Episode 484 - Interview with Leyla and Soren Johnson
Rob has invited Leyla and Soren Johnson, CEO and Design Director at Mohawk Games respectively, onto Waypoint Radio this week to chat about their time in game dev- from Soren's time at Firaxis as lead designer on Civilization IV and Leyla's time in the State Department to transitioning into running their own studio and creating games alongside a dedicated fanbase in early access. They also chat about their 4X game Old World and it's new expansion Heroes of the Aegean, and trying their best to design from different historical perspectives that people might not expect.
Waypoint 101 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl02:11:33Rob, Patrick, and Cado gather around the campfire to tell tales of their time in The Zone. Join as the crew gets deep into S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’s open world design, its historical context as a shooter and open world game, and the ways its influence has spread over the years.
Manhunting - Manhunter02:23:39The Manhunting crew has finally reached their eponymous movie! Join Rob, Dia, Alex, and returning special guest Patrick Klepek as they discuss Michael Mann’s adaptation of the first of the Hannibal Lecter novels Red Dragon. It’s a fascinating look at one of the earliest serial-killer-profiler-gets-in-too-deep movies with a performance by William Petersen that would go on to inspire the TV version of Will Graham in the hit series Hannibal, a surprisingly grounded Brian Cox turn as Hannibal Lecter, and Tom Noonan being uncomfortably method as serial killer Francis Dolarhyde. Hell Fuzzy Yeah!
WPNMP - Stalker01:36:57We’ve got special guest Gita Jackson on the pod to talk through the beautiful meditative Stalker. Based on Roadside Picnic, this 2 hour and 41 minute long film uses the Zone to ask questions about the true shape of desire, hope, and faith.
Waypoint 101 - Roadside Picnic02:05:17STALKTOBER IS HERE! Rob is leading the entire Waypoint crew on a grand journey through all things S.T.A.L.K.E.R, and first up Roadside Picnic, the novel that started it all. We discuss this seminal sci-fi text at length, from its striking and terrifying worldbuilding to its economic allegories, its existential questions of humanity's essential nature to the material realities of coming in contact with something beyond your comprehension, and who's life is placed in danger for others to step over.
WPNMP - The Keep01:59:47This time on Mannhunting, special guest Patrick Klepek joins Rob, Alex, and Dia to delve into Michael Mann's take on schlock horror: The Keep. Listen to find out why Mann has largely disowned this film, how it differs from the source material, and whether Ian Mckellen has been playing the same character for his entire Hollywood career? Come for the Tangerine Dream soundtrack, stay for the hilarious smoke monster.
Waypoint After Dark 04 - Austin’s Final Ride03:00:00Here it is! Austin did one final podcast with Waypoint before riding off into the sunset for greener pastures. Rob, Patrick, and Cado join him in reminiscing over the last five years, the ways we’ve changed as people, and the ways the industry has changed (and stayed the same) around us. Also Rob has got a story to tell about a tailor, a wedding, and a pair of slacks.
WPNMP - Draft Day01:49:06It’s football season, so what better way to mark the occasion than watching … an NFL propaganda film? Rob and Patrick are joined by IGN’s Kat Bailey to discus Draft Day, an officially approved NFL movie that might actually work better as accidental satire than advertisement, even if there's a ton of product placement.
Waypoint 101 - Super Metroid01:49:23Super Metroid popularized a genre that to this day bears it's name, but does it hold up after all these years? Join Austin, Patrick, and Cado as they re-examine one of the all time greatest games from the 16 bit era, how it's level design leads the player without sacrificing a sense of exploration, talk about it's killer soundtrack, and discuss it's lineage through to modern games like Dark Souls and others.
WPNMP - Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo and 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time03:02:52Well folks, it’s come to this. Through highs and lows, Impacts and Near Impacts, Fantastic Fights and Groan inducing Fan service, the time has come to put a cap on our time with Neon Genesis Evangelion. Join as special guest Gita Jackson joins Rob, Patrick, Austin, and Cado to talk about the final impact this series has had on each of us, both intellectually and emotionally, both positively and negatively. It’s time to say goodbye.