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Out of Play Area

26 EpisodesProduced by John R. DiazWebsite

A bi-weekly video game development podcast by John R. Diaz, a veteran game designer who goes 1:1 in candid conversations with the developers behind today‘s hit games where we discuss their journey and learnings in this wild industry with no punches pulled. John is a kid born to emigrants from the D… read more


Open Your Own Studio with Empathy, Risk, & Trust | Danny Bulla - Design Director & Co-Founder @ Polyarc Games | Ep 10

In milestone episode 10, Danny Bulla, a co-founder and Design Director at Polyarc Games in Seattle, WA shares what it takes to leave the comfort of Bungie to open your own VR game dev studio with trusted friends.

We talk about the power of empathy to be the best designer, giving objective feedback, and the hub for game development and music that Seattle has become.



(00:00) Who is Danny Bulla?

(10:29) Convey Your Vision

(22:04) Leaving Bungie to Open Polyarc

(34:04) Breaking Down Design Direction

(46:53) Trust Your Teammates

(55:59) Seattle The Hollywood of Game Dev

(01:06:47) Merging Music & Game Dev

(01:18:16) Old Lessons from Midway Austin & Mookie

(01:27:19) Remember Mega Ran

(01:32:40) John's Final Thoughts


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