Episode 10: Moral Combat–Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong

August 9, 2017

In a time of nation-wide unrest and division, it's surprising to hear that politicians from both sides of the aisle are united on one thing: violent video games are bad and must be stopped. Blamed for everything from school shootings, suicide, and even rickets, video games have been shouldering the burden for our society’s ills for a long time now (or, at the very least, ever since comic books and ozzy osbourne have taken a back seat as the source of all evil).

Politicians, pundits, and even psychologists, are quick to point a finger at the guns in video games in order to make sense of the guns in the hands of real life people, especially when those guns are in the hands of school shooters. But is playing too much Call of Duty really causing killing sprees?

Christopher Ferguson and Patrick Markey are two psychology experts who have been on the front line of the violent video game debate for years. Their new book, Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong, debunks the stark picture media, politicians, and other personalities tend to paint in order to sway public opinion about the impact of gaming. In this episode, with complete honesty and extensive research, the informative (and often entertaining) Ferguson and Markey duo lays the data out on the table to reframe the conversation on the real life effects of gaming.

Patrick M. Markey is a professor of psychology, the director of the Interpersonal Research Laboratory at Villanova University, and a former president of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research. Markey received his doctorate from the University of California.

Chris Ferguson is professor of psychology and director of the Psychotechnology Lab at Stetson University as well as a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida.

This episode kicks off Gaming Broad(cast)'s new mini series exploring the relationship between violence and video games. 

Stuff we mentioned...
Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong
American Psychological Association
APA Review in 2015 Confirms Link Between Playing Violent Video Games and Aggression
Hillary Clinton on video game violence (comparing it to lung cancer)
James Dallas Egbert III (Michigan State University student whose suicide was blamed on Dungeons & Dragons)
Mazes and Monsters with Tom Hanks
Assassin’s Creed 4
The families of Columbine victims sue the makers of DOOM, blaming them for tragedy
Leland Yee (politician against violent video games, later charged with real life arms trafficking)
Proof that Chris really did meet with Former Vice President Joe Biden and talked about video games
Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump on the same page when it comes to games
Games for Change
Transfer of Learning
The Oregon Trail (video game)
 

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Patrick M. Markey, PhD (The Cast)
Website:PatrickMarkey.com
Twitter:@PatMarkey

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD (The Cast)
Website: ChristopherJFerguson.com
Twitter: @CJFerguson1111

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Episode 09: Improv Games and the Art of Failure

July 25, 2017

Tune in to witness something that some might say is impossible… the changing of one man’s heart. This week JD interviews Jeremy Moran, a filmmaker, artist, and improv actor, whose consistent failure in the gaming arena USED to mean he disliked playing them all together. In Episode 09: Improv Games and the Art of Failure with Jeremy Moran, we'll learn more about failure, the tyranny of rules, improv games, and ways to find the art in everything. Even a door!

Jeremy historically has been pretty bad at games, and the consistent number of losses he experienced while gaming was a real turn off. But something's changed recently. While it’s been said that video games are “the singular art form that sets us up for failure and allows us to experience it and experiment with it”, another fail-friendly art form also exists: the art of improv theater. His experience with improv over the last four years, including improv games, has increased not only his tolerance for playfulness and failure, but his enjoyment as well!

This is the fourth (and final!) episode in a series of interviews about video games with people who don't like playing video games, inspired by Brie Code and a panel from SXSW (titled "Video Games for People Who Don't Like Video Games"). See Episode 06: Crying in a Closet, an interview with non-gamer Bailey Morrison about games and anxiety, for part one in the series, Episode 07: The Pleasures of Back-seat Gaming with game spectator and eSports lover Nora Green for part two, and part three, Episode 08: Learning the Language of Rules Vs. Creativity with Lisa P., for a rousing discussion on how gaming can help in the classroom (while still being hecka boring as a personal pastime). 

 

Stuff we mentioned...
Munchkins
Grandtheft Auto
Sandbox Games
Bioshock
The Game (film)
Bart's Nightmare
90s animation
Cuphead
Machinarium
Improv
Hideout Theater in Austin, TX
Whoosh Bang Pow (improv warmup game)
Bippity Bippity Bop (improv warmup game)
"Finding the game"
Gaming Broad(cast) Episode 08 with Lisa P. (in reference to disliking failure and rules)
Roger Ebert saying "video games can never be art" (followed by saying okay yeah they can)
Rythm 0 by Marina Abramović
Gaming Broad(cast) Episode 07 with Nora (in reference to stereotype threat and the gaming community)

