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Join game maker Teddy Dief (Hyper Light Drifter) for a tour through Los Angeles’ vibrant video game scene. Episodes feature one-on-one conversations with developers, actors, writers, hosts—creators from all walks of life discussing their inspirations, lives, and processes.

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June 13, 2016 In final episode of the series, Teddy talks with comic artist and programmer Tyler J Hutchison, about art and code mindsets, choosing constraints, getting off the computer, and more. Teddy talks about burnout and protecting your time, and says a reluctant goodbye from his new home in Montreal.

Hyper Light Drifter

May 20, 2016 Composer Austin Wintory explains his outlook on success, craft, and endlessly challenging oneself to innovate, and responds to what it’s like to win a BAFTA Award for his work on Journey. Teddy takes a vacation and wonders what it takes to be able to “turn it off, and back on”.

Journey, Monaco, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, The Banner Saga, Hyper Light Drifter

May 5, 2016 Mysterious co-creator of Frog Fractions, Rachel Sala apparates into the studio to talk to Teddy about keeping secrets, creating weird things, and what it’s really like to be a woman in the games industry. Teddy is leaving LA, and talks about what matters - what remains after the hype subsides from a big event.

Frog Fractions, Frog Fractions 2, Hyper Light Drifter

April 30, 2016 Game designer and writer Patrick Miller drops wisdom on Teddy about fighting games, eSports, and weird career paths. Teddy tries to rest, now that Hyper Light Drifter support is slowing down, but what does rest mean??

Street Fighter, League of Legends, Rising Thunder, Smash Bros, Hyper Light Drifter

April 18, 2016 Teddy is joined by game maker, writer, and FMV connoisseur Zoe Quinn. Listen as they discuss comedy, failure, and of course, Neopets. Teddy muses about reviews - what they mean to a creator, what he expected them to feel like, and what they contribute to feelings of closure after releasing Hyper Light Drifter.

Depression Quest, Framed, Jeff Goblum Staring Contest, Waiting for Godot the Game, Hyper Light Drifter

April 8, 2016 Teddy speaks with the person he has spoken most to over the last couple years. Alx Preston, the creator of Hyper Light Drifter, sits down with his old pal to talk about fine art, running a company, and being forever unsatisfied. Teddy opens up about his career-long impatience and unrealistic goals, and how he likes it that way.

Hyper Light Drifter

April 5, 2016 Teddy mixes coffee and wine with guest Sarah Elmaleh, prolific voiceover artist in indie games and beyond, as they chat about the language of voice acting, physicality, and social lives. Teddy draws a questionable simile between releasing a game and witnessing a nuclear blast, and takes questions from Twitter.

Galak-Z, Skulls of the Shogun, Gravity Ghost, Redshirt, JS Joust, Katie in Gone Home, Wadjet Eye Games, Hyper Light Drifter

April 1, 2016 Master of the Internet Vernon Shaw leaps out of the virtual world to talk about making people laugh, the psychology of internet culture, and what it means to work in and around YouTube. Teddy tries to process yesterday’s release of his team’s game. (Teddy rambles about next week, when he'll talk with the Hyper Light Drifter team members who live in LA - Alex Preston, Beau Blyth, Sean Ward, Cosimo Galluzzi)

Hyper Light Drifter

March 28, 2016 Teddy gets serious with Brendon Chung (aka Blendo Games) about working solo, how he keeps a routine, and pushing to push out of his comfort zone. After a weekend of crunch work, Teddy attempts to summarize all of Los Angeles in five minutes.

Games Discussed: Quadrilateral Cowboy, Thirty Flights of Loving, Atom Zombie Smasher, Gravity Bone, Hyper Light Drifter

March 24, 2016 A shining guest for a shiny first episode - Teddy talks with writer, director, and voice actor Ashly Burch about her path to acting, putting passion behind work, and social change through media. On the verge of releasing Hyper Light Drifter, Teddy describes what it’s like to hunger for an audience.

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Playscape: Los Angeles

Game maker Teddy Dief (Hyper Light Drifter) explores the vibrant L.A. game scene through one-on-one conversations with its diverse denizens.