We’ve had a lot of @bioware devs on, past and present!

No new episode this week, so let’s review some of our past episodes! We’ve been lucky to have a bunch of Bioware devs on, both past and present.  So enjoy these episodes!

Interview with a Fennec Slayer, Allan Schumacher

Schumacher profile_picWe chatted with Bioware’s Allan Schumacher on what SDET actually means, diversity in the industry, what life is like on the QA side of the house and interacting with fans.

 

 

An Altus for All Seasons, on how Dorian Came to be with David Gaider

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A long, fun conversation with Bioware’s David Gaider on how Dorian Pavus came to be the Altus we know and love, life as a lead writer, and a few trips around the meta rail.

 

 

 

Localization, Devil Spit and more with Bioware’s Mel Fleming

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We spoke with Mel Fleming, Localization producer at Bioware about localization, Devil Spit, scotch, sailing and more when she spent some time with us this week.

 

 

Shattering Glass Level Caps, Dragon Age 2 and more with Jennifer Brandes Hepler

Jennifer Hepler  Jennifer Hepler joined us for talk about her games writing work, Dragon Age 2, Breaking the Glass Level Cap and more.

 

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Future guests for 2016!

We’ve got some great guests lined up for you in the next month!

Our next episode on March 2nd features Josh Samuels of Arrival Game!

We’re next recording with the following awesome folks!

  • Simply Undrea (Variety Streamer)
  • Martin Sahlin (Unravel Game)
  • Elsa Henry (Game Dev, OrcaCon 2017 GoH)
  • Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds)
  • Mel Fleming (Bioware Localization)

We’re still looking for future guests! If you’re into aspects of game dev, streaming, diversity, intersectionality or games journalism send us a note about guesting on the show. Drop a note at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com or on Twitter at @OutOfTokensCast

ICMYI – We talked about Tevinter Family Values with @BioFanOfficial

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We chatted with BioFanOfficial about Bioware games, diversity ups and downs as well as Tevinter Family Values. Listen as Tanya breaks him with on the fly terrible fic ideas. 😛

Listen on Fresh Out of Tokens // Download the MP3

We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com

Questions for BioFan:

@MamaNeeda: Hi bb! Did you ever imagine when you first started your channel that you would be where you are now? hugs

Luana ‏@pringtella

I HAVE A QUESTION! Do you like cheese? Have you heard of our mighty savior cheese wheel?

@Skyrimlover29

Um ok how are you so awesome?

Carolyn Velociraptor ‏@Arumi_kai

What’s your theory about the origin of the blight? Do you think Andruil brought it back from the void?

@Thain1982:

if you could see any Bioware franchise resurrected, which one would it be, and why?

Article discussed:

http://remeshed.com/2016/jacob-frye-gay-bisexual/

What we’re playing/reading:

BioFan: Fallout 4, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Viva Pinata

Tim: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, reading The Between (Tananarive Due)

Tanya: Fallout 4, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, Dragon Age Inquisition

Where to find our guest online:

Twitter: @BioFanOfficial

Tumblr: http://biofanblog.tumblr.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BioFanOfficial

YouTube

Where to find your hosts online:

Tanya D.@cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms

Twitch: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr // twitch.tv/INeedDivGames

Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDivGms // patreon.com/cypheroftyr

Tim – @Thain1982

Music: soundcloud.com/thain1982

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ICYMI – We put on our thinking caps with @Nebula63 this week!

deb_blur21-225x300We got brainy with Deborah Budding, aka @Nebula63!

We had a great time talking about Neuroscience, Dragon Age, Mass Effect and other Bioware stuff, along with the work Deborah does in neuropsychology.

We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

Listen on Fresh Out of Tokens or Download the MP3

Questions for Deborah

Two questions from @Thain1982: Are there any games that actually offer a good representation of MH issues?

I don’t think any Triple A games really do a great job with this, but I give Bioware credit for trying. I think the presentation of Cullen in DAI dealing with his Lyrium addiction is pretty good, as well as his trauma at the hands of mages. I find most attempts to present mental health issues pretty tropey, like most representation attempts, but I appreciate when people try!

