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We're a lifestyle podcast hosted by adult gamers trying to juggle our hobbies with the increasing demands of the "real world." Join us each week to catch up on what we've been doing lately, whether it's saving the world from space aliens or learning how to change a diaper. Check out our web site for…

Cody Gough and Jonathan Martin


    • Jul 25, 2019 LATEST EPISODE
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    Latest episodes from Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast

    Literally The Only Podcast Ever Made in All of 2019 (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 060)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2019 94:52


    Elliot Callighan Talks “Unlock Audio” and Sound Design for Media (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 059)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2019 46:14


    Elliot Callighan, composer and sound designer for media and adjunct professor at DePaul University, joins Cody to discuss his new project, Unlock Audio. It’s a tool for re-framing game audio to make it developer-centric from both...

    Author Blake J. Harris Talks Oculus, Facebook, and the Virtual Reality Revolution (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 058)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2019 15:42


    Author Blake J. Harris discusses his deep dive into the world of Oculus and Facebook, the twists and turns in the virtual reality story, and what's next for VR.

    Favorite Video Games of 2018 (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 057)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2018 79:30


    Cody and Jon go FULL GAMER and review their favorite video games played over the past year, in addition to discussing what they learned about balancing video games with real life. Plus: a look ahead at what’s to come in 2019!

    Balancing Not One, But TWO Kids: Jonathan Martin Returns to the Podcast (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 056)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2018 65:13


    Jon returns from an extended hiatus to talk about what it’s like balancing games and life now that he has not one, but TWO, kids. He and Cody also give updates on what video games...

    Dave Wishnowski Changed His Life On A Dare and Ended Up Creating A Legendary Video Game (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 055)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2018 44:16


    In 2002, Dave Wishnowski quit his job and set out to make his own wrestling game. More than 15 years later, he’s still at the helm of Pro Wrestling X, one of the most ambitious...

    Gen Con 2018 Board Game Review Special (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 054)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2018 59:41


    In a special solo episode, Cody discusses his favorite games from Gen Con 2018 and offers some buying recommendations if you’re looking for the latest and greatest in strategy board games. Plus, learn a little about...

    Board Game Review Special: Martin Con 2018 (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 053)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2018 78:47


    Cody and Jon recap their favorite board games of “Martin Con” 2018, the annual Memorial Day Weekend board game gathering hosted at Jon’s house in Minnesota. This year’s games include but are not limited to: Avalon,...

    Interview with “The Minds Behind the Games” author Patrick Hickey, Jr. (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 052)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2018 45:08


    You know who directed your favorite films and wrote your favorite screenplays… so why don’t you know the names behind your favorite video games? On this episode, host Cody Gough interviews Patrick Hickey, Jr, author...

    F-Zero: Can you be nostalgic for a bad game? (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 051)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2018 68:18


    Cody and Jon attempt to explain F-Zero after playing it on the SNES Classic, despite not really caring at all about racing games. They also finally give an update on what’s going on in their...

    Is it too late for EarthBound? (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 050)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2018 63:03


    Jon reviews EarthBound, one of his favorite games ever, and Cody asks: is it too late for EarthBound to find a new audience? Show Notes: The hard question gets put out there: is it too...

    Is Super Metroid A Perfect Game? (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 049)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2018 68:50


    Is Super Metroid a perfect video game? Cody poses the question and Jon tries to come up with answers, as they review the classic Nintendo title on the SNES Classic — 24 years after it...

    Yoshi’s Island: When Optional Content Determines A Game’s Fun (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 048)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2018 66:46


    Can optional content determine the playability and fun factor of a video game? Cody discusses how this happened as he and Jon review Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island for the SNES Classic, arguably the...

    Pacing and Active Participation in Role-Playing Games with Super Mario RPG (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 047)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2018 74:35


    Cody and Jon delve into the history of Nintendo’s unique collaboration with Square-Enix (Squaresoft, at the time) and review Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on the SNES Classic. Show Notes: Cody and...

