Podcasts

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Episode 87: On Guilty Pleasure Games; Or, It was Destin(y)ed to Happen (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about guilty pleasure games and what constitutes them.

Episode 86: A Narrative By Any Other Name: On the Importance of Narrative in Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about the importance of narrative in games and just what narrative is.

Episode 85: Down the Rabbit Hole and Back Again: More on “Gamergate” and Women in the Gaming Community (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about “gamergate” and community building among diverse gamer populations.

Episode 84: Standing Around With Your %#@& In Your Hand: On Terrorism, Zoe Quinn, and Anita Sarkeesian (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about the difference between harassment and terrorism on the Internet and the goings on of the last two weeks.

Episode 83: Absent Mental Defect: HBO’s Documentary, Love Child, and the Games Addiction Defense (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode HBO’s documentary, Love Child, and video game addiction scapegoating (again).

Episode 82: Tears from a Gamer: Video Games as Emotional Catalysts (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about emotional game, games that have made us cry or just think more deeply about emotional issues in our own lives. Join us as we think about games as more than just an entertainment medium.

Episode 81: Chatting in the Clubhouse: A Conversation with Stacey Deddo (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

While Nintendo may have it’s Treehouse (and awesome localization writer/editor, Stacey Deddo) this week she visit’s the NYMG clubhouse for a great conversation about games and breaking into the games industry. Another great show not to miss.

Episode 80: It’s the Sam and Wendi Show: Smart Women, Sparse Crew Talking About Upcoming Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

With everyone else moving or traveling it’s a pretty sparse show this week, but Sam and Wendi have a good conversation about, what else? Games!

Episode 79: It’s a Damned Shame: Summer Gaming and Our Piles of Shame (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about our plans for gaming this summer and share our dirty little secrets about which games are in our shameful piles of unplayed/unfinished titles.

Episode 78: The Daily Grind: Purposes of Grinding in Video Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about grinding in video games. Why we do it, what we learn from it, and if we like it.

Episode 77: Dominique Pamplemousse: The Fat Lady Sings of Gender (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk with Deirdre Kiai, designer of Dominique Pamplemousse, about games as critical critique and inclusion in the games industry.

Episode 76: The AHa! Moment: How Did We Get Here From There (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk the AHa moments that led us into game studies. Citywide cable internet issues cause us to lose Alex halfway through, but it is still a thrilling episode.

Notes of Link:
Dominique Pamplemousse (check it out in preparation for our next episode)

Episode 75: If Not Points and Badges, Then What: On Gamification (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about gamification and the future of games based learning. Definitely a fun way to learn more about games and learning.

Episode 74: Failing (in Order) to Win: The Role of Failure in Games and Game Studies (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about failure in gameplay and game studies. We are joined this week by guest co-host, Jennifer Lynn. A fun discussion that starts with Jesper Juul’s work on failure.

Episode 73: Right, Wrong, and Everything In Between: On Ethics in Video Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about ethics in and around games.

Episode 72: Lady Legs and Tentacle Monsters: What Will You Do for a Game? (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about the things that we are willing to put up with (or not) in order to play games. A fun and thought provoking episode.

Episode 71: The Unconventional Dwarf: An Interview with Tof Ecklund and Rhiannon Reyes (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk to Tof and Rhiannon about their new book on creating non-traditional/non-standard characters in Role Playing Games and anything else that we can think of.

Links of Note:

The Unconventional Dwarf book

12 Fundamentals of Writing the Other

The Kingdoms Bundle Game Bundle

Episode 70:  New Year, New Views: Predictions and Resolutions for 2014 (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The first episode of the new year and our first live video episode. Come and check out our predictions for this year and our discussion of our predictions from last year. Thanks so much to the awesome folks who joined our live episode and added so much to the show! If you want to watch the video of the show check it out on our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOhU0vS0Zio&feature=youtu.be

Episode 69:  And Game of the Year Goes To… (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we end the year talking about our individual game of the year choices. Which would you like to spend some quality time with. Our regular co-hosts are joined by a special visitor who also throws her 3 favorite games into the mix.

