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June 21, 2021 94 min

In episode 11 of Out of Play Area the Game Dev podcast, Grant Shonkwiler, a freelance game developer aboard his own company Shonkventures, talks about being an audio programmer, to a game designer, and finally a producer at ID on Rage, and for Epic Games on Fortnite.  We also discuss dealing with burnout, how to negotiate your salary and the power of radical vulnerability and more!


  • (00:00) Who is Grant Shonkwiler?
  • (06:18) Radical Candor & Vulnerability
  • (17:13) First Game Pokemon Killer
  • (23:50) Programming at Megatouch Games
  • (37:19) ID & Carrie Calls from AAA
  • (46:52) An Epic Favor over a Fortnite
  • (59:28) The Reality of Burning Out
  • (01:06:29) Make Money being a Game Dev Consultant
  • (01:16:19) Design your Life & Career
  • (01:32:40) John's Final Thoughts
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