    The Relationship Between Fun and Difficulty with Contra III: The Alien Wars (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 046)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2018 61:06


    Cody and Jon review the run and gun game Contra III: The Alien Wars on the SNES Classic. Show Notes: Cody and Jon discuss whether the game is too difficult or they just don’t like...

    What Makes A Good Platformer? Super Castlevania IV SNES Classic Review (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 045)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2017 62:48


    Cody and Jon review Super Castlevania IV, one of many remakes of the original Castlevania, on the SNES Classic. Plus: first impressions of the board game Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn! Show Notes: Hear...

    When Do Outdated Graphics Break A Game? Star Fox and Star Fox 2 SNES Classic Reviews (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 044)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2017 65:20


    Cody and Jon review both Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic, then discuss the history of the Star Fox franchise. Plus: trivia! Show Notes: Somehow, both Cody and Jon got their...

    Final Fantasy RETROspective Review (Podcast Episode 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2017 18:01


    Jonathan Martin reviews the original Final Fantasy for the Nintendo Entertainment System as part of his ongoing RETROspective retro video game review series. Show Notes: Share your thoughts about this review with Jonathan Martin on...

    We’re back! Weddings, Extra Life, and SNES Classic Plans: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 043

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2017 88:20


    Cody and Jon return from a 6-month hiatus to talk weddings, classic Star Trek, the Extra Life video game marathon, Super Mario Odyssey, retro gaming, and their SNES Classic plans for the future of the...

    Cody Gough presents Curiosity: Game/Life Balance U.S. Special Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2017 11:36


    Cody gives one more quick update as the 2017 Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Hiatus continues. Show Notes: You can find Cody’s new podcast, the Curiosity Podcast, on iTunes or Stitcher, or add the RSS feed to any podcast player. Please...

    Hiatus 2017: Game/Life Balance U.S. Special Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2017 7:11


    Following a prolonged absence, Cody gives an update on the mostly-dormant state of Game/Life Balance U.S. Show Notes: No show notes. I ain’t got time for that!

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo Switch Review (Game/Life Balance Gaiden Special Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2017 99:28


    This week, Cody Gough of Game/Life Balance U.S. is joined by special guests Andrew “AC” Yoshimura of Game/Life Balance Australia and Chris Ferrell of the All Things Good and Nerdy and Official GonnaGeek.com Podcasts for...

    Defenders of the Triforce Real Escape Game and Trevail Kitchen: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 042

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2017 65:24


    Cody reviews his experience playing The Legend of Zelda themed Real Escape Game “Defenders of the Triforce,” and Jon explains why his birthday meal at Trevail Kitchen was one of the most unique dining experiences...

    Jon’s layover fail and Cody’s weight loss win: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 041

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2017 61:54


    Jon explains why he will never risk flying with a layover while in the company of a small child ever again, and Cody shares his weight loss success story and the secret to how he...

    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review (Game/Life Balance U.S. FULL GAMER Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2017 62:46


    Jon gives a very thorough Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review… 3 years after Cody reviewed the game on their old podcast, Unqualified Gamers. Hear how the game withstood the test of time, including Jon’s...

    Special edition video games: ripoffs or worth it? Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 040

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2017 59:11


    The collector’s edition of Final Fantasy XII has been announced, and the price is STEEP. Cody and Jon debate the value of special edition video games, then give an update on their recent game/life balance. Show...

    Cody got engaged and Jon nearly died: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 039

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2017 61:30


    In this EXTREMELY EVENTFUL EPISODE: Cody got engaged! Hear him retell the story of how he popped the question, then catch up with Jon and learn how he nearly died last week (like, kinda not...

    Final Fantasy XV review: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2017 66:28


    Cody gives a feature-length Final Fantasy XV review. Spoiler alert: he didn’t love it. Hear Cody explain exactly why he takes issue with this game as a main entry in the series, then judge for...

    Overwatch first impressions and board game strategy: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 038

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2017 56:03


    Jon finally got the chance to play Overwatch, the video game that literally everyone seems to be talking about! Hear his first impressions, plus Cody’s take on strategy board games and the best ways to...