See you in the New Year!

Episode 68: Giants and Volcanoes: History of Marketing to Women (or Not) (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Please ignore the fact that we called this episode 67 in the intro, we were clearly delusional. Episode 68 is the episode where we talk about the history of gender and marketing as it pertains to video games (and all the things) and Alex declares that some research is like “A giant sh*tting in a volcano”.

Links of Note:

Colecovison/Cabbage Patch Commercial on YouTube

Polygon Article by Tracey Lien, No Girls Allowed

Forbes article on playing games with your children

Episode 67: I Used to Go Black Friday Shopping, Then I Took An Arrow to the Elbow (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we give some insight into our favorite holiday gifts, for ourselves and our loved ones.

Links of Note:

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Black Friday deals revealed

Slender: The Eight Pages (The free, first game)

Episode 66: Put An Ace Bandage On Those Things: Talking Games Research with Carly Finseth (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about games research, why we do what we do, and where we go from here.

Episode 65: Spirit Walk With Me: The Grand Theft Auto V Spoilercast (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where all five of us come together to spoil GTAV in more ways than one. It’s a long episode but it is definitely worth it!!

Episode 64: Quiet, Woman: On Silent Women in Video Games and On Underpants (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Alex, Sam, and Sarah come together to consider Metal Gear Solid’s mute sniper, agency, and silent women in video games and on underpants. We had a few technical difficulties (and a sleepless kid in Lego underpants) , but it is a conversation worth listening to.

Episode 63: A Cornucopia of Topics: We’ve Got Plenty to Talk About (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Join us as we talk about the resurgence of the argument that violent games make violent people as well as our early thoughts on Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V. Our topic of the week leads to a lot of fruitful discussions…a cornucopia of topics.

Episode 62: The 3 New R’s: Rape, Respect, and Responsibility in the Geek Community (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode that almost wasn’t. After trying for 3 weeks we finally got this week’s issue covered. This week we talk about objectification vs. idealization as indicative of a larger issue within the geek community. It’s a good one, don’t miss out.

Episode 60: Redeemed by the Blood: The One Drop Redemption Rule for Minority Protagonists (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about race in video game characters and discuss the possibility of the existence of the one drop redemption rule in character design. Alex graces us with her pneumonia ridden presence and her lack of of an internet connection.

Episode 59: “Vag Up”: On the Strength of Women in Game(s) (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about our favorite female protagonists and what the difficulty of these choices means for the games industry. This episode was recorded (mostly) in person so we really can’t be responsible for what happened.

Episode 58: Remember Me and the Plight of the Female Protagonist (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

In this episode we talk about Dontnod’s Remember Me and Nilin as the female protagonist. We answer a few viewer emails and talk about one of a few new and upcoming features at NYMG. A great podcast with the entire NYMG staff present.

Episode 57: Zombies at the Beach: A Conversation About Summer Gaming (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about various facets of summer gaming. It’s a light hearted episode and we are joined by Alisha K. for the conversation. Also check out the blog for a new post by Alisha.

Episode 56: What’s Passion Got to Do With It?: On Men Doing Feminism (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we discuss whether or not men can do feminist work. Come on and join in on the discussion. Let’s have a little fun. We talk about Kickstarters, EA and their Online Passes, and Double Fine’s new strategy game (also on Kickstarter).

And we forgot to tell you (again) to email us at nymgamer(at)gmail(dot)com with email, voice mail, or video mail. You can also follow us on Twitter at @nymgamer or like us on Facebook.

Episode 55: Mommy Dearest: A Mother’s Day Tribute to Mamas Who Game With Their Kids (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we hear from mothers who game with their children (in myriad ways). We are joined this week by Jennifer, the mother of our own Alex Layne. We also have a couple of other special guest testimonials for you to check out. It’s a fun way to spend Mother’s Day and to work on convincing your own mother to game with you.

