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‘Cuphead’ Cocreators on Delivering Difficulty Without Frustration in a Video Game

Chad and Jared Moldenhauer join ‘Achievement Oriented’ to break down ‘Cuphead’ and explain how they perfected the game's eye-catching art

Jared Moldenhauer, Chad Moldenhauer, Scott Eastwood, and Larry Hyrb Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Xbox Live

The Ringers Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss Jason's ever-changing real-life look and how his hairstyles affect his character-creation strategy (1:40), then share their impressions of the new Windows and Xbox run-and-gun game Cuphead (7:30). Next, they bring on brothers and Cuphead cocreators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer to explain how they conceived and perfected the game's eye-catching art while delivering difficulty without frustration, and to discuss the benefits and burdens of hype, the game's speedrunning potential, and their newfound financial prospects and future plans (14:25). Lastly, Ben and Jason wrap up with a few words about Ben’s upcoming wedding and video-game-themed bachelor party (47:50).

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