    Gamers on global politics, activism, and the billionaire class: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 037

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2017 61:26


    Following Cody’s recent international travels, he and Jon have a frank discussion about global politics, activism, and the billionaire class, including a conversation on why people should approach politics from the perspective of strategy gamers....

    Gaming in bars and casinos: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 036

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2017 43:03


    Cody and Jon talk gaming in bars and casinos and how they, as gamers, approach gambling*. Hear about gambling laws in Minnesota and Illinois, plus future plans to visit Las Vegas and where they might hope to win it big! If you think you might have a gambling addiction, then call 1-800-522-4700. The National Council on Problem Gambling operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (1-800-522-4700). The network is a single national access point to local resources for those seeking help for a gambling problem. Show Notes: * Cody calls Jon out when he claims that parks are indoors in Minnesota * Jon explains pull-tabs, a form of gambling available in bars in Minnesota, and shares some exciting news about his wife hitting it big just before the recording of this podcast episode * Jon shares the exciting news of how he bought a new suit, and he and Cody swap stories about men’s fashion and dressing up as adults * Cody is panicked about an upcoming trip to Switzerland, during which he has no idea how he will dress * Fun facts about the dark web, the black market for ascots, and asking kids what they drew in their pictures * Cody and Jon exchange stories about bitcoin gambling in the states of Illinois and Minnesota, respectively, and decide to plan an impromptu trip to Las Vegas next summer * Jon also goes into the specifics of “Vegas odds” – which he had earlier played on https://njnodeposit.com/ and what games have the best odds for the player (as opposed to the best odds for the house) * Cody promises to bet on 9 at a roulette table when in Vegas, but only if their ladies are dressed to the nines, and will buy everyone a cheap meal if he wins * Cody briefly discusses his hilarious Twitter commentary on Final Fantasy XV, which is ongoing and quite humorous * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Annual video game review roundup, plus adulting in 2017: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 035

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2017 79:37


    Cody and Jon go FULL GAMER and review their favorite video games played over the past year, in addition to discussing what they learned about balancing video games with real life. Plus: a look ahead at what’s to come in 2017! Show Notes: * Cody and Jon present their favorite games of 2016 (note that they were not necessarily released in 2016, but are games they played in 2016), including: * Doom (2016 edition; Jon’s review here) * Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Cody, Jon, and a special guest review here) * The Witness (Jon reviews here) * Darkest Dungeon (Jon and Russian Jon review here) * Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (not previously reviewed) * Metal Gear Solid V (Cody reviews here) * World of Warcraft: Legion (Jon discusses here) * Gears of War 4 (Jon discusses here) * Final Fantasy XV (not yet fully reviewed) * Kentucky Route Zero (Jon reviews here) * Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds (not previously reviewed) * Pokemon Go (not previously reviewed) * Lara Croft GO (Cody discusses here) * Cody and Jon discuss what they learned about themselves and how to fit video games into their adult lives over the last year, including what types of games fit best into their schedules and the best time of day to play uninterrupted (and without bothering family / roommates!) * To wrap up the episode, Cody and Jon look ahead at 2017 and discuss the results of Cody’s completely unscientific Twitter poll about which game his followers are most excited to play * Hear which game has the most hype: Resident Evil 7, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect: Andromeda, or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Cody and Jon COMPLETELY DESTROY travel naysayers: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 034

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2016 57:48


    Cody was told by several people that he would literally die by traveling, and yet he survived. Hear him and Jon completely destroy travel naysayers, then talk about what it’s like to take kids on vacation. Show Notes: * Jon checks in on his facial hair progress: if you had to pick one, then would you say it’s better to look good or to look young? * Cody and Jon discuss the lore of spanking in the pantheon of the Game/Life Balance U.S. podcast * Life Stuff * Cody traveled to Mexico City for work, and people did not react to learning of his trip in the way he expected * Despite certain travel destinations being a “dangerous place,” Cody thinks that people should go places anyway * Jon experienced the joy of traveling on vacation to California via airplane with his nearly 3-year-old son for the first time, and his troubles didn’t occur when he thought they would * Cody discusses some of the history of Teotihuacan and explains how he ended up at an EDM festival in Mexico City with Paul Van Dyk as a headliner * In a bizarre turn of events, Cody goes full British after explaining his encounter with three blokes and a bird * Cody and Jon congratulate Doombrowski, who just released his game Suburban Scavengers on Steam Greenlight, on his Doom Ninja Podcast joining the GonnaGeek Network! * Balancing Act * Jon has been playing the latest World of Warcraft expansion, and is back to playing one of his favorite mobile games of all time * Cody gives first impressions of Final Fantasy XV and discusses a few fun mobile games he picked up when traveling, some old and some new * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Jon's Doom Review (2016): Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast FULL GAMER Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2016 33:48


