Why is it important to have more Asian Americans working in the video game industry? How do we get there? And what do video games have to do with tabletop RPGs? Tune in to hear Nate Yelle, game designer at Iron Galaxy Studios, share his insights from nearly a decade in the industry as he talks about Pokemon nostalgia, trends in Asian American representation, and why every game developer should play tabletop RPGs.
00:01:07 — Meet Nate!
00:14:50 — The most compelling narrative game ever
00:19:00 — Asian American identities
00:27:15 — Diversity & representation at video game studios
00:41:21 — Getting more Asian Americans in the industry
00:46:06 — Why every game dev should play TTRPGs
01:03:06 — The Nice Dad GM
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Shadowrun — https://rb.gy/hsfwyz
Animal Crossing: New Horizons — https://www.animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/
Florence — https://annapurnainteractive.com/games/florence
Toejam and Earl 2 — https://rb.gy/osknzz
Overwatch — https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/
Apex Legends — https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends
Ghost of Tsushima — https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/ghost-of-tsushima/
Street Fighter II — https://rb.gy/tlax3n
NBA Live — https://www.ea.com/games/nba-live/nba-live-19
Blades in the Dark (free download TTRPG) — https://www.evilhat.com/home/blades-in-the-dark/
Unreal Engine — https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/
“Asian American Game Developers Are Dreaming of Their Own Minari Moment” (IGN) — https://rb.gy/arxa4t
Hideo Kojima — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideo_Kojima
Chummer (for Shadowrun 5th edition) — https://github.com/chummer5a/chummer5a
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Guest — Nate Yelle, Game Designer at Iron Galaxy Studios
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Original Music by Byson — https://spoti.fi/3eoC47l
Creator / Host — Clara Mount
Executive Producers — J.B. Adams and Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Aaron Trnka