Cody is the kind of guy who knows a little bit about a lot of things, bouncing between fandoms with reckless abandon. But video games have always been his true love. He is a retired competitive Smash Brothers: Melee player, knows the names of all original 150 Pokemon by heart (in rap form), and has a VHS tape of him beating Castlevania: Symphony of the Night... which he has actually watched with friends. At parties.

When he's not gaming, Cody dabbles in cosplay, most memorably Booker DeWitt (Bioshock Infinite) and Dr. Horrible (both the white and red lab coat versions). As an occasional actor in Chicago, he also takes on nerdy projects at every opportunity, most notably his lead role in the no-budget YouTube feature film "Dance Dance Revolution: The Warrior's Path," the Troll 2 of video game movies.

Podcasts: Unqualified Gamers

If Cody is a jack-of-all trades Jonathan is a jack of few. He's been gaming since he was 5 years old starting on the original NES and fell in love with the medium upon the discovery of the JRPG. As a 5 time world smash bros. champion (of Rockford, IL), he grew up on Nintendo systems but branched out when all the best RPGs appeared on the Playstation.

Jonathan is a jack of few trades because he's basically good at playing video games and being a pharmacist. With his true love being board games of epic scope (Twilight Imperium, Through the Ages, etc), Jonathan turns to video games because it's hard to get a group together for those board games. An avid bowler as well, he basically did all the most unpopular things in school. If Cody is the talent of the podcast, Jonathan is the face, as Cody is hideous.

Podcasts: Unqualified Gamers

Elliot Callighan Talks “Unlock Audio” and Sound Design for Media (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 059)

Facebooktwitterredditmail

Elliot Callighan, composer and sound designer for media and adjunct professor at DePaul University, joins Cody to discuss his new project, Unlock Audio. It’s a tool for re-framing game audio to make it developer-centric from both a creative and business perspective. They also talk game design education, sound design, and — of course — what video games they’ve been playing lately!

Elliot is a classically trained violinist and pianist, metal guitarist and electronic music enthusiast with degrees in Music Composition and Sound Design for Cinema. Currently, Elliot is an independent Composer and Sound Designer, a Soundpost Co-Chair for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Overture Council as well as Adjunct Faculty in the Film & Game programs at DePaul University. His work has been featured in campaigns for United Airlines, The Chicago Advertising Federation, GMC, The Godrej Group, Chevrolet Motors, The Goodman Theatre as well as many independent films and games. In addition, he is an Officer and Platoon Leader in the Illinois Army National Guard.

Show Notes:

  • Elliot Callighan discusses:
    • How he got into composing and sound design for media, including video games.
    • Why anyone who’s interested in working on video games should participate in a game jam.
    • His new project, Unlock Audio: “I think we’re on the cusp of how game audio is done professionally, just because it’s a lot more straight-forward and simple and easy for everyone.”
    • Video games that feature the U.S. military or are actually used by the military, and why he’s thinking about audio as part of his role in the Illinois Army National Guard.
    •  Where voice acting falls into the “sound design” umbrella, and what it’s like working with voice actors when working on audio for video games and related media.
    • The way students are approaching video game development and sound design differently than they did just a few years ago.
    • Nerding out over Heroes of the Storm and an indie game called The Cursed Forest.
  • Visit Elliot Callighan’s website, RamovaMusic.com
  • Check out his new project at UnlockAudio.com
  • Elliot’s DePaul University faculty bio
  • Hear Cody’s 2017 interview with Elliot on the Curiosity Podcast: “21st Century Composing: Scoring Music For Film And Video Games”
  • Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission
  • Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com
  • Learn something new in just a few minutes every day on Cody’s daily podcast for Curiosity.com


Author Blake J. Harris Talks Oculus, Facebook, and the Virtual Reality Revolution (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 058)

Facebooktwitterredditmail

Blake J. Harris, the best-selling author of “Console Wars,” has turned his attention to virtual reality with a new book. In “The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality” Harris dives into the dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality. In this podcast, he discusses how he got his hands on the story, the twists and turns he encountered, and what’s next for virtual reality.

Show Notes:


Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast #054: Gen Con 2018 Board Game Review Special

Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a special solo episode, Cody discusses his favorite games from Gen Con 2018 and offers some buying recommendations if you’re looking for the latest and greatest in strategy board games. Plus, learn a little about the role-playing game worlds of Starfinder, Arcanis: The World of Shattered Empires, and Savage Worlds. Continue reading “Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast #054: Gen Con 2018 Board Game Review Special” »