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At Gamescom this year, Gamnesia had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Creative Assembly Communications Manager Al Bickham about the upcoming Total War: Warhammer. The reactions from the fans have been many, and the questions have been many more. How will a series like Total War, which has previously engaged in historical campaigns, tackle a fictional realm of not only humans but Orcs, Dwarfs, Trolls and Dragons? There are many new elements to this game such as monsters, flying units, and magic. Will Creative Assembly make an amazing new kind of Total War, or will this end up being a buggy cash grab? Head inside for the full interview!

Recently, I got the chance to talk to pianist and composer Kyle Landry, one of the biggest up-and-coming musicians on the Internet.

Kyle Landry is most famous for his YouTube channel, which reached 400,000 subscribers just last week. Since March of 2006, when he was just a teenager, Kyle has uploaded hundreds upon hundreds of videos of himself playing the piano, mostly improvisations of tons of pieces from video games, movies, and anime. His piano arrangements for these songs are some of the most popular in the world, and he has become one of the most popular musicians on the site. Some of his most viewed videos are his arrangements of "Passion" and "Dearly Beloved" from Kingdom Hearts, and "Time" from the movie Inception. His videos have gained over 110 million views and have inspired thousands of young musicians around the world to follow his lead.

Follow after the jump to check out the full interview with Kyle!

Justin Wong’s name resonates over people’s minds when they think of “professional gaming” and/or “e-sport.” He has been involved with professional gaming for over 10 years and has over 40 champion titles under his belt. He’s known for making remarkable comebacks and is renowned (and feared) in various fighting game circuits. The titles for Marvel vs Capcom 3 Champion at EVO 2014, Mortal Kombat 9 Champion, and the Major League Gaming Killer Instinct Champion are only some of the recent titles he holds. You would think Wong would be an intimidating guy, but I had to opportunity to sit down and ask him a few questions at Momocon 2015. What I found it is that he is a laid-back individual who, at the core, is just all about having a good time doing what he does.

Full interview after the jump!

Unless you've been completely out of the gaming sphere in the past year, chances are you've heard something about indie platformer sensation Shovel Knight. Started as a Kickstarter project a couple of years ago, the game has since grown to garner the love of gamers all over, gathering enough critical acclaim to win over 70 Game of the Year awards in 2014 and enough fan favoritism to elevate the eponymous knight to Smash character contender status - in some fans' minds, that is. It is set to release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita later this year alongside the brand new free DLC pack, Plague of Shadows — among other surprises. The love for this new wave retro platformer is sure to grow over the next year.

In between working on the aforementioned expansions and debuting footage of the highly-anticipated DLC at PAX East, Yacht Club Games, the studio behind Shovel Knight, kindly took the time to answer some of our questions about what the future holds for the title, and the franchise.

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Yesterday on our Nintendo Week podcast, we sat down with ArtsyOmni, the extremely talented artist behind the recent Rayman in Smash Bros. hoax, to discuss the hoax: why he made it, why the internet was so captivated, and what he plans to do in the future. He's beginning a new series on YouTube called "Smashified," where viewers can choose which video game characters he should draw in the Super Smash Bros. art style, so that we can see what all of our favorite gaming icons would look like if they were a part of Smash. Head past the jump to see the interview!

After the end of the era of iconic gaming magazine Nintendo Power, a new publications stepped up, not to take its place, but continue its legacy. Over two years later, this brave new periodical is going more strongly than ever into its third year. The mastermind behind this endeavor, Lucas M. Thomas (former editor-at-large of IGN's Nintendo Team), was kind of enough to answer some of the burning questions the Nintendo and Nintendo Power fans here at Gamnesia have, and he delved into the inner working of Nintendo Force, the opportunities it provides fans, its relationship to Nintendo, and more.

Dan Adelman has been a key player at Nintendo of America for nearly a decade. As head of digital content and development Adelman was the man in charge of Nintendo's indie program, reaching out to make sure that games like Shovel Knight, Cave Story, and World of Goo make it to Nintendo eShop. Recently, he announced that he had decided to part ways with Nintendo, but his work with indie developers continues.

Adelman continues to help indie developers with the business and marketing end of the industry, and recently announced Axiom Verge as his first post-Nintendo project. We caught up with him for an interview and discussed life at Nintendo, life after Nintendo, the state of the indie market, and more. Check it all out by clicking below!

Throughout the 2000's, Armor Games dominated the Flash games industry. One of their most valuable developers was Antony Lavelle, who created a slew of great series such as Indestructotank, SHIFT, and the narrative platformer K.O.L.M. Though originally intended as a trilogy, Antony left Armor Games after the second installment. Now, however, he's aiming to finish off the story with a grand remake of everything K.O.L.M. up to this point, along with the final chapter, through Kickstarter.

