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We believe that video games can serve as tools for understanding ourselves, each other, and the world around usโ€” and we celebrate gaming in its many contexts: as a hobby; as an art form; as therapy.

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We believe that video games can serve as tools for understanding ourselves, each other, and the world around usโ€” and we celebrate gaming in its many contexts: as a hobby; as an art form; as therapy.

Latest Episodes

Practicing Failure in Breath of the Wild with Poet Angbeen Saleem Pixel Therapy Pod

Spring has sprung and our backlogs are already piling up! Spencer kicks things off by spotlighting a few under-hyped indie titles that have come out recently: Studio Seufz's 9,600hr long idle adventure The Longing, Captilight's charming puzzler Path of Kami (https://www.captilight.com/pathofkami), and 4615 Theatre Company's QTBIPOC-led solar punk visual novel DARK CITY (https://www.4615theatre.com/dark-city) — the latter two are both free to download on itch.io (but by all means support these indie devs if you're able)! Meanwhile, Jamie shares the view from her haunted island in Cozy Grove, a charming new life sim that's like Animal Crossing-meets-Spiritfarer, plus bears. Then we're joined by writer, poet, and connector Angbeen Saleem! Angbeen works as a digital communications coordinator for North Star Fund, a social justice org based in New York. We chat about their previous life working in social impact for MTV, how games teach Angbeen to write poetry, and how Breath of the Wild provides a safe space to practice failure– and why that's something we need. Get 20% off TomToc's Nintendo Switch Lite case with promo code "pixeltherapy" using our affiliate link!: https://amzn.to/31miLnj Check out Angbeen's work and writing: https://www.angbeensaleem.com/ Side Quest The Let Us Breathe Fund is the only NYC-based fund led by and for Black activists organizing around police reform and building Black liberation. Learn more and donate at https://northstarfund.org/ About Pixel Therapy New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. We're proud members of the But Why Tho? Podcast Network: visit ButWhyThoPodcast.com for everything pop culture in an inclusive geek community! If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate us, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts (or your listening app of choice) & subscribe! Want more? Join our little community over on Patreon! Support this podcast
  1. Practicing Failure in Breath of the Wild with Poet Angbeen Saleem
  2. The Quest for a Trans Tag on Twitch (plus, Pokemon!) with The Juliancito
  3. Alternative Controls and the Importance of Touch with Designer Amanda Hudgins
  4. Facing Our Fears in Super Mario 64 with Game Critic Gameonysus aka Janet Garcia
  5. Crafting a Modern Dystopia with Backbone's Narrative Designer Alex Korabelnikova
  6. The Emotional Benefits of Gaming with Counselor Jamiere Leslie
  7. Queer Theory, Fandom, and Relationship Dynamics with Power Couple Jude and Kerey

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About the show

Weโ€™re a bi-weekly podcast bringing you new perspectives on video game culture and current events with folks who may or may not identify as gamers– from streamers and industry folks to artists and activists, everyone deserves a little pixel therapy. Launched September 2020, we have fun, we go deep, and we explore the love of games within a broader social and cultural context while challenging conventional notions of what it means to be a “gamer”โ€” and who gets to call themselves one. Pixel Therapy Pod is independently produced and co-hosted by Spencer Icasiano (they/them), a queer and trans, mixed race Filipino writer and UX designer, and Jamie Siebenaler (she/her), a queer team and project manager with a deep passion for games.