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On this week’s episode of The Indie Haven Podcast Laura, Jose and Andre spend an hour and a half picking the brain of a household name in the Indie Game Scene, Jonathan Blow. Best know for the release of his critically Acclaimed time travelling platformer Braid and his appearance on Indie Game: The Movie, Jonathan is currently several years into working on his upcoming adventure exploration game The Witness.

We chat about what the development of The Witness has been like for Jonathan stretched over a longer period of time, how The Witness will avoid his more hated Adventure Game design rules by not having an inventory, his stance on tutorial design, the trend toward simplicity in Indie Game design philosophies, the need for a predictable set of systemic rules that control a game universe, the ease with which you can underestimate how long a game will take to complete, how long The Witness should take the average player to complete, the need for self control and time away from the development process, the inherent challenges of a growing online follower base and how to cope with their expectations and with sensationalist headlines, why Jonathan doesn’t feel like a member of the Indie Scene, why Call of Duty and Battlefield are “Baby Games”, if Jonathan will be popping up in the comments of every review of The Witness and more. Seriously, that’s just a sample, it’s a really jam packed show this week.

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Laura’s gaming journey began in the 90′s when she was given a SNES by her older brother with Mario paint. From that day video games were all she thought about day or night, be it playing them, designing them, discussing them or writing about them. Why does she want to write about indie games? Because indie devs are awesome and she wants to be their new best friend by telling them how terrible their games are. That’s how it works right? Twitter: @LauraKBuzz Email:

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