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-game-takes-players-into-a-world-of-psychosis

I haven’t played any demos, but I’m hopeful. I like that it’s 3rd person instead of 1st person, as 1st person can be really overwhelming. If this game promotes more understanding and less demonization of mental illness, then great. It’s produced with Wellcome Trust, a neuroscience/mental health organization, so it at least has that?

For a good discussion re mental health, particularly psychotic disorders, see Justice Points http://justicepoints.com/2015/09/29/episode-112-just-smooch/

I really like the folks at Edgelab at Ryerson, they are very thoughtful re disability issues and super creative. Their work is exciting: http://edgelab.ryerson.ca/ Jason Nolan and Melanie McBride seriously kick ass.

Sam Phillips of Match 3 mentioned this site, and it’s worth a look: http://ontologicalgeek.com/mental-health-month-call-for-articles/

Are there particular games you have encountered that are helpful in managing depression or anxiety

This is a tough question because it’s actually really personal. What one person finds soothing, another may find triggery. I love Smash Hit, a mobile game, but know other people that hate it and find it agitating. Anxiety is deeply connected to our underlying fight/flight/freeze response, and everyone is wired differently. Some people respond more strongly than others to novel situations that they don’t choose. I used to play World of Warcraft to chill, then it got too Grim Dark and colonialist and gross and I had to go.

Some research supports repetitive games like Tetris as soothing for anxiety, addiction, etc, see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306460315002762

Via @MightyGregDoge: Do you feel DA2 does a good job of framing the trauma and loss experienced by Hawke and co?

Article:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122785/gamergate-culture-war-people-who-dont-play-videogames

What we’re playing/reading:

  • Deborah: DAI, DA2, Alphabear
  • Tanya: AlphaBear, DAI, Witcher 3, Star Wars Battlefront Beta
  • David R: Star Wars: Uprising, Thomas Was Alone

Where to find our guest online

Where to find your hosts online:

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ICYMI: We spun the @DialogueWheel with ChachiBobinks and Andrew Baker!

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We took the Dialogue Wheel for a spin around the block with ChachiBobinks and Andrew Baker. We covered everything from our collective love of Bioware games, podcasting, diversity in gaming & other media; and a whole lot of other topics.

Listen on Fresh Out of Tokens or Download the MP3

We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

Questions for Chachi & Andrew:

  • ‏@DavidDavidhin98 is your real name chachi?
  • @Thain1982: Solas or Cullen? 😉
  • @MightyGregDoge: Should Ms. Marvel be made into a movie or series, and is there anyone you’d want cast in it?
  • @dwyercd via email So my big takeaway from Trespasser (apart from never, ever, ever trust a Ben Hassrath) is that apparently there’s this impending Elvhen v. Everyone Else war, and Solas wants to wipe out the non-Elf part of Thedas. Which side would you be pulling for? Am I the only one solidly on Team Elf? (side question: is “Elvhen” the correct adjective form of Elf in Thedas, or is that just the language?)

Articles:

http://www.polygon.com/2015/9/25/9399169/united-nations-women-cyber-violence-anita-sarkeesian-zoe-quinn

http://nerdreactor.com/2015/09/29/blacked-out-discussing-cosplay-black-face/

What we’re playing/reading:

ChachiBobinks: Taking a break to write!

Andrew: X-COM: Enemy Within, Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Tanya: AlphaBear, Splatoon, Smash Bro’s, DAI

David R: Star Wars: Uprising, Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Where to find our guests online

Twitter: @chachibobinks

The Dialogue Wheel podcast: @DialogueWheel

Twitter: @ABakerN7

http://www.cant-talk.com/author/andrewbaker/

Where to find your hosts online:

  • Tanya D. – @cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms
  • Twitch: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr // twitch.tv/INeedDivGames
  • Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDiverseGames
  • David L. Reeves – @RedConversation
  • Twitch: twitch.tv/red_conversation
  • Patreon: patreon.com/redconversation

Music:

Musical accompaniment provided by MGC, from their album Magical Girls Run the World.

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It’s @bioware month on @OutOfTokensCast! Enjoy these episodes with @allanschumacher & @davidgaider

We were lucky enough to have two Bioware devs on our show this month! Enjoy the bounty of almost four hours of audio.

