ICYMI – We got it on with @BrothaDom behind the mic

We sat down with Brotha Dom to talk about games journalism, diversity, the way NOT to do cosplay and his origin story.

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We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

Question for BrothaDom:

Via @Thain1982 – I love your piece on accessibility. What are some accessibility features you feel are essential or overlooked?

What we’re playing/reading:

  • Dom: Splatoon and Undertale / Seconds and Homestuck
  • Tanya: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
  • David: Civilization IV mod: Fall Further

Where to find our guest online

Twitter: @BrothaDom

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I visited with the fine folks at @OneShotRPG!

EIC @cypheroftyr had a chance to hang out with the fine folks at @OneShotRPG!

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This week ONE SHOT is offering a double feature!

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ICYMI – Bonus Episode! Battle of the F-Bombs with Anthony Burch

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We chatted with Anthony Burch about his #GX3 talk, diversity in AAA spaces, dug deep into some Borderlands lore for listener questions, and he convinced Tanya to re-up her Hulu sub for RocketJump.

We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

Image for this week’s episode taken from tweet posted by [tonitonirocca][7] from Anthony’s panel at GX3

This episode guest edited by Kahlief Adams of the Spawn On Me podcast

Questions for Anthony:

from @Thain1982:

  • What is the one game you think everyone should experience, and why?
  • Hey Anthony, whatcha reading?
  • Was Borderlands 2 made for Bronies, and am I an honorary Brony because I enjoyed it? (maybe explain context of that being a thing during your GX3 panel?)

from @Psi_Kat:

  • Handsome Jack is a polarizing figure in that so many people felt empathy for him, even going so far as to defend his actions. What was the thought process in creating such a nuanced villain that plays the gamer as much as the Vault Hunters?
  • I have heard conflicting things about Axton. I know that because of the reviving glitch that made him hit on male as well as female teammates he was then made bi in canon. But I have also heard that he was initially supposed to be written as gay, but gearbox decided not to. My question is: which came first?

from @jessicadennis: Tell us more about Ellie; how involved were you with her story, and how do you feel about the message of her character and story, particularly the Positive Body Image quest? What was the inspiration? Obviously it’s super unusual to have an obese character in a game other than to be the butt of stupid jokes, so it would be interesting to hear more about how Ellie came about.

Todd Harper’s Polygon article Anthony referenced in answering this question

What we’re playing/reading:

Anthony: Undertale

Tanya: Dragon Age Inquisition, AC Syndicate

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ICYMI – Get your Interactive Fiction Fix with @mossdogmusic

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We had the brilliant and lovely @mossdogmusic on, where we talked about Interactive Fiction, N.K Jemisin, writing, indie game dev and more!

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We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

Question: for Carolyn

@MightyGregDoge: How did she first get to know and collaborate with @inurashii ?

What we’re playing/reading:

Carolyn: Dream Quest, Rock Band 4, Undertale (just starting), and (reading) just finished the first three books in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series

Tanya: Minecraft Story Mode (Telltale)

David R: Star Wars: Uprising

Where to find our guest online

Twitter: @mossdogmusic sibylmoon.com

Support Carolyn on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sibylmoon?ty=h

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Final 2015 Update before we take a break for the holidays

One last update post for y’all before we close out 2015. We’re not doing a GOTY episode this time around but we’ll plan on something for what we are looking forward to in 2016.

We’ve rescheduled with PyunPyun-Chan to early in January, and remaining episodes are to post are below.

Thank you to everyone who has made this first six months amazing! We’re looking forward to next year already.

Cheers,

Tanya & David

Current Episode as of this post:

We got Bri-Jacked by Brianna and Frank Wu

Prior to this post:

Future Episodes (already recorded):

  • Carolyn VanEseltine; air date 12/16
  • BrothaDom; air date 12/23
  • Jeremy Yoder; air date, 12/30
  • Rachel Kronick; air date

Future Guests:

  • PyunPyun Chan; recording early 2016

While you wait for new content, enjoy past episodes via Stitcher.
http://app.stitcher.com/splayer/f/67968?el=1&refid=stp

ICYMI – Have Double the Wu & Double the Fun with @SpaceKatGal & @TheFrankWu

We chatted with Brianna and Frank Wu about gaming, podcasting, SFF, diversity issues in both fields along with the power of seeing yourself in the media you consume.

