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!
||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|
||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|
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.