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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


Play Video Games Together, Better | Mayling Tan - Senior Game Designer @ Google Stadia Montréal | Ep 3

In episode 3, Mayling Tan, a Senior Game Designer at Google Stadia in Montreal falls Out of Play Area and talks about the bombshell news that Google Stadia announced to their game studios. She candidly walks through her mindset to move forward, while reaffirming her passion for what she does as a Social Designer and everything that entails. Of course, we also get her to open up on how she broke into the industry.



(00:00) Who is Mayling?

(01:08) Intro Theme

(01:35) Talking Shop over tea

(03:24) Working at Google Stadia

(06:17) Social Design

(10:48) Power of Community

(19:53) Stream-Sniping & ChatPlay

(27:52) Gameplay Implications

(35:39) Team Dynamics while WFH

(42:05) Prioritizing Accessibility & Inclusion

(47:03) When Did May fall for games?

(50:11) Breaking into the Games Industry

(57:06) Game Dev Roadmap

(01:02:40) Game Dev Organizations

(01:08:48) John's Recap

(01:10:20) Next Episode Teaser: Jameson Durall

(01:11:22) John's Outro


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