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


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


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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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 8: Cody reviews the Deadpool movie


Cody LOVED the Deadpool movie, which is set to surpass Passion of the Christ as the highest-grossing Rated R film of all time. As a relative newcomer to the franchise, hear Cody try to explain Deadpool to Jon, who then has his own insane story about recovering from wine and Fireball whiskey, in this episode of the Game/Life Balance U.S. podcast!

Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 7: The Federal Reserve, U.S. Politics, and The Order: 1886


 Jon tells a hilarious story about a “free to play” game he’s been playing on his phone, and Cody discusses how he’s learning about the Federal Reserve. Then, he and Jon delve into U.S. politics for a bit before Cody goes FULL GAMER and reviews The Order: 1886 for the PlayStation 4.

Unqualified Gamers Podcast #111: E3 2015 recap, Steam Summer Sale


Jon recaps E3 2015, including press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and he and Cody discuss their reactions to various announcements. Plus, hear what games Cody has purchased so far in the 2015 Steam Summer Sale!

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Video Game Sales by the Numbers



The consumer market research group the NPD Group has released its findings on video game sales in  2013 and the numbers are staggering. We spent a whopping $15.39 billion, with a B. The industry as a whole saw a 1% increase while the release of the Next-Gen systems helped pushed console sales up by 5%. Digital gaming, including everything from game downloads, to DLCs, add-ons, social networking games, and app-based mobile games had the biggest cumulative share with $7.22 billion.


XBox One beat out PS4 last year in America but Sony claims they hold the title for cumulative sales globally. CoD:Ghosts and Battlefield 4 are top dogs in software and AC:Black Flag was close behind. GTA 5 was the reigning champ as far as total software sales.

Annual 2013 Top Ten Games (New Physical Retail)

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  3. Madden NFL 25
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  6. NBA 2K14
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  8. Just Dance 2014
  9. Minecraft
  10. Disney Infinity



The big number here is the amount of players over the age of 13 who purchased digital games and content. A whopping 36% of those players bought a DLC, add-on, or some other form of digital game. I’d wager that that number will greatly increase if not double next year. Especially since the second I insert a new game from the store I have 114 offers for DLCs, add-ons, character upgrades, etc, etc.