13 episodes

Pixel Therapy Pod is a bi-weekly interview show bringing you new perspectives on video game culture and current events while centering the relationships queer folks, trans folks, people of color, disabled folks, and other marginalized players have with games.

We have fun, we go deep, and we explore the love of games within a broader social and cultural context while challenging conventional notions of what it means to be a "gamer"— and who gets to call themselves one.

https://www.pixeltherapypod.com/

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    • 5.0 • 55 Ratings

Pixel Therapy Pod is a bi-weekly interview show bringing you new perspectives on video game culture and current events while centering the relationships queer folks, trans folks, people of color, disabled folks, and other marginalized players have with games.

We have fun, we go deep, and we explore the love of games within a broader social and cultural context while challenging conventional notions of what it means to be a "gamer"— and who gets to call themselves one.

https://www.pixeltherapypod.com/

    Gamifying Mental Health Management in Dofus and Dark Souls with CelesMeh

    Gamifying Mental Health Management in Dofus and Dark Souls with CelesMeh

    We kick off the new year with CelesMeh, a queer Latina scientist who edits genes and builds robots by day, streams games on Twitch with an emphasis on mental health and self-care by night, and is an all-around badass and delight 24/7! Celes joins us for an energizing conversation on the power of games to help us overcome our inner challenges and see our own resilience. Please note: This episode contains frank discussions of mental illness, including depression and suicide.
    Meanwhile, Spencer claims Assassin's Creed: Valhalla for the queer community, and Jamie explains how Persona 5: Royal dashed all of her big plans to finally tackle her gaming backlog over the holiday break.
    Follow CelesMeh on...
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/celesmeh
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CelesMeh
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    Donate and learn more about Take This: https://www.takethis.org/
    This episode is sponsored by the following Patreon supporters: Yinka Araromi
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate us, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts (or your listening app of choice) and subscribe! Want more? Join our little community over on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Pixel Therapy's Year in Gaming 2020

    Pixel Therapy's Year in Gaming 2020

    As we collectively drag ourselves towards the 2020 finish line while tempering our expectations for 2021, we're taking a break from guest interviews this week to bring you a special end of year episode! Join us as we share our completely unofficial picks for this year's Pixel Therapy Game Awards (cue applause). From Jamie's nomination for Best NPC Hugs to Spencer's pick for Game That Lived Rent-Free in My Head, we promise there's a little something for everyone.
    Finally, it wouldn't be Pixel Therapy without crying. So please allow us to take a moment to share our reflections on this podcast's first 90 days (That's it?!), and how thankful we are for all of the love, support, and energy we've received from all of you.
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    Donate to GLBTQ+ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD): https://donate.glad.org/
    This episode is sponsored by the following Patreon supporters:
    Yinka Araromi
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate us, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts (or your listening app of choice) and subscribe! Want more? Check out our little community over on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 26 min
    From God of War to Baten Kaitos: The Spectrum of Narrative Game Design with Sisi Jiang

    From God of War to Baten Kaitos: The Spectrum of Narrative Game Design with Sisi Jiang

    This week we're joined by game engineer, narrative designer, and journalist Sisi Jiang (they/them)! Their work is known for covering themes of queerness and orientalism, and their critically-acclaimed game LIONKILLER got nominated for the Independent Game Festival's Excellence in Narrative award. We talk all about the importance of narrative design-- and tbh, how lots of folks have the wrong idea about narrative.
    MEANWHILE, your co-hosts dissect the series that has become synonymous with Playstation: GOD OF WAR! From the history of the series, to the lessons it offers on everything from managing one's emotions to parenting as an adult survivor of abuse, there is quite a lot to unpack here. Also, Kratos can get it.
    Find Sisi Jiang on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/six6jiang/
    Learn more about AbleGamers: https://ablegamers.org/
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate us, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts (or your listening app of choice) and subscribe! Want more? Join our little community over on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Gaming Misconceptions and Musings with Glass Artist Momoko Schafer

    Gaming Misconceptions and Musings with Glass Artist Momoko Schafer

    This week, we're joined by molten glass sculptor and artist Momoko Schafer (she/her)! Momo starred in season 1 of Netflix's glassblowing competition show Blown Away, and also founded Self Love Social Club, a QTBIPOC-led platform for your healing journey!
    This is definitely Momo's first video game podcast, and we're stoked to have her. We talk about gaming culture through the lens (lol, glass, get it?) of an artist, the growing popularity of Twitch and possibilities in the medium of streaming, mobile gaming, gaming as pop culture, and so much more!
    Meanwhile, your co-hosts can't wait to tell you about our sparkling new PATREON! We're psyched to build community with you and hope you'll join us. We also read our first LISTENER EMAIL!?!? Also, BUGSNAX. Omg, this is a can't-miss episode.
    Find Momo Schafer on IG: https://www.instagram.com/glassymomo/
    Donate to the Fundraiser for Black Mental Health: https://ioby.org/project/easy-activism-fundraising-black-mental-health
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate us, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts (or your listening app of choice) and subscribe! Want more? Join our little community over on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 25 min
    How Destiny's Lack of Inclusive Design Spawned "Can I Play That?" with Courtney Craven