We also want to say congratulations to the winner of our latest contest. Sarah is now the proud owner of her very own copy of Forza for the Xbox 360. Enjoy and see if you can get your mother to join you for a few laps around the track. (A t-shirt is coming to Alexander B. for giving it one hell of a try!)

Links of Note:

Microsoft appoints first female CFO

[RUMOR] New Xbox to be named “Xbox Infinity”

EA exec Andrew Wilson sells entire stake in company

WoW loses 1.3 million in 3 months

Full video from this episode (thanks again to Christine, Lukasz, and Kasia)

Episode 54: Raising a Self Saving Princess: An Interview with Mike Hoye? (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode in which we talk with Mike Hoye, the dad who hacked The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker so that his daughter could play as a female character. We had a great conversation with Mike not only about his hacking the game but about gender in games and gaming in general. Enjoy!

Episode 53: Lara Croft: Whimpering Idiot or Feminist Icon? (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode in which we talk about Tomb Raider! It’s a long episode and the first half is us talking about what we’ve been playing (a lot apparently) and the news. In our Tomb Raider spoiler we talk about the game, the characterization of Lara, stereotypes, mechanics, and about everything else that we can think of. At the end we announce a contest for a free copy of Forza Horizon for the XBox 360. See the blog and/or listen to this episode for details about the contest that runs through Friday, May 3, 2013.

Episode 52: The Proof in the Pudding: Doing the Academic Gamer Thing (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode in which we talk a bit about our presentations that were delivered at the 4Cs conference in Las Vegas last week and share our presentations with you. While Samantha’s recorded presentation is integrated in the podcast itself Alex’s video (here) and her speaking notes for the talk that preceded her video can be found here. Nicole’s Prezi in on the Prezi site here (and the archival PDF is here).

Episode 51: Don’t Psychoanalyze Me: A Romantic Valentine’s Day Episode (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode in which we talk about all of the usual stuff and some deeply twisted stuff under the guise of talking about our three favorite relationships in video games.

Links of Note:

Critics say not to play Aliens: Colonial Marines

Use your mind to play a game in this Kickstarter project

EA doesn’t think next-gen consoles will allow backwards compatibility

**And I stand corrected, some further research shows that it looks like as of 2008 none of the states in the US have differing ages of consent for boys and girls (except in the cases when one person is 48 months+ older than the other or in a position of authority)

Episode 50: We’re Golden!: Celebrating Episode 50 With Meagan Marie (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Our 50th episode where we are joined by Meagan Marie, community manager for Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics). Meagan she talks about her work at Crystal Dynamics, in the industry in general, and her famous cosplay.

Episode 49: The Choices We Make: The Walking Dead (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we totally spoil TellTale Games’ The Walking Dead (all 5 episodes). We discuss the choices that we made in each episode and work through our own WD issues. We’ve all played it now come see what we have to say about it.

Episode 48: And the Award Goes To: Our Best and Worst of 2012 (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about favorite games and biggest disappointments of 2012. We also share our wildest predictions for 2013. Make sure that you bookmark this one so that you can come back in a year to see who was right and who was wrong!

Episode 47: Leaving Ourselves Behind: An Interview with The Able Gamers Foundation’s Mark Barlet (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk to Mark Barlet, CEO of the Able Gamers Foundation and the winner of the 2012 Paul G. Hearne Award from AAPD (American Association of People With Disabilities), about video games and accessibility.

The AbleGamers Foundation is dedicated to bring greater accessibility in the digital entertainment space so that people with disabilities can gain a greater quality of life, and develop a rich social life that gaming can bring (ablegamers.com).

Links of Note:

Able Gamers Foundation and Community

Read more about and download the Includification guide from Able Gamers

American Association of People With Disabilities
Episode 46: Schooled!: An Interview with Christa Charter, Author of Schooled: A Lexy Cooper Videogame Mystery (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode in which we talk to Christa Charter about her latest novel, her time as a community manager at XBox, and women in the games industry.

