54 episodes

New perspectives on video game culture and current events, every other Tuesday. 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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    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

New perspectives on video game culture and current events, every other Tuesday. 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/

    Embedding Values into AI and Finding Focus in Gaming with Wells Santo

    Embedding Values into AI and Finding Focus in Gaming with Wells Santo

    Welcome to our 50th episode! Whaaaaat? Thanks for spending two years and countless hours talking games and being gay with us. This week, Spencer and Jamie dive into the delightfully devilish Cult of the Lamb from Massive Monster and Devolver Digital, an addicting mash-up of Hades and Animal Crossing with plenty of poop management.
    Then Wells Santo (he/she/they) an educator, researcher and activist on the societal implications of technology - especially artificial intelligence - joins to chat PhD life, the power, potential, and dangerous misconceptions of AI, the perfect Boba tea order, and how 2018's Florence brought Wells back to video games after a decade away!
    After this episode we'll be taking a short break for some Life Events and mysterious medical leave, so enjoy your spooky season and we'll catch you in November 2022!
    10:15 - Jamie shows off her new STEAM DECK!
    17:49 - Cult of the Lamb discussion
    45:07 - Interview with Wells Santo
    Follow Wells on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WellsLucasSanto
    Side Quest
    https://linktr.ee/PBO
    PEOPLE’S PROGRAMS is an Oakland-based Black/New Afrikan organization dedicated to the liberation and unification of ALL Afrikan people through scientific socialism. We are governed by the ideologies, theories, principles, and practices of Revolutionary Nationalists and Pan-Africanists, and we are aiming to do our part to contribute to the New Afrikan Independence Movement.
    Volunteer/donate/sign up for mutual aid efforts/check out PBO’s podcast Hella Black, and more!
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes every three weeks! Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media (we're most active on Twitter!) @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? Unlock monthly bonus episodes for $2/mo at patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Indigenous Cyber Noir in Hill Agency: PURITYdecay with Achimostawinan Games

    Indigenous Cyber Noir in Hill Agency: PURITYdecay with Achimostawinan Games

    Hey gamers! This week, Spencer and Jamie play everyone's favorite kitty cat game -- BlueTwelve and Annapurrna Interactive's blockbuster cat adventure platformer, STRAY! Also, because she's an overachiever, Jamie somehow finds some time to chat about INTERIOR/NIGHT and Xbox Game Studios' experimental interactive narrative game As Dusk Falls.
    Then we're joined by two of the fine folks at Achimostawinan Games: Art Lead and Character Designer Sadekaronhes Esquivel, and Founder, Owner, and Lead Game Designer Meagan Byrne! We loved our convo with Sade and Meagan on the world of their forthcoming game Hill Agency: PURITYdecay, and we're sure you will too!
    CORRECTION NOTE: This episode was recorded prior to the announcement that Hill Agency has been delayed to Fall 2022. The release date mentioned within the episode is no longer accurate.
    https://my.captivate.fm/8:27 (8:27) - Are y'all watching The Bear on Hulu?
    https://my.captivate.fm/14:18 (14:18) - Stray discussion
    https://my.captivate.fm/32:39 (32:39) - As Dusk Falls discussion
    https://my.captivate.fm/51:00 (51:00) - Interview with Achimo Games
    Follow Achimo Games: https://achimogames.ca/
    Wishlist Hill Agency on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1358370/Hill_Agency_PURITYdecay/
    Side Quest
    cats.org.uk/support-us/pawsome-players
    From humble beginnings in 1927, Cats Protection has grown to become the UK's leading cat charity. We help an estimated 166,000 cats and kittens a year through our national network which includes around 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres. At Cats Protection, we’re working hard to improve the lives of cats. We offer cat adoption, rehoming and neutering assistance as well as help and advice to cat owners and cat lovers. As a leading animal welfare charity, our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness.
    You can visit their website to sign up to be a Pawsome Player and stream with the goal of raising money for homeless cats. If youre a first time streamer, no problem! Cats Protection will set you up with a fundraising pack, tips to support your event and great social media graphics via email to help with your fundraising.
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes every three weeks! Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media (we're most active on Twitter!) @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? Unlock monthly bonus episodes for $2/mo at patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Stories as Safe Havens and Jet Set Radio Future with YA Thriller Author K. Ancrum