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Jeremy Moran (The Cast)
Instagram: @ModernistMuffin
Twitter: @MoranicJeremy
Vimeo: @JeremyMoran

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of GamingBroadly.com. Want to be the first to know when new episodes are released? Sign up for the occasional(ly) playful newsletter updates written just for you by JD herself. Thank you to all those who have liked, subscribed, and commented about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes! You can also follow us on PodbeanStitcherGoogle Music, or subscribe directly using our RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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Episode 08: Learning the Language of Rules vs. Creativity

July 12, 2017

Join JD and Lisa P. for Episode 08 as we unpack the question of rules. When are rules in games fun? When are they a real snore-fest? What's the value of rules vs. creativity in play and language-learning? Lisa P. is a full-time public school teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing finishing up her Master's in special education at the University of Northern Colorado. Lisa doesn't play video games, but loves to play regular old games (aka board games and tabletop games), and the differences between the two makes all the difference for her. Growing up, Lisa did play a few computer games, but at the time didn't really think of them as video games. The games she played were mostly creative and open, not bound by what she thought of as the defining characteristics of video games: narrative and objectives. Not all games with rules throw her off though. A lover of people-to-people connections, Lisa does enjoy the deeply social nature of board games, rules and all. She uses that drive for conversation in her classroom, where she teaches young students about the world of words through gameplay. Rules play a part in the way she helps children learn about language. As it turns out, learning to communicate with other people isn't so different from learning the rules for how to play a game! 

This is the third episode in a series of interviews about video games with people who don't like playing video games, inspired by Brie Code and a panel from SXSW (titled "Video Games for People Who Don't Like Video Games"). See Episode 06: Crying in a Closet, an interview with non-gamer Bailey Morrison about games and anxiety, for part one in the series, and Episode 07: The Pleasures of Back-seat Gaming with game spectator and eSports lover Nora Green, for part two.

 

Stuff we mentioned...
Wii Fit
Wii Sports
Barbie Fashion Designer
Barbie Magic Hair Styler
Beasts of Balance
Skylanders
Talk With Me Barbie
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Pokemon Snap
Monopoly
Codenames
Heads Up
Use and Pragmatics of Language
Don't Spill the Beans
Cootie Game
Tell Tale
The Sims

 

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Lisa P. (The Cast)
Twitter: @PilgrimDeafEd

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of GamingBroadly.com. Please like, subscribe, and comment about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes. You can also follow us on PodbeanStitcherGoogle Music, or subscribe directly using our RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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Episode 07: The Pleasures of Back-Seat Gaming

June 30, 2017

JD brings it home this week... by literally interviewing the other person who lives in her home, Nora Green.

Nora, JD's roommate, is an avid video game spectator. Rather than playing games, Nora prefers to spend countless hours WATCHING people play games. She spectates in a number of ways: by sharing time with her gamer friends, viewing video game walkthrus on Youtube, or following Counterstrike competitions on Twitch. While Nora has played games before, and has even used some games as stress relief when crying in the bathroom at work, being a "back-seat gamer" just FEELS better than playing through a game herself. Nora would rather watch skilled gamers achieve incredible feats of gaming glory than slowly hiccup her way through a game with her "less-than-professional" skills. As game spectating, and Electronic Sports (eSports) in general, gains in popularity, this episode gives you unique insight into the life of a gaming fan who finds observation more fun than playing. 

This is the second interview in a series of interviews about video games with people who don't like playing video games, inspired by Brie Code and a panel from SXSW (titled "Video Games for People Who Don't Like Video Games"). See Episode 06: Crying in a Closet, an interview with non-gamer Bailey Morrison about games and anxiety, for part one in the series.

 

Stuff we mentioned...
Ruff's Bone
Sim Ant
Spider with Lazer Eyes
Sim City
Oregon Trail
Atomic Purple Gameboy Color
Luigi's Ghost Mansion
Animal Crossing
Team Fortress 2
Pyro (TF2 Character)
Counterstrike
Cloud9 (Counterstrike Team)
First Person Shooter
Crying in a Bathroom
Research on highly committed gamers making their gaming experience "less sensorially realistic"
Twitch.tv
Arby's
eSports

 

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Nora Green (The Cast)
Instagram: @norasleeps
*Note*: Is narcoleptic and has no time for social media

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of GamingBroadly.com. Please like, subscribe, and comment about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes. You can also follow us on Podbean, StitcherGoogle Music, or subscribe directly using our RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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Episode 06: Crying in a Closet

June 13, 2017

This week JD goes solo, interviewing Bailey Morrison as part of a new series of interviews about video games with people who don't like playing video games. Inspired by Brie Code and a panel from SXSW (titled "Video Games for People Who Don't Like Video Games"), JD delves deep into the reasons Bailey finds video games off-putting. Bailey didn't always dislike playing video games, but grew to consider them an emotional danger zone as she started to realize her performance was being judged (or COULD BE judged) by the people around her. From struggling with perfectionism and anxiety about failure, to a love of narrative and people-to-people connections (versus raw skill), Bailey and JD reframe what failure in games mean emotionally for players. 

