Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast
By Cody Gough and Jonathan Martin
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We're a lifestyle podcast hosted by adult gamers trying to juggle our hobbies with the increasing demands of the "real world." Join us each week to catch up on what we've been doing lately, whether it's saving the world from space aliens or learning how to change a diaper. Check out our web site for links to connect with us on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, and more, at gamelifebalance.us. And if you like what you hear, then please leave us a review!
||CleanFinal Fantasy XV review: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast||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...||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOverwatch first impressions and board game strategy: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 038||Jon finally got the chance to play Overwatch, the video game that literally everyone seems to be talking about! Hear his first impressions, plus Cody’s take on strategy board games and the best ways to...||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGamers on global politics, activism, and the billionaire class: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 037||Following Cody’s recent international travels, he and Jon have a frank discussion about global politics, activism, and the billionaire class, including a conversation on why people should approach politics from the perspective of strategy gamers....||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGaming in bars and casinos: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 036||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...||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnual video game review roundup, plus adulting in 2017: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 035||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...||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCody and Jon COMPLETELY DESTROY travel naysayers: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 034||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...||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon’s Doom Review (2016): Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast FULL GAMER Review||Jon goes FULL GAMER with a Doom review (2016), discussing the first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, which he played on Steam. Show Notes: Jon is a husband...||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHoliday work culture and misleading time commitments: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 033||Jon and Cody discuss work culture during the holiday season, then talk misleading time commitments—especially as it relates to finding time to play video games. Show Notes: Jon explains why he’s been absent from the podcast for...||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat the Cubs win was like in Chicago, plus over-age drinking: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 032||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....||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHighlander, Halloween, and Nintendo Switch: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 031||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...||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCommercial auditions and gamer stereotypes: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 030||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....||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFacial hair, creative ruts, and potty training: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 029||Jon and Cody debate styles and merits of facial hair, Cody gets stuck in a creative rut, and Jon has a potty training nightmare. All in one explosive episode! Show Notes: Jon explains why he’s...||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCody and Jon improvise comedy for an hour: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 028||Look, let’s just call this episode like it is: Cody and Jon don’t really have anything significant to talk about, so they just improvise comedy for a while. Listen to this episode, but expect hilarity in...||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKentucky Route Zero Review: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 027||Jon gives a glowing Kentucky Route Zero review and tries to help Cody understand how it’s like Twin Peaks. Show Notes: Jon tells a story about how he used to own hermit crabs, which Cody refuses...||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTravel tips and stories from Las Vegas and Spain: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 026||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. Show Notes: Jon explains what happened last week when his...||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFantasy writing and board games of Gen Con 2016: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 025||Cody and Jon discuss the fantasy writing workshops, board games, and other geek culture they experienced at the world’s largest gaming convention: Gen Con 2016! Show Notes: Jon and Cody discuss sharing a hotel room with...||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn review and MMORPG history: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 024||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...||7/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLive from Podcast Movement 2016 with Signl.fm: Game/Life Balance U.S. Special Episode||In this special bite-sized podcast, Cody sits down with Kim Hansen of Signl.fm to discuss her podcasting platform and share some fun stories from her background in the video game industry. Show Notes: Cody thanks Buzzsprout...||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndependence Day Weekend 2016 with Guns N’ Roses: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 023||Jon and Cody discuss their Independence Day weekend, complete with illegal fireworks displays, The Book of Mormon, and the Guns N’ Roses “Not in This Lifetime…” tour. Plus, hear about a bizarre Anime called Belladonna...||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMighty No. 9 Launch, Kickstarter Fails, and Booking Air Travel: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 022||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...||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMartin-Con 2016 board game reviews: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 021||Cody and Jon played a ton of board games at “Martin-Con” 2016 in Minneapolis, and they have a lot to say about them! Hear them delve into several board game reviews, then review X-Men: Apocalypse...||6/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon’s first 5k and parenting scares: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 020||Jon bares his soul in this riveting episode, featuring his first 5k (did an injury hold him back, or did he run through the burn?) and a terrifying story of parenting that a lot of parents...||5/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy people hate the new Ghostbusters: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 019||Why is there so much hate surrounding the new Ghostbusters movie, despite the fact that only one trailer has been released? Jon discusses the dark psychology of the Internet, and Cody plays devil’s advocate when it...||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVideo game commitment anxiety, gardening, and Budweiser’s “America”: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 018||Budweiser wants to change its name for the summer, and Jon thinks it is utterly ridiculous. Then, learn why Cody has Star Fox Zero commitment anxiety following his triumph over The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess...||5/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeet The GonnaGeek Network: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 017||In this very special episode, members of the GonnaGeek Network from across the U.S. join Cody at WGN Radio in Chicago to discuss their podcasting panel at C2E2, nerd convention highlights, what they’ve been watching on...||5/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix extravaganza featuring Daredevil Season 1: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 016||Cody and Jon have a Netflix extravaganza, prompted by Cody’s choice to watch Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 on Netflix almost exclusively on his cell phone. Hear them discuss everything from Black Mirror to horror movies...||4/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding a life balance with irreverence, exercise, and music: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 015||Cody shares some exciting news coming from Illinois, just in time for the 4/20 “holiday.” Then, Jon discusses his child’s hilarious sleeping habits and his own personal battle with becoming a runner, and Cody shares his favorite hidden gems in.||4/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcasting technical difficulties and rage uninstalling Clash Royale: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 014||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...||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCody visits Colorado marijuana dispensaries: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 013||Cody describes his experience shopping at recreational Colorado marijuana dispensaries, where recreational marijuana use has been legalized. Learn about the laws and the culture in one of America’s first states to legalize weed! Show Notes:...||4/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteam in Russia, C2E2 podcasting, and Darkest Dungeon: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 012||Cody introduces special guest “Russian Jon,” a long-time friend of the podcast who discusses what it’s like to buy Steam games in Russia. Then, Cody recaps the GonnaGeek Network podcasting event he attended at C2E2, and...||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Two thumbs up
These guys get me through my work day. I want you guys to know how much I appreciate your time and effort crafting this podcast. Funny and insightful. Love hearing your guys' take on gaming.
Nothing wrong with being Unqualified
I love listening to these guys each week, even when it's about a game I haven't played. In fact it makes me want to try the game. Keep it up and stay unqualified.
Being "unqualified" doesn't mean they don't know what they are talking about. You can tell these guys have been playing games for a long time and know their stuff. Not always the most current or AAA titles discussed (which is fine), but always an interesting point of view. Nice to hear unbiased reviews/discussions of games from all major systems. Feels like I'm chatting with old friends about games, but ya know...they can't hear me.