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Building Better Games
Building Better Games
Valarin Inc

Building Better Games is about helping leaders create better video games through holistic leadership. If you’re a leader in games and game... more

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Episodes

E56 Solving Despair and Burnout in Game Development with Greg Street

Despair and burnout are commonplace in game development. As leaders, what can we do about that, both to prevent it... more

13 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
E55 How to fix the Friction Between Creative Directors & Producers

In this episode, Ben and Aaron delve into the complex interplay between creative direction and executive production in game development.... more

06 Feb 2024 · 53 minutes
E54 How to Design for Live Service Games w/ Head of League of Legends Andrei Van Roon

In this episode, Andrei Van Roon, the Head of League Studio at Riot Games joined Ben and Aaron to discuss... more

16 Jan 2024 · 44 minutes
E53 How Often Should You Release in Game Dev with Josh Thaler

In this episode, Josh Thaler discusses the mindset and skills required to build successful live service games. He emphasizes the... more

02 Jan 2024 · 44 minutes
E52 How to do User Research in Game Dev with Steve Bromley

Steve Bromley, a games user research consultant, joins Ben and Aaron to discuss the importance of user research in game... more

19 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
E51 How to Spot a Great Product Manager with Paul Gebel

Paul Gebel, a product leader with over 20 years of experience, joins Aaron and Ben to discuss the importance of... more

05 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
E50 How to Launch a Live Service Game with Serge Knystautas

Join us in this enlightening episode where Serge Knystautas, a seasoned technologist with extensive experience in the gaming industry, dives... more

21 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
E49 How to Solve Communication Problems at Your Game Studio

Communication challenges are a common concern in game development studios, but are they the real root issue? In this episode,... more

07 Nov 2023 · 42 minutes
E48 Why Agility in Game Dev Is Failing Your Team

In this episode, Aaron and Ben address the prevailing frustration and cynicism within the game development industry concerning Agile methodologies.... more

24 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
E47 The 3 Skills You Need to be a World-Class Game Producer

In this episode, Aaron and Ben delve into their winning model for exceptional game production, highlighting the skills that define... more

10 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
E46 The 3 Ways Game Producers Fail and How YOU can Avoid Them

In this episode, Ben and Aaron delve into the critical role of game production and shed light on common misconceptions... more

26 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
E45 How to Become an S-Tier Manager in Games

Aaron and Ben discuss the challenges of poor management practices in the gaming industry. They explore the lack of transparency,... more

12 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
E44 How to Build Your Game Better in a Live Service World

Ben and Aaron discuss the importance of understanding where your game falls on the live service spectrum and how that... more

29 Aug 2023 · 40 minutes
E43 Why You're Struggling with Collaboration with Jim Benson

“Most of the failures in any project that I've ever been on have been due to lack of communication, lack... more

14 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
E42 Why You Should (And Shouldn't) Use Unreal, Unity, or Something Else for Game Dev with Jean-Eric Khalife

When it comes to saving money, working efficiently or creating value for players, what should take priority in game dev?... more

01 Aug 2023 · 41 minutes
E41 How a Toxic Relationship Between Publishing and Game Dev is Hurting Us All with Joel McGinnis

There was an unusually high number of low-quality games released in 2022, and we think we know why.   The... more

17 Jul 2023 · 40 minutes
E40 How to Make Tough Decisions Fast in Game Dev with Linda Fane

Is your organization struggling with making decisions, from a lack of consensus or clarity on who the key decision makers... more

04 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
E39 How to Drive Real Change as a Game Producer with Leslee Sullivant

Having opposing views from your team or struggling to communicate with senior leaders and stakeholders are just a couple of... more

20 Jun 2023 · 40 minutes
E38 How AI Can Help You Lead Game Dev with Bill Frischling

AI is on the tip of everyone’s tongue right now. You’ve probably seen headlines in the news, on social media,... more

06 Jun 2023 · 38 minutes
E37 How to Stop Cheaters in Video Games with Paul Chamberlain

What defines cheating in games? Is it exploiting existing bugs, using automation or macro tools? What about installing third-party mods... more

23 May 2023 · 35 minutes
E36 Work Systems: How to Build Process that Leads to Better Results

Things like meetings, reports and team structure are in place to help the game dev process go smoother, and create... more

