. She recently joined Telltale Games as their Vice President of Creative. Prior to that, she was head of narrative at both ArenaNet (Guild Wars 2) and Xbox Studios. She recently launched ThePlayersStory.com to share insights on creating interactive story, and hope that it will become a place where folks who love game narrative can learn and share ideas.
Also, Telltale Games is holding an innovative event this March where people can learn more about a career in writing or design at Telltale. Attendees will learn from Telltale creatives what it is like to work at the company, and how they make compelling stories for their industry-leading, narrative-driven experiences. Then, folks will have the chance to put those learnings into practice as they create a scene of an interactive story. To learn more about the event and apply, visit their Jobs site: https://telltale.com/jobs/job/opPx4fwz
This week Genese joins game producer Eric Kieron Davis, voice actor Anthony Bowling, and Gamer's Dominion Producer Scott Murray to discuss holiday gift ideas for gamers.
Today's special guest is Hall Hood. Hall is the Studio Lead Writer for BioWare in Austin, Texas. Over the last nine years, he's developed storylines, dialogue characters and background lore for Star Wars: The Old Republic. He also worked on the recent Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion. He's a co-author of the official Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia published by DK Books. He also co-wrote "The Descent"…the Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC.
Also this week, Scott and Genese discuss some of the news coming out of this year's Blizzcon.
Today's guest is writer, director and teacher Randall Jahnson. Randall has been a working screenwriter for more than 30 years. He has delivered scripts for both large and small screens; in both studio and independent realms; in genres ranging from horror to historical. He’s worked with such diverse filmmaking talent as Steven Spielberg, Alec Baldwin, and Penelope Spheeris.
Among his produced credits are Dudes, The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Sunset Strip, Dryads - Girls Don’t Cry, and episodes of the HBO cable series, Tales from the Crypt. He also wrote the epic Western video game, Gun, which was voted Best Story at the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards.
Also on today's show, Scott and Genese discuss the voice actor strike and what it means for video games.
Genese and game developer Chris Avellone, take listeners with them as they experience a Gigablast event. They test out a variety of PS4 games while using the internet service that was designed for gamers. Also, Jeff Macalino and Brian Grider discuss the VR game - Laser Type.
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Genese interviews Jonny Cruz - the voice of Lucio in Overwatch. Scott stops by to share some fun game-related media and content.
This week's special guest is Emmalee Garrido, a pro gamer. She talks her path to becoming a pro gamer and forming her own team (Team Selfless). Also this week, Jennifer Murray joins Genese to discuss the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion - LEGION.
Emmalee "EMUHLEET" Garrido is a 25 year old from Moreno Valley, California who works full time as a nurse by day, and full time gamer at night. She is well-known in the Counterstrike:Global Offensive community for her quick AWP and p90 skills.
She started playing Counterstrike 1.6 in 2005, and quit gaming in 2009 to go to Medical College. She came back in January 2013 to play again and follow her dreams to be a professional gamer.
During her gaming career, she has attended over 50 different local LAN tournaments all over California. She created Team Karma, an all-female professional CSGO team in summer of 2014 who has placed Top 3 in 7 female international and online tournaments in the past 2 years, including winning 1st Place at Copenhagen games 2015, 2nd Place at Electronic Sports World Cup Paris in 2014, 3rd Place Electronic Sports World Cup Montreal in 2015, and 3rd Place at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016.
Most recently her team signed with an organization called Selfless Gaming, and are now known as Team Selfless.
Dr. Anthony Bean has combined his profession with his love of video games. He works with children, adolescents, and adults who play video games, in order to help them better understand the immersive effects video games have on individual and family dynamics. Dr. Bean utilizes video game character identification techniques and other experiences to understand and develop basic motivations for playing, personal identity, and discovering conscious and unconscious conflicts, cognitions, and behaviors.
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Genese Davis is an author, speaker, columnist and media personality known for her expertise in the world of gaming.