Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 37: Gamers on global politics, activism, and the billionaire class

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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. This mostly non-partisan podcast is full of unique perspectives from a couple of Millennials trying to make sense of it all; don’t miss it!

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Gaming in bars and casinos: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 036

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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 hope to win it big!

If you think you might have a gambling addiction, then call 1-800-522-4700. The National Council on Problem Gambling operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (1-800-522-4700). The network is a single national access point to local resources for those seeking help for a gambling problem.

Show Notes:

  • Cody calls Jon out when he claims that parks are indoors in Minnesota
  • Jon explains pull-tabs, a form of gambling available in bars in Minnesota, and shares some exciting news about his wife hitting it big just before the recording of this podcast episode
  • Jon shares the exciting news of how he bought a new suit, and he and Cody swap stories about men’s fashion and dressing up as adults
    • Cody is panicked about an upcoming trip to Switzerland, during which he has no idea how he will dress
    • Fun facts about the dark web, the black market for ascots, and asking kids what they drew in their pictures
  • Cody and Jon exchange stories about gambling in the states of Illinois and Minnesota, respectively, and decide to plan an impromptu trip to Las Vegas next summer
    • Jon also goes into the specifics of “Vegas odds” and what games have the best odds for the player (as opposed to the best odds for the house)
    • Cody promises to bet on 9 at a roulette table when in Vegas, but only if their ladies are dressed to the nines, and will buy everyone a cheap meal if he wins
  • Cody briefly discusses his hilarious Twitter commentary on Final Fantasy XV, which is ongoing and quite humorous
  • Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more!
  • Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission
  • Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com


Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 34: Cody and Jon COMPLETELY DESTROY travel naysayers

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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 vacation.

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Jon’s Doom Review (2016): Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast FULL GAMER Review

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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 and a parent of a toddler, so he has real-life responsibilities and a limited amount of time to play video games every week. He also isn’t normally a fan of first-person shooters at all, so he was surprised at how much he enjoyed playing Doom. Hear Jon’s review from the point of view of a guy who is careful with his time commitments!

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What the Cubs win was like in Chicago, plus over-age drinking: Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Ep. 032

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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. Then, guest host Chris Ferrell discusses over-age drinking and how he can’t quite party like he could in college.

Show Notes:

  • Marijuana is now legal in various forms across America, and Cody is trying to cash in
  • Cody introduces Chris Ferrell from the GonnaGeek Network and chastises his regular co-host Jon for blowing him off on the podcast
  • Several unnecessary WWE references set the stage for an amazing podcast
  • Life Stuff
    • Cody watched the Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in 108 years at a bar just a mile away from Wrigley Field, and he recounts the epic tale of his pilgrimage to Wrigleyville following the big win
    • Chris talks about his relationship with baseball and how celebrations happen with Cody
    • Then, Chris talks about how he partied a little too hard, and how over-age drinking in adult life complicates the ability to party like he could in college
    • Plus: the value in having friends who aren’t your age
  • Balancing Act
    • Chris and Cody discuss WWE SuperCard, a ridiculous time-wasting mobile game
    • Cody describes the outrageous Oz: Broken Kingdom, a mobile game that probably shouldn’t exist
    • Cody also gives a quick update on Final Fantasy XIV, including his experience playing the final dungeon of the game
  • Learn how to connect with us on the GonnaGeek Network, syndication on WGN Plus, our YouTube channel, and more!
  • Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission
  • Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com

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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 31: Highlander, Halloween, and Nintendo Switch

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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 season, then discusses the Nintendo Switch with Cody.

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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 30: Commercial Auditions and Gamer Stereotypes

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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.

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