What 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. 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:

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


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


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.

Show Notes:

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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 24: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG Edition


 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 game, MMOs, and more.

Unqualified Gamers Podcast #114: Final Fantasy XIV, unicycles, and fruit flies


Cody announces the exciting addition of the Unqualified Gamers Podcast to the WGN Plus lineup, and what that means for the podcast. Jon discusses Final Fantasy XIV after he and Cody are finished discussing such compelling topics as unicycles, fruit flies, downtown Rochester, and the unfortunate passing of Nintendo’s late President Satoru Iwata.

Photo credit: Sergey Galyonkin via Flickr

Unqualified Gamers Podcast #095: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor


Jon and Cody are BACK with their first podcast of 2015. Tune in and hear what they think of Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 and listen to Jon’s thoughts on World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.Plus: Cody talks Amiibo and touches on his holiday adventures in gaming.

Photo credit: Matt Avinger via Flickr


Bachman’s Best – WildStar Pre-Order Beta


The best thing I played last week was WildStar. One of the best things about this is that it was just another of the WildStar Pre-Order Beta weekends, the game hasn’t even launched yet! Now that the NDA’s have been lifted and pre-orders are available it is indeed time to talk about WildStar! At this point I’ve played in 3 beta weekends, watched about 100 hours worth of videos and read too many articles to count so I’m pretty sure I have a fairly well informed opinion on WildStar and I can say I am stoked to have pre-ordered the game and am seriously looking forward to the 3-day head start that the pre-order allows.


I know a lot of people out there are probably like me and they play an MMO for about a year or so and then they get bored of it. I’ve played a few myself, WoW, City of Heroes, City of Villains, Champions (notice a trend), RIFTS, and I’ve done beta testing on quite a few more. After maxing out 2 characters in RIFTS I decided it was time for a break from serious gaming and nothing seemed fun enough to bring me back until I saw the first promo video for WildStar. The fun is very easy to see in their videos. Go hit the WildStar home page HERE, the videos are probably the best I have ever seen promoting an upcoming game.  And in the unlikely event that those videos didn’t convince you I would also highly recommend the videos of one Richie Procopio also known as Bog Otter which can be found HERE. His videos on his personal YouTube channel as well as the videos he’s done for ZAM have been my source for all things WildStar since the game was announced.

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The elevator pitch for WildStar would be World of Warcraft in space with humor, but it is SO much more than that. New races and mounts never before seen in any other MMO, a new combat system that I’ll say takes some getting used to but does away with the boredom that can result from tab target spamming for hours on end. Crazy customization on everything from housing to mounts, War Plots, Professional Paths, Chuas! So much fantastic stuff it really does need to be seen to be believed. Great voice work and spectacular cut scene videos along with an expansive new world to discover makes WildStar a treat for anyone looking to get back into the MMO game. So go check it out and hopefully I’ll see you server side on Nexus.


Bonus – if you’re worried about paying for a new $15 a month subscription fee without having a chance to play the game then I suggest you check with your friends. Each box of WildStar is supposed to come with a couple guest passes to give out to friends. So go find your friends that ordered and call dibs on their guest passes!


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Guilded Age


Guilded Age is a long-running, intricate, and hilarious high fantasy webcomic that surprises you with its depth and cleverness at nearly every turn, and one enormous plot twist you will not,  and I repeat not see coming. Billed as “the Saga of the Working Class Adventurer,” Guilded Age tells the story of a small group of ne’er-do-wells questing for cash. When they happen to get together and form a startlingly effective team, their local government decides to put them on salary to solve problems and spread peace, although this is usually achieved by the judicious use of violence. As their work takes on more and more political importance, their team grows, as well as the possibility that the very existence of their entire world is in jeopardy.

The comic uses interesting jumps in the story in the beginning, by telling you short stories from the team’s later missions while telling you the story of how they came together in the first place. As they reach the first climax in the story the comic the storytelling shifts into a direct line, with some side stories, frequent guest art interludes, and perspective shifts to the antagonists. Indeed, the many antagonists of this story are fascinating, with deep motivations and surprising placement. Layered between the crass jokes and jabs at MMO tropes is a nuanced plot with subtle politics and existential themes. The art is appropriately serious or cartoonish when appropriate with rich watercolor washes and tones. There was a changing of the guard in artists, and the change in style is subtle but distinct.

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I’m going to wax poetic about this opening page here: Here is a beautifully drawn, colorful page that not only introduces and summarizes most of the principal characters but sets the tone for the entire epic adventure! This is a bar setter for opening pages.

The Authors and Their Other Works

The Guilded Age is created by a team: T Campbell, who writes both comics and crossword  puzzles,  Phil Kahn, a connoisseur of the internet and webcomics who also writes and draws a comic called Grown Ass Mans, and John Waltrip, known for the Robotech comics he worked on with his twin brother. The first artist was Erica Henderson who has worked in video games, comics, and illustration.