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

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Unpacking a Big Box of Feelings with KO_OP's Community Manager Marcela Huerta Pixel Therapy Pod

Good…morning? Night? Who knows, it's dark when we wake up and dark before the workday is over. Perfect weather for gaming though, wouldn't you say? Spencer and Jamie kick things off by hopping on our hoverbikes and gliding across the vast expanse of Sable, an open-world exploration game about a modest, mysterious desert society and finding one's place in the world. Sable was developed by Shedworks and published by Raw Fury, and it's available now on Steam and Game Pass! Then we're joined by Marcela Huerta (she/her), community manager for worker-owned game studio KO_OP's upcoming apocalyptic coming-of-age dinosaur love story, Goodbye Volcano High! Join us as we learn all about a different kind of working culture that KO_OP is working to normalize, then go deep on the surprisingly emotional heft of this fall's cozy breakout hit, Witch Beam's Unpacking. Follow Marty on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marsmella Check out KO_OP Mode and get hype for Goodbye Volcano High: https://www.ko-opmode.com/ Listen to Spencer's favorite Stardew Valley Lofi Beats to Study To: https://youtu.be/scRoJCsy6dA Side Quests Black Healing Fund is a growing, volunteer-run initiative that exists to provide low-income Black folks in the Tio'tia:ke / Montreal area with discretionary funding and resources that contribute to mental health and wellness. blackhealingfund.com/donate Resilience Montreal is a non-profit day shelter offering food, a place to sleep, clean clothes, and support to anyone in need, with the goal of giving people a safe, supportive environment to spend their time. To donate, email resilience.volunteer@gmail.com and check out their website at resiliencemontreal.com  About Pixel Therapy New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media (we're most active on Twitter!) @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) and subscribe! Want more? Unlock monthly bonus episodes for $2/mo at patreon.com/pixeltherapypod Support this podcast
  1. Unpacking a Big Box of Feelings with KO_OP's Community Manager Marcela Huerta
  2. Trauma-Informed Gaming and the Divine Collective Dream of Hatsune Miku with Aiden Strawhun
  3. Reclaiming Narratives and Centering Community in Never Alone with Charitie Ropati
  4. To the Moon and the Spider Diagram of Autism with Laura Kate Dale
  5. The Antidote to Doomscrolling and The Witcher 3 with Games Journalist Isaiah Colbert
  6. It's Our 1-Year Anniversary! with Your Co-Hosts, Jamie and Spencer
  7. How Kena: Bridge of Spirits was Shaped by Balinese Gamelan with Dancer and Artist Ayu Larassanti

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We’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”— 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.