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Podcast: Episode 209 ? Mary Varn, Steve Ogden and Video Games

Tom Racine’s latest Tall Tale Radio podcast episode is now available. Head over to Tall Tale Radio and give it a listen. In this episode:

Episode 209 – Mary Varn, Steve Ogden and Video Games

Tall Tale Radio has a case of “Pac Man Fever!”  First off,  Mary Varn of “NPC Comic,” joins us to give us her impressions of the huge video game convention, PAX East which occurred last weekend in Boston.  We talk about the size and scope of this massive con, about video and board games, and how Mary is lucky enough to be able to write this trip off as “research” for her very cool comic!

Then, Firaxis Art Director (“Civilization”) Steve Ogden visits for a wide-ranging chat about the video game industry from an insider’s perspective, and then in a “MIGHTY DADS!” segment, he, Lucas Turnbloom (“Imagine This,”and the recently released kids’ book,  “Dragon and Captain”) and I talk about how our own attitudes about video games may or may not have changed as we aged and became Dads, about the violence in them, why “Rock Band” pisses off musicians, our favorite games and game consoles, and why going to the drive-in movies as a kid has a certain allure.

You can hear me interview Mary Varn about NPC way back in May of 2011!  One of my favorite cartoonists!  And, take a look at Steve’s great comic, Magnificatz!  Enjoy!

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