Podcast EP 36: Nathan Barnatt – Creating Your Own Future

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Nathan Barnatt is an actor, comedian, dancer, and filmmaker. He’s been in many videos, movies, shorts, and known for High School USA!, Kirby Buckets and Talking Classics as Keith Apicary. After a performance on Comedy Central’s “Gong Show” Andy Dick called him “the next Buster Keaton”. His dance videos are legendary as is his love for video games of all kinds. Please welcome to the show, Nathan Barnatt.

Join us as we talk about:

  • Talking Classics and Keith Apicary – Past, Present, and Future
  • Getting into trouble in the airport and never breaking character
  • Secret stuff we can’t talk about!
  • 300 million views across videos on YouTube
  • Defining your own legacy
  • Trale Lewous – self-proclaimed spokesperson for candy (inspired by commercials for Semi-Pro, the movie neither of us could remember)
  • What it means to go chugging gigabytes
  • That one time Nathan’s brother Cheffid lived in a van. In the driveway. For a year.
  • Ray Amsley – The one legged martial artist and how to never get murdered again.
  • Which 3 video game characters would Nathan take on a Carpool trip
  • We experience a mutual “old man” moment that devolves in to way too much reminiscing
  • …and much, much more! (Seriously, this was a massive, awesome episode)

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Connect with Nathan

On Youtube

Facebook Fan Page

Twitter

IMDB 

Instagram

MacBeth Shoes

Games mentioned:

Some of Nathan’s Videos:

Dreamcast 2 video

Talking Classics at E3

Champin (Cam Ping)

Podcast EP 35: Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness

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Steve Kamb is the founder of NerdFitness.com, a worldwide fitness community dedicated to helping nerds, desk jockeys, and self-aware robots level up their lives. He’s also the author of the upcoming book, Level Up Your Life, that gives people a blueprint for prioritizing adventure, growth, and happiness by turning a life into a giant video game. While running his company from a coconut laptop, Steve has adventured all over the world, explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, dived with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, and lived like James Bond in Monte Carlo. He has guest lectured at Google, Google Dublin, Facebook, TEDxEmory, and regularly speaks at Vanderbilt University.

 Join us as we talk about:
  • Turning your life into a big video game
  • How to get started with exercise, diet, or any other new habit
  • Steve’s own Epic Quest of Awesome
  • Steve’s new book Level Up Your Life
  • The value of community
  • How to harness momentum in 2016 and beyond
  • …and much more!

Links:

Steve’s book
Shortcut to the SUPER helpful resources page (START HERE!)

Podcast EP 34: Arnie Roth & Final Fantasy: A New World

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Arnie Roth is an American Grammy Award-winning conductor, composer, and record producer, best known for conducting numerous concerts for video game music. He is also a classically trained violinist and a member of the Grammy Award-winning music group Mannheim Steamroller. Roth is also the principal conductor and music director of the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Play! A Video Game Symphony, and several Final Fantasy concerts including Distant Worlds and Final Fantasy A New World.


SPECIAL GIVEAWAY – Win a pair of tickets to the January 23, 2016 Miami, Florida performance of Final Fantasy: A New World – CLICK HERE TO ENTER! (Contest ends 1/19/16). 


 

Join us as we talk about:

  • Arnie’s involvement with the music of the Final Fantasy.
  • What is unique about the music of Final Fantasy, and Final Fantasy A New World.
  • Some of the amazing ways that fans express their passion for the music and the games themselves.
  • The magic behind translating the music of Final Fantasy into full orchestral performances.
  • What Arnie has learned in his own life through being a part of directing and performing music from Final Fantasy games.
  • …and much more!

Learn more about Final Fantasy: A New World by going here: http://ffnewworld.com/

Podcast EP 33: Life Lessons From Video Games

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If you are a gamer, you realize the power of video games to inspire, excite, and even teach life lessons. This special episode is dedicated to all the gamers who realize the amazing potential for good within one of our favorite hobbies.

Featuring some of the best thoughts of influential experts from my interviews over the past year, this episode is packed with thought provoking commentary on life lessons from video games.

Please enjoy and share with others.

Links to full interviews:

Music:

Podcast EP 32: Carrie Dieterle Insomniac Games Human Resources

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Carrie Dieterle is Chief People Officer at Insomniac Games, Inc. She is part of the senior leadership team, and is responsible for creating a comprehensive human resources vision, strategy and organization to support the achievement of the company’s mission, objective and short and long term goals through a culture focused on attracting, developing and retaining individuals to support continued growth and excellence. She is also the most fun Human Resources Professional I’ve ever spoken with.

Join us as we talk about:

  • What the employment experience is like at Insomniac
  • How to create a great experience for employees
  • Insomniac’s track record as a top employer with Forbes
  • Transparency & Trust in the workplace
  • CEO Ted Price’s AMA’s
  • How to nurture culture in an organization
  • Carrie’s best career advice
  • The value of Mentorship
  • …and more!