    Jon goes FULL GAMER with a Doom review (2016), discussing the first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, which he played on Steam. Show Notes: Jon is a husband and a parent of a toddler, so he has real-life responsibilities and a limited amount of time to play video games every week. He also isn’t normally a fan of first-person shooters at all, so he was surprised at how much he enjoyed playing Doom. Hear Jon’s review from the point of view of a guy who is careful with his time commitments! * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Holiday work culture and misleading time commitments: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 033

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2016 64:59


    Jon and Cody discuss work culture during the holiday season, then talk misleading time commitments—especially as it relates to finding time to play video games. Show Notes: * Jon explains why he’s been absent from the podcast for a few weeks and how it relates to the nature of this podcast (hint: it’s related to parenting) * Life Stuff * Jon talks about being a pharmacist during the holidays, and Cody explains what corporate life is like in December * A quick tangent about the upcoming Hearthstone expansion, Mean Streets of Gagdetzan, spirals out of control and turns into something about Gambit from the X-Men and Harambe * Cody and Jon discuss how many hours per week they work and how often they like to work; then, Jon calls Cody a communist * Balancing Act * Jon explains why he can’t enjoy Gears of War 4, even though he bought it for a very specific reason: Horde Mode * Jon harshly criticizes Horde Mode and explains why they desperately need to introduce a penalty system for players dropping out * Cody plugs Suburban Scavengers, the newest game from Doombrowski, which he strongly encourages you to support on Steam Greenlight! * Cody chastises Jon for not pre-ordering Final Fantasy XV * The hosts of Game/Life Balance Australia criticized Cody and Jon for their Game/Life Balance rating system on their most recent episode, so the hosts of Game/Life Balance U.S. take the opportunity to explain and define their rating system * Cody promises upcoming reviews for Doom (2016), Gears of War 4, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, and more! * Both Cody and Jon happen to have seen Doctor Strange last week, and Jon magically guesses that The Music Box Theatre is showing Akira in Chicago next weekend * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    What the Cubs win was like in Chicago, plus over-age drinking: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 032

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2016 62:51


    Cody describes what it was like to walk from his apartment to Wrigley Field immediately following the Chicago Cubs win in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series for the first time in 108 years. Then, guest host Chris Ferrell discusses over-age drinking and how he can’t quite party like he could in college. Show Notes: * Marijuana is now legal in various forms across America, and Cody is trying to cash in * Cody introduces Chris Ferrell from the GonnaGeek Network and chastises his regular co-host Jon for blowing him off on the podcast * Several unnecessary WWE references set the stage for an amazing podcast * Life Stuff * Cody watched the Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in 108 years at a bar just a mile away from Wrigley Field, and he recounts the epic tale of his pilgrimage to Wrigleyville following the big win * Chris talks about his relationship with baseball and how celebrations happen with Cody * Then, Chris talks about how he partied a little too hard, and how over-age drinking in adult life complicates the ability to party like he could in college * Plus: the value in having friends who aren’t your age * Balancing Act * Chris and Cody discuss WWE SuperCard, a ridiculous time-wasting mobile game * Cody describes the outrageous Oz: Broken Kingdom, a mobile game that probably shouldn’t exist * Cody also gives a quick update on Final Fantasy XIV, including his experience playing the final dungeon of the game * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Highlander, Halloween, and Nintendo Switch: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 031