Schooled is available from Amazon for the Kindle.

Links of Note:

XenonX Fansite http://www.xenonx.org
Lexy Cooper on Twitter https://twitter.com/LexyXenon

Episode 45: (Corrected) All I Ever Needed to Know About History I Learned From Video Games  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about history and video games, more specifically Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation as “historical” texts.

Links of Note:

GameStop PR Chief embezzled $2 million from company (http://updates.kotaku.com/post/34901428509/gamestops-former-pr-chief-pleads-guilty-to-embezzling)
EA Posts $381m loss (http://www.gamespot.com/news/ea-posts-381-million-loss-6399243)

Games help kids control their anger (http://news.yahoo.com/biofeedback-video-game-helps-kids-control-anger-185134807.html)

Episode 44: I See Dead People: Games to Play On All Hallow’s Eve (Or Any Other Time)  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about scary games that we recommend (or not) for this bewitching season. We go through some AAA titles and Indie titles alike. Sam didn’t mention her all time favorite Halloween game, Grim Fandango, because it is almost impossible to get until someone re-releases it!

Error Correction: Costume Quest was originally release in October of 2010 and not 2011 as I inaccurately stated. -Sam

Links of Note:

UPDATE: Project Eternity a game being developed by Obsidian, which was covered in the last podcast, is funded at $3.9m (http://www.gamespot.com/news/project-eternity-closes-with-39m-6398388)

Preview to holiday shopping: Surface RT tablets begin at $500 for 32gb model (http://www.gamespot.com/news/surface-rt-tablets-begin-at-500-6398321)

Surprise surprise, children are making the WiiU at Foxconn (http://kotaku.com/5952422/report-chinese-kids-were-used-to-manufacture-the-wii-u)

Halo 4 has been leaked, look out for spoilers! (http://kotaku.com/5951525/spoiler-alert-halo-4s-out-in-the-wild-so-be-careful-what-you-read-for-the-next-3-weeks?tag=leak)

The Dream Machine, point and click adventure game (http://www.thedreammachine.se)

Blackwell’s Asylum (http://store.steampowered.com/app/213590)

Episode 43: It’s All About Me: Narrative Modding, Feminism, and Games  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about narrative spaces outside of games and how they can be feminist tools. Yeah, and there were pandas…lots of pandas.

Links of Note:

Get Halo 4 armor if you watch the presidential debates on Xbox Live (http://www.gamespot.com/news/free-halo-4-armor-for-those-who-watch-debates-on-xbox-live-6397513)

No federal charges for 38 studios (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/178636/38_Studios_safe_from_federal_criminal_charges.php#.UGxF1k3A8rU)

Unnamed employee from San Francisco studio Kixeye writes blog post detailing racist remarks fellow employees made towards him and his fellow black employees (http://kotaku.com/5948422/serious-racism-allegations-levelled-at-video-game-developer)

Episode 42: The WiiU Announcement Episode Recap  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we do a quick recap of the awesome episode that didn’t record. We talk about the WiiU launch announcement as well as the usual stuff.

Links of Note:

Kojima Productions is hiring for studio in Los Angeles: (http://www.gamespot.com/news/kojima-productions-staffing-up-los-angeles-studio-6396374)

MGR: Revengeance canceled in Japan for 360, US and Europe on track: (http://www.gamespot.com/news/mgr-revengeance-xbox-360-canceled-in-japan-on-schedule-for-west-6396321)

Obsidian Entertainment launches a KickStarted project to fund their next RPG: (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity)

Episode 41: What It Means to Be a Female Gamer  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about what it means (to each of us) to be a woman gamer. The episode where we share a bit of what being gamers and women simultaneously means to us and why it’s important that we acknowledge both of those identities at the same time.

