Headshots: Psychology + Gaming

Headshots: Psychology + Gaming

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The psychology and gaming podcast.
Our Favorite Horror Games
Oct 18 • 50 min
#55: Josué and Lauren follow up the last episode with more horror games, this time talking about their favorite horror games. If you like Silent Hill and Eternal Darkness, this episode is for you. Join us on November 3rd in raising money for sick and…
Horror Games
Oct 4 • 55 min
#54: Josué and Lauren geek out about horror games. Lauren loves horror games and Josué played a bunch of them for science. What are your favorite horror games? Join us on November 3rd in raising money for sick and injured kids. – geektherapy.com/extralife…
Peer Review
Sep 20 • 41 min
#53: Josué and Kelli talk about the academic concept of peer review in games research and gaming media in general. Is a YouTube essay any more or less significant to games research than a journal article? And what would academic peer review of YouTube…
Game Preservation (aka Bring Back Scott Pilgrim)
Sep 6 • 57 min
#52: Josué and Lauren discuss video game preservation because it’s scary to think about how much game history has been lost. Some people are doing great things to preserve the history of video games and we want to celebrate their efforts. Also, someone,…
Memorable Game Deaths
Aug 23 • 50 min
#51: Lauren asked members of the GT Community about their most memorable game deaths and then wrote a paper on it. Lauren and Josué discuss what makes a game death memorable and why so many people answer the question with “Aeris from FFVII.” This topic…
Mega Man Memory Collection
Aug 9 • 20 min
#50: Your favorite games are sometimes the ones you remember the most fondly, not the games you are best at or know the most about. In the 50th(!!!) episode of Headshots, Josué realizes he loves Mega Man games despite knowing very little about them.…
God of Feels
Jul 12 • 55 min
#49: The new God of War surprised us by how genuine the relationships felt and all of the emotions we experienced throughout our playthroughs. Josué and Lara discuss how much they related to the game, what they felt, and why they think it matters. *Get…
Manage Your Expectations
Jun 28 • 43 min
#48: Josué and Kelli discuss reactions to games like Sea of Thieves and No Man’s Sky that seem to make many gamers angry. We talk about the feelings that follow playing a game that doesn’t meet expectations or simply isn’t what you wanted it to be.…
Detroit: Become Human
Jun 14 • 94 min
#47: Josué and Lauren played Detroit: Become Human and had experienced completely different stories. We take a very long and spoiler-filled look at our experiences and discuss many of the game’s themes. What did you think of Detroit? Questions? Comments?…
STAY
May 31 • 45 min
#46: Kelli and Josué discuss STAY, a pixel-art adventure game whose protagonist Quinn is a therapist that has been abducted. You play as the only person who can communicate with and help Quinn. The game deals with mental health issues and you can…
Time
May 17 • 48 min
#45: Josué and Lauren have been playing Minit which got them talking about the different ways time is used in games. *Enter our gaming week giveaway by visiting geektherapy.com/giveaway. For more on Mega Cat Studios, visit megacatstudios.com. — Visit us…
The Fortnite Phenomenon
May 3 • 41 min
#44: Fortnite is huge. Everybody is playing it. But why? We discuss some of the reasons why we think people love Fortnite and compare it to other phenomenons like GTA5, Minecraft, and Pokémon GO. *This episode includes an advertisement for Gamefly. If you…
A Way Out
Apr 26 • 36 min
#43: Josué and Lara played A Way Out, directed by Josef Fares. They had a lot of fun but Josué really disliked how it made him feel at one point because he disagreed so strongly with the choices he was given. Join us for a spoiler full discussion of A Way…
The Joys of Co-Op Gaming
Apr 19 • 66 min
#42: This episode of Headshots is actually episode #130 of another show on the Geek Therapy Network called GT Radio where talk about all the ways and reasons why we love co-op games. What are your favorite co-op gaming memories? *Consider subscribing to…
One Hour One Life
Apr 5 • 46 min
#41: Kelli and Josué take a look at One Hour One Life, “a multiplayer survival game of parenting and civilization building” created by Jason Rohrer. We think it’s a unique game that we want to keep revisiting for many different reasons. *Consider…
What’s the Next Pokémon GO?