    Stories as Safe Havens and Jet Set Radio Future with YA Thriller Author K. Ancrum

    Hey gamers! It's grab the Nintendo Switch and flop on the bed by the air conditioner weather, and we're ready to get in our feelings! After 90+ hours with just ONE storyline in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Spencer is left with a new appreciation for tactical strategy RPGs; meanwhile, Jamie finally finds the time is right for 2016's The Last Guardian and its beautifully mysterious and heart-wrenching world.
    Then we're joined by Kayla Ancrum (she/her), author of The Wicker King, The Weight of the Stars, Darling, and more! Kayla chats her early days as a Gameboy girl, the enduring appeal of YA literature, regardless of age, graffiti artist skater teens resisting a totalitarian police state in Jet Set Radio Future, and more!
    4:44 - Our impromptu Thor: Love and Thunder movie review lol
    15:25 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses discussion
    38:25 - The Last Guardian discussion
    1:01:54 - Interview with Kayla Ancrum
    Follow Kayla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaylaAncrum
    Check out her work! https://kancrum.com/
    Side Quest
    womenandchildrenfirst.com
    Women and Children First Bookstore believes in the transformative power of literature. As intersectional trans-inclusive feminists, we believe books are tools for liberation. Since 1979, we have celebrated and amplified underrepresented voices. In order for feminism to remain relevant, it must be forever evolving.
    Visit their website to learn more and donate to their Chicago Books to Women in Prison program!
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes every three weeks! Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media (we're most active on Twitter!) @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? Unlock monthly bonus episodes for $2/mo at patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Thirsty Sword Lesbians and Creating an Aesthetic of Emotion with April Kit Walsh

    Thirsty Sword Lesbians and Creating an Aesthetic of Emotion with April Kit Walsh

    Sup y'all, we're clinging to spots of joy in this burning world! This week, Spencer hosts tea parties and finds their footing as a magical warrior professor in Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo's Fire Emblem: Three Houses, while Jamie gets spooky (but not too scary) in Supermassive Games' The Quarry.
    Then we're joined by April Kit Walsh (she/her or gay/ghem), a kickass civil liberties lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as the designer behind Gay Spaceship Games -- and the Nebula Award-winning tabletop RPG Thirsty Sword Lesbians -- to chat about her early days as a modder, how her values shine through in her storytelling and game-making, not-so-literal swords, and so much more!
    PS: Humans have been around for about 300 generations! (This'll make sense in the interview)
    Follow April on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/prilkit
    Check out Thirsty Sword Lesbians
    https://evilhat.com/product/thirsty-sword-lesbians/
    8:26 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses discussion
    23:08 - The Quarry discussion
    47:47 - Interview with April Kit Walsh
    Side Quest
    translifeline.org
    Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. Trans Lifeline connects trans people to the community support and resources we need to survive and thrive.
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media (we're most active on Twitter!) @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? Unlock monthly bonus episodes for $2/mo at patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 33 min
    The Strategic Satisfaction of FPS and Games as Connection with Ace aka A_TypicalQueer

    The Strategic Satisfaction of FPS and Games as Connection with Ace aka A_TypicalQueer