Episode 40: Call Me!: The Listener Email Episode  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we answer some great questions from listeners. After the usual sign off we added the audio from our video mail question and answer so don’t miss that!

 

Episode 39: How Much Is That Booth Babe in the Window: Booth Babes, Feminism, and Context  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about booth babes in the larger context of feminism and sexism in the games industry.

Confessions of a sometimes booth babe

Man Declares Love to Booth Babe and Is Taken Away by Security

Pre-Schoolers Who Play Interactive Games Have Better Motor Skills

Sony Santa Monica: God of War Ascension Does Not Feature Violence Against Women

 

Episode 38: Teacher, There’s a Game in My Classroom!: Games and Learning  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about games and education in like of some new moves in the field from the likes of EA, Valve, and the White House.

OUYA Kickstarter page

EA’s Institute of Play

Teach with Portals

Episode 37: “Whoa, V*gina!: Lollipop Chainsaw, Tomb Raider, and the Need for Sarkeesian’s Cultural Critique” (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we segue from last week’s episode to this week’s by talking about rape imagery in the new Tomb Raider trailer, our playing of Lollipop Chainsaw, and Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter financed cultural critique project.

Links of Note:

Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency Site

Tomb Raider Crossroad’s Trailer

 

Episode 36: “‘I Raped You!’: Rape Culture and The Mis-Education of the Gamer” (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The catalyst for this week’s episode was Patricia Hernandez’s Kotaku article “Three Words I Said to the Man I Defeated in Gears of War That I’ll Never Say Again“. In this episode we talk about rape culture as it applies to game play, game content, gaming communities, and the gaming industry. This is definitely one not to be missed.

Links of Note:

Dark Side of Open Source Conferences

It’s not just Noirin

Timeline of incidents

Episode 35 : “I’m Sexist and I Know It: Sneaky Sneaky Till the Soapbox Comes Out” (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where Sam, Alex, and Nicole record in one space and have drunch (aka drinks and lunch). They each take a turn with the games soapbox and talk about issues of representation, gamer apathy, and the roles female characters play in larger narrative. Definitely an episode not to miss!

Links of Note:

Dragon Age Legends Shutting Down

Woman Sues Capcom for Harassment

Episode 34 : “Shut Up and Take It!: Death Threats and the New Industry Norm” (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where Alex Layne narrowly escapes death herself and we talk about death and assault threats against women (and men) in the industry. It’s finals time and we’re all pretty crazy in this neck of the woods. And while we call it episode 33 during the podcast it’s really 34. Blame it on the end of semester madness.

Links of Note:

Calls to “tell the oatmeal what its like to game as a woman”

Tetris may help treat PTSD

Episode 33 : “Vagina Blocked!: On Sex, Games, and Community Supported Developers” (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

More on feral children and an interesting discussion between male led and female led community funded Kickstarter project

Links of Note:

GOG CEO Hates the Steam Sales
BBB is Not Liking Capcom’s DLC Practices
CoD is Blamed for the Shooting Death of a 10 year old boy.

Episode 32 : “No Man? No Problems?: Female-Female Character Interactions in Games” (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where Sam calls other people’s children feral and we talk about interaction between female characters in video games. There is more talk of Mass Effect 3, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Skyrim, and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and PSN’s blockbuster artgame Journey join the fray.

Links of Note:

 

Epic Games to make government training games
Anonymous to Shut Down the Internet on March 31
Kellee Santiage, Co-Founder and Co-President of thatgamecompany, quits as Journey breaks records on PSN

Episode 31 : “Monstrous Mamas, MILFs, and (M)androgeny: Femshep, Ripley, and Chun Li’s P3nis” (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about female protagonists on (stereo)typically male roles. Focus on Mass Effect 3, the Alien movie series, and the women of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. We are joined this week by co-host Nicole Marie.

