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!
||CleanBoard Game Review Special: Martin Con 2018 (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 053)||Cody and Jon recap their favorite board games of “Martin Con” 2018, the annual Memorial Day Weekend board game gathering hosted at Jon’s house in Minnesota. This year’s games include but are not limited to: Avalon,...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with “The Minds Behind the Games” author Patrick Hickey, Jr. (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 052)||You know who directed your favorite films and wrote your favorite screenplays… so why don’t you know the names behind your favorite video games? On this episode, host Cody Gough interviews Patrick Hickey, Jr, author...||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanF-Zero: Can you be nostalgic for a bad game? (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 051)||Cody and Jon attempt to explain F-Zero after playing it on the SNES Classic, despite not really caring at all about racing games. They also finally give an update on what’s going on in their...||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs it too late for EarthBound? (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 050)||Jon reviews EarthBound, one of his favorite games ever, and Cody asks: is it too late for EarthBound to find a new audience? Show Notes: The hard question gets put out there: is it too...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Super Metroid A Perfect Game? (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 049)||Is Super Metroid a perfect video game? Cody poses the question and Jon tries to come up with answers, as they review the classic Nintendo title on the SNES Classic — 24 years after it...||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYoshi’s Island: When Optional Content Determines A Game’s Fun (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 048)||Can optional content determine the playability and fun factor of a video game? Cody discusses how this happened as he and Jon review Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island for the SNES Classic, arguably the...||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPacing and Active Participation in Role-Playing Games with Super Mario RPG (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 047)||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. Show Notes: Cody and...||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Relationship Between Fun and Difficulty with Contra III: The Alien Wars (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 046)||Cody and Jon review the run and gun game Contra III: The Alien Wars on the SNES Classic. Show Notes: Cody and Jon discuss whether the game is too difficult or they just don’t like...||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Makes A Good Platformer? Super Castlevania IV SNES Classic Review (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 045)||Cody and Jon review Super Castlevania IV, one of many remakes of the original Castlevania, on the SNES Classic. Plus: first impressions of the board game Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn! Show Notes: Hear...||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Do Outdated Graphics Break A Game? Star Fox and Star Fox 2 SNES Classic Reviews (Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 044)||Cody and Jon review both Star Fox and Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic, then discuss the history of the Star Fox franchise. Plus: trivia! Show Notes: Somehow, both Cody and Jon got their...||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinal Fantasy RETROspective Review (Podcast Episode 1)||Jonathan Martin reviews the original Final Fantasy for the Nintendo Entertainment System as part of his ongoing RETROspective retro video game review series. Show Notes: Share your thoughts about this review with Jonathan Martin on...||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe’re back! Weddings, Extra Life, and SNES Classic Plans: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 043||Cody and Jon return from a 6-month hiatus to talk weddings, classic Star Trek, the Extra Life video game marathon, Super Mario Odyssey, retro gaming, and their SNES Classic plans for the future of the...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCody Gough presents Curiosity: Game/Life Balance U.S. Special Podcast||Cody gives one more quick update as the 2017 Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Hiatus continues. Show Notes: You can find Cody’s new podcast, the Curiosity Podcast, on iTunes or Stitcher, or add the RSS feed to any podcast player. Please...||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHiatus 2017: Game/Life Balance U.S. Special Podcast||Following a prolonged absence, Cody gives an update on the mostly-dormant state of Game/Life Balance U.S. Show Notes: No show notes. I ain’t got time for that!||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo Switch Review (Game/Life Balance Gaiden Special Podcast)||This week, Cody Gough of Game/Life Balance U.S. is joined by special guests Andrew “AC” Yoshimura of Game/Life Balance Australia and Chris Ferrell of the All Things Good and Nerdy and Official GonnaGeek.com Podcasts for...||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDefenders of the Triforce Real Escape Game and Trevail Kitchen: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 042||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...||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon’s layover fail and Cody’s weight loss win: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 041||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...||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review (Game/Life Balance U.S. FULL GAMER Podcast)||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...||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial edition video games: ripoffs or worth it? Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 040||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. Show...||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCody got engaged and Jon nearly died: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 039||In this EXTREMELY EVENTFUL EPISODE: Cody got engaged! Hear him retell the story of how he popped the question, then catch up with Jon and learn how he nearly died last week (like, kinda not...||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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.
Striking a balance
So here's the thing I've noticed about most gaming podcasts. You either have a podcast which is a few people sitting around BSing each other for an hour with little dicussion of games, or you've got a dry podcast with too much game talk and not enough BSing to drive up the fun factor.
Unqualified gets it just right! It's the Goldie Locks of podcasts. They have just the right amount of BSing mixed with great discussion about gaming. They're able to easily switch from discussing moving a treadmill that "literally" weighs nine thousand pounds, to in depth examination of the entire MOBA genre. I listen to numerous podcasts each week, and I look forward to what Cody and John put out, far and above what other podcasts like Giantbombcast and Internet Box crank out normally.
Seriously, give these guys a shot. They're a great listen, and it's definitely not time wasted.
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.