Virtual Economy

Episode 27: The Galaxy Fund (with Evva Karr)

It’s our first returning guest! Manda and Mike welcome GLITCH CEO Evva Karr back to the show to discuss . This grant fund will first be received by 4 black women and a non-binary creator, each starting out on their next (or, in some cases, first)…

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Episode 26: A Conversation About Not-E3 Trends, Broken Video Game Executive Payment, and GameStop’s Woes (News Show)

It’s Not-E3, and there’s a lot to cover! We start with a look at GameStop’s disastrous first quarter financials before taking a deep look at the executive compensation problems in the industry, and Activision Blizzard in particular (38 min). We…

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Episode 25: Feeding the Beast (with Troy Baker)

Voice actor, musician, and performance director Troy Baker joins us to discuss his career, advice for up-and-coming performers, and the nuts and bolts of voice and performance capture. Without access to recording studios, voice actors have had to get…

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Episode 24: Console Wars are Stupid (News Show)

Microsoft has detailed its big backward compatibility plans and Sony is set to reveal the first PlayStation 5 gameplay. Mike and Manda discuss why this generation is about more than hardware, as the two major competitors walk down different…

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Episode 23: QA and IT are the Real Heroes (with Kari Toyama, Lead Producer, Disintegration)

Everything comes back to Halo in Kari Toyama’s fascinating career. The Lead Producer on V1 Interactive and Private Division’s Disintegration joins us to talk about her love of Halo 2, her start in QA, how she built Private Division’s QA…

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Episode 22: Big Ups, Big Downs (Financial Report Episode)

It’s earnings time again! In a very special episode of Virtual Economy, Mike and Manda take a look at Take-Two, Ubisoft, Embracer Group, and more. Who had huge years, and who took a tumble? Find out in a bonus financial report episode. Follow us on…

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Episode 21: Legal Beagles

You get a lawsuit. YOU get a lawsuit. EVERYBODY gets a lawsuit. Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google. Nintendo is going after Switch hackers. G2A is finally paying up for selling stolen keys (but still tries to claim victory). Mike and Manda give you…

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Episode 20: Cultural Moment (with Shawn Alexander Allen, NuChallenger)

Shawn Alexander Allen visits the show to discuss his work on the recently-released Treachery in Beatdown City, the Game Devs of Color Expo, and his path from video game retail worker to AAA game capture work at Rockstar and why he decided to forge his…

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Episode 19: Bootstrapping (with Ryan Canuel, Petricore Games)

Creating a business that can stand the test of time is a combination of skill and luck. Mike and Manda are joined by Petricore Games co-founder Ryan Canuel to discuss bootstrapping and creative funding. Find out how Petricore, which is celebrating its…

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Episode 18: Epic <3 Sony? Unreal!

It’s another news-heavy week! Manda and Mike highlight the biggest stories of the week, including the hour-long Unreal Engine 5 reveal and tech demo; Epic scaling back licensing fees while offering free account and cross-play services; Respawn…

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