Cody is the kind of guy who knows a little bit about a lot of things, bouncing between fandoms with reckless abandon. But video games have always been his true love. He is a retired competitive Smash Brothers: Melee player, knows the names of all original 150 Pokemon by heart (in rap form), and has a VHS tape of him beating Castlevania: Symphony of the Night... which he has actually watched with friends. At parties.

When he's not gaming, Cody dabbles in cosplay, most memorably Booker DeWitt (Bioshock Infinite) and Dr. Horrible (both the white and red lab coat versions). As an occasional actor in Chicago, he also takes on nerdy projects at every opportunity, most notably his lead role in the no-budget YouTube feature film "Dance Dance Revolution: The Warrior's Path," the Troll 2 of video game movies.

Podcasts: Unqualified Gamers

If Cody is a jack-of-all trades Jonathan is a jack of few. He's been gaming since he was 5 years old starting on the original NES and fell in love with the medium upon the discovery of the JRPG. As a 5 time world smash bros. champion (of Rockford, IL), he grew up on Nintendo systems but branched out when all the best RPGs appeared on the Playstation.

Jonathan is a jack of few trades because he's basically good at playing video games and being a pharmacist. With his true love being board games of epic scope (Twilight Imperium, Through the Ages, etc), Jonathan turns to video games because it's hard to get a group together for those board games. An avid bowler as well, he basically did all the most unpopular things in school. If Cody is the talent of the podcast, Jonathan is the face, as Cody is hideous.

Podcasts: Unqualified Gamers

Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 41: Jon’s layover fail and Cody’s weight loss win

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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 lost 18 pounds in 6 weeks.

Show Notes:

  • Life Stuff
    • Jon explains why he will literally never accept a layover when flying with his kid ever again
    • Cody talks about how he lost 18 pounds in about 6 weeks by doing a lot of DDP Yoga and going on the Whole30 diet for a month
  • Current News
    • A guy got to level 99 in Final Fantasy VII without cheating while still in the Midgar Reactor at the beginning of the game… and both Cody and Jon find that incredibly stupid and hate everything about it UNLESS HE WAS DOING KEGELS THE WHOLE TIME
    • EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: you can tweet clips of a fully transcribed episode of Game/Life Balance U.S. using the brand-new podcast platform Signl.fm: https://share.signl.fm/gamelife36
  • Balancing Act
    • Cody has been playing the new Hearthstone expansion, Journey to Un’Goro, and it has not made the game any more fun than it used to be
      • Cody explains the new “quest” mechanic and explains that deck experimentation is literally the only good thing about the game right now
    • Jon hasn’t actually played the recent Steam release of Bayonetta, but he still has a lot to say about how awesome the game is; however, Jon has actually been playing Kingdom Rush
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  • Podcast theme song intro/outro credit: ‘Unity‘ by TheFatRat with permission
  • Game/Life Balance AUS official web site: http://www.gamelifebalanceaustralia.com


Jon’s Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review (Game/Life Balance U.S. FULL GAMER Podcast)

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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 specific recommendations for the best way to enjoy playing it for the first time.

Show Notes:

  • Cody reviewed Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 3 years ago on his and Jon’s old podcast,  Unqualified Gamers
  • Jon covers the story and setting of the game, explaining why he thinks it’s actually really well done and probably the strongest thing about the game
  • Learn what the game does right and what it does wrong, especially when it comes to equipment and armor progression and when it comes to the “time limit” imposed throughout the whole game

Jon is a married gamer with a 3-year-old, so he has a limited amount of time to play video games. He has been a fan of the Final Fantasy series since childhood and has played every “main entry” in the series, and his co-host Cody has similar feelings towards the series. Hear Jon’s review from the point of view of a guy who is careful with how he spends his free time!


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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