Podcast EP 31: Danny Peña of Gamertag Radio

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Danny Peña is the Founder and Host of Gamertag Radio. Gamertag Radio (GTR) is an independent online gaming website dedicated to the gaming community that was founded in 2005, and intended to help to unite all gamers. Every week GTR records and distributes new episodes recapping the news of the past week. GTR was recently announced as an addition to CBS Radio’s Play.it podcast network.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The value of podcasting
  • Creating successful community involvement
  • The intersection of gaming and hip hop music
  • Behind the scene of the video game industry
  • Growing a fan base and influence
  • How Gamertag Radio was started
  • Video games in the workplace
  • …and more!

Connect with Danny:
Gamertag Radio Podcast
Twitter: @Godfree

Also Mentioned:
Podcast Movement

Podcast EP 30: Frank Cifaldi – Mega Man Legacy Collection

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Head of restoration for Digital Eclipse – the team that is responsible for the upcoming Mega Man Legacy Collection (available this summer on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo 3DS in the winter). He is also a writer, journalist, social media guy, project leader and community manager specializing in video game history and development culture.

Join us as we discuss:

  • All things related to the Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • How this is different than traditional compilations or collections
  • Restorations/preservations
  • How Frank became involved with Digital Eclipse and the Mega Man Legacy Collection project
  • Step taken by the team to honor the original games
  • Geek out about Mega Man’s soundtracks (and the technical reason why Mega Man III’s soundtrack sounds better than any else in the series)
  • The importance of game preservation
  • What Frank has learned from the project, as well as his experiences leading up to the Mega Man Legacy Collection

Connect with Frank on Twitter: https://twitter.com/frankcifaldi

Capcom’s Website:http://www.capcom-unity.com/

Referenced:

Kids React to Mega Man – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njzAyjAFCMI

The Art of Video Games at the Smithsonian http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2012/games/

MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works  http://www.amazon.com/MM25-Mega-Official-Complete-Works/dp/1926778863/

The Strong | National Museum of Play http://www.museumofplay.org/

http://www.lostlevels.org/

http://www.gametap.com/

http://www.retronauts.com/

Mega Man Legacy Collection is a celebration of the 8-bit history of Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series’ origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. In addition to the six Mega Man games, Mega Man Legacy Collection features new ways to experience the classic games with the Museum Mode and new Challenge Mode.

Podcast EP 29: The Graduation Speech I Needed To Hear

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I remember my first graduation. I remember a graduation speech as well, but I can’t say I remember much else about it.

Just last week I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for the graduation of the 2015 class at the Gardens School of Technology Arts.

So I thought about the graduation speech I needed to hear when I was in the student’s place.

Yes, a talk that is chock full of wisdom, advice, and…video games.

Today’s episode is based on that speech.

Enjoy, and congratulations of the class of 2015!

Podcast EP 28: Interview with Greg Toppo Author of The Game Believes in You

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Interview with Greg Toppo

Greg Toppo is USA TODAY’s national K-12 education writer. He’s been with USA TODAY since 2002 and was a 2010 Spencer fellow in education reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, Toppo was a reporter for the Associated Press in Washington. Toppo has worked as both a high school English and writing teacher and as a fourth-grade teacher. He is the author of the book:Continue reading

Podcast EP 27: Patrick Scott Patterson Interview

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Patrick Scott Patterson (Scott to his friends) is a Multi-Media personality specializing in video gaming and pop culture. His work appears across a wide variety of media, including live speaking engagements, television, film, radio and more.

Patterson fell in love with video gaming when he first encountered a Pac-Man arcade machine as a child in September 1981. So enamored with video games, Patterson eventually found interest in not only the games themselves but the history of the industry and the culture surrounding it. In time, he became the go-to guy for media discussions about gaming topics ranging from the controversies over violent video games to a variety of historical topics and chats about current industry events..

Among the media outlets that have cited or featured Patterson are USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, G4tv, Guinness World Records, ESPN, NBC News, the Chicago Sun Times and a variety of regional newscasts, newspapers and radio stations across North America.

Patterson appears in documentary films such as World 1-1, Pixel Poetry and upcoming documentary Nintendo Quest.

In this episode, Patrick Scott Patterson and I talk about:

  • How he got involved with video game history
  • When he realized how his knowledge could be used to help others
  • Some of the narratives about gaming that still have not changed in the media
  • An important life lesson that video games teach us
  • What video games don’t teach us
  • The three video game characters Patrick Scott Patterson would carpool with

If you enjoy this episode, let me know, I would love to hear from you – I’m sure he would as well!

Check out his webpage: http://www.patrickscottpatterson.com/

Connect with Patrick Scott Patterson on:

Twitter

Facebook

Also, I appreciate anyone who leaves me a rating and review in iTunes – this will help others find the show!

I’m excited and honored to be speaking at this year’s Podcast Movement  THE event for podcasters!