Mar 22 • 42 min
#40: The future of location-based games looks very bright now that Google has made its Maps API available to game developers. Josué and Kelli pitch ideas for new games based on some of their favorite properties. *Consider becoming a member of Geek Therapy…
Play to Feel
Mar 8 • 50 min
#39: Some games are just better than others at conveying emotions through gameplay. We played the mobile game Florence and were floored by its ability to make you feel something through game mechanics. We talk about other games as well this week but…
Mastery Hunter
Feb 22 • 43 min
#38: Josué is really enjoying Monster Hunter: World. He thinks it may be the quest for mastery in the game that has made this one of the most fun gaming experiences he’s had in a very long time. Josué and Kelli try to explain and find a name for what he’s…
Easy Mode?
Feb 8 • 48 min
#37: Celeste’s Assist Mode got us thinking about “easy mode” in other games and why we don’t see them more often. Also, how is mocking players who choose an easier difficulty a good idea? *This episode includes an advertisement for Humble Monthly. If you…
Streaming and Mental Health
Jan 25 • 51 min
#36: We discuss some of the mental health issues that streamers face by looking at the toll streaming can take on them and also what happens when viewers come to a stream for support and advice. *This episode includes a promotion for Geek Therapy on…
Gaming Disorder (Beta)
Jan 11 • 44 min
#35: We discuss the World Health Organization’s proposed Gaming Disorder diagnosis from the beta draft of the ICD-11. *This episode includes an advertisement for Humble Monthly. If you use the link geektherapy.com/humblemonthly Geek Therapy will receive…
Super Family Odyssey
Dec 27, 2017 • 58 min
#34: Josué is joined by Patrick O’Connor who shares how everyone in his home is playing Super Mario Odyssey, very differently. We talk playing games as a family, how parents can be actively involved in their kids’ gaming, and how to monitor responsibly.…
Loot Boxes
Dec 13, 2017 • 45 min
#33: Kelli and Josué weigh in on the loot box discussion. Is everyone talking about the same thing? — Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter: @HeadshotsCast @KelliNDunlap @JosueACardona Headshots is a member of the Geek Therapy Podcast…
Streaming Saved Me… Video Games Saved Me
Nov 22, 2017 • 27 min
Content warning: This episode feature discussion of suicide and depression. #32: Josué interviews his friend Jonathan, a disabled veteran, about how video games and streaming communities saved him during a tough time. Notes: * Jonathan on Mixer –…
I Love My Switch!
Nov 10, 2017 • 11 min
#31: Josué has had a pretty rough couple of months but his Switch helped him get through it. This is a quick update on what we’ve been up to and when to expect new episodes. Notes: * PAX Unplugged panel – http://bit.ly/2m8kb34 * In Post-Hurricane Puerto…
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Sep 20, 2017 • 57 min
#30: Kelli and Josué discuss Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, perhaps the greatest representation ever of mental health topics like psychosis. Notes: * Hellblade – http://www.hellblade.com * Hellblade Help – http://hellbladehelp.info — Visit…
Building a Gaming Community
Sep 6, 2017 • 48 min
#29: Kelli and Josué discuss what it takes to build a gaming community. Notes: * GriffballHub – http://www.grifballhub.com/ * Geek Therapy on Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/geektherapy * Guided Games | Destiny Wiki –…
What Remains of Edith Finch
Aug 23, 2017 • 74 min
#28: Josué and Lauren take a deep dive into Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch. Spoilers. Notes: * The Villain of Edith Finch by Joseph Anderson on YouTube – http://bit.ly/2vZYVOk * Lauren Keller on Twitter – @ChickenDinosaur — Visit us at…
Mental Health and Games in Prisons
Aug 9, 2017 • 36 min
#27: Can games improve mental health in prisons? We start the conversation by discussing Waypoint’s excellent week-long feature titled “At Play in the Carceral State.” Notes: * At Play in the Carceral State: A Letter from the Editor – Waypoint –…
Disney Emoji Blitz is so juicy!