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2016 64:33


    Cody talks about how he found himself watching Highlander in a movie theater in Wrigleyville as the Chicago Cubs won their first pennant since 1945. Plus: Jon has his annual Halloween love fest and recommends movies and games for the season, then discusses the Nintendo Switch with Cody. Show Notes: * The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time in over 70 years! Cody explains why he found himself in Wrigleyville the night they won the pennant at Wrigley Field * Cody gives a mini-review of Highlander, which he saw at an old-timey movie theatre with Nick Offerman… and yes, that’s a thing that actually happened for some reason * Life Stuff * Jon tells a story about the TV show American Horror Story, then talks Black Mirror with Cody * Continuing with his Halloween horror theme, Jon tells a ridiculous story about a video game called The Evil Within * In terms of movies still in theaters, Jon recommends Ouija: Origin of Evil, which is a great endorsement from a horror movie buff * Cody tells a story about Penumbra, a horror movie set in Argentina that his girlfriend won’t watch with him, then explains why the movie Tremors is his backup plan * Quick plug for Until Dawn, a video game that Jon would like to play every year in October * Current News * Cody and Jon nerd out about the Nintendo Switch! And by “nerd out” we mean “Jon explains what we actually know about it, and Cody just kind of says how awesome it is several times” * Balancing Act * Because of the podcast’s new format, Cody plans on reviewing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI and Jon plans on reviewing the 2016 edition of Doom on special episodes of the podcast… but they do talk about them a bit here as well * Also, you can watch Cody play Hearthstone on a Facebook Live Video in which he explains why Wild is a million times more fun than Standard in the game * Cody also gives a quick update on Final Fantasy XIV, including commentary on a crazy amount of cut scenes near the end of the game * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Commercial auditions and gamer stereotypes: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 030

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2016 55:31


    Cody and Jon discuss their recent game/life balance, then Cody explains how commercial auditions and casting agencies work. He then engages Jon in a discussion on gamer stereotypes and how deeply they’ve permeated our culture. Show Notes: * Jon riffs on NPR pledge drives, and Cody makes fun of his stupid face * Cody has a stroke or something and starts screaming about perspiration and precipitation and religion * Jon disagrees with Cody’s assessment of how to tell when it’s time to start recording their podcast every week, especially regarding putting his son to bed * Balancing Act * Cody has been struggling to play Final Fantasy XIV because he burned his girlfriend out on it when he basically played nothing else for 2-3 months; how do you deal with that sort of situation? Jon provides insights from his MMORPG experience * Very briefly, Cody lauds the changes in Blizzard’s latest Hearthstone patch 6.1.3, which had made the game infinitely more playable… but then has to complain about the mobile volume issue that is preventing him from listening to podcasts, which is extremely annoying * Jon is still waking up at 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning to play video games, and he explains why the new Doom may be the best first-person shooter he has ever played * He also realizes that he’s been playing Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes for a full year now, and talks about how that and Mobius Final Fantasy have been his main mobile gaming “things” lately * Life Stuff * Cody explains the commercial audition and casting process and how he got his second callback in a very long time * Also this week: Cody had lunch with podcast super-fan and Doom Ninja podcast host Ryan Dombrowski * Jon and Cody discuss the “gamer stereotype” and how society has adjusted peoples’ expectations for what gamers are like in real life * Black Mirror is coming back with new episodes! Get excited! * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Subterranean Kamikaze‘ by Sixto Sounds,zircon, via OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org) * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Facial hair, creative ruts, and potty training: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 029

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2016 49:19


    Jon and Cody debate styles and merits of facial hair, Cody gets stuck in a creative rut, and Jon has a potty training nightmare. All in one explosive episode! Show Notes: * Jon explains why he’s trying to grow a beard, and Cody explains why some people just are not allowed to grow facial hair for any reason ever * Cody describes his creative rut and discusses creative outlets with Jon * Jon used to actually be really good at singing, but apparently is not driven by the same need for a creative outlet as Cody, who is floundering like an idiot not having any clue what to do with his life * Jon tells an incredibly long but somewhat informative and entertaining story about trying to potty train his son, who is basically trolling him for kicks * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Subterranean Kamikaze‘ by Sixto Sounds,zircon, via OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org) * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Cody and Jon improvise comedy for an hour: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 028

