Violence in Games (with Dev Jana)

This week’s interview episode features Dev Jana, one half of the team behind Newt One, a non-violent music-infused 3D platformer.

We talk with Dev about how Newt One transformed (through continuous iteration) from a “Mario 64” clone into a game where “there are no bad guys” and nothing you do can hurt anything.

We also discuss the purpose and use of violence in video games, including the games we’re all working on. When can violence be utilized effectively though mechanics and story? And when is it simply an lazy way to build tension and create challenge for the player?

 Discuss this week’s episode on reddit using this thread in r/gamedev!

Dev Jana
Twitter: @dnanewtone
Facebook: /DevNAri


LIVE from GlitchCon 2017 (with Rebekah and Adam Saltsman)

For our first ever LIVE episode, we took the main stage at GlitchCon 2017 along with our guests Rebekah and Adam Saltsman, co-founders of Finji, publisher of “Night in the Woods” and developer of “Overland” and “Canabalt,” to talk about talking about games!

Plus your nice hosts and their guests each recount moments where they “leveled up” as game developers.

Rebekah: @BexSaltsman
Finji: Website @finjico
Overland: Website @OverlandGame

[0:01:45] Talking about your game to different audiences
[0:32:35] Moments where you “leveled up” as a gamedev
[0:45:56] Outro

At the end of this episode, Stephen was able to guilt a whole room full of people to fill out our feedback form, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Hearing from you helps make our show better, so get on it!

“I trolled myself.” Business Stuff, Nintendo Switch, Competitive Play

This week’s roundtable provides practical knowledge on three of today’s most important life topics: Starting a business, being a good competitor, and playing Nintendo.

Fill out our feedback form, or Martha will defeat you!!


[0:01:51] Business Stuff
“Is game development your hobby or your business? – Gamasutra
“How LLC Members Are Taxed” – Nolo
Starting a Business – MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
“Do You Need a Physical Address For Your Business?” – LegalZoom

[0:23:49] Nintendo Switch
“Arms launches on June 16, new character Min Min revealed” – Nintendo Everything
“Nintendo Reveals A New ARMS Character, And It’s An Odd One” – NintendoLife
Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Hestu’s dance
Jackbox Party Pack 3
Human Resource Machine
“Nintendo Switch dev kits could run as low as $440” – Gamasutra
“With the Switch, Nintendo is getting right what the PlayStation Vita got wrong” – GamesRadar
“PlayStation Vita isn’t dead, just ask Nintendo Switch indie developers” – The Verge

[0:43:20] Competition
“‘Playing to Win’ and a Philosophy of Competition in Gaming” – Gamasutra
“Is Wavedashing necessary for competitive play?” – reddit
Clawbreaker Trailer
Metro Nexus Gameplay

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 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 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!