Heroes of Gaming Podcast

Heroes of Gaming Podcast

Conversations with the REAL HEROES of Gaming! Retro, Indie, and AAA Creators, Concept Artists, Composers, Programmers, and Voice-Over Talents who create the video games we love!


February 25, 2024 49 mins

Grant Kirkhope shares with us his journey through a combination of education and solo dedication. His unique approaches and adjacent connectivity to the folks who created RARE built a platform for Grant to bring his talents to manifest some of the most memorable music in the history of video games.  

Time-travel with us as we revisit some of his greatest hits and newest achievements. This Scottish composer's works inc...

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Jon St. John is world renowned for being the incredible voice of DUKE NUKEM! Jon has a career spanning decades not only as the Alien Ass Kicker, but also as an unforgettable radio personality, many iconic voices from hit animations, and more epic characters in video games like Dota 2, Guild Wars 2, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.

Jon shares with us the path he took to become the known talent he is and gave us a...

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The hearts and minds behind SPINRACK, Melissa McGinnis (Chief Executive Officer) and Jeff Pierce (Chief Visionary Officer) share with us a FIRST EXCLUSIVE chat about the amazing community experience they built with a team of next generation focused geniuses. SPINRACK is a home for people who produce, discuss, or collect original comic stories, emerging indie video games, and integrated NFTs.


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We had the pleasure of discovering the creative savant Stephen Ddungu online thinking his content was the next Square Enix game only to find out it was the work of one man!

From the other side of the world in Great Britain we were educated by Stephen on all the steps of creating a video game from scratch by himself from his vast knowledge in animation, composing music, world building, and storytelling.

A discipl...

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Ernie Kim AKA itstheG.O is a variety streamer, content creator, and fashion reviewer.  An unstoppable zoomer with street cred on virtually everything virtual as he navigates the routes and challenges of being an entrepreneur in this massive digital landscape.

He shares with us the stories of fitting in and finding his place in the world. Ernie presents to us the relatable stress of the generation with the constant struggl...

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Kerri Ann Hoskins is an incredible woman of personal and professional achievement.  Her adventurous spirit and unflinching determination is a testament to what can be achieved through positive perseverance.

Kerri is a Video Game Character Icon along with being a gymnast, super model, martial artist, weightlifter, wrestler, and stuntwoman.  After appearing in NBA JAM and portraying Head Mistress Helga in the Aerosmith game Revolution...

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Beau Jimenez is a Sound Designer & Ear Exciter at PlayStation Studios who picks up right where he left off from PART 1 of his conversation with us in this epic PART 2 of his career. 

Beau leads the way inventing breakthrough technology that has become the NEW STANDARD in the evolution of player immersion in the video game entertainment industry.  

As an interactive sound artist, Beau is driven to explore the r...

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Beau Jimenez is a Sound Designer & Ear Exciter at PlayStation Studios who is driven to push the limits of game audio and help steer a team towards excellence. He is a passionate sound creator, a positive, solution-oriented leader, a fierce collaborator, an avid field recordist, and a technical tinkerer. His goal is to continue to foster a fun, creative environment for the overall success of a team and a game's soundtrack.<...

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Jeffery P. Lee is a visionary artist whose foresight and instincts propelled a quirky evolutionary game to international recognition ushering in the Golden Age Video Games by his creation of Q*Bert!

He has been doodling illustrations ever since he was a kid and never turned off the faucet of his flowing creativity. Thousands of hours of paper and pencil doodles, focused art classes throughout high school, and a forged prac...

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Ricco Phinisee brings the attitude and experience of a winner to his every day actions.  His schedules are tightly packed with tasks and goals geared toward helping gamers excel. Pushing them to reach their true potential on the court and off.   

As a Head Coach of the Boston Celtics NBA2K Team (CLTX GAMING) he brings the leadership to his team in the game and in the gym.  Ricco shares with us strategies for being a clear ...

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Mark Turmell is the “grandfather of video games” with a Creative Directing, Game Designing, Lead Programing, and Coding career that spans from the APPLE II era to present day. Each game brought across the finish line cemented his name in history as a video game trend-setter, prophet, and pioneer.

Mark takes us through some fascinating accounts of video game projects he built from the ground up that became the cornerstone o...

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Rebecca Ann Heineman continues her incredible stories of the founding and rise of Interplay Productions.  Her developing the first female character and pronoun system in RPG games showcased first in Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate.  Developing, creating, porting, and debugging hundreds of games throughout the course of leaving Interplay Productions to form Logicware and eventually Contraband Entertainment.

She shares wi...

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Rebecca Ann Heineman USA's first video game champion at 16 years old in 1980 playing Space Invaders. She has  worked on over 250 games, helming the development of critically acclaimed titles like The Bard’s Tale 3: Thief of Fate and Dragon Wars. She co-founded Interplay Entertainment in 1983 and shares with us the play by play of the historical moments that changed her life and the lives of everyone who would ever play or make...

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Garry Schyman is the stunningly talented composer, conductor, and musician of video games and film. He has been nominated and won numerous awards for his video game scores, including "Soundtrack of the Year" for Bioshock.  Currently, he is teaching Screen Scoring at one of the best music schools in the country, the USC Thornton School of Music while adding to his ever expanding works stretching over 25 television shows, 1...

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Lisa Fleck is a Senior 3D Environment Artist who has been creating  art and observing the outside world all her life.

With a decade in the video game industry contributing to AAA and Indie games across many genres she shares with us her journey.  She brings us amazing memories of her early days as a gamer with a dedication to schoolwork while being passionate about plants, rocks, and architecture. She "unlocks" ...

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Tommy Gustafsson is the Co-Founder of Easy Trigger Games, honors us from the deep north of Trollhättan, Sweden. This is the guy behind the story, graphics, concept, music, and art direction of the greatest hard-boiled 80's cyberpunk styled retro platformer arcade shooter ever: HUNTDOWN.

Tommy talks about the process, influences, and challenges making his first game with his team at Easy Trigger Games.  Discussing all...

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Master Daniel Pesina is The original Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II, as well as characters Reptile, ScorpionSub-Zero, Noob Saibot and Smoke.  Pioneer of the legendary martial arts moves in video games that permanently changed the world forever.


Master Pesina shares with us some of the most amazing history with John Tobias, his brother Carlos, and all their friends growing up in...

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Master Daniel Pesina is the original Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II, as well as characters Reptile, ScorpionSub-Zero, Noob Saibot and Smoke.  Pioneer of the legendary martial arts moves in video games that permanently changed the world forever.


Master Pesina shares with us some philosophy and impactful lessons through his experience as a teacher and a student of martial arts.

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Weston Tracy saves us all with a game that is original and inventive. He is the Project Lead and Art Lead of the incredible "metroidvania" 2D action adventure game Savior.

After a 30 year love affair with pixels, Weston is building the game he started designing in 4th grade. Through his experience and dedication he assembled an awesome crew to help do it.

What an incredible conversation with a look behin...

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Kyle Herbert is a voice powerhouse with credits of the video games and shows we all know and love! He gives us samples of some of the iconic video game character voices while sharing aspiring tips on following your passion to build an epic career!

We will discuss what inspired him and how he created the memorable sounds that shape our childhood and the competitive life as a Voice Actor in this Industry. 

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