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

Video Game Quotes: Final Fantasy VII On Communication

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Words aren’t the only way to tell someone how you feel.

– Tifa Lockheart, Final Fantasy VII

I recently started yet another play though of Final Fantasy VII (on my Playstation 3 via the Playstation Network) – and this quote jumped out at me near the start of the game. 

I wonder, will it be in the Final Fantasy VII Remake (yes, … Continue reading

5 Lessons I Learned From Florida Supercon 2015

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South Florida Supercon is Miami’s largest comic, video game, and general geek celebration. This year there were over 51,000 in attendance, and I had the pleasure of speaking to an awesome group of people at this event on Saturday June 27th. I want to start by thanking Mike Broder, Sarina, and the entire team of individuals taking this year’s event to the next level – Well done!

This was my 2nd year … Continue reading

Video Game Quotes: Rambo On Taking Action

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“But it’s up to you. The game doesn’t start until you say yes.”

– Colonel Trautman, Rambo (NES)

Ok, Rambo on the NES is a pretty terrible game. But this quote is just awesome. Life requires us to make a move before things happen. We often cannot control when things end, but we can have a say as to when the begin.

Sure there are times when we are forced to wait (here’s a few things you can do while stuck on life’s loading screens), but we are still accountable for taking action.

The Mindfluence Revolution Podcast mentions the idea that “Action ends dissatisfaction,” and when we take steps to pursue our dreams, we find that we are much happier – even in the face of challenge.

Personally, being stuck or stagnant is the worse state to be in.

So what are you waiting for? Get started today.

The game doesn’t start until you say yes.

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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!

How To Unlock Flow In Video Games At Work

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This is a reprint of an article I wrote that was published on FastCompany.com discussing how to leverage flow in video games

Do you know that feeling you get when you are totally absorbed in an activity you love—even to the point of completely losing track of the time? That sense is amazing, but often hard to replicate.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist and professor of psychology at Claremont … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Connecting the Dots – Video Games and Learning Pt 2

This is part 2 of Connecting the Dots, for part one go HERE

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Concept Three: You Can Learn Without Knowing It

What excites me about the potential for learning principles from video games, is the possibility it can be done without the learner even being actively aware that they are learning.

In a previous post, I detailed a problem solving approach that discovers how many difficult problems may already … Continue reading