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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 Effectiveness of Spite and the Allure of Vampyr with Uppercut's Ty Galiz-Rowe Pixel Therapy Pod

Now is the winter of our gaming discontent, it seems, but so many exciting things are happening and will continue to happen, friends! Why, just now Spencer's willingly playing a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler for the first time in their life and having a blast thanks to Drinkbox's clever and irreverent Nobody Saves the World. Meanwhile, we never thought Jamie would become a League of Legends player – yet she's gotten totally sucked into Ruined King, developer Airship Syndicate's spin-off LoL turn-based RPG! Then we're joined by Ty Galiz-Rowe (he/they), writer, podcaster, and the editor in chief of Uppercut Crit – a games and media site devoted to 'punching up' through high-quality content that focuses on highlighting marginalized voices — and great criticism. We chatted with Ty about Uppercut's homespun growth, how their "hangriness" spurs them to avoid homogeneity and boredom in mainstream gaming, and the inexplicable allure of Dontnod's mechanically rich yet narratively obtuse Vampyr. Follow Ty: https://twitter.com/owoathkeeper Check out Uppercut Crit: https://uppercutcrit.com/ Side Quest Support independent games journalism – check out Uppercut Crit's Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/uppercutcrit 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. The Effectiveness of Spite and the Allure of Vampyr with Uppercut's Ty Galiz-Rowe
  2. We Accidentally Made a Twilight Episode with Rocket Adrift's Lindsay Rollins
  3. Pixel Therapy's Games of the Year 2021
  4. Unpacking a Big Box of Feelings with KO_OP's Community Manager Marcela Huerta
  5. Trauma-Informed Gaming and the Divine Collective Dream of Hatsune Miku with Aiden Strawhun
  6. Reclaiming Narratives and Centering Community in Never Alone with Charitie Ropati
  7. To the Moon and the Spider Diagram of Autism with Laura Kate Dale

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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.