Games Critique as POC; pitfalls, perils and pearls of wisdom


Our fabulous guests! Katherine Cross, our dapper scholastic games critiquer extraordinaire whose work appears in Feministing and Gamasutra, next we have Tauriq Moosa, who loves the Witcher 3 while giving it a critical side eye, is wicked smart and writes for Polygon, Guardian, Daily Beast, Mary Sue, an and quite a few other places. Last but certainly not least, we have Austin Walker, who recently joined Giant Bomb, congrats on the newish gig! Apologies in advance for some audio issues. Technology turned on us mid-recording so there’s been some editorial finagling done to bring you this episode.


Colorblind: On The Witcher 3, Rust,and Gaming’s Race Problem – Tauriq in Polygon

More On Race, More on Witcher and how to Move Forward – Austin, Giant Bomb

Witcher 3, Race and Histriocity – Austin, Giant Bomb

Opinion: Finding Meaning in Darkest Dungeon’s Narrative Design – Katherine Cross, Gamasutra

GDC 2015 #1 Reason to Be – Katherine Cross

Rust Dev Blog on randomly Assigned race in Rust – Garry Newman

Rust Game – Penis size randomly assigned, tied to your Steam Profile – Nerdist NSFW

POC in gaming critique that people should be reading, listening to and hiring to write?

Gita Jackson (Paste Games & Match 3 Podcast)

Evan Narcisse (Kotaku)

Sidney Fussel (@Sangfroid_San/

Patricia Hernandez (Kotaku)

Shareef Jackson #GamingLooksGood (Youtube, Twitch, Twitter)

Spawn On Me (Cicero Holmes & Kahlief Adams)

Leigh Alexander (Offworld)

Imran Khan (Paste)

Mike Williams (US Gamer)

Where to find our guests online:

Katherine Cross: Twitter = @Quinnae_Moon

Austin Walker: Austin on Giant Bomb! Twitter = @Austin_walker

Tauriq Moosa: is back on twitter, @tauriqmoosa

Where to find your hosts online:

David L. Reeves – Patreon, @RedConversation,


Tanya D. – @cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms

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Our First Episode! Prism Shells, Tres Witchers and E3 with @chrisalgoo

10 June 2015

Prism Shells, Tres Witchers and E3 predications!

Welcome to the first episode of Fresh Out of Tokens!

A little about the show: so we’ve been sitting on doing a podcast for a whole and decided to run with it. The title actually came to about due to a comment when I was on Justice Points earlier in the year. I made a crack about tokens belonging in the arcade, and when I was trying to think of a name for the show fresh out of tokens came to me.

We’ll bring you a new show every other week, sometimes with a guest sometimes not depending on how things shake out. Since this is the first episode, please feel free to give feedback, topic ideas or if you want to come and hang with me let me know at or on twitter at @OutOfTokensCast.

**Gaming news:** Colorblind: On Witcher 3, Rust, and gaming’s race problem

Luke Maciak on the Witcher 3:

Patricia Hernandez – How Video Game Breasts are Made, and How they Can go Wrong

E3 – thoughts, predictions, anything you are excited for?

Brooklyn Gamery

Brooklyn Gamery on Facebook


Brooklyn Gamery Game Jams

Prism Shell

Prism Shell on Google Play

Prism Shell on

Chris Algoo is at @chrisalgoo or @BrooklynGamery

You can find your hosts at:

Tanya @cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms, //

David @RedConversation // //

Upcoming shows! & Guests!

Hello lovely listeners!

We’ve got some amazing guests coming up for you! Our next episode with Steve Lubitz @WickedGood will be live on Wednesday August 5th!

Upcoming guests:

& many more!

If you’ve heard our previous episodes, and you like what you’ve heard please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also tweet at us @OutOfTokensCast or email to

If you haven’t heard our show, you can catch up on previous episodes here: Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3 / Episode 4 / Episode 5 

Hip Hop can help you code, and #GamingLooksGood thanks to Shareef Jackson – Episode 02

Hip Hop can help you code, and #GamingLooksGood thanks to Shareef Jackson

Welcome back!

Thanks for joining us for the second episode of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast. Thanks for your feedback on our first show. As for the audio quality, it should be improved with this episode due to new equipment and individually recorded tracks instead of one track for everyone. Now we have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @ChachiBobinks who designed our supercute new logo.

Thanks again for the kind words, listens and shares!

We’re now on Facebook, iTunes and Stitcher! You can get our RSS feed to add to your favorite podcast listening app. The one place we’re not yet on is SoundCloud. We’re trying to decide on setting up shop there too.

That said, feel free to give feedback, topic ideas or if you want to come and hang with us, drop a line to us at or on twitter at @OutOfTokensCast.

We’ve got music in this episode!

“Magical Girls Can Trap” & “Internet Kids” used with permission from MGC

Gaming news

Post E3 thoughts? Anything you wanted to see that didn’t get talked about?

  • SJ: (Splatoon DLC plans, Morpheus, no Man sky story).
  • TD: (No Man’s Sky, Mass Effect remaster, [which isn’t happening 😦 ]
  • DR: Nah Fallout 4 covered his needs 🙂

Did you see anything that made you really excited?

  • SJ: Hololens, Horizon, Last Guardian, Starfox
  • TD: Mass Effect: Andromeda, Hololens, Unravel, Dishonored 2
  • DR: Fallout 4, Horizon

Announced Games at E3: Fallout 4, Starfox Zero, Horizon, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Unravel, Shenmue III, Dishonored 2, Last Guardian, For Honor, Dreams, Mario Maker

1TB version of XB1 coming soon and backwards compatibility added to the XB1 effective now. We discussed if it will entice people to pick up either system if they’d previously chosen one over the other?

Shareef on social media:

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  • David @RedConversation // //

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