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 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 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.
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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 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

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 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…

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 &…

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