Links of Note:

George Washington a character in Bioshock Infinite
Game sales down in February by 24% in comparison with last year

Episode 30 : A NYMG Interview with Author and Game Designer Sheri Graner Ray (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

“If you ask people to hire who they like, what you end up with is a homogenous team. People like people who are just like themselves.” -Sheri Graner Ray

Episode 29 : Women Behaving Badly (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we are joined by guest co-host Nicole Marie and we talk about misogyny in the games industry in light of the Bioware/Jennifer Hepler. We also talk about our desert island game choices and tell why we chose them.

Links of Note:

Episode 28 : Blinded by the (Gas)Light: Psychological Torture in Video Games

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This week we are joined by guest co-host Charlotte Hyde and we talk about gaslighting in video games.

Links of Note:


Episode 27 : Brains! Making, Using, and Eating Them: On Countdowns and Cognition in Video Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about the games that we are anticipating most in 2012. 2011 gave us a lot of solid games to play. Will 2012 do the same?

Links of Note:

Episode 26 : I’m Not A Grave Robber, I’m a Pragmatist: Puzzle Games and the Best (and Worst) of 2011 (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we are joined by guest host Adam Strantz while we talk about our favorite and most disappointing games of 2011 and the Puzzle Game time capsule (Portal was not discussed but definitely deserves an honorary place in the time capsule not only because of what it did for puzzle gaming but also because of how it was made and who made it). We take call in questions and talk about our thoughts on the best game writing in 2011. It’s our one year anniversary and we’re all snowed in! Coffee and tomfoolery all around. Peanut makes a surprise appearance as a woodpecker and brings the cuteness quotient waaaayyyy up!

Links of Note:

 

Episode 25 : The Lesbian Avenger: My MMO Can Beat Your MMO (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about our MMO time capsule. We talk about our favorite MMOs and learn that Sam has been gaming longer than Alex has been alive! We announce the availability of NYMG t-shirts and start a whole new contest! Fus Ro!

Links of Note:


Episode 24 : I’ve Got A Dragon on My Back: With RPGs the First One is Free (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about our RPG time capsule. We are joined by our guest co-host, Charlotte Hyde for a great discussion.

Links of Note:

Episode 23 : Hitting the “Oh Sh*t Button”: Time Capsule 3: First Person Shooters (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about our FPS time capsule as well as the week plus that we have lost playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim. We also announce the winners of the copy of Skyrim and the Purdue t-shirt from our latest contests.

Links of Note:

Episode 22: It’s the End of Days: Time Capsule 2: Games of the Apocalypse (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

As dr. b.’s grandmother would say “It’s the end of days” and this week we talk about apocalyptic games as social critique. We also announce not one, but two new contests. You can win either a copy of the soon to be release Bethesda game Skyrim or a T-shirt. Listen for details at the end of the podcast.

Links of Note:

17% of 5-8 year old children game every day

Video Games Killed the Novel?

Video Games Make Us Eat More

Episode 21: Blood is Thicker Than VooDoo: Time Capsule 1: Zombies (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Just in time for Halloween. This week we talk about zombie games as social critique.

Links of Note:

Isamu Kamikokuryo thinks that f*ckability is more important than playability?

 

CCP cuts 20% of staff. Bad news for Eve Online players?

91% of children are gamers

Army using video games for cultural sensitization?

Episode 20: Everybody Wants to Be Master Chief: On Masculinity and Intersectionality (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about masculinity and intersectionality. Men, race, sexuality, and anything else that comes to mind.

Links of Note:

Sponsor Sam or Alex in the Extra Life Charity: Every time you donate an angel get’s her wings!

 

Episode 19: Kratos is a Giant P*nis: Video Games and the Manly Man Archetype (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we talk about masculinity in games…yep, you read it right. Masculinity. Duke Nukem, Gears of War, Kratos, and androgynous JRPG boys.

Links of Note:

Sponsor Sam or Alex in the Extra Life Charity: Every time you donate an angel get’s her wings!