Frank and Bri

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We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

What we’re playing/reading:

Frank: Gears of War 3, Agent A, Pathogen

Brianna: Fallout 4, Neko Atsume, Rise of the Tomb Raider

David: Star Trek: Online

Tanya: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Witcher 3, Fallout 4

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ICYMI your ride to #Brookago with @StubbyStan and @kahjahkins of @SpawnOnMe

We re-Spawned in #Brookago with Kahlief Adams & Cicero Holmes, our podcast fam from @SpawnOnMe

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We finally visit with our #Brookago Bro’s Cicero and Kahlief to see what’s good in the virtual hood. We talked about podcasting while black, AlterConf, Evan Narcisse’s great article & of course games.

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We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

Questions for Cicero and Kahlief

Via our friend @ShareefJackson on Twitter:

  1. Are there scientific studies to verify the statistical significance of stubbnostications

2.What is the unemployment rate in Brookago? Crime statistics?

3.How great is Shareef and why are you so in love with his commentary?

4.what is the silliest in game purchase that you’ve ever made? Do you regret it?

5.has your opinion ever been changed on a gaming topic by a guest/cohost?

Article:

The Natural: The Trouble Portraying Blackness in Video Games Evan Narcisse in Kotaku

What we’re playing/reading:

Cicero: Destiny, MLB:The Show, Elite Dangerous

Kahlief: Star Wars, MGS5, NBA 2K16

Tanya: Star Wars Battlefront Beta, Aurion (Demo)

David R: Star Wars: Uprising, Thomas Was Alone, maaaaaaybe KOTOR

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ICYMI – We put on our thinking caps with @Nebula63 this week!

deb_blur21-225x300We got brainy with Deborah Budding, aka @Nebula63!

We had a great time talking about Neuroscience, Dragon Age, Mass Effect and other Bioware stuff, along with the work Deborah does in neuropsychology.

We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note there as well.

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Questions for Deborah

Two questions from @Thain1982: Are there any games that actually offer a good representation of MH issues?

I don’t think any Triple A games really do a great job with this, but I give Bioware credit for trying. I think the presentation of Cullen in DAI dealing with his Lyrium addiction is pretty good, as well as his trauma at the hands of mages. I find most attempts to present mental health issues pretty tropey, like most representation attempts, but I appreciate when people try!

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-game-takes-players-into-a-world-of-psychosis

I haven’t played any demos, but I’m hopeful. I like that it’s 3rd person instead of 1st person, as 1st person can be really overwhelming. If this game promotes more understanding and less demonization of mental illness, then great. It’s produced with Wellcome Trust, a neuroscience/mental health organization, so it at least has that?

For a good discussion re mental health, particularly psychotic disorders, see Justice Points http://justicepoints.com/2015/09/29/episode-112-just-smooch/

I really like the folks at Edgelab at Ryerson, they are very thoughtful re disability issues and super creative. Their work is exciting: http://edgelab.ryerson.ca/ Jason Nolan and Melanie McBride seriously kick ass.

Sam Phillips of Match 3 mentioned this site, and it’s worth a look: http://ontologicalgeek.com/mental-health-month-call-for-articles/

Are there particular games you have encountered that are helpful in managing depression or anxiety

This is a tough question because it’s actually really personal. What one person finds soothing, another may find triggery. I love Smash Hit, a mobile game, but know other people that hate it and find it agitating. Anxiety is deeply connected to our underlying fight/flight/freeze response, and everyone is wired differently. Some people respond more strongly than others to novel situations that they don’t choose. I used to play World of Warcraft to chill, then it got too Grim Dark and colonialist and gross and I had to go.

Some research supports repetitive games like Tetris as soothing for anxiety, addiction, etc, see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306460315002762

Via @MightyGregDoge: Do you feel DA2 does a good job of framing the trauma and loss experienced by Hawke and co?

Article:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122785/gamergate-culture-war-people-who-dont-play-videogames

What we’re playing/reading:

  • Deborah: DAI, DA2, Alphabear
  • Tanya: AlphaBear, DAI, Witcher 3, Star Wars Battlefront Beta
  • David R: Star Wars: Uprising, Thomas Was Alone

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