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Beyond Gameplay is a podcast owned, created, and distributed by the iThrive Games Foundation. It is hosted by Kelli Dunlap, Psy.D., and promotes discussion within the intersection of gaming and psychology.

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Beyond Gameplay is a podcast owned, created, and distributed by the iThrive Games Foundation. It is hosted by Kelli Dunlap, Psy.D., and promotes discussion within the intersection of gaming and psychology.

    High School eSports

    High School eSports

    eSports is a booming market that has made its way into academics. Some colleges even offer full-ride scholarships to top eSports competitors, just like they would to traditional student athletes. High schools around the country are developing eSports curriculum, clubs, and programming to meet the needs and interests of students. In this interview I talk with J Collins, a leader in the academic eSports space, about what eSports are doing for students and what the future of digital athletics looks like in high schools.

    • 33 min
    Ep 7. Critical Core

    Ep 7. Critical Core

    Tabletop gaming brings people together and can support personal journeys of growth and discovery. On this episode, I spoke with Adam Johns and Adam Davis, also known in the mental health & game space simply as “The Adams,” about their journey creating Game to Grow - a non-profit dedicated to using games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth.

    • 40 min
    Ep 6. Room at the Table

    Ep 6. Room at the Table

    Unlike digital games that are constrained by code, tabletop games are only limited by the imagination of the players and the DM. TTRPGs bring us together in the same space but there there is infinite room at the table. On this episode, I talk with writer and editor Leslie Light about her article “Why I Didn’t Play Dungeons and Dragons, and Why I started” which examines her experience with D&D over the last 20 years.

    • 36 min
    Ep 5. Roll for Therapy

    Ep 5. Roll for Therapy

    This month on Beyond Gameplay, we're rolling for wisdom and digging into the tabletop RPGs as a therapeutic tool. In this episode, Kelli talks with Megan Connell, PsyD, a self-described therapeutic dungeon master, about how she uses D&D and other tabletop games to help teens.

    • 42 min
    Ep 4. Designing Empathic Experiences

    Ep 4. Designing Empathic Experiences

    Is empathic design something only for indies or is there room for empathy in the AAA game space? In this episode, Osama Dorias, Senior Game Designer at Warner Brothers Montreal, shares his experience as an industry veteran and how empathy has played an important role in his career.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 3. The Limits of Empathy

    Ep. 3. The Limits of Empathy

    In this episode, I talk with Dr. Peter McDonald, an assistant professor of game design at Depaul University, about his research on the ways players make sense of and interpret games.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Dr. Anthony Bean ,

Informative and inspiring

The podcast is a wonderful collection of knowledge and wisdom which anyone within multiple disciplines can appreciate. A must listen.

Kalbelgarion ,

Informative and entertaining!

This is a fantastic podcast for anyone who would like to learn how games can make the world a better place. The host and guests are knowledgeable and engaging and you’ll leave every episode feeling smarter.

Johnrandomname ,

Very good!

Very interesting, and very fun! Dr. Dunlap makes everything fun, which probably has to do with the fact that it’s about psychology and games.

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