Branching Narratives: Samantha Kalman on the Influence of Rock Band, "Making It" as a Game Developer, and Her Next Game

Branching Narratives: Samantha Kalman on the Influence of Rock Band, "Making It" as a Game Developer, and Her Next Game

The second episode of our new podcast chronicles indie developer Samantha Kalman's journey into the games industry.

Editor's Note: We recently changed the name of our new podcast from The Dialogue Box to Branching Narratives. The show notes and feeds have been updated to reflect the new name. You can check out the Dialog Box here.

In Episode 2 of Branching Narratives, host Jeff Green talks with Samantha Kalman, independent game designer, musician and music technologist [Download Link Here]!

Samantha discusses her early years as a musician, how she entered the videogame business as a tester for the original Xbox, changed her entire life as she packed up for Copenhagen for a job at Unity, and finally fulfilled her ambition to design Sentris—her own music-based videogame.

Along the way, Jeff and Samantha discuss issues of inclusion, mental health, pursuing one's visions... and the dangers of eating brownies before dinner.

Follow Samantha on Twitter, and check out Sentris on Steam. You can listen to our first episode with guest Austin Walker right here.

About the Show

Branching Narratives is a show dedicated to meeting the most interesting people in the games industry. It's hosted by veteran gaming personality Jeff Green, who in the course of his long career has served as Editor-in-Chief of Computer Gaming World, hosted the popular podcast GFW Radio, and co-founded the gaming consultancy Min/Max. Over the course of seven weekly episodes, Jeff will welcome a rotating cast of game developers, influencers, journalists, and executives for frank conversations about how they got into video games, the state of the industry, and more.

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Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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