Episodes

  • In this episode of Gideon's war on crunch host Kevin Scheeper's welcomes guest Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque, a doctor and MD from the US specialising in burnout and stress. Dr. Sapna shares her passion and mission regarding burnout and stress, emphasising the importance of understanding and addressing these issues to create a healthier work environment.
    The discussion delves into the different stressors individuals face, regardless of profession, and how the human system perceives stress as a threat to our survival. The episode explores the physical symptoms that can arise from chronic stress and offers valuable insight on the importance of implementing protective measures and creating a psychologically safe workplace.

    Dr. Sapna Shah-haque
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  • In this episode of Gideon’s War on Crunch, join us for an insightful and inspiring discussion as Maria, a well-being and performance lead, dives deep into the importance of work-life balance, rest, and recovery. Discover how MetaCore’s unique approach to cultivating a supportive and empathetic culture can create a positive and thriving work environment. Throughout the episode, Maria provides practical advice on evaluating and improving the employee experience, focusing on communication, treatment of new hires, support, and integration into the company culture. Don’t miss out on the valuable advice Maria offers for both individuals and companies aiming to enhance their organisational culture.

    Maria Tornroos
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  • Join us for an enlightening episode of "Gideon's War on Crunch" as we delve into the world of Stoicism with our esteemed guest, Jamie Ryder from Stoic Athenaeum. In this captivating conversation, Jamie shares profound insights and practical techniques from the realm of Stoicism, tailored to enhance the mental health of game developers.

    Discover how the ancient wisdom of Stoicism remains relevant today, offering game developers invaluable tools to navigate the challenges of their craft. Jamie unravels the principles of "View from Above" and "Memento Mori," showcasing how these concepts can foster a sense of perspective, resilience, and gratitude in the midst of the dynamic game development landscape.

    One of the cornerstones of Stoicism, journaling, takes center stage as Jamie underscores its role in self-reflection and personal growth. Dive into the power of self-examination and learn how journaling can be a transformative practice for managing stress and fostering emotional well-being.

    Intriguingly, Jamie delves into the enduring legacy of Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor, whose thoughts continue to inspire and resonate with modern minds. Drawing parallels between Aurelius' teachings and the challenges faced by game developers, Jamie provides actionable advice rooted in ancient wisdom.

    The conversation extends beyond practical techniques, exploring the philosophical implications of game character designs. Jamie examines how Stoic philosophy can illuminate the ethical considerations of portraying characters' struggles, choices, and moral dilemmas in virtual worlds.

    Join us on "Gideon's War on Crunch" as we unlock the profound insights of Stoicism with Jamie Ryder. Elevate your understanding of mental resilience, gain practical tools to bolster your well-being, and discover how Stoic principles can enrich your journey as a game developer.

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  • Join us for a thought-provoking episode of "Gideon's War on Crunch" as we explore embracing diversity in game development with our special guest, Maria Guðmundsdóttir, Founder and CEO of Parity Game Studio. Maria shares her invaluable insights and experiences in building a diverse team and managing employees with different work velocities in this enlightening conversation.

    Diversity and inclusion are buzzwords for a thriving and innovative game development environment. Maria delves into the significance of creating a workplace that celebrates diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and talents. Discover how fostering diversity can enhance creativity, problem-solving, and overall team performance in the gaming industry.

    In this episode, Maria opens up about the challenges and opportunities she has encountered while prioritizing diversity in her studio, Parity Game Studio. She shares practical strategies for recruiting and hiring a diverse team, addressing biases in the hiring process, and cultivating an inclusive company culture that values individual differences.

    Furthermore, Maria provides valuable insights on managing employees with different work velocities. Learn how to leverage team members' strengths with varying paces and ensure a harmonious and productive work environment. Discover effective communication techniques, adaptability strategies, and ways to promote understanding and collaboration among team members.

    Through her extensive experience in the industry, Maria highlights the positive impact that diversity and inclusive practices can have on the success and sustainability of game development projects. Gain actionable advice and inspiration to drive positive change in your game development endeavors.

    Tune in to "Gideon's War on Crunch" and join us in this eye-opening conversation on embracing diversity in game development. Let's work together towards a more inclusive and vibrant gaming industry that thrives on diverse voices and experiences.

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  • Step into the extraordinary world of game development as we dive deep into the experiences of Dave Ranyard, CEO of Dream Reality Interactive. Join us as we explore the industry's past, present, and future, gaining valuable insights from a true visionary. Discover how Dave and his team have navigated challenges, improved their craft, and embraced innovation. Get ready to level your knowledge and be inspired by this captivating interview!

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  • Welcome to the highly anticipated first episode of "Gideon's War on Crunch" hosted by Kevin! In this captivating solo cast, Kevin introduces the podcast's mission to explore the demands of game development and tackle the industry's crucial topic of mental health and well-being. Discover how this podcast will empower you with practical advice rooted in positive psychology, breathwork, stoicism, and flow theory. Get ready to unlock your true potential and thrive in the dynamic world of games!

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