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2016 59:24


    Look, let’s just call this episode like it is: Cody and Jon don’t really have anything significant to talk about, so they just improvise comedy for a while. Listen to this episode, but expect hilarity in lieu of actual content! Show Notes: * Jon brings up Harambe McHarambeface, and Cody crushes his dreams by pointing out that the story is fake and stupid * What do you drink after you get home from the gym? Cody and Jon discuss why the answer probably should not be “cookie dough” * Cody rages because sports seasons are happening, and explains that sports seasons are dumb * Welcome to Dumb * In an unexpected twist of fate, Cody introduced himself to one of his neighbors, which Jon then both admits is a big deal and then berates Cody because he says it isn’t a big deal, mostly because Jon’s a jerk and can’t make up his mind * “Sorry, what were you saying? I was busy drinking water because my life is so interesting.” * Life Stuff * Jon visited Chicago and didn’t even tell Cody he was in town, because he has no heart and they aren’t real friends * Jon goes into painstaking detail about how board games are printed, then reviews both the first and second edition of A Study in Emerald, a board game based on the award-winning short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman * Jon also explains the concept behind a board game called Codenames, which Cody actually owns and now really wants to play * Cody then tells a ridiculous story about how he both literally and figuratively found gold while digging through a neighbor’s discarded goods over Labor Day weekend * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Subterranean Kamikaze‘ by Sixto Sounds,zircon, via OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org) * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Kentucky Route Zero Review: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 027

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2016 52:15


    Jon gives a glowing Kentucky Route Zero review and tries to help Cody understand how it’s like Twin Peaks. If you don't know what to do in the gym or you've never stepped foot in one before, it can seem like a pretty scary place. What are all the machines for? How do I do use them? Is everyone looking at me? That's why we've put together the ultimate gym guide for beginners, that covers everything from what to pack in your gym bag, right up to your very own beginner's workout. Once you've read through this guide, you'll know everything there is to know about working out in the gym and smashing your fitness goals. Show Notes: * Jon tells a story about how he used to own hermit crabs, which Cody refuses to believe * Debate on how to pronounce the word “route” in “Kentucky Route Zero” * Cody trashes L.A. Fitness, which is a garbage gym with garbage policies and nobody should ever go there, and then tells and epic (short) gym story about exercise, testosterone supplements and sleep habits * Then, Cody covers a LIVE BREAKING STORY involving live podcasting, which is hilarious and involves bad timing and his girlfriend * Full Gamer * Jon is generous in his Kentucky Route Zero review because it felt like Twin Peaks to him, and Twin Peaks is good * “It’s different from any other experience with a game—in terms of storytelling—than anything I’ve ever seen” * It’s interactive and you should play it with your girlfriend! TUNE IN TO LEARN WHY * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Subterranean Kamikaze‘ by Sixto Sounds,zircon, via OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org) * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Travel tips and stories from Las Vegas and Spain: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 026

