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Mitch Lasky / Blake Robbins

Gamecraft is a limited series about the modern history of the video game business. Beginning in the early 1990's, the video game business... more

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The New Gold Rush (Ep. 8)

Mitch and Blake take on the complex topic of in-game economies. They discuss how the endemic problems of trust and... more

22 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Failures and Futures of Virtual Reality (Ep. 7)

Mitch and Blake discuss the recurring industry obsession with the idea of virtual reality, beginning in the mid-1980s. Mitch recounts... more

15 Feb 2023 · 53 minutes
Console Castles (Ep. 6)

Mitch and Blake debate the continuing relevance of dedicated gaming consoles to the video game business. They begin with a... more

08 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Playground and the Stage (Ep. 5)

Mitch and Blake propose a framework for understanding user-generated content in games based on two central metaphors -- the playground... more

01 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
The Forever Games (Ep. 4)

Mitch and Blake discuss how the rise of games-as-services has privileged durable, long-duration play-patterns -- leading to the modern idea... more

25 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
The Calculus of Fun (Ep. 3)

Mitch and Blake discuss perhaps the most important developments in the video games business since the 1990s: the explosion of... more

18 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The Fall and Rise of Publishing (Ep. 2)

Mitch and Blake take a deep dive into the game industry’s migration from physical goods at retail to electronic distribution... more

16 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Steal This Game (Ep. 1)

Hosts Mitch Lasky and Blake Robbins discuss the rise of free-to-play as a dominant business model for video game marketing... more

16 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Introducing Gamecraft

Gamecraft is a limited series podcast about the modern history of the video game business hosted by industry veteran Mitch... more

11 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
The New Gold Rush (Ep. 8)