17 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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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/

    Crafting a Modern Dystopia with Backbone's Narrative Designer Alex Korabelnikova

    Crafting a Modern Dystopia with Backbone's Narrative Designer Alex Korabelnikova

    We got tea to spill this week! Turns out Troy Leavitt, the lead developer of Hogwarts Legacy (an upcoming open-world Harry Potter RPG), is a far-right conspiracy theorist with the YouTube receipts to prove it. And this is on top of JK Rowling already outing herself as a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), which makes things complicated for her queer and trans fans to contend with. Yikes! Meanwhile, Pokemon turns 25 this year with some exciting announcements for Nintendo fans. Spencer and Jamie break it down for you with some of our own hot takes and muse on the complexities of engaging with popular media when you're a member of one or more marginalized groups.
    Then we're joined by the whip-smart and incisively funny Alex Korabelnikova, a narrative designer and co-founder of EggNut, a fully decentralized indie game studio. Their upcoming game Backbone, a Noir roleplaying adventure about a raccoon detective in a dystopian Vancouver, absolutely CANNOT be missed. We get into Disco Elysium, Planescape Torment, and what it means to be a person. Nbd!

    Check out Backbone on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/865610/Backbone/
    Follow Alex on Twitter: https://twitter.com/almightyplate
    Side Quest
    Donate to the Sisters Center, a Moscow-based non-governmental, non-profit helping survivors of sexual violence: sisters-help.ru/donation_eng.html
    Our February Patreon-Exclusive Co-Op Mode episode is out now. Visit patreon.com/pixeltherapypod to unlock bonus episodes for $2/mo!
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. We're proud members of the But Why Tho? Podcast Network: visit ButWhyThoPodcast.com for everything pop culture in an inclusive geek community! 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!

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Emotional Benefits of Gaming with Counselor Jamiere Leslie

    The Emotional Benefits of Gaming with Counselor Jamiere Leslie

    Y'all been hitting that pandemic wall lately? Us too. Spencer's coping by working through half the Assassin's Creed series, which just HAPPENED to be super on sale in the Playstation Store, and getting elbow-deep in the lore. Meanwhile, Jamie's cleansing her palate from 200+ hours of Persona 5 with Aegis Rim: 13 Sentinels, a reality-altering JRPG starring high schoolers jumping into another reality for turn-based fights-- wait a minute.
    Here's a follow-up article on the Ubisoft diversity debacle Jamie mentioned from 2020: https://kotaku.com/head-of-ubisoft-announces-plans-to-shakeup-the-company-1844252024
    Then we're joined by Jamiere Leslie, a counselor based in Massachusetts's south shore who's rediscovered her love of gaming during the pandemic. How can you tell if you have a gaming addiction? Can Animal Crossing cure depression? What's the deal with therapy? All this and more awaits you.
    Follow Jamiere on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JayTeeEll17.
    Looking for a therapist in MA? Check out Northeast Health Services: https://www.northeasthealthservices.com/.
    SIDE QUEST
    Support the global organization working to end white supremacy and creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
    Our February Patreon-Exclusive Co-Op Mode episode is out now. Visit patreon.com/pixeltherapypod to unlock bonus episodes for $2/mo! We're also going to be LIVE at Uplink 2021 on February 20th, 2021, at 6-7 pm EST! If you're interested in the convention, get your tickets on our website: pixeltherapypod.com.
    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. We're proud members of the But Why Tho? Podcast Network: visit ButWhyThoPodcast.com for everything pop culture in an inclusive geek community! 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!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Queer Theory, Fandom, and Relationship Dynamics with Power Couple Jude and Kerey

    Queer Theory, Fandom, and Relationship Dynamics with Power Couple Jude and Kerey

    We're joined by Keridwen Luis (she/her) and Jude McLaughlin (they/them) this week, a queer power couple who share decades of experience making games, running games, teaching on the intersections of queer theory and fandom, writing Lambda Literary Award-nominated science fiction and fantasy, and still managing to find time to sit with us and chat about fandoms, queer bodies, representation, and how Final Fantasy VII is basically a microcosm of their relationship's early years.
    Meanwhile, Spencer breaks down the whole GameStop situation that's been all over the news this week and talks about a new multiplayer game they've been playing called Knights and Bikes, while Jamie shares the view from the top of the mountain of completing Persona 5: Royal.
    Buy Kerey's book Herlands: https://www.amazon.com/Herlands-Exploring-Womens-Movement-United/dp/0816698252
    Learn more about Glitter Collective: https://www.glittercollective.com/
    Side Quest
    Help secure the future of the Quileute tribe by moving the at-risk community to the safe zone where their culture and heritage can continue to thrive for generations to come: https://mthg.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. We're proud members of the But Why Tho? Podcast Network: visit ButWhyThoPodcast.com for everything pop culture in an inclusive geek community! 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
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Archiving the Past and Building Black Trans Futures with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

    Archiving the Past and Building Black Trans Futures with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

    We're joined by Danielle Brathwaite Shirley (they/she) this week, a game maker and artist living and working in London. Danielle creates work that seeks to archive the Black Trans experience. In Danielle's words: I USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMAGINE OUR LIVES IN ENVIRONMENTS THAT CENTRE OUR BODIES...THOSE LIVING, THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AND THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN. We were thrilled to share space with them, discussing their games THE BLACK TRANS ARCHIVE and RESURRECTION LANDS, Afrofuturism, trans tourism, and Blade.
    Meanwhile, Spencer wants to know if we really need Uncharted to be a TV show and Indiana Jones to be a game when we could tell stories about literally anything else, and Jamie introduces a brand-new segment!
    Follow Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley...
    Website: https://www.daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladydangfua/
    Side Quest
    Support our previous guest Mars Dixon's (@mmdizzie on Instagram) new project, which aims to rebuild computers for QTBIPOC and bridge the digital divide! https://www.instagram.com/rebooty_computers/
    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 23 min
    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
    Side Quest
    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.
    Side Quest
    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

Customer Reviews

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56 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!

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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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