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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


Freelance Game Developer The Dream Job | Grant Shonkwiler - Commander & Shonk @ Shonkventures | Ep 11

In episode 11 of Out of Play Area the Game Dev podcast, Grant Shonkwiler, a freelance game developer aboard his own company Shonkventures, talks about being an audio programmer, to a game designer, and finally a producer at ID on Rage, and for Epic Games on Fortnite.  We also discuss dealing with burnout, how to negotiate your salary and the power of radical vulnerability and more!


  1. (00:00) Who is Grant Shonkwiler?
  2. (06:18) Radical Candor & Vulnerability
  3. (17:13) First Game Pokemon Killer
  4. (23:50) Programming at Megatouch Games
  5. (37:19) ID & Carrie Calls from AAA
  6. (46:52) An Epic Favor over a Fortnite
  7. (59:28) The Reality of Burning Out
  8. (01:06:29) Make Money being a Game Dev Consultant
  9. (01:16:19) Design your Life & Career
  10. (01:32:40) John's Final Thoughts

Episode Links: GDC 2016 Talk Production: Working at the Heart of the Team: 

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