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Giant Bomb Presents: Talking Firewatch with Sean Vanaman and Rich Sommer

Austin chats with game designer Sean Vanaman and actor Rich Sommer about Firewatch's development, the joys of voice acting, and a few esoteric board games.

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Feb. 10 2016

Posted by: Austin

In This Episode:

Firewatch

Far Cry 2

Episode Notes:

Heads up, I say this in the intro but I wanted to repeat it here: The audio starts great and then... it gets much less great. (That said, thanks to Twitter users @KeithJCarberry, @ali_west, @brutushayeosu & @InaudibleWhisper for their help with the audio!)

If you still have the old file on your pod listening device, delete that file and redownload and you should get the better version.

Additional heads up, some light spoilers in the cast, if that's a thing that you're concerned about!

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I can already tell this is the #content I NEED.

Thank you based Austin!!

EDIT: Filed Under: Far Cry 2, Firewatch
YEEEEEEEESS

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The bitter war between audio equipment and Austin Walker continues.

@austin_walker: if you have a written version of this conversation somewhere I'm sure people would like that. But if you'd have to write the whole thing then don't bother of course. Don't want to saddle you with more work.

Back to listening to Kleptok, he who speaks in dubstep!

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I kinda like it. I feel like I'm intercepting some conversation I'm not supposed to hear...

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Oh wow I watched the Quick Look and thought the player character sounded familiar, but had no clue that it was Rich Sommer! He played such a spectacularly great asshole on MAD MEN!

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People who are listening to the cast, let me know if this audio is is easier for you to listen to? The ghosty wind effect on this and the too-sharp sibilance makes it really hard for me, but that could just be my setup.

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Any possibility of a transcription of this bad boy?

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That sounds much better to me, Austin.
On a related note, thanks for all the awesome content recently! Loving all these features!

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@austin_walker: That audio is much better IMO. I can barely make out what they are saying in the current podcast audio without turning my speakers to 11. Great interview though, have you thought of maybe transcribing it or at least paraphrasing in an article?

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Excited to listen to this!

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@austin_walker: The sample is WAY better. I hear the ghostly effect your talking about but at low volume it's nearly absent. I would love to get that version. The robot voices were tough to listen to.

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That's a LOT better! Thanks for fixing it up Austin and help. Really appreciate it.

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Glad it was fixable. Sounds way better now

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I know it may have seemed like a lot of work for one piece but we appreciate the time you put into this Austin!

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Of course any podcast the Idle Thumbs cabal is in features Far Cry 2.

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How light are we talking for the spoilers in here? I want to listen to this, but I don't think I'm going to be able to actually play Firewatch for a while and going in as fresh as possible seems crucial to enjoying this game

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Happy this was fixable because it's a really cool interview

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Far Cry 2 ROFL

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@austin_walker: Hey Austin, don't know if this matters but you left in the spoiler that is mentioned right at the end of the cast with regards to firewatch.camera

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@russcat: Oh jeeeeze. Going back now. Forgot to fix it with all of the other audio issues!

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This is a great interview, top to bottom. It's especially nice to hear a little bit about the voiceover process because it's an aspect of game development that you don't typically get to peek behind the curtain at.

You can tell Rich Sommer is a fine actor because he seems like a super nice guy despite playing an insufferable arsehole on Mad Men.

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Really happy you were able to salvage this, Austin.

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Good job fixing the audio if you hadn't said there was a problem I wouldn't have even noticed!

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Great interview. Thanks for the extra work on this one, Austin. It's appreciated on our end. :)

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Super cool interview!

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this was awesome- as a thumbs listener, it's always great to hear sean talk about his creative process in a new context. thanks @austin_walker!

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Great interview, Austin!

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Glad you took the time to fix this Austin, you're too good to us.

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Great interview once again.

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I was literally coming on here to say, "Dude, I had no idea that was Harry Crane..."

Oh wow I watched the Quick Look and thought the player character sounded familiar, but had no clue that it was Rich Sommer! He played such a spectacularly great asshole on MAD MEN!

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If you are listening to this with headphones turn down the volume right before 1:04:25 or you may go deaf.

That said great interview can't wait for another one Austin!

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An interview with Harry Crane himself! Super excited to listen to this later. Nice get, Austin.

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Rich! Whats the situation on flight mh370?

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I really like this intro music.

As for the quality of the audio, it kinda sounds like they're talking with each other using old radios, so I guess it kinda fits the theme of the game.

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Finished the game and see this, excellent.

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Crossing fingers for LA Noire questions.

Every time I load up Audacity I feel like I'm one click away from loading a 1998 build of Winamp.

Here's Audacity, and here's Logic Pro, and there's the chasm between the only audio tools anyone seems to use.

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For any Rich Sommer fans out there, he's made appearances on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop board game show and some (not all) episodes of season 3 of boardgamegeek's Game Night Youtube series. I've not seen any of his work (including Med Men) but his knowledge and passion for board games is very apparent. Seems like a cool guy.

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Filed under Far Cry 2. Now that's the Idle Thumbs I know.

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I enjoyed the interview, but the beep after the spoiler almost deafened me :(. totally not headphone safe.

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@wazanator: @detraya: Fixed this! Sorry folks, was working on repairing this the dozen different ways yesterday while home sick yesterday and totally missed this.

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Thanks to @austin_walker for providing me with my new Mutants and Masterminds character: Time-Travelling Audio Ghost

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@midjet said:

Rich! Whats the situation on flight mh370?

This obscure-ass reference made me actually wish there was a 'like' button for the comment section.

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@midjet said:

Rich! Whats the situation on flight mh370?

Damn. Beat me to it!

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Firewatch is basically Far Cry 2 with actual decent voice acting.

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Firewatch has it's issues but it's the most pleasant world a game has taken me to in a long time.

PS: @austin_walker Also audio is fine, but thanks for the heads up! You should have seen some of the shows that Patrick and Alex posted.

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Awesome conversation, great discussion. Keep up the good work.

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Austin did you piss off an angry vengeful audio engineer ghost in some past life of yours?