Cody and Jon record their first episode together in 2019, and hilarity ensues. Also in this jam-packed episode: Cody dives into Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, and Jon reviews Hollow Knight and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. They also talk about Xbox Game Pass, Risk of Rain 2, the TV shows Silicon Valley and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and micheladas. Having a core exercises for swimming will make you a better, stronger swimmer.
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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 2019!

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.
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Jonathan Martin reviews the original Final Fantasy for the Nintendo Entertainment System as part of his ongoing RETROspective retro video game review series.
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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 he’s ever had. Plus: a SPECIAL SURPRISE ENDING!
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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 lost 18 pounds in 6 weeks.
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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 specific recommendations for the best way to enjoy playing it for the first time.
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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.
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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 yourself whether it’s worth buying at full-price.
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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!
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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 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.
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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 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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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.
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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.
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Jon and Cody discuss the epic tale of the Mighty No. 9 launch, plus other Kickstarter projects they’ve backed in the past. Then, Cody launches into a tangent about the Tremors movie series, Jon talks about Father’s Day, and Cody shares some tips and tricks for booking international travel online.
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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…

Jon reviews Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, including a brief history of the Dragon Quest / Dragon Warrior franchise and a primer on Musou games. Plus, Cody has an exciting announcement about the future of Unqualified Gamers! Continue reading

Cody and Jon welcome video game enthusiast and broadcaster J.D. Fox to the podcast to praise and rage over IGN’s recently released list of the Top 100 Games Ever Made. Continue reading

Catch up with Cody and Jon as they talk life milestones, Devil in the White City, Hearthstone, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD. 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

Cody announces the exciting addition of the Unqualified Gamers Podcast to the WGN Plus lineup, and what that means for the podcast. Jon discusses Final Fantasy XIV after he and Cody are finished discussing such compelling topics as unicycles, fruit flies, downtown Rochester, and the unfortunate passing of Nintendo’s Continue reading

Jon reviews Crypt of the NecroDancer before he talks about his obsession with this year’s Final Fantasy V Four Job Fiesta. Hear whether he got a decent starting character, or if he’s just going to FAIL MISERABLY. Plus: Cody actually played video games this week, specifically Geometry Wars 3! Continue reading

Jon recaps E3 2015, including press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and he and Cody discuss their reactions to various announcements. Plus, hear what games Cody has purchased so far in the 2015 Steam Summer Sale! 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 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…

Cody talks about the Final Fantasy VI 20th anniversary performance of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy before giving his highly anticipated review of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy for the Nintendo 3DS. Hear his thoughts after 8…

Cody and Jon discuss the game mechanics in Sid Meier’s Civilization V through the lens of board games, and then talk about grinding in JRPGs, particularly Jon’s experience with the Final Fantasy V Four Job…

Jon and Cody give a full Shovel Knight review, and Cody is quite happy with the game. Jon then gives an update on his Final Fantasy V Four Job Fiesta, and Cody checks in on…

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:…

Cody reviews Mario Kart 8 (WiiU) and Jon talks about Steam’s new In-Home Streaming feature. Plus, Cody and Jon fumble through their E3 2014 predictions! Click here to download this episode of Unqualified Gamers http://media.blubrry.com/unqualifiedgamers/p/gamelifebalanceus.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/unqualified-gamers-073-mario-kart-8-plus-e3-2014-predictions.mp3Podcast:…

Cody recounts his experience seeing A New World: intimate music from Final Fantasy at Anime Central 2014. He and Jon then discuss YouTube acquiring Twitch, and Cody goes on an impassioned rant about how other…

Jon talks about storytelling in video games and missed opportunities in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Cody ponders “good” and “bad” kinds of difficulty in video games. We really ask the hard questions in this…

Cody delivers an epic review of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, Xbox 360). He and Jon also answer listener questions and engage with the audience as they record in their first-ever public Google Hangout. Technical difficulties—and hilarity—ensue. Continue reading

Cody and Jon use Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Bravely Default as a launching point into surprisingly interesting video game topics, from video game pricing to the importance of dynamic storylines. Cody also…

Cody pushes Jon’s capacity for suspension of disbelief to its limit by discussing the storyline thus far in the Final Fantasy XIII universe and explaining the premise behind Lightning Returns, and Jon discusses his first impressions of Bravely Default (Nintendo 3DS). Join the Square-Enix JRPG extravaganza! Continue reading

It’s Jon’s first episode as a proud new dad! He recounts the highlights of his transition into parenthood, then talks about the upcoming Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion. Then, Cody reviews the Bravely Default…

Jon reviews The Last Remnant (Xbox 360, Steam) and Cody reviews NES Remix (WiiU) after they weigh in on Gamestop’s pre-order policy and the Twitch Plays Pokemon experiment. Click here to download this episode of…

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…

Cody and Jon talk about joining the Gonna Geek Podcast Network before recapping their favorite (and least favorite) moments of Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, a 7-day video game speed running marathon to raise money for…

Jon talks about his interesting experience replaying Final Fantasy V on his iPad, and Cody concludes his review of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS). Cody also reviews Batman: Arkham City…

Cody talks about his impressions of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster from E3. Jon explains his first foray into the world of Twitch TV speedruns and reviews…

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…

Cody and Jon talk about The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (WiiU) and THQ losing the WWE license. Cody then dishes out a pair of Final Fantasy VI ROM hack reviews, including Final Fantasy VI:…

Cody reviews his Final Fantasy VIII low level run (roughly 12-13 years late) before exploring the “Squall is Dead” Theory. Jon then reviews the single-player mode of Mass Effect 3 (PS3), and Cody and Jon discuss…

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 |…

Special guest Blake “Danger” reviews Resident Evil: Revelations (Nintendo 3DS), Jon gets more in-depth with Diablo III (PC), and Cody reviews Chrono Trigger: Flames of Eternity http://media.blubrry.com/unqualifiedgamers/p/gamelifebalanceus.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/unqualified-gamers-014-resident-evil-3ds-diablo-3-chrono-trigger-flames-of-eternity.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

Cody strongly urges listeners to approach the Fez indie game with a very specific mindset so they can enjoy the game to its fullest. Jon reviews the DLC add-on The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of…

Jon reviews Mass Effect 3 DLC. Plus, he and Cody discuss downloadable content they’ve acquired for various games, leading to a list of DLC http://media.blubrry.com/unqualifiedgamers/p/gamelifebalanceus.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/unqualified-gamers-011-mass-effect-3-downloadable-content-dlc-done-right.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

Cody gives an update on his never-ending quest to beat Final Fantasy XIII-2, which brings up a discussion on when it’s appropriate to use a strategy guide. Jon then talks about Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning,…

Cody continues his quest to actually beat a video game as he provides some insight into his Final Fantasy XIII-2 progress, and Jon gives his thoughts on the end of Saints Row the Third. Jon…

Jonathan delivers a follow-up on Final Fantasy XIII-2 before giving his Saints Row: The Third review. Cody also raises an interesting question about the way video game reviews affect the way we see games, plus much…

Jon delivers his follow-up review of L.A. Noire before delving into a discussion with Cody about the merits and pitfalls of downloadable content. Then, hear what Cody and Jon thought of Final Fantasy XIII as…