09 May 2023 · 41 minutes
E35 How to Create a Reliable Game Roadmap: Managing Uncertainty, Risk, and Team Readiness

The truth is, most people underestimate how long a task will take. This is especially true in game dev, where... more

25 Apr 2023 · 40 minutes
E34 Why You Need to Be Aware That Games Are Big Business (and What Can Go Wrong) with Susan Cummings and Ryan Scott

“It's cheap to have opinions. It's hard to have informed opinions. It's really, really hard to be an expert who's... more

11 Apr 2023 · 38 minutes
E33 How to be a Master of Web3 Gaming Debates: Susan Cummings & Ryan Scott Share Key Insights

Web3 is the next generation of the internet, and it’s already having an effect on the gaming industry. There’s a... more

28 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
E32 How to Convince The Leaders Above You to Support Your Change

What does it mean to really drive change? How do you effectively bring up problems with leadership? How do you... more

14 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
E31 How to Keep an Open Mind During Difficult Times with Joseph Kim

Choose any issue, and you'll find people with differing perspectives. This is inevitable but yet, in the gaming industry, having... more

28 Feb 2023 · 40 minutes
E30 How to Estimate Accurately Without Burning Trust or Your Team

Game development is defined by creative work, and for leaders, sometimes that means ditching the old framework and coming up... more

14 Feb 2023 · 39 minutes
E29 Ideation, Pre-production, and Production: How to Lead During the Different Phases of Game Development

If you’ve listened to episode 21, How not to Lose Your Game Vision on the Altar of “Getting Shit Done,”... more

31 Jan 2023 · 45 minutes
E28 How to Lead and Collaborate in a Remote World

Remote work has completely transformed the way we work on teams and communicate with each other. Leadership still has many... more

10 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
E27 Remote Work Exposed: A Deep Dive into the Pros, Cons, and Controversies

If you’re like the hosts of Building Better Games, then you thought the proliferation of remote work was temporary. The... more

03 Jan 2023 · 37 minutes
E26 How to Build Trust as a Leader with Zach Blitz

Does likeability have a lot of value in leadership? How much does setting and enforcing boundaries help you and the... more

13 Dec 2022 · 44 minutes
E25 How to Build a Games Studio That Delivers the Promise of the "Dream Job" with Josiah Kiehl

“I believe that we will make better games by treating game developers better. Game development should be a dream job,... more

06 Dec 2022 · 43 minutes
E24 How to Get a Job in Game Development

Dreaming of a career in game development? In the gaming industry, relevant skills and real experience delivering outcomes matter more... more

22 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
E23 How to Handle Layoffs as a Leader with Sophie Vo Part 2: The Breakdown

During Part 1 of our conversation, our leader in game dev shared the tough layoff decision she was unexpectedly forced... more

08 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
E22 How to Handle Layoffs as a Leader with Sophie Vo Part 1: The Story

If you’ve been on LinkedIn lately, you may have noticed a rise in layoffs. The interesting part about this news... more

25 Oct 2022 · 41 minutes
E21 How not to Lose Your Game Vision on the Altar of "Getting Shit Done"

Time and time again, we see game teams struggle with the feeling that they're not moving fast enough. Something isn't... more

11 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
E20 How to Get People on Board with Your Ideas: with Jeff Hackert

Knowing how to communicate and listen effectively is right up there with knowing how to write code, design characters, or... more

27 Sep 2022 · 44 minutes
E19 BBG Extras: Tabletop RPGs vs Video Games with Tyler Kamstra of RPGBOT.net

Far from losing steam in the digital age, tabletop games are booming thanks to their collaborative and tactile nature. In... more

20 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
E18 How to be a AAA Art Director in Game Dev with Tomáš Jech

The visuals and feel of a video game are a lot more complex than even most artists think. It is... more

13 Sep 2022 · 46 minutes
E17 Should You Create a Video Game Startup? What Founders Need To Know with Joakim Achren

Every creator of a new video game or founder of a video game startup loves gaming. No one in this... more

30 Aug 2022 · 38 minutes
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E17 Should You Create a Video Game Startup? What Founders Need To Know with Joakim Achren
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Every creator of a new video game or founder of a video game startup loves gaming. No one in this industry is... more