    'Sup, gaymers and theymers? This week, Spencer and Jamie dust off their Nintendo Switches and kick off Wrath Month! Join us as we explore Spencer's extremely late arrival to Sid Meier's Civilization VI and Jamie's dive into Triangle Strategy's SALTY political intrigue.
    Then we're joined by Ace (they/she), aka @A_TypicalQueer: a content creator, activist working with Equality New York and NEW Pride Agenda, and Director of DEI Consulting at Qweerty Gamers! We talked with Ace about using games to hold space for important conversations, thriving on other people’s b******t, and how they approach activism for marginalized LGBTQIA+ folks!
    10:02 - Civilization 6 discussion
    27:56 - Triangle Strategy discussion
    51:21 - Interview with Ace, @A_TypicalQueer
    1:23:56 - CONTENT WARNING - Reference to suicide and suicidal thoughts
    1:25:18 - END OF CONTENT WARNING
    'Civilization and Strategy Games' Progress Delusion' by Gabriel Soares (2019): https://www.vice.com/en/article/4aggzm/civilization-and-strategy-games-progress-delusion (https://www.vice.com/en/article/4aggzm/civilization-and-strategy-games-progress-delusion)
    Follow Ace:
    https://twitter.com/a_typicalqueer
    Side Quest
    Metahealth.gg
    Per Gayming Mag: “Meta by Sinai Health Foundation is a dynamic and diverse online gaming community whose mission is to fundraise and support the game-changing research and services at Sinai Health, including vital programs directly serving the LGBTQ2S+ community. This Pride, Meta is gathering gamers and creators together to support young people between the ages of 16 and 29 who visit Mount Sinai Hospital’s Emergency Department in need of timely and inclusive mental healthcare.”
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media (we're most active on Twitter!) @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? Unlock monthly bonus episodes for $2/mo at patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Unmasking Autism and Embracing Your Inner Alien Prince with Devon Price

    Unmasking Autism and Embracing Your Inner Alien Prince with Devon Price

    This week, Spencer toils in a mine for fun and lives to tell the tale - and rolls merrily along in Lovable Hat Cult's Journey of the Broken Circle. Then Jamie shares her experiences with Lego Builder's Journey, a surprisingly deep and incredibly satisfying puzzler that's inspired her to engage with a new IRL hobby as well!
    Then we welcome our first-ever return guest, social psychologist, professor, and author Devon Price! Devon joins to chat about his new book Unmasking Autism, why Link is a trans king, how autistic folks invented fandom, what Katamari Damacy has to teach us about life, and so much more.
    Follow Devon:
    https://twitter.com/drdevonprice
    https://www.instagram.com/drdevonprice
    https://www.tiktok.com/@drdemonprince
    Side Quest
    National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
    Blacktrans.org
    Established in 2011, The National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition is the only social justice organization led by black trans people to collectively address the inequities faced in the black transgender human experience.
    About Pixel Therapy
    New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media (we're most active on Twitter!) @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? Unlock monthly bonus episodes for $2/mo at patreon.com/pixeltherapypod

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

itsdalights ,

The Podcast That Made Me Rediscover What Gaming Can Do For Us

As someone who has been playing video games since they were only 5, they were actually kind of a big part of who I was, until one day I sort of put down the controller and never picked it back up — it just sort of faded away as a hobby, I guess.

Recently, I played a story-based, AAA video game (just like the ones I mainly used to play) for the first time in years, and I remembered why I used to be a “gamer”. I liked the feeling of getting lost in something but also having the control to decide exactly how to get lost in it.

My partner has been playing a lot of video games — nothing super crazy but definitely more than he normally would. Today he came to me and told me that he was struggling and the reason he was playing so often was because it was something else to focus on that gave him an opportunity to stop ruminating on the things that were difficult. Partially because of this podcast, and partially because of my own experiences, I was able to tell him I completely understood.

I love the insightful yet slightly controversial recurring question of “do you identify as a gamer?” to guests — always prompts a reaction! I always find myself laughing with Spencer and Jamie — I can hear their friendship through the speakers 😌

stop reading this and listen ,

Came here from Cozy Robot :)

Love this pod. I can’t stop listening!

Crimson Pallasch ,

Much Needed Diverse Voices In Gaming

I heard about this podcast through The Cozy Robot Show and I love what I’m hearing. In this realm that is rampant with white male stereotypes, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear from other voices about the gaming industry, games, and the impact these games have today. Being a white straight male, I’m looking forward to learning and growing through the stories shared here so we can make gaming more inclusive and accepting. Thank you for this podcast!

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