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The WhaleCast Episode 47: Benjamin Rivers

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Eric sits down with Toronto game developer Benjamin Rivers to discuss Alone With You, the new sci-fi romance adventure now available for the PS Vita and the PS4. They talk about the game, the development process, and the challenges of making a mature dating simulator for adults, as well as Home, the rapid demise of Konami, and the benefits of nachos.

The intro music comes from the Alone With You soundtrack by Ivor Stines. The full soundtrack is available via Band Camp.

(Music is (c) 2016 Ivor Stines / Mixed In My Head Studios)

Download: The WhaleCast Episode 47 (57:49)

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Programme:

  • 0:00 – Intro – “Special Evenings” by Ivor Stines
  • :40 – Doritos sickness and nachos
  • 2:45 - Alone With You and the journey from Home
  • 6:00 - Making a romance game for adults with holograms
  • 17:00 - Building a sci-fi world and the importance of research
  • 23:00 - Alone With You vs The Martian and the benefits of teamwork
  • 25:45 – A humane AI
  • 35:20 – Gameplay transitions
  • 38:00 – The development process and the challenges of managing a team
  • 46:00 – Trophies
  • 50:00 – Speed Round (Konami, horror, VR, and Resident Evil)
  • 56:55 – Outro – “Special Evenings” by Ivor Stines

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