Ep. 07: The Pleasures of Back-Seat Gaming (Video Games with People Who Don’t Like Playing Video Games Part 2)

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

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Ep. 06: Crying in a Closet (Video Games with People Who Don’t Like Playing Video Games Part 1)

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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