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Out of Play Area

23 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


Out of Play Area Video Game Development Podcast | Trailer | Ep 00

Out of Play Area is a bi-weekly podcast series where video game developers open up about their craft, themselves, and their motivations, for the benefit of other game devs both veteran and aspiring. Hosted by Game Designer John R. Diaz.

I come from humble beginnings from 2 parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic and gave birth to me in 1983. Being raised with lots of love, I nerded out on comic books, action figures, collecting cards, and playing NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, Gamecube, Xbox, and Playstation, and thought Computer Engineering was the way to do what I love. 

I had nobody to talk to or show me that video game development could be a career and where to even start. I burned 3 years in college before I found Full Sail University in FL in 2004 and transferred and got my Game Design & Development degree. From then on a good friend Rob Coble helped put me on at Midway Austin in 2007 and I've never looked back. Since then I worked on some of the biggest games of our time including Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2, Gotham Knights and more.

It was a hard road getting here that could've saved me time & money if I had someone to talk to. That's why I put this podcast together. To share my story and bring my friends on who has worked on all the games you've enjoyed and will enjoy so that you too can do what you love because it's all for the taking in the video games industry.


Find episodes of Out of Play Area right here every other Monday beginning Monday, February 1, 2021.

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