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2016 84:59


    Jon returns from Las Vegas (one of his favorite travel destinations) and Cody returns from two weeks in Spain with some travel tips for listeners. Show Notes: * Jon explains what happened last week when his power went out, which abruptly ended last week’s episode * Cody and Jon discuss Jon’s guest appearance on Game/Life Gaiden, an offshoot of the Game/Life Balance brand that he co-hosted with AC of Game/Life Balance Australia * Full Gamer * It’s more like “Half Gamer,” as Cody discusses joining a Free Company in Final Fantasy XIV (which he only started playing a few months ago), but does so in a reasonably accessible way * Jon tells an amusing story about being left behind in a raid while he was watching a cut scene in Final Fantasy XIV * Cody explains why he loves the social aspect of the Free Company (FFXIV’s version of a “guild” as they’re known in other MMORPGs) and tells a similarly humorous story involving Power Rangers poses * Jon and Cody discuss the difficulty of playing online games while around significant others, and how they deal with it * Life Stuff * Despite his regrettable decision to stay at the MGM Grand, Jon claims that this was his favorite trip to Las Vegas out of all the times he’s been over the last several years * Jon discusses “fine dining” in Las Vegas and how going to nice restaurants and visiting nice swimming pools can completely change your view of the city * Someone tried to sell drugs to Jon. HEAR WHAT HAPPENED * Cody and Jon get in a fight over shrimp cocktails in “Old Las Vegas” * More Life Stuff * Cody spent a month in Spain, and if you’re curious about Spain at all, then you should check out his friend’s blog, Sunshine and Siestas, to learn all about the culture and how to travel there * Jon asks Cody about the work culture in Madrid, which is super bizarre because people have dinner really late (around 10 p.m. a lot of the time) yet still show up at work around 9 a.m. the next day in some cases * Not satisfied with just hanging out in Madrid for two weeks, Cody also discusses his favorite parts of visiting Toledo and Sevilla when in Spain (though he didn’t make it to any other countries once he arrived there) * Cody says to check out his Brian Noonan Show podcast for a more comprehensive list of travel tips from his point of view, then spends THIS podcast discussing cool things about Madrid, including their public transit system and Buen Retiro Park * Cody and Jon get in a fight over Final Fantasy XII * Cody shares his UTTERLY TERRIFYING experience at a bus station in Spain after missing a high-speed train and having to take an overnight bus instead * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our

    Fantasy writing and board games of Gen Con 2016: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 025

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2016 42:45


    Cody and Jon discuss the fantasy writing workshops, board games, and other geek culture they experienced at the world’s largest gaming convention: Gen Con 2016! Show Notes: * Jon and Cody discuss sharing a hotel room with 12 adult dudes, and how whiskey pouring can complicate sleep sometimes * Cody gives a high-level overview of the writing seminars offered at Gen Con 2016, some of the interesting takeaways from the authors on the panels he attended, and a little background about his writing interests and his first foray into writing a fantasy novel * Jon describes the huge difference between staying at a hotel directly connected to the Indiana Convention Center and staying at a hotel further away during Gen Con * Some of their favorite board games played at Gen Con 2016 were Eldritch Horror, Legends of Andor, and Seasons * Just as Cody and Jon start to pivot to another subject after their Gen Con 2016 talk, A GAME/LIFE BALANCE U.S. FIRST OCCURS! You won’t want to miss this UNIQUE YET CLICK-BAITY EVENT that, like an RKO, came outta nowhere! * Cody plugs BitBash, the indie video game festival that he’s going to attend yet again this year, which you can follow on his Instagram feed at Instagram.com/CodyGough * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Subterranean Kamikaze‘ by Sixto Sounds,zircon, via OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org) * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn review and MMORPG history: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 024

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2016 72:03


    Cody bit the bullet and started playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, his first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). He and Jon welcome special guest and FFXIV fanatic Brad to talk about the game, MMOs, and more. Show Notes: * Jon tries to trick Brad, this episode’s special guest, into thinking they’re actually going to talk about pro wrestling for an hour * Cody and Jon welcome special guest Brad to the program, since he’s been playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn since its inception and thus knows a ridiculous amount about the game and its extremely unique history * Full Gamer * Jon explains a bit about the massively multiplayer online RPG (MMORPG) genre and typical play styles of its players * Brad explains the history of Final Fantasy XIV and why its initial release was unsuccessful, including graphical limitations and experience point caps * Learn why Square Enix decided to try to re-launch the game and how they listened to fan feedback rather than simply shut it down * Hear about the final days of the “original” release of Final Fantasy XIV, and how a cataclysmic event was coordinated with their server shutdown timeline to create an awesome in-game epic battle that served as an “ending” to the game before it was re-launched * Jon discusses his MMORPG history, including Everquest and World of Warcraft, and how it impacts his view of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, especially considering the social aspect of the games * Brad and Jon agree that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a World of Warcraft “clone” in a way, based on its carrot-on-a-stick adventure/reward system * The biggest differentiation between FFXIV and other MMORPGs from a gameplay perspective is that you can “do everything” and master multiple classes, which is not possible in many other MMOs * Why did neither Cody nor Brad enjoy World of Warcraft when they played a free trial, but they were hooked when they played a similar (to a newcomer) Final Fantasy MMO? * The story in World of Warcraft “is there if you want to engage with it as the player,” but it’s not integral, according to Jon, as opposed to the highly integrated and elaborate story in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn * Brad and Cody discuss some of the amazing puns in the game and the clear care taken to make story elements entertaining and memorable, including Metal Gear Solid references of all things * Everyone gushes about how awesome the soundtrack is, and why you should probably listen to it on YouTube * To add some balance to the conversation, Jon mentions a few features in the game that he didn’t know about until very late in the game, such as unclear quest indicators and other minor “unexplained” systems that make it more difficult to play certain classes due to the fact that it’s a more complicated game than WoW and other MMOs * Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is coming to Xbox One! Cody explains why it took so long, and when it will become available * Brad tells a hilarious story about a raid partner named Arnold Schwarzenegger whom most of the players on his server blocked at some point * Jon briefly discusses Free Companies (FFXIV) versus Guilds (WoW) and Level Sync in FFXIV, and Brad talks about how Level Sync works in later raids and dungeons * Brad talks about the most hardcore raid parties and how they literally schedule their lives around playing FFXIV raids * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more!