Interview with a Fennec Slayer, Allan Schumacher

Schumacher profile_picWe chatted with Bioware’s Allan Schumacher on what SDET actually means, diversity in the industry, what life is like on the QA side of the house and interacting with fans.

Listen to the show on Fresh Out of Tokens // Download the MP3

Question for Allan:

Via @thain1982 on twitter: @AllanSchumacher What kind of professional environment does Bioware foster to remain so responsive to fan feedback?

Article:

Eight Tactics for Engaging with Players on Social Media – Gamasutra

Where to find our guest online

An Altus for All Seasons, How Dorian Pavus Came to Be with David Gaider

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A long, fun conversation with Bioware’s David Gaider on how Dorian Pavus came to be the Altus we know and love, life as a lead writer, and a few trips around the meta rail.

Listen to the show on Fresh Out of Tokens // Download the MP3

Question for David G:

Tyler Pollock ‏@cyberpunkwarlok asked: @davidgaider Who has the best butt in each Mass Effect and Dragon Age game? For example: Garrus in ME1, Bull in DAI etc etc.

Articles:

Where to find our guest online

ICYMI – An Altus for all seasons, on how Dorian came to be with @davidgaider

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An Altus for all seasons, on how Dorian came to be with David Gaider

A long, fun conversation with Bioware’s David Gaider on how Dorian Pavus came to be the Altus we know and love, life as a lead writer, and a few trips around the meta rail.

We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show!

Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

Question for David G:

Tyler Pollock ‏@cyberpunkwarlok asked:

@davidgaider Who has the best butt in each Mass Effect and Dragon Age game? For example: Garrus in ME1, Bull in DAI etc etc.

Articles:

What we’re playing:

  • David G: Arkham Knight, Crusader Kings 2, Pillars of Eternity
  • Tanya: MGSV, DAI Trespasser
  • David R: Star Wars: Uprising, Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Where to find our guest online

Twitter: @davidgaider

GDC 2013 – Sex In Videogames Panel

GaymerX2 – Meet David Gaider Panel 2014 YouTube 52 min

Where to find your hosts online:

ICYMI ~ Interview with a Fennec slayer, @AllanSchumacher

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We chatted with Bioware’s Allan Schumacher on what SDET actually means, diversity in the industry, what life is like on the QA side of the house and interacting with fans. We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks.

Listen on Fresh Out of Tokens // Download the MP3

We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

Question for Allan:

Via @thain1982 on twitter: @AllanSchumacher What kind of professional environment does Bioware foster to remain so responsive to fan feedback?

Article:

Eight Tactics for Engaging with Players on Social Media – Gamasutra

What we’re playing/reading:

Allan: Shadowrun Hong Kong, Payday 2, Invisible Inc.

Tanya: Dragon Age Inquisition: Trespasser, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

David: Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Where to find our guest online

Twitter: @AllanSchumacher

Allan on YouTube

Allan on Twitch

Where to find your hosts online:

Tanya D.@cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms

Twitch: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr // twitch.tv/INeedDivGames

Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDiverseGames

David L. Reeves – @RedConversation / twitch.tv/red_conversation / davidlreeves.com / patreon.com/redconversation

Music:

Musical accompaniment provided by MGC from the album Magical Girls Run the World.

The intro is from Magical Girls Can Trap.

The song at the end is Magical Girl Rap Attack by MGC.

You can listen to the show at freshoutoftokens.simplecast.fm, email us at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com and follow us on twitter at @OutOfTokensCast

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September is #Bioware month on Fresh Out of Tokens!

This month we’re lucky enough to have not one, but two guests from Bioware joining us behind the mic!

On September 9th, we’re recording with Allan Schumacher, SDET on #MassEffect:Andromeda. We’ll talk about gaming, diversity and things he’s seen changing in the industry in his time at Bioware.

Then on September 23rd, we’ll talk with David Gaider, who’s moved on from being Lead Writer on the Dragon series; specifically this IGN piece on making Dorian Pavus for Dragon Age Inquisition. We’ll also talk about diversity in gaming and other topics.

Really looking forward to both of them on the show.