Podcast EP 19 Interview with Chris Barton

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Today’s episode is an interview with bestselling author Chris Barton!

Chris Barton is the author of the picture books SHARK VS. TRAIN (a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller) and THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS (winner, American Library Association Sibert Honor), as well as the young adult nonfiction thriller CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.? TRUE STORIES OF FALSE IDENTITIES. His 2014 publications include picture book ATTACK! BOSS! CHEAT CODE! A GAMER’S ALPHABET and his YA fiction debut as a contributor to the collection ONE DEATH, NINE STORIES, and … Continue reading

Podcast EP 18 – SMART Goals With Super Mario

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SMART Goal with Super Mario? As we approach a new year, it is a great time to start thinking about our goals for 2015. What does Mario know about goal setting? Quite a bit if you pay attention to what he does in Super Mario World.

Today’s podcast will help you succeed in 2015 with SMART Goals.


What are your goals for 2015?

When the Game is About Life

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In a time of assassins, warzones, battles and conflict, a unique voice rises. It’s not yelling or screaming – it’s more powerful. It’s a whisper. It’s the voice of a child and his family. It’s the story of a family confronted with miracles and loss, with hope and sadness.

This is a video game about many things: cancer, pain, anxiety, sadness, joy, faith, and love.

It’s also about hope in the face of what every parent dreads: the loss of a child.

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Podcast EP 17 Interview with Kellee Santiago

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Kellee Santiago is the Developers’ Best Friend at OUYA. She has spoken at universities and conferences around the world on game design, production, and entrepreneurship, and most famously engaged film critic Roger Ebert in a discussion on video games as art with her TEDxUSC talk on the subject, and she was named one of the Top 10 Innovators to Watch by Variety magazine, and was one of The Ten Most Influential Women in Games of the Decade on Kotaku.com. In 2011 she was named as one of the top 100 most influential women in technology by Fast Company.


In this interview, Kellee Talks about:

  • How technology has changed the way we interact with games
  • The importance of developing yourself
  • The role of flow theory in game development and in life
  • Emotions in video games
  • How failure in one project can lead to greater success in the next

You can follow Kellee’s work on her website HERE – http://kelleesantiago.com/

Mentioned in the Podcast:

Journey Collector’s Edition (Includes flOw, Flower, and Journey)

OUYA https://www.ouya.tv/

A great summary resource on Flow Theory in Games, found in Jenova Chen’s thesis – HERE

Interview with Patrick Stafford

View Kellee Santiago’s TEDx:

Reading and Playing In November

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It’s been a while since I’ve featured an update to my reading and playing list, so this one is long overdue.

Rather than try to catch up on the great books and games that I’ve been reading and playing lately, I want to just focus on the few that have captured my attention during the month of November.

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John Maxwell

I’ve been a fan of John Maxwell’s leadership writings for quite some time but … Continue reading