Jul 26, 2017 • 43 min
#26: Kelli and Josué have been playing a lot of Disney Emoji Blitz. A LOT. It may have to do with how “juicy” the game is, meaning that its feedback is emotionally satisfying. Notes: * Disney Emoji – http://bit.ly/2tX6nY3 * How to Design for the Gut (Good…
Reward Psychology
May 24, 2017 • 42 min
#25: Rewards are a big part of why we play games so Kelli and Josué discuss a GDC 2017 presentation on reward psychology by Ben Lewis-Evans, a user experience researcher at Epic Games, that address the good and bad rewards we see in games and how they…
Mental Health Awareness Month: Video Games and Therapy
May 10, 2017 • 34 min
#24: May is Mental Health Awareness Month so Geek Therapist Lara Taylor joins Josué to talk about video games and mental health services. They address some of the misconceptions about video game “addiction” and discuss how they’ve used video games in…
Transmedia = More Story
Apr 26, 2017 • 43 min
#23: Kelli and Josué discuss how games can be a part of a much bigger story told through different media. Think of how Star Wars and Halo stories are told through books and movies in addition to games. Do stories in other formats make your play experience…
Breath of the Wild Flow
Apr 12, 2017 • 72 min
#22: We discuss the mental state of flow in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with special guest Lauren Keller. Lots of love for BotW on this episode. You can reach Lauren on Twitter: @CHICKENDINOSAUR — Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com. Follow…
Cards Against Psychology
Mar 29, 2017 • 40 min
#21: On this episode we review our recent PAX East panel which was our take on Cards Against Humanity, using psychology and gaming concepts, played live in front of an audience. It was tons of fun and now you can play at home too! Here is the link to the…
Love and Betrayal in the Console War
Mar 15, 2017 • 42 min
#20: Kelli and Josué try to objectively explain why gamers prefer one video game console over another by looking at their own reasons for being on their respective teams. We fail miserably, by the way. Kelli says she bleeds green, throwing all objectivity…
How Video Games Can Save the World w/ Asi Burak
Mar 1, 2017 • 49 min
19: This episode is an interview with Asi Burak, CEO of Power Play, the Chairman of the organization Games for Change (G4C), and co-author of Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World. Notes: * PAX East panel information –…
Affection Games – Press A to Kiss
Feb 15, 2017 • 41 min
#18: There is a genre of games that is all about the love! Kelli and Josué explore the fascinating world of affection games. Get ready for lots of talk of kissing and flirt lasers. Notes: * Affection games | DiGRA – http://bit.ly/2knFOey — Visit us at…
When Games Become Politically Significant
Feb 1, 2017 • 40 min
#17: Kelli and Josué discuss games that have taken on political significance in different ways. Sometimes a character becomes a symbol or a game takes on a new meaning because of current events. We think this is more common in other mediums so we explore…
Self-Care Games
Jan 18, 2017 • 42 min
#16: What is a self-care game? Is there a Self-Care Game genre? Kelli and Josué discuss self-care in-depth, how games can (and cannot) be used for self-care, and why more self-care games sounds like a good idea. Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com.…
Superbetter Fan Club Book Club #3 (of 3)
Jan 4, 2017 • 56 min
Ep. 15: Like Return of the Jedi, the third installment of our PsychTech Superbetter Fan Club Book Club is the best yet! We cover chapters 9 – 12, rant passionately about feedback loops, discuss the importance of allies, explore the power of identity, and…
Superbetter Fan Club Book Club #2 (of 3)
Jan 4, 2017 • 62 min
Ep. 14: The Superbetter love continues! We cover chapters 5-8 of Jane McGonigal’s Superbetter and dive deep into the first four rules of how to be gameful: 1) Challenge yourself, 2) collect and activate power-ups, 3) find and battle the bad guys, 4) seek…
Superbetter Fan Club Book Club #1 (of 3)
Jan 4, 2017 • 51 min
Ep. 13: We’re diving into Jane McGonigal’s Superbetter this week. It’s a long book so we’re taking our time. We cover chapters 1-4, Josué proposes some questionable practices, and Kelli gets to process her feelings about playing with strangers. *This…
Dr. Game Dev
Dec 21, 2016 • 48 min
#12: Kelli just completed a Master’s degree in Game Design (… she already had a PsyD in Clinical Psychology… ) so we talk about what that was like and the games she has made. We also discuss her most recent game (and capstone project). Spoiler: It’s…
Will your life be a video game?
