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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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The Emotional Benefits of Gaming with Counselor Jamiere Leslie Pixel Therapy Pod

Y'all been hitting that pandemic wall lately? Us too. Spencer's coping by working through half the Assassin's Creed series, which just HAPPENED to be super on sale in the Playstation Store, and getting elbow-deep in the lore. Meanwhile, Jamie's cleansing her palate from 200+ hours of Persona 5 with Aegis Rim: 13 Sentinels, a reality-altering JRPG starring high schoolers jumping into another reality for turn-based fights– wait a minute. Here's a follow-up article on the Ubisoft diversity debacle Jamie mentioned from 2020: https://kotaku.com/head-of-ubisoft-announces-plans-to-shakeup-the-company-1844252024 Then we're joined by Jamiere Leslie, a counselor based in Massachusetts's south shore who's rediscovered her love of gaming during the pandemic. How can you tell if you have a gaming addiction? Can Animal Crossing cure depression? What's the deal with therapy? All this and more awaits you. Follow Jamiere on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JayTeeEll17. Looking for a therapist in MA? Check out Northeast Health Services: https://www.northeasthealthservices.com/. SIDE QUEST Support the global organization working to end white supremacy and creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy: https://blacklivesmatter.com/ Our February Patreon-Exclusive Co-Op Mode episode is out now. Visit patreon.com/pixeltherapypod to unlock bonus episodes for $2/mo! We're also going to be LIVE at Uplink 2021 on February 20th, 2021, at 6-7 pm EST! If you're interested in the convention, get your tickets on our website: pixeltherapypod.com. This episode is sponsored by the following Patreon supporters: Yinka Araromi 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. The Emotional Benefits of Gaming with Counselor Jamiere Leslie
  2. Queer Theory, Fandom, and Relationship Dynamics with Power Couple Jude and Kerey
  3. Archiving the Past and Building Black Trans Futures with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
  4. Gamifying Mental Health Management in Dofus and Dark Souls with CelesMeh
  5. Pixel Therapy's Year in Gaming 2020
  6. From God of War to Baten Kaitos: The Spectrum of Narrative Game Design with Sisi Jiang
  7. Gaming Misconceptions and Musings with Glass Artist Momoko Schafer

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About the show

We’re a bi-weekly podcast bringing you new perspectives on video game culture and current events while centering the relationships queer folks, trans folks, people of color, disabled folks, and other marginalized players have with games. We offer fresh takes on video game culture 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 hosted by Spencer Icasiano (they/them), a queer and trans, mixed Filipinx writer and designer, and Jamie Siebenaler (she/her), a queer, white cis theatre and film professional.