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JoyBinge 2.8: Video Games!

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Hi and welcome to JoyBinge! We are Sinow and Kimmy, and we share good stories about good people doing good things! Get ready to binge on some joy! We recorded on February 25, 2020.


And relax … the joy of video games where you do almost nothing

  • Written by Keith Stuart for The Guardian on Feb 3, 2020

  • This week, I want to discuss the use of playing video games as a solid way to escape the nuisance of headlines and chaotic stories flying around

  • The Guardian published this article discussing several games, one of which is one of my top favorites

  • But before we dive in, video games can be enjoyed by anyone and almost anywhere. With games on the phone or the Nintendo Switch, even other devices, you can play online, offline, wherever!

  • If you are looking for a new hobby or if you are already into games, if you are looking for a new game, we’ve got some suggestions from a couple of articles (and our own recommendations)

  • Video games have changed over the years, starting off as toys marketed almost exclusively to men to now being way more inclusive and community focused in some cases

  • If you are interested in seeing a good example of how games have evolved over time, Videogamedunkey has an interesting video that we discussed: Videogame Structure Evolution

  • Keith Stuart starts the article off talking about a newly released game called Coffee Talk: “ play a coffee-shop barista who stands at a counter, through long, rainy Seattle nights, making drinks for customers as they tell you about their lives. That’s it. That’s all you do. There’s no aim, no purpose. Your only interaction is pressing a button to move the conversation on and occasionally crafting a drink using the available ingredients. It’s barely a game.

  • And yet, it’s a lovely, involving experience. The beautiful pixel art interior of your shop, the fleeting glimpses of passersby outside, and the jazzy soundtrack replicate things we love about hanging out in real coffee places. Also, this is an alternative version of Seattle populated not just by humans, but by elves, demons and other fantastical beings, so your clientele is pretty varied. Elves tell you about their love lives, insomniac werewolves seek calm and quiet – you listen and you try to make drinks that will soothe them.”

  • In an effort to not just read this entire article to you, I will keep the rest brief.

  • Other games mentioned are Stardew Valley, which is my aforementioned top favorite games of all time, Animal Crossing, Minecraft all of which are pretty similar types of games. You build, you socialize, you hang out

  • Other games are mentioned that have a similar open world platform (Euro Truck Simulator and Train Sim World) and games that allow you to just check in and perform some random tasks so it’s not overwhelming

  • The playing of these games in themselves can be as relaxing as you want it to be, as involved as you want to be, as exciting as you want it to be. One day you may want to work towards a goal, other days you may want to just explore. You decide, you are in control

  • Stuart stated it very well by saying, “Video games are about interactivity, of course, but interactivity doesn’t have to mean ceaselessly hitting buttons and guiding an on-screen character, vehicle or weapon. Interactivity can mean quietly inhabiting a space, or just checking in on it, and for a few seconds lending our attention to something benign and beguiling.”

  • These types of games have other kinds of goodness packed in them

  • Positive.News had a sweet article from Feb 13, 2020 suggesting other games in this same frame of thought. They even go in deeper with specific games stating why they are positive experiences. Be sure to check out the recommendations if you are looking for something different to do!

Homeslice: Scotland Edition

Teen Saved From Seizure After Online Gaming Friend Calls Police From 5,000 Miles Away

  • Written by McKinley Corbley for Good News Network on Jan 13, 2020

  • Aidan and his online friend, Dia, were enjoying a normal night playing games online together when Aidan had a medical scare

  • Dia described the situation as “he suddenly started to make sounds of what she could ‘only describe as a seizure’”

  • Aidan lives in England but Dia lives in Texas so figuring out what to do was extra difficult

  • Thankfully Dia listened to her gut and was able to call a non-emergency number for his town and was able to convince the dispatcher that she was not pranking anyone and that her friend really needed help

  • Aidan’s parents talked about what happened, “‘We were at home watching TV and Aidan was upstairs in his room. The next thing we noticed was two police cars outside with flashing lights,’ Aidan’s mother Caroline Jackson told The Liverpool Echo. ‘I assumed they were in the area for another reason and then they ran up to the front door.

  • ‘They said there was an unresponsive male at the address. We said we hadn’t called anyone and they said a call had come from America. I immediately went to check on Aidan and found him extremely disorientated.’”

  • Since then he has been able to pursue treatment and figure out what is going on

  • Dia was brave and incredibly smart to figure out the best way to help her friend!

  • And Aidan’s parents extended their gratitude to Dia. Caroline, Aidan’s mother, said, “‘I’ve spoken to her and expressed our thanks—she’s just glad she could help. ... We always say to the kids, be careful who you speak to online, but in this case, it was invaluable.’”

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The music for this podcast is "Industrious Ferret" by Kevin MacLeod. Thanks for listening and have a great week!

Industrious Ferret by Kevin MacLeod




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