 

Episode 18: Quick and Dirty: Free Games and Extra Life (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

This week we have sick kids and co-hosts so we did a quick podcast to choose the winner of the copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and run down some game deals for the week. Join us next week for a full episode when everyone is (hopefully) back to 100% and we announce a new contest!

Links of Note:

Sponsor Sam or Alex in the Extra Life Charity: Every time you donate an angel get’s her wings!

 

Episode 17: You Say Feminist Whore Like It’s a Bad Thing: Race and Gender in Dead Island and Deus Ex (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

We talk about Techland’s Dead Island, Eidos/Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Tea Party Zombies, and Slavery: The Game. Don’t miss this one because you have a chance to win a free copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution just by leaving us a comment on iTunes! Winner will be chosen at random on episode 18.

Links of Note:

Slavery: The Game: Viral Marketing Gone Too Far?

Techland “Apologizes” for the “Feminist Whore” Achievement

Sim City Promotes a “Liberalist Agenda”

 

Episode 16: Boobilicious; Or, She Was Ours: On the Fleeting Cultural Moment in Video Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Where we do our Indie game of the week: Clockwork Man, The Sims Social, and commercial games as cultural moments. We talk about everything from the Border House to jiggle physics in HiDef. We even get a listener question this week  that asks about race and stereotypes in games like WoW and Red Dead.

 

Episode 15: Flipping the Bird: On Indie Games as Agents of Change (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Technical Note: We were trying out a new mic this week and it was possessed. We apologize for any crackles and pops. We did the best we could to edit them out.
The episode where we talk about indie games. Are they agents of change and site of innovation or just vehicles for Angry Bird clones? We talk about games like Bastion (of course), Trauma, Runespell: Overture, and Unpleasant Horse.

Links of Note:

Former GTA Director doing Game on Muslim Uprising in Iran

McGonigal’s TED talk on games and change

 

Episode 14: Dashboard Jesus: On Religion and Video Game Critique (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Revisiting religion and video games because it was too big for one episode (and probably for 2). We talk about a boatload of games including Supergiant Games’ Bastion, Sid Meyer’s Civilization V, and Level 5′s Dragon Quest IX.

Links of Note:

Zia’s Song from Bastion

Supergiant Games

Brainy Gamer

The Border House: The Politics of Game Hair

 

Episode 12.5: Losing Our Religion (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

Video games and religion. Religion in COTS games and religious games. The episode that we couldn’t count as 1# because we recorded it on the 1#th and we were plagued with technical problems.

Links of Note:

Top 10 Religions in Games

Bible MMO: Godstoria

The Pope on Games

El Shaddai (order)

Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction

 

Episode 12: We’re Damn Near Drunk (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode we record live and finish up interesting discussions on sex, games, and toys in general. Definitely not one to be missed!

Links of Note:

Gamified Porn

Homies Dolls

Spa Science

 

Episode 11: Sex and Misogyny in Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk more about L.A. Noire (and sex!). It’s our read of L.A. Noire, new Facebook and iOS games, and much much more!

Links of Note:

Videogames: An untapped source of calm? http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/13/scitech/main20070918.shtml

NPD Numbers http://purenintendo.com/2011/06/13/may-2011-npd-numbers

The average age of the gamer is 37: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/110837-New-Demographics-Show-Gamers-Are-Getting-Older

 

Episode 10: The Big 1-0: L.A. Noire Ate Our Brains! (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk mostly about L.A. Noire. It’s our 10th episode and we’re just going for it!

Links of Note:

Call of Duty: MW3 Trailer
Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure
Free ECA Membership thanks to Red Bull

Episode 9: Lesbian Lap Dances: Or, Games and Sexuality Pt. 1 (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about games and sexuality. This week we focus on representations of sexual orientation in video games.

