The Crystal Habit Podcast

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The Crystal Habit podcast provides a glimpse inside veteran game studio Crystal Dynamics, best known for its work on the Gex, Legacy of Kain, and Tomb Raider franchises. Tune in for exclusive insight and interviews, delivered with loads of personality. [Subscribe on iTunes]

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 1 [Link]
Show Description: Returning to the studio after an exciting E3, Crystal Dynamics kicks off the first official The Crystal Habit Podcast. This episode key staffers discuss the history of Crystal, evaluate Tomb Raider’€™s reception at E3, and address the most popular questions of the month. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 2 [Link]
Show Description: The Crystal Habit returns with another Q&A segment featuring Global Brand Director Karl Stewart, and a special call-in guest from sister studio Eidos Montreal. Stick around to the end for an exciting announcement! Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 3 [Link]
Show Description: This episode of The Crystal Habit sheds light on the reality of working in QA, and offers up advice about securing a multimedia position in a development house. Karl returns to answers your pressing questions of the month, and reveals the rules for the first custom Xbox 360 giveaway. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 4 [Link]
Show Description: In this episode of The Crystal Habit we talk shop with the audio department about sound design, VO, and working with the yet-to-be-announced composer. Additionally Karl answers the month’€™s top five questions (and almost debuts a new character in the process), and we kick off our second custom Xbox 360 giveaway! Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 5 [Link]
Show Description: CrystalD User Research Manager Janus Sorensen joins Karl Stewart in discussing the importance of research throughout the development of a game. Karl sticks around to answer your top five questions of the month, and throws in a bonus pair for good measure. Stick around until the end for a new trivia giveaway! Hosted by Meagan.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 6 [Link]
Show Description: Crystal Dynamics kicks off the New Year by discussing the big games and shows of 2012. In the second portion of the show Senior Producer Kyle Peschel and Art Director Brian Horton discuss what it means to hit Alpha, a milestone the Tomb Raider team recently achieved. The show closes out with Global Brand Director Karl Stewart answering the top fan five questions of the month, and Recruiter Casey Manning breaking down the top positions currently open at Crystal Dynamics. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 7 [Link]
Show Description: Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when scripting and shooting a cutscene? Creative Director Noah Hughes details the process in this episode of Crystal Habit Podcast. Karl Stewart returns to answer a handful of longtime questions from listeners, and we crowd source a segment from Tomb Raider fans as a Valentine’€™s Day treat. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 8 [Link]
Show Description: The inner workings of a game studio are often enigmatic, and The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 7 aims to shed light on what it takes to keep a crew of creatives happy and healthy. Karl Stewart also returns to answer five questions from listeners, and we touch on in-demand positions at the studio with Recruiter Casey Manning. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 9 [Link]
Show Description: As the largest museum and research complex in the world, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s decision to explore the forty-year history of the video game was a major point of pride for the industry. This episode we talk with Smithsonian Web & Social Media Content Manager Georgina Goodlander and The Art of Video Games Curator Chris Melissinos about the landmark exhibition. Karl also stops in to address five new pressing questions, and Recruiter Casey Manning invites potential talent to pop by at E3. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 10 [Link]
Show Description: As promised this episode of The Crystal Habit Podcast focuses on the recent announcement that Tomb Raider’s release date has shifted from Fall 2012 to Q1 2013. Head of Studio Darrell Gallagher and Brand Director Karl Stewart sit in to expand upon the decision and answer questions from fans gathered throughout the week. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 11 [Link]
Show Description: This “Frankenstein” episode of the Crystal Habit Podcast combines clips from the team at E3, community Q&A, and an exciting interview with Executive Producer Scot Amos. Scot and Meagan discus the decision to add new intellectual property to the studio portfolio. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 12 [Link]
Show Description: Recorded from Nerd HQ at San Diego Comic Con 2012, this episode includes special interviews with Chuck’s Zachary Levi and the newly announced voice & performance artist of Lara Croft - Camilla Luddington. Hosted by Meagan Marie

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 13 [Link]
Show Description: This episode the team takes Tomb Raider to GamesCom in Cologne, Germany. Meagan answers questions from community members during an exclusive showing at the convention, and then chats with German Marketing Director Lars Winkler about his lengthy history with Eidos. Tune in to find out who his favorite live Lara is! Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 14 [Link]
Show Description: The Tomb Raider team hit a major milestone in September – six months until launch. To mark the occasion, Meagan chats with Karl Stewart and Crystal Dynamics newcomer Rich Briggs about what it’s like during the final stretch of taking a AAA title to retail. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 15 [Link]
Show Description: This episode is dedicated exclusively to chatting with Tomb Raider lead writer Rhianna Pratchett. Rhianna talks about her history with the franchise, the immense task of reimagining an iconic character, and answers questions from the community! Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 16 [Link]
Show Description: Episode 16 dives deep into the process of creating the recently revealed Tomb Raider cover art through a chat with Brand Director Karl Stewart and Art Director Brian Horton. Afterwards, Karl sticks around for an extended Take Five, answering your questions about recent Collector’s Edition announcements, pre-order bonuses, and more. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 17 [Link]
Show Description: The first episode of 2013 talks Tomb Raider multiplayer with Eidos Montreal producer Joe Khoury and Crystal Dynamics game director Daniel Bisson. The episode closes out with an extended Take 5 lead by CES community ambassadors Melonie Mac and Max Murray. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 18 [Link]
Show Description: For the final episode before Tomb Raider’s March 5 launch we talk to composer Jason Graves about the past two years working on the music and soundscape of Tomb Raider. The episode closes out with a tease of one of Jason Graves’ favorite audio segments from the game. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 19 [Link]
Show Description: Episode 19 of The Crystal Habit marks the first podcast post-launch for Tomb Raider. Senior Art Director Brian Horton, Creative Director Noah Hughes, and Senior Producer Kyle Peschel spend the hour answering fan questions and discussing all aspects of the game. For those of you who haven’t finished Tomb Raider – BE WARNED. Spoilers ahead! Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 20 [Link]
Show Description: Episode 20 expands upon one of our recent GDC (Game Developer Conference) presentations – Emotional Synchronization in Tomb Raider. Senior Systems Designer Jonathan Hamel, Senior Software Engineer Matt Gaston, and Principal animator Brandon Fernandez spend an hour chatting about systems design and how it works to make you feel at one with Lara. Hosted by Meagan Marie.

The Crystal Habit Podcast: Episode 21 [Link]
Show Description: Episode 21 gives you a virtual booth tour of Square Enix’s E3 offerings. The show closes out with a new and hopefully reoccurring feature, Crystal Dynamics Uncut. The Tomb Raider team candidly reflects on the past few years, speaking to both the highs and lows of the journey. Hosted by Meagan Marie.