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Headshots is the psychology and gaming podcast. Join Lauren Keller and Josué Cardona for mind-blowing, insightful conversations about human behavior, motivation, game design, mental health, play, and more.

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Headshots is the psychology and gaming podcast. Join Lauren Keller and Josué Cardona for mind-blowing, insightful conversations about human behavior, motivation, game design, mental health, play, and more.

    The Cost of Making Graphic Video Games

    The Cost of Making Graphic Video Games

    #63: A recent Kotaku article about a game developer who was diagnosed with PTSD after working on Mortal Kombat 11 inspired this conversation about the potential secondary and vicarious trauma that can occur from prolonged exposure to graphic content. Players may see a fatality for a few seconds while the employees who make the game may be looking at graphic reference material for months. In the second half of the episode, we provide some recommendations for developers on how to protect and help their employees.







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    Notes:







    * ‘I’d Have These Extremely Graphic Dreams’: What It’s Like To Work On Ultra-Violent Games Like Mortal Kombat 11 – http://bit.ly/2ZoLJ2K















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    • 51 min
    Why is THAT your favorite game series?

    Why is THAT your favorite game series?

    #62: We have favorite games and series but what makes that your favorite game series? We are joined by special guest Marc Cuiriz, host of the new Assassin’s Creed podcast The Codex to talk about what makes our favorite game series our favorite. Not to be confused with our favorite games because that might be more difficult to answer.







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    Notes:







    * The Codex – codex.geektherapy.com















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    • 57 min
    Video Games Are Communication Technologies

    Video Games Are Communication Technologies

    #61: In a recent Kotaku article, Cecilia D’Anastasio wrote “…video games aren’t just entertainment—they’re communication technologies” and we completely agree. We discuss the article and some research around communication and gaming.







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    Notes:







    * For Men Who Hate Talking On The Phone, Games Keep Friendships Alive – http://bit.ly/30RSs6e















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    • 45 min
    Pokémon Memories

    Pokémon Memories

    #60: A study finds a specific region of the brain that stores pokémon information? 100,000 people played Pokémon simultaneously and beat the game? We’ll be able to play Pokémon in our sleep? We love pokémon so much! 😭







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    Notes:







    * Brain scans reveal a ‘pokémon region’ in adults who played as kids – http://bit.ly/2SilQzB















    Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com.







    Follow us on Twitter: @HeadshotsCast | @CHICKENDINOSAUR | @JosueACardona







    Headshots is part of the Geek Therapy Podcast Network.







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    • 46 min
    Ping! Non-Verbal Communication

    Ping! Non-Verbal Communication

    #59: Apex Legends introduced a ping system that has changed the way we think about non-verbal communication in games. It’s great. Every game should copy this feature immediately. We also discuss other examples of non-verbal communication we appreciate.







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    Headshots is part of the Geek Therapy Podcast Network.







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    Bandersnatch and Choice-Supportive Bias

    Bandersnatch and Choice-Supportive Bias

    #58: The Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch is a game, right? We discuss Bandersnatch as a work of interactive fiction, compare it to other games in the genre, and what we think of Netflix’s interactive future. We also discuss choice-supportive bias, where we positively defend a choice because, well, we made it.







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    Questions? Comments? Discuss this episode on the GT Forum.















    Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com.







    Follow us on Twitter: @HeadshotsCast | @CHICKENDINOSAUR | @JosueACardona







    Headshots is part of the Geek Therapy Podcast Network.







    Geek Therapy Discord server – www.GeekTherapy.com/discord







    Geek Therapy on Twitch – www.twitch.tv/geektherapy







    Geek Therapy Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/GeekTherapy

    • 48 min

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