Links of Note:

Brink has zillions of character variations and no women
Call of Duty: Black Ops Commercial
Sex Difference in Spatial Skills
Girls Who Play Video Games Have More Sex

Episode 8: You’re A Friggin’ Cow in the West: Women and Technology (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about women and technology. dr. b. drops a few f-bombs while drinking tea for the royal wedding, Alex goes mad-eyed dog crazy, and Sarah…she’s a friggin’ cow in the west.

Links of Note:

Android Dog Fighting App
Bill and Melinda Gates give over 20 million to game-related endeavors

Bill Gates supports gamification

Beyonce facing 100 million dollar lawsuit

South Korean teen gaming curfew passes

Episode 7: Gamification; It’s More than Just Playing Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe)

The episode where we talk about gamification and education and clear up some of the mis-conceptions. dr. b. rants a bit and drops an f-bomb, Alex drinks like a grown up, and Sarah admits her addiction to lost item games.

This week you’ve got to Google your own

Episode 6: It’s Getting Hot in Here: Intersectionality and Video Games(“Save As” to download)

The sixth episode of the Not Your Mama’s Gamer podcast where we talk about intersectionality and video games, identity, racism, football, and yes, the Nintendo 3DS. Alex sends a shout out to the Game Dames, Sarcastic Gamer: Pink, and Ladies of Leet podcasts. Special guest: Emily Legg.

Links of Note:
PETA wants Michael Vick removed from voting for cover of Madden 2012
Dragon Age 2 Gamer Angered by Potential Homosexuality in Game

Episode 5: Hardcore Farming!: Your Mama is a Gamer(“Save As” to download)

The fifth episode of the Not Your Mama’s Gamer podcast where we talk about intersectionality and gamers, the “new” hardcore gamer (according to Zynga), and President Obama on gamification.

Links of Note:
Dead Island Trailer
Torchlight (Runic Games)
President Obama’s speech on gamified education (see also the Educate to Innovate Campaign)

Episode 4: Reality is Broken and the Fantasy May Not Be Much Better Off! (“Save As” to download)

The fourth episode of the Not Your Mama’s Gamer podcast that was supposed to talk about intersectionality and games, but we never quite made it there because time flies while you’re having fun. Our first call-in listener, discussions of what we’ve been playing and reading and a fascinating discussion about valuing research interests and enjoying what we do.

Links of Note:
(Another) Popcap Games sponsored study on mobile games in the UK and USA
Pac Man creator reveals that he made the game for women
3DS will stream Netflix and have free access to AT&T Wireless Hotspots

Episode 3: Skinner Box Logic, Facebook, MMORPGs, and Freemium Games (“Save As” to download)

The episode in which we talk about Skinner Box logic, Facebook games, and MMORPGs. Dr. B. drops the F-bomb twice and apologizes profusely and Alex reviews Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Finally, Alex and dr. b. talk about rolling goblins in WoW and give a sneak peak into the next episode. Enjoy!

Links of Note:
East Carolina Study
PEW Study on Generational Use of Consoles
NYMGamer YouTube Channel

Episode 2: Who Ya Callin’ Hardcore?!? (“Save As” to download)

The second episode of Not Your Mama’s Gamer podcast where Alex, Sarah, and I talk about gender, hardcore gamers, 3D technology, depression, Sam’s video game compulsion, and Disney’s Epic Mickey. Don’t worry it all comes together nicely.

Links of Note:
Video Game Addiction Tied to Depression Study
Alex’s Guest Spot on Armchair Arcade
Nintendo Warns Parent’s About 3DS and kids’ eyesight (CNN)
3DS May Help Uncover Undiagnosed Vision Problems

Episode 1- The 3 B’s: Boinking, B*tches, and Boy Culture (“Save As” to download)

Jane McGonigal’s TED talk on Games Changing the World

Ali Carr-Chellman’s TED talk about Boys and Education

EA’s viral video for Dead Space 2

Deals of the Week: Buy 2, Get 1 Free on Video Games at Amazon and Best Buy.

Musical Credits: What a Woman Knows, Austin and Elliot