I have a bit of a think about how the world asks us to divide ourselves. Yeah, I am still thinking Iran - but in my defense, I recorded this 2 weeks ago. All still very relavant. I promise, near the end, I talk games, entertainment, and culture... but the beginning is a bit political.
Earlier this month I attended the Tehran Game Convention at the invitation of the convention and the Iranian government I experienced warm hospitality, delicious food, and a suprisingly large and active game development and publishing scene. I wanted to share more of this information with the world, so I invited one of the conference organizers, Milad Entezami, to come on the show and tell us all about Iranian game publishing and development.
Disclosure: My trip to the TGC was paid for by the convention, and I was visiting Iran at the invitation of the government. That being said, I was not paid to make this podcast. Milad's conversation closely matches both the experience I had in Iran and a number of collaborating sources. :)
For more information about the Tehran Game Convention:
I travel to the Tehran Game Convention in Iran, as a guest of the Iranian government. I have a lot to say about the trip, and share some travel stories and thoughts about Iran. I don't talk much about games or the convention, but I have more of that coming up in other interviews and stuff.
I wanted to talk leadership and diversity with someone, and I knew exactly the right person to go to: Megan Gaiser has been a transformational leader in the game industry for years, serving as CEO and President of her Interactive, and the principal for Contagious Creativity. She is also the Exec. Producer for the 21st Century Leadership Diversity Summit.
I'm working through a bunch of things after my trip to Iran, including the viewpoint of other on my decision to travel to Iran, and while I am sorthng through my more concrete thoughts on that specific trip... I needed to get this out there. It's not about games, its not really about entertainment, but its some stuff I am working through, and perhaps it's interesting.
This is a very different episode - I'm talking about my trip to Nepal, and my involvement in the 3 Summits for Nepal charity. Then I chat at length about Nepal and 3 Summits for Nepal with local Nepali entrepreneur Jwalant Gurung, owner of Crystal Mountain Treks, and founder of 2 Summits for Nepal. This is something very near and dear to me, and a bit of a departure from my usual rants about video games and whatnot - I hope you'll indulge me.
Interested in donating to 3 Summits for Nepal?
Interested in knowing more about Crystal Mountain Treks?
I chat with Edward Li of Twitchy Finger games about Hong Kong and indie game development. This is a straightforward, soup-to-nuts explanation of how to build a game company, and is manditory listening for young entrepreneurs.
An in depth discussion of the Philippine game industry and game media with Carlos Hernandez of Too Much Gaming. An absolute "must listen" for people interested in games in the Philippines.
I have a long response to the people on my Facebook about the concept of the "Selfmade man" and my experiences in travelling in Indonesia.
I have a very involved chat w/ Kris Antoni from Jakarta about starting and running Toge Productions, makers of the Infectionator series, and one of the most successful independent game studios in Indonesia.
I have a wonderful chat with Pablo Bairan from the Philippines about the Cosplay in the Philippines. If you've ever wondered what that was all about, this is probably the best explanation I've ever gotten about the lure, joy, and mechanics of cosplay.
I talk about the joy of ignorance, and how sometimes it's critical to the process to put your experience aside.