Dec 7, 2016 • 37 min
#11: In a recent interview, Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, said that in the future video games will move from being discrete to indiscrete experiences, possibly being a part of everything we do. Kelli isn’t having it but Josué thinks Wilson is on…
How Do You Deal With Sexual Assault and Harassment in Virtual Reality?
Nov 23, 2016 • 51 min
#10: A few articles recently discussed an act of sexual assault in VR from the gamer and developer’s perspectives so we discuss how not ok it is to sexually assault someone in VR (or anywhere else), why this can happen in VR more easily than in other…
VR Brings Us New Experiences and Feelings
Nov 9, 2016 • 67 min
#9: Josué and special guest Ali Mattu discuss what new experiences they’ve had so far in virtual reality, including new feelings that were much harder to experience before VR. Games discussed include Batman Arkham VR, Thumper, EVE Valkyrie, and more.…
Black Mirror 3.2: Playtest
Oct 26, 2016 • 60 min
#8: We discuss season 3, episode 2 of Black Mirror titled “Playtest.” Full spoilers for the episode! If you are a big fan of Black Mirror, join us for deep dives of every episode on PsychTech. Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter:…
Plato’s VR Pencil
Oct 12, 2016 • 44 min
#7: Plato thought the pencil would ruin learning… Our guess is that VR games are the next big thing that is likely to be blamed for the end of civilization. Join us for a discussion on the actual effects of violence in video games and how that discussion…
How Game Mechanics Build Empathy for Mental Health Issues
Sep 28, 2016 • 46 min
#6: Josué and Kelli dig deep into the interactive narrative game Depression Quest and examine how it can raise empathy and understanding about depression. Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter: @HeadshotsCast @KelliNDunlap…
Shared Presence Brings Us One Step Closer to the Holodeck
Sep 14, 2016 • 75 min
# 5: Josué and special guest Dr. Ali Mattu share their recent experience playing the VR game Star Trek Bridge Crew. It’s Star Trek’s 50th anniversary so we’re celebrating with an all Star Trek discussion about VR, holodecks, collaboration, and shared…
A No Man’s Sky Celebration!
Aug 31, 2016 • 65 min
# 4: We have a lot of very nice things to say about No Man’s Sky. Josué and special guest Lara Taylor briefly discuss some of the hate directed toward No Man’s Sky and celebrate everything they love about it, including their very different experiences…
Positivity and Prosocial Game Design in Overwatch
Aug 17, 2016 • 52 min
# 3: Blizzard’s Overwatch is oozing with positivity. It not only encourages prosocial behavior, it is designed to give you very few antisocial options. Kelli is out this week so Josué talks with special guest Dr. Patrick O’Connor about the many ways that…
What does game design say about mental illness?
Aug 3, 2016 • 55 min
# 2: Did you know that in the Halo series there are Marines commonly referred to as “AWOL,” “Suicidal,” and “Paranoid”? These are NPCs that seem to display symptoms of mental illness and are unique in that you can kill them without any repercussion…
Pokémon GO and Build a Community
Jul 20, 2016 • 61 min
#1: On the first episode of Headshots we do a deep dive into the Pokémon Go phenomenon and why the game seems to be resonating with so many people. Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter: @HeadshotsCast @KelliNDunlap @JosueACardona
Bonus: From PsychTech to Headshots
Jul 20, 2016 • 4 min
Headshots is Josué and Kelli’s second podcast together. Their other show is PsychTech and it’s about psychology and technology. This short clip is how they pitched Headshots to their PsychTech listeners. It’s essentially a series of bloopers and face…
Headshots Pitch/Preview
Jul 20, 2016 • 2 min
Welcome to Headshots: The Psychology and Gaming Podcast! Since we have your attention, please allow us a minute to tell you a little about who we are and what the show is about. Full episodes coming soon! Visit us at www.HeadshotsPodcast.com. Follow us on…