Sinopse

Two working actors, Dylan and Chris, take deep dives into the games they love, with a dramatic twist. Join us every week for just shy of an hour of conversation on theater, games, and life in a creative career, with some goofing for good measure.

Episódios

  • Trying Something New

    Trying Something New

    12/10/2020 Duração: 37min

    This week, we chat about series and genres that we aren't typically into and what changes that. Whether it's a great trailer or a tie-in with something we already love, sometimes it just takes a little push to get us to try something new. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Footsies Talk

    Footsies Talk

    05/10/2020 Duração: 48min

    This week, we're looking at the new fighting game, Footsies, a one-button game and teaching tool designed to improve your fighting game basics, and we dive into the other areas of game design that could benefit from the same approach. Have a listen! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Have I Got a Story for You!

    Have I Got a Story for You!

    28/09/2020 Duração: 41min

    This week, we take a look at games that treat a story as a reward in-and-of-itself. Whether it's the capstone to a sidequest or a facet of how the game is presented, sometimes a bit of narrative is every bit as rewarding as a gameplay improvement. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Fighting for Dummies

    Fighting for Dummies

    22/09/2020 Duração: 45min

    This week, we talk about combat. Again. But this time, we talk combat aesthetic, abstraction, and how all of that comes together to help a game become what it is! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Narrator Blues

    Narrator Blues

    14/09/2020 Duração: 42min

    This week, we dive into one of the most often debated tools for storytelling: the voiceover narration. When can it be useful? When is it a crutch? Why does it matter?? All that and more! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • This is Bonkers

    This is Bonkers

    07/09/2020 Duração: 40min

    This week, Dylan surprises Chris with a discussion of Alien Soldier and games that take a unique and front-loaded approach to telling ABSOLUTELY WILD stories. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Broken Canons

    Broken Canons

    17/08/2020 Duração: 50min

    This week, we go on a tour of game series that let their canons get out of hand. Whether it's split across dozens of entries in different media, or just changes a lot, there are some games that have gotten decidedly more complex than you'd expect. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Just Chillin

    Just Chillin'

    10/08/2020 Duração: 51min

    Not every game's biggest appeal is the story or challenge. Sometimes, you find a game that you just like to spend time in. This week, we chat about comfortable games, what makes them so fun to chill in, and why this is such a pleasant element of gaming. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Everyone Stop Fighting!

    Everyone Stop Fighting!

    04/08/2020 Duração: 45min

    This week, we take some time to talk about games that might not need their combat system. Whether it's a game that brings enough to the table that the combat is irrelevant, or a combat system that feels tedious, we look at some offenders and offer some alternatives. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Backstage Back Alright!

    Backstage Back Alright!

    27/07/2020 Duração: 47min

    After a much longer than anticipated hiatus, we're BACK, baybee! We do a bit of recapping what we've been up to in the last couple months, and lay some groundwork for some future episodes! Thanks for your patience, we're back and ready to roll! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 13: Dya Get It? (This is a bad pun)

    Minisode 13: D'ya Get It? (This is a bad pun)

    18/05/2020 Duração: 30min

    This week, we use Ghost of Tsushima as a jumping-off-point to talk about the difference between Diagetic and Non-Diagetic game design elements. How do games give us information? How do they balance between in-world and UI-based information? All that and more right here! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 12: Do the Mash

    Minisode 12: Do the Mash

    07/05/2020 Duração: 27min

    Today, we talk about combinations that are greater than the sum of their parts. Whether it's aesthetic or mechanical combinations, games have a unique ability to mash together disparate ideas to make something more. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 11: Get Real

    Minisode 11: Get Real

    04/05/2020 Duração: 26min

    This episode isn't *really* about "The Discourse," but it's also not not about "The Discourse," so... brace yourselves. Mostly, it's about the role of realism (or lack of realism) in how games work and how their stories are told. Come along, won't you? Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 10: Character Arc Double Feature

    Minisode 10: Character Arc Double Feature

    27/04/2020 Duração: 33min

    Hot on the heels of breaking down the character of Link last week, now it's time for each of us to tackle our own characters. From an example of a character twist to the importance of tactic choices, we get in the weeds and walk you even further through some of the process. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 9: A Link to the Character

    Minisode 9: A Link to the Character

    20/04/2020 Duração: 37min

    Today is part one in a two-part special on character analysis. We go over the character arc of Link from Ocarina of Time, breaking it down as we would a character we would perform. Don't believe Link can have a character arc as a silent protagonist? You're wrong, and we'll tell you why! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 8: In Transition

    Minisode 8: In Transition

    16/04/2020 Duração: 35min

    This week, we're talking about what happens in-between play. How games choose to bridge the gaps between setpieces or levels can have a surprising impact on the overall feel of the game, and we dive into why that is and some games that come to mind. Come along! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 7: The Sound of Music

    Minisode 7: The Sound of Music

    13/04/2020 Duração: 39min

    This week, we do something that it's honestly shocking that we haven't done yet: we talk about music's place in the storytelling toolbox of games. From particularly memorable musical moments to character leitmotifs and genres, this is more of an overview, but who knows? Maybe we'll come back to this again before too long. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 6: Whispers of Tragedy

    Minisode 6: Whispers of Tragedy

    09/04/2020 Duração: 37min

    This week is weird. On the one hand, we're much more on our classic, theatrical analysis game. On the other hand... well, you'll see. Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 5: Some Spicy Takes

    Minisode 5: Some Spicy Takes

    06/04/2020 Duração: 36min

    Well, we've hit the point in this quarantine saga where Chris decides to tick EVERYONE off. This week, we talk a little bit about some genres that we think might need to be handled differently in games, in general. Agree? Disagree? Let us know! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

  • Minisode 4: Trying Something New

    Minisode 4: Trying Something New

    02/04/2020 Duração: 27min

    Today, inspired by some of our recent gaming activity, we talk about trying new genres. What have we been playing that's new to us? Why do we recommend pushing those boundaries? It's all here, in a bite-sized package for your ears! Backstage Gaming is a proud member of the HP Video Game Podcast Network (@hpvgpodnetwork on Twitter) Enjoy our show? Consider supporting us on Patreon! (patreon.com/bsgpod)

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