 

Stuff we mentioned...
The Neverhood
Oregon Trail
Organ Trail
Care Bears: Care-a-lot Jamboree
Euchre
Heads Up
Scrabble
Bananagrams
Drowning sims in the swimming pool
QWOP
Super Meat Boy (aka Meatball Game)
Gamification
Rock Looker
Crying in a Closet
Overwatch

 

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Bailey Morrison (The Cast)
Instagram: @bailsmog
Twitter: @BaileyMorrisons
Tumblr: Alive in '85
Work: The University of Texas Press

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of Gaming Broad(ly).com. Please like, subscribe, and comment about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes. You can also follow us on Podbean, StitcherGoogle Music, or subscribe directly using our RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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Episode 05: Imagining Religion, Play, and Education with Dr. Gregory Grieve

May 31, 2017

Dr. Gregory Grieve visits with JD and Kyle this week to discuss the intersections of religion, play, and education (as well as the recent publication of his new book on Buddhism and Second Life). Grieve is a Professor and Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he researches, teaches, and creates at the intersection of Asian religions and popular culture. He specializes in digital religion, particularly the emerging field of religion and video games, and his current research uses video games to explore the category of evil in contemporary life. He's also an innovative teacher, the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, who incorporates games (like Dungeons & Dragons and Skyrim) to create memorable and playful classroom experiences. Grieve works in the space between communication studies and religious studies, the secular study of religious phenomena that emphasizes critical, culturally and historically based cross-cultural analysis. Religious studies is anthropological and not theological, and in true anthropologist fashion, Grieve uses games as a way of asking questions to better understand what it means to be human.

Stuff we mentioned...
Zen Buddhism
Silence
Religious Studies
Second Life
Nepal
Far Cry 4
Dungeons & Dragons
Johan Huzinga and the "Magic Circle"
Hannah Arendt and the "Banality of Evil"

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Kyle (The Cast)
Website: KyleArmstrong.com
Twitter: @kyl_armstrong
Instagram: @kyl_armstrong
Youtube: Bounce House

Gregory Grieve, PhD (The Guest)
Website: gpgrieve.org
Book: Cyber Zen: Imagining Authentic Buddhist Identity, Community, and Practices in the Virtual World of Second Life

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of Gaming Broadly.com. Please like, subscribe, and comment about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes. You can also follow us on Podbean, StitcherGoogle Music, or subscribe directly using our RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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Episode 04: Bestor on Decks

May 5, 2017

This week Kyle and JD are joined by Nick Bestor, a PhD candidate studying card games and licensing in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, for a rollicking journey through card games. Bestor talks about the journey that led him to studying card games professionally, from not knowing how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game and living in Japan, to critiquing the My Little Pony Collectible Card Game rulebook, Hearthstone's Pity Time, gaming adjacency, transmedia, and how card games engender an emotional intimacy with a franchise's world that's unique in comparison to books, movies, video games, etc.

Stuff we mentioned...
Pokémon Trading Card Game
"Millenial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination" by Anne Allison
Magic The Gathering
Warhammer 40,000: Conquest
Game of Thrones LCG
Hearthstone
My Little Pony Collectible Card Game
PityTracker (a way to keep track of Hearthstone's pity timer)
The term "Gaming Adjacent" comes from "Drafting an Army: The Playful Pastime of Warhammer 40,000" by Marcus Carter, Martin Gibbs, and Mitchell Harrop
World of Warcraft
Polygon Monster Factory
Mass Effect Trilogy
Cinema Excelsior Podcast

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Kyle (The Cast)
Website: KyleArmstrong.com
Twitter: @kyl_armstrong
Instagram: @kyl_armstrong
Youtube: Bounce House

Nick Bestor (The Guest)
Twitter: @bestorb
Podcast: Cinema Excelsior

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of GamingBroadly.com. Please like, subscribe, and comment about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes. You can also follow us on Podbean, StitcherGoogle Music, or subscribe directly using our RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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Episode 03: Gaming Alone

April 10, 2017

Welcome to the end of JD's childhood! Just kidding. But also this episode really is about childhood. In this episode you'll hear a lot about what growing up with games was like for JD and Kyle. JD and Kyle can trace their different styles of gaming back to when they were wee gamers, with JD leaning more towards solo play and Kyle preferring to maximize the power of friendship. Of course, the lack of ladies in multiplayer and public gaming spaces is nothing new, but JD questions whether harassment is the only reason women don't want to whip out the ol' voice chat mic. Could there be other reasons behind the lack of women and girls gaming in public? Kyle really does ruin JD's childhood, though. Like. Really bad. "More than one dead kitten" kinda bad. 

