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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!

Chapters:

  • (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
  • Episode Links: GDC 2016 Talk Production: Working at the Heart of the Team: https://youtu.be/j9-ZI1j4a6A 

    NO CLIP Doom Documentary: https://youtu.be/PS6SBnccxMA 

    Shonkventures and all of Grant's Contact Info: https://www.shonkventures.com/

    Connect with the show: http://outofplayarea.com 

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