Game/Life Balance U.S. welcomes guest contributors to share their perspectives on trends and specific subjects related to video games, the gaming industry, and finding a balance between games and “real life.” As if juggling a…

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!
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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.
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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.
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Cody reveals his #1 pet peeve in the entire world, which happens to involve podcasting technical difficulties that occur both before and after this episode’s recording.  Then, Jon explains why he rage uninstalled a mobile game for the first time in his life, and some of the pros and cons of Clash Royale.
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Welcome to Game/Life Balance U.S.! On our web site and weekly podcast, we plan on serving up content that goes beyond playing video games and explores real issues, such as how to best strike a…

Cody discusses his latest computer technology curses, including his first impressions of Windows 10. Then, Jon explains his video game bender and reviews Super Meat Boy, Broken Age, and Until Dawn. Plus: Cody describes his experience at Nintendo World in New York City, and Jon gives an update on his ongoing house-buying drama. Continue reading

Cody explains the intricacies of the CryptoLocker ransomware trojan, and how he’s dealing with the effects. Plus, hear about all the games he played at BitBash 2015, Chicago’s alternative / indie games festival. Continue reading

Cody and Jon record in front of a live studio audience in an official event at Gen-Con 2015! Special guest Jim “AwezomeZauce” Wittmer talks about his shoutcasting career with Casters Caravan, a company that provides organizations and tournament hosts with streamers and shoutcasters for their various tournaments and events. Plus: Oliver Wojtyna, Head of Public Relations for the Indianapolis Guild of Extra Life, joins the podcast to talk about Extra Life, how it helps change lives, and how you can get involved. Continue reading

Cody has a bone to pick with customizable card games, specifically Hearthstone, specifically the Hearthstone Arena, specifically the amount of luck involved in winning games in it. Plus, catch up on Jon’s progress in the massively multiplayer online RPG Final Fantasy XIV Continue reading

Hearthstone mobile is now available on phones! There’s a legit Final Fantasy game on mobile! Transistor is awesome! Cody and Jon discuss the latest awesome things in video games http://media.blubrry.com/unqualifiedgamers/p/gamelifebalanceus.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/unqualified-gamers-109-hearthstone-mobile-transistor-final-fantasy-record-keeper.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe:…

Jon reviews Square-Enix’s latest ports of Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI, and Cody brings it all back together by reviewing mobile game Final Fantasy Record Keeper. Plus: Cody’s first impressions of Supergiant Games’…

Ryan from Darrel TV joins Cody and Jon to announce that he is becoming the official Twitch streamer / partner / something vaguely affiliated with/of the Unqualified Gamers! Meet Ryan for the second time and…

Cody somehow convinced Jon to buy Hyrule Warriors, and Jon talked Cody into playing Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. They discuss these console games before reviewing the mobile game Samurai Butterfly. Plus:…

Jon and Cody say hello to Ryan D., a fellow unqualified gamer, who gives his completely unqualified opinion on the Star Realms deckbuilding game! Plus, Jon talks about Warframe, and Cody reveals his latest gaming…

Cody and Jon each reveal their personal Top 5 Video Games of 2014. Hear them talk about roguelikes, platformers, MMORPG expansions, tower defense games, and some good old fashioned Nintendo games in this year-end podcast….

Cody Gough here, checking in with a 2014 year-in-review for your video game recap pleasure. Jon and I will unveil our favorite games of 2014 on our end-of-year podcast next week, but I wanted to take…

Jon and Cody talk about weddings before Jon gives an update on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor; then, Cody rages about online multiplayer issues in Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, before ending the episode on a…

Jon has the most epic cookie dilemma in the history of video game podcasts. After giving him advice, Cody gives his first impressions of Watch Dogs. Jon then talks about recent improvements in Plants vs. Zombies 2:…

Jon takes a sick day, leaving Cody to analyze the Flappy Bird fiasco, explain how he made it onto a list of Chicago’s Hottest Geek Guys of Winter, preview his Valentine’s Day, and complain about…

Jon reviews the iPad port of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, originally for the Nintendo DS, and Cody reviews the Streetpass Mii Plaza Games for the Nintendo 3DS (Mii Force, Flower Town, Warrior’s Way, and Monster…

After announcing their new name—Unqualified Gamers—Cody reviews The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS) and his brand-new Nintendo 3DS. Jon then reviews Device 6 (iOS), and special field correspondent Jamie checks in…

In this strikingly directionless episode, learn about video data storage, Extra Life, and new features of the Humble Indie Bundle. Plus, Cody reviews Organ Trail (Android) and Jon teases his review of Gone Home (Steam)….

Jon explains his love of board games before Cody gives a mini-review of Bastion (Steam, Xbox 360), which Jon reviewed in an earlier episode. Both hosts then launch into an in-depth discussion of Valve’s Steam…

Jon talks about Insidious 2 (even though it isn’t a video game) and Infinity Blade 3 (iOS). Cody then launches into his thoughts on his new WiiU console, the Miiverse within, and The Legend of…

Special guest host “Jon 2″ joins Cody and Jon to take a special look into the world of tower defense and free to play games, starting off with his review of Go Home Dinosaurs (Steam)….

Jon goes on a mobile game rampage, reviewing Space Team (iOS), Nimble Quest (Android, iOS), Slayin’ (iOS) and Year Walk (iOS). Cody counters with his review of Castle TD (Android) and wraps up the podcast by nerding out with Jon over the announcement of Dungeons &…

In this INCREDIBLY SERIOUS AND DEFINITELY NOT APRIL FOOL’S THEMED PODCAST, Cody and Jon have a thoroughly in-depth discussion about Batman: Arkham City (PS3, Xbox 360, WiiU), mutant animals, Cody’s dinner, Subway sandwiches, Final Fantasy…

Jon raves about Dishonored, a first-person stealth action/adventure game, before berating Cody for his love of Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade (Android/iOS). They then use a joint mini-review of Tiny Tower http://media.blubrry.com/unqualifiedgamers/p/gamelifebalanceus.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/unqualified-gamers-019-dishonored-final-fantsay-airborne-brigade-pay-to-play-game-model.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |…

Despite Cody’s earnest efforts to completely derail him, Jon somehow manages to review Kingdom Rush (iOS), Plague, Inc. (iOS) and Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3). http://media.blubrry.com/unqualifiedgamers/p/gamelifebalanceus.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/unqualified-gamers-018-halo-4-lollipop-chainsaw-part-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS