GlitchCon 2017 Preview (Hype! Hype! Hype!)

Hype is alive in the clubhouse as your nice hosts preview all the sessions at Glitch Connect 2017, taking place at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, May 5-7th!

Reminder: you can still win a ticket to GlitchCon! Our contest is running for a few more days!

All you have to do is submit an iTunes review by 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 26th. Go to http://nicegames.club/itunes to get to our listing on the iTunes website, and then click the link to open our show in iTunes.

Don’t listen to us in iTunes or use an Apple device? That’s okay. You can download iTunes to your PC or Mac and create an Apple account (if you don’t have one) just to submit your review, even if you listen to the show using another service. A review is a review, and we want yours. It doesn’t even have to be a nice review!

Also be sure to send us a note on Twitter or via email, so we can get in touch with you if you’ve won. Good luck!

Putting on a GlitchCon! (with Alex Chang)

In this interview episode, we talk to Glitch’s “Official Zookeeper” Alex Chang, who is the producer of this year’s Glitch Connect digital games festival, coming up May 5-7th, 2017. He talks with us about what it’s like to put on a show, and gives some great advice on how to put on your own.

We recorded this episode before the sessions for GlitchCon were announced. Check out the full listing here!

The final stop on the GlitchCon brewery tour is on April 19th at Modest Brewing Co. in Minneapolis.

We’ve extended our GlitchCon contest! Nice Games Club is giving away two free tickets to GlitchCon! Go to http://nicegames.club/itunes to get to our listing on the iTunes website, click the link to open our show in iTunes itself, sign in and leave a review by 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 26th for a chance to win. It doesn’t even have to be a nice review!

Win a ticket to GlitchCon!

Hey, listen! GlitchCon is coming up May 5th-7th, and your pals at Nice Games Club are giving away two free tickets!

All you have to do is submit an iTunes review by 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 19th [EDIT: The contest has been extended by one week, to April 26th!]. Go to http://nicegames.club/itunes to get to our listing on the iTunes website, and then click the link to open our show in iTunes.

Don’t listen to us in iTunes or use an Apple device? That’s okay. You can download iTunes to your PC or Mac and create an Apple account (if you don’t have one) just to submit your review, even if you listen to the show using another service. A review is a review, and we want yours! (Don’t worry, you can uninstall iTunes once you’re done).

Also be sure to send us a note on Twitter or via email telling us that you left a review, so we can get in touch with you if you’ve won!

Good luck!

“Mutual butt-kicking.” Getting Out of a Rut, Bots, Procedural Generation

This week’s roundtable episode has it all: Confusion, technobabble, randomness… and shoot, a whole lot more besides!

Glitch Connect digital games festival is coming up, May 5th-7th in Minneapolis. Get your tickets now!

We’re still looking for feedback from our listeners! Be nice and visit our feedback form. It will only take a minute and it will help make the show better!

[Links]
Nice Games Club feedback form
Glitch Connect

[0:02:54] Getting Out of a Rut
Tim Schafer on productivity
Stephen’s motivation week

[0:19:44] Bots! Bots! Bots!
Tech the Tech
Tracery
Tracery for Unity
Kate Compton
Mark Gritter on Twitter
“Play This Clever Adventure Game Entirely On Twitter” – Kotaku
Raisable
MN Bot Makers – Meetup
Quick, Draw!
Cheap Bots Done Quick

[0:35:40] Procedural Generation
“Procedural world generation: The simulation, functional and planning approaches” – Gamasutra
“Spelunky Generator Lessons” – Darius Kazemi
“No Man’s Sky – Procedural Content” – 3DGameDev Blog
“How Planets are Made in Elite: Dangerous Horizons” – WCCF Tech
“Fallout 4: Here’s All the Names That Codsworth Can Say” – Gamespot

Co-Op Recap: Problematic Games (with Sara Ferret and Ajuawak Kapashesit)

Our Co-op Recap episodes feature one or more guests to discuss the topic of that month’s Co-Op Talk group discussion at Glitch HQ.

The next Co-Op Talk is on “Mastering Games” and takes place on April 20th, 2017. Details will appear here: glitch.mn/project/co-op-talk.

On this Co-Op Recap episode, we welcome musician and 3D artist Sara Ferret along with game designer Ajuawak Kapashesit to talk about March’s Glitch Co-Op Talk topic, Problematic Games.

[Additional material]
“7 Ridiculously Sexualized Moments in the Metal Gear Solid Games” – Dorkly
“Assassin’s Creed and the straight-white-male default” – How Manly
“Your fave is problematic: Mass Effect” – Mostly About Important Things
“Trekkie Feminist analyzes how boldly “Star Trek” actually went” – The Daily Dot
“The Division – Problematic Meaning in Mechanics” – Extra Credits
Feminist Frequency on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
“Tomb Raider 3 & Loving Problematic Media” – FemHype
“How to be a fan of problematic things” – Social Justice League