    How Destiny's Lack of Inclusive Design Spawned "Can I Play That?" with Courtney Craven

    It's been a rough couple weeks. We hope you're all hanging in there and protecting your space. Recharge and hang with us! This week we're joined by Courtney Craven (they/them), a video games industry accessibility consultant, captioner for Epic Games, and the editor-in-chief of Can I Play That?, the online destination for gamers and developers to find reviews, news stories, and features spotlighting accessibility advocacy within the gaming industry.
    Courtney shares the frustrating and disturbing personal story of how playing Destiny with their late partner inspired them to break into the video game accessibility industry, and Spencer freaks out a little bit over having the chance to vent about Tell Me Why with another trans person. (It gets a little spicy.) We LOVED having time with Courtney and we think you will too!
    Follow Courtney on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CyclopediaBrain
    Visit Can I Play That?: https://caniplaythat.com/
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at https://pixeltherapypod.com/ (pixeltherapypod.com) or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate us, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts (or your listening app of choice) and subscribe! Thank you!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Queering Gaming Culture and The Sims' Secret Gay History with Mars Dixon

    Queering Gaming Culture and The Sims' Secret Gay History with Mars Dixon

    This week, we're joined by Black queer YouTuber, musician, model, and artist Mars Dixon (they/she/he), who streams games everywhere as @wii_gay from Twitch to PornHub (you read that right), builds computers for trans people, believes in making gaming content more accessible to non-gamers, and is an absolute ray of gay light.
    Mars shares how The Sims gave them a place to visualize a queer future, and provided sanctuary and validation during a rough childhood. Then, we dive into the story of a queer game developer, Patrick J. Barrett III, who pretty much accidentally made The Sims gay and changed the landscape of gaming forever. It's a powerful reminder of how queer people have always existed and have always contributed to the creation of culture--and we will persevere!
    Also, your co-hosts do a bit of a deep dive on our experiences playing Spiritfarer and its impact on our relationships to death and our mental health journeys.
    Heads up: This episode contains story spoilers for Spiritfarer (20:45 - 37:30) and The Haunting of Bly Manor (29:40 - 37:30).
    Follow WiiGay on https://www.patreon.com/wiigay (Patreon) and https://www.youtube.com/wiigay (YouTube)
    Follow Mars Dixon on https://www.instagram.com/mmdizzie/ (Instagram)
    Donate to the https://www.gofundme.com/f/p6q5sm-homeless-black-trans-women-fund (Homeless Black Trans Women Fund)
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at https://pixeltherapypod.com/ (pixeltherapypod.com) or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate us, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts (or your listening app of choice) and subscribe! Thank you!

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Quintin! ,

The podcast I never knew I needed

This podcast is such a delight and joy to listen to. Spencer and Jamie are incredibly open and vulnerable with wonderful guests that bring a much needed fresh perspective to gaming and queer culture. It’s really opened my mind thinking about how queerness and gaming can intersect. The perfect podcast to listen to in the background of my Hades runs. The music is great, the segments are perfectly on theme, and I just love it! Highly recommend!

abdorima ,

Awesome podcast!!

This podcast is awesome!! The topics they talk about like video games and gaming culture is so detailed and it makes it so easy to stay engaged! If you haven’t listened, give it a shot to see what I mean. You won’t regret it!

bale_t ,

Gaming from a Different Perspective

Listened to the episode, "What Makes a Video Game Great? Plus, Why We Don't Like Multiplayer." Great intro and music! Spencer & Jamie, love all of your chemistry and banter between each other! Enjoyed the humor and puns throughout the episode.
Felt like I was in the room listening to the two of you reminiscing about video games. Being a gamer myself, playing Valorant and PUBG, I could feel the multiplayer pressure on me. I have felt like dead weight countless times. You guys did make some valid points – Favorite quote, "I approach every game like a relationship."
This is really a great podcast! Discussing video game culture, mental health to timely topics within a broader social and cultural context! Will stay tuned for future episodes. Recommend this to anyone who enjoys listening to new perspectives on video game culture.

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