    Live from Podcast Movement 2016 with Signl.fm: Game/Life Balance U.S. Special Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2016 14:19


    In this special bite-sized podcast, Cody sits down with Kim Hansen of Signl.fm to discuss her podcasting platform and share some fun stories from her background in the video game industry. Show Notes: * Cody thanks Buzzsprout for letting him use their equipment at Podcast Movement 2016 * Cody introduces Kim Hansen, CEO of Signl.fm, and she talks a bit about Signl.fm and its features (“Twitch for podcasting”) * Learn about how Signl.fm can help with podcast monetization, live streaming and listener engagement, transcription with IBM Watson, and more! * Kim also used to work for Bioware, and has some cool stories about her time working on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 (in addition to some other cool games that weren’t necessarily ever released) * Fun fact: Mass Effect 2 had the fewest launch bugs of any Bioware property (at the time it was launched) * Kim also tells an awesome story about the Xbox achievements in the first Mass Effect game and helping gamers with strategy * Cody throws some shade at NPR for being ridiculously successful in the world of podcasting, as he learned during the week at Podcast Movement 2016 * Kim also discusses her role in developing the game Everlove: Rose, a narrative game of romance and mystery that was shockingly well-received, for a pretty entertaining reason * What was her favorite part of visiting Chicago? Tune in to find out! * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Independence Day Weekend 2016 with Guns N' Roses: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 023

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2016 64:28


    Jon and Cody discuss their Independence Day weekend, complete with illegal fireworks displays, The Book of Mormon, and the Guns N’ Roses “Not in This Lifetime…” tour. Plus, hear about a bizarre Anime called Belladonna of Sadness and a check-in with Summer Games Done Quick 2016. Show Notes: * Following a raucous Independence Day weekend, Jon and Cody reflect on their feelings about fireworks, which are strangely similar despite Jon being a cranky old man at this point in his life * Life Stuff * Cody saw The Book of Mormon in Chicago, and it was worth every penny * Cody also saw Guns N’ Roses perform at Soldier field on both Friday, July 1, and Sunday, July 3 * Oddities * Cody discusses Belladonna of Sadness, an obscure 1973 Anime with a highly sexual plot that he saw at the very hipster Music Box Theatre in Chicago * Jon discusses Summer Games Done Quick, a charity speedrunning marathon taking place July 3-9, 2016 * Cody will be attending Podcast Movement Chicago 2016, so keep an eye out for him! * Cody will also be co-hosting an upcoming episode of Game/Life Balance Australia, so be sure to follow that show for updates! * Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more! * Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Subterranean Kamikaze‘ by Sixto Sounds,zircon, via OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org) * Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

    Mighty No. 9 Launch, Kickstarter Fails, and Booking Air Travel: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2016 41:38


    Jon and Cody