Stuff we mentioned...
The Adventures of Milo and Otis
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Air Bud
Barbie Riding Club
Diablo 2
Super Smash Brothers
Soul Calibur
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Tekken 3
Pokemon Red & Blue
Play by Post Role-Play-Games (An example of one that's a Horse RPG)
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Donkey Kong Country
Halo
"Teenage Girls Are Playing Video Games. You Just Might Not Hear Them" by Chris Suellentrop on Kotaku
Keep Talking and No One Explodes
"Women in Gaming: A Study of Female Players' Experiences in Online FPS Games" by M Allison McDaniel 
Borderlands
Tales from Borderlands
Spyro
World of Warcraft
Interviews with Miyamoto about LoZ being about exploration outside and also internal exploration
Skyrim
Nintendo Power Magazine
Lara Croft GO
Monument Valley

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Kyle (The Cast)
Website: KyleArmstrong.com
Twitter: @kyl_armstrong
Instagram: @kyl_armstrong
Youtube: Bounce House

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of GamingBroadly.com. Please like, subscribe, and comment about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes. You can also follow us on Podbean, StitcherGoogle Music, or subscribe directly using our RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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Episode 02: South by South Cast

April 1, 2017

See SXSW Gaming like you've never seen it before... through audio. Tag along with JD and Kyle as they frolic through the retelling of JD's FIRST EVER and Kyle's DEFINITELY NOT FIRST EVER SXSW experience. Highlights include talking about video games for people who don't like video games, trying to understand what the heck "fun" means, irritating question askers (one of whom may or may not be JD herself), Kyle stealing all of JD's potential friends, Kyle the Illustrator (but not the Kyle you're thinking of), JD's strange and passionate love of bloody cymbal crashes, and three tabletop games from Kickstarter that are just plain ol' super neat. Also Kyle loves Devolver and JD messes up not one, not two, but THREE different names and game titles. And those are just the comical errors she knows about! The possibilities are endless. 

Stuff we mentioned...
Skyrim
Horizon Zero Dawn (which JD misnames)
SXSW Gaming
Brie Code
Tru Luv Media
Sagan Yee
Game Curious
Sheri Graner Ray (pretty sure JD messes up her name too)
Eve Thomas
Devolver Digital
Ape Out
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (which JD also consistently incorrectly names)
Vast
Kyle The Illustrator
Dragoon
Beasts of Balance
Owlboy
Red Rope: Don't Fall Behind

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Kyle (The Cast)
Website: KyleArmstrong.com
Twitter: @kyl_armstrong
Instagram: @kyle_sans_kyle
Youtube: Bounce House

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of Gaming Broadly.com. Please like, subscribe, and comment about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes, or follow us on Podbean, StitcherGoogle Music, or by subscribing directly to the RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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Episode 01: Jews–A Fandom for Moses?

March 8, 2017

Jayme Dale and Kyle ANSWER THE BIG QUESTIONS in Episode 01 of Gaming Broad(cast). Is JD actually a fan of anything? Are Jews (and other religions) kind of like high-stakes fandoms? Why is it so tempting to be jerks about other groups you're not a part of? Why did Kyle eat a dog cookie? 

Stuff we mentioned...
Bounce House
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Sailor Moon Drops
Girls Who Code
Judaism
Sailor Moon R: The Movie
Legend of Zelda
Episcopalian
Nondenominational Christianity
McElroy Brothers
The Pope
Sukkot

JD (The Broad)
Website: GamingBroadly.com
Twitter: @JayDeeCepticon
Instagram: @JayDeeCepticon

Kyle (The Cast)
Website: KyleArmstrong.com
Twitter: @kyl_armstrong
Instagram: @kyle_sans_kyle
Youtube: Bounce House

Gaming Broad(cast) is the official podcast of Gaming Broadly.com. Please like, subscribe, and comment about Gaming Broad(cast) on iTunes, or follow us on Podbean, StitcherGoogle Music, or by subscribing directly to the RSS feed. Thanks to Los Kurados for the use of their song "Rojo Y Azul" for the intro and outro music of our podcast.

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