With fond memories of K.O.L.M. prancing through my head, I asked Antony to answer a few questions. His answers give some incredible insight into the struggles and successes of an independent developer.

See the interview after the jump!

Indie studio Skymap Games is hard at work on Bacon Man: An Adventure, an upcoming action-platformer inspired by Mega Man X and Earthworm Jim. We at Gamnesia were lucky enough to interview Neal Laurenza, Managing Director of the studio, and find out all about this gorgeous, action-packed meatfest.

If you like what you see, don't forget to head on over and help them reach their funding goal on Kickstarter! There are only five days left, so be sure to act quickly. But first, head on inside to read all about it!

We recently posted a story about Paperbound, an extraordinarily unique fighting game coming soon to PC (and consoles if it hits the proper stretch goals on its Kickstarter campaign). Those who have played the demo know that Paperbound is an exciting, frantic, scream-at-your-friends-until-you-lose-you-voice thrill ride of a game, but we had the opportunity to talk about the game one-on-one with Dan Holbert, the game's lead designer.

Head inside for the full scoop on Paperbound!

A year ago we saw a teaser for a musical tribute to the Super Smash Bros. series called Harmony of Heroes. Word on the project has been mostly silent since its announcement, but we met up with Darren Kerwin, the album's director, to discuss their progress.

Kerwin says that Harmony of Heroes will feature a wide variety of musical styles with about twice as much music as the team's last project, Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, which supplements the original Harmony of a Hunter to form the ultimate Metroid fan album. A few months ago, the team released a new trailer for Harmony of Heroes to show off four sneak peeks at some of the album's music.

To watch the trailer and learn more about Harmony of Heroes, head past the jump!

During SXSW, I was able to stop by the Hyperkin Booth and experience the hotly anticipated RetroN 5. For those of you who are unaware, the RetroN 5 is a home console that plays classic NES, SNES, Genesis and Game Boy cartridges. Not only that, the console outputs and upscales via HDMI and comes with Bluetooth controllers. I sat down with Chris Gallizzi from Hyperkin to ask him a few questions regarding their upcoming console.

Gears For Breakfast's A Hat in Time hit Kickstarter last year with the promise to breath new life into a genre of 3D platformer-collectathons that had been pretty much stagnant since the glory days of Rareware back on the Nintendo 64. A lot of people apparently believed in that promise, and the game's original goal of $30,000 was surpassed by nearly ten times, leaving A Hat in Time with a sterling $296,360 in crowdfunding and all of its stretch goals smashed.

Just after the madly successful Kickstarter campaign's conclusion, Gamnesia had the chance to speak with one of the game's developers and pick his brain on various A Hat in Time and game design related topics. But now that it's been more than a few months and A Hat in Time's alpha build has been released to those who backed a high enough tier, I decided it was about time we chatted with Gears For Breakfast again, this time on how everything's progressing, the development process, Grant Kirkhope, the potential for console releases, and more.

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Recently, the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has produced a wealth of interesting and exciting games. Mighty No. 9, Scraps, A Hat in Time, FTL: Faster Than Light and more are all made possible by people around the world supporting up-and-coming studios. One of these tantalizing projects is Varia Games' ReVeN, a Metroid-inspired science fiction adventure. As the Kickstarter draws to a close, however, a lot of people still have questions surrounding it. I was lucky enough to talk to Austin Morgan from Varia Games about ReVeN, the Kickstarter, and Metroid.

Hit the jump to see what he has to say!

As the creator of Braid and currently the head developer of The Witness, Jonathan Blow is easily among the most famous and renowned indie developers out there, so spending several paragraphs on telling you who he is probably wouldn't be the most productive thing in the world. If you don't know, Google him, and you'll find a billion other articles to tell you just that. But it's that second game I listed, The Witness—that's the enigma, isn't it?

We know it's hyped, gorgeous as all hell, led by an important developer, and of the insufficiently descriptive "puzzle-adventure" genre, but as for what it actually is... a lot of people are still scratching their heads. We got that in-game trailer a year ago, and there's been a scattering of interviews and videos since, but I still consistently hear the "it looks pretty, but what is it?" remark. And that's where Mr. Blow comes in.

See, I had the opportunity to pick the guy's brain a bit, get a little more insight on why we should be excited for this game about which we've heard so much and yet so little. Let's look at the "why"s behind The Witness. You can read all about it after the jump.