Gay for Play: A Video Game Podcast

Eric Solis & Laurence Turner-Cordova

Welcome to Gay for Play! A podcast about all things queer in the world of video games, pop culture, and beyond.👾🏳️‍🌈🎮💖 ~ Hosted by Eric Solis & Laurence Turner-Cordova ~ In each episode we take a video game or gaming topic and look at it through a queer lens—discussing LGBTQ+ representation, queer themes, cultural significance, and what the games we love have to tell us about the LGBTQIA+ experience at large. Whether you're a lifelong gamer or have even just a passing interest in gaming, join us each episode as we kiki over our favorite games! read less
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Challengers: Wii Sports Tennis if it Slayed
May 27 2024
Challengers: Wii Sports Tennis if it Slayed
We've been Nasty girls for sitting on this episode for a couple weeks, but we are back! This week we discuss Luca Guadagnino's bisexual fever dream smash hit CHALLENGERS, as well as Another Crab's Treasure - a cute undersea Souls-like where you play as a hermit crab trying to get his shell back, the Met Gala (which we kinda dgaf about but discuss a bit anyway), the recent layoffs in the video game industry, Spy x Family: Code White, some theatre we've been digging into lately, the pop girlies' summer hits ("Nasty" by Tinashe & "Espresso" by Sabina Carpenter to name a few)  and more! Later, in What Else We're Gay For this week:ERIC: Baby ReindeerLAURENCE: The Blank Check Podcast's series on Satoshi Kon, and Suzume by Makoto Shinkai Plus at the very end, a surprise discussion on US Season 2 of TraitorsIf you're in LA, come see Eric in Hollywood Fringe Festival this June! Tickets here https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/10356?tab=tickets ================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P (& Message us on any of our socials for a link to our Discord!)Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK:"Wii Sports - Tennis Results Theme" by Kazumi Totaka
Evangelion: 1.6 You Can (Not) Stardew (w/ Sara Brown)
Apr 7 2024
Evangelion: 1.6 You Can (Not) Stardew (w/ Sara Brown)
Get in the robot, listener, it's time for another Gay for Play! This week we're joined by bestie of the pod and G4P alum, Sara Brown! We get deep and philosophical about the re-release (and first North American release) of The End of Evangelion in theaters and discuss why this film and its anime is still one of the most beloved and mind-boggling series ever made, as well as a show and film rich with queer under(and over)tones. We also get into the new Stardew Valley 1.6 update, chat all about the new features that continue being added to this modern perennial classic, and why we just can't stop returning to the farm. Before all that, we have to do a dive on the new Beyoncé album Cowboy Carter, as well as our stance on country as a genre and what comes next for Queen Bey and country music as a whole. All that plus more movies, games and culture on this week's episode! It's a real life boogie AND a real life hoedown, so join us, won't you?What Else We're Gay For:Eric: Quiet On Set and I'm Glad My Mom DiedSara: Baldur's Gate 3 Laurence: Problemista================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P (& Message us on any of our socials for a link to our Discord!)Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK:Stardew Valley OST - Spring (The Valley Comes Alive) by ConcernedApe
Throwing Cards the House Down in "Balatro" and "Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth"
Mar 25 2024
Throwing Cards the House Down in "Balatro" and "Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth"
It's all aces this week as Eric and Laurence chitchat about all the culture and games they've been playing this month. Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2020's FF7 Remake. Rebirth reunites us with our favorite PTSD-addled twink Cloud Strife, as he and his gang of gay friends and divas leave the city of Midgar and embark on an open world adventure on their hunt for Sephiroth: fighting monsters, going on endless side-adventures, and playing countless minigames along the way (including a truly fantastic card game called Queen's Blood)And speaking of cards, we've both been playing a ton of Balatro, a new poker-based deck-building roguelike that has us addicted like a couple of gamblers (sans any real gambling, thankfully) and has quickly made a name for itself as an early GOTY contender. We also discuss some thoughts on the Oscars and some our favorite films from the award season, Laurence talks about how sexy Barrett Wallace is, Eric discusses Persona 3 Reload and Portal 1&2,  plus we talk about Dune Part 2, the incoming albums from the pop girlies, and so much more! What Else We're Gay For:Laurence: Bottoms (2023) Eric: Mexico City! ================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P (& Message us on any of our socials for a link to our Discord!)Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,
Eric, Laur, & The Great GOTYs of 2023
Dec 31 2023
Eric, Laur, & The Great GOTYs of 2023
"The GOTYs, said to portend... untold slayage, and the end of the *year*~"2023 is over! And we find ourselves at the end of a truly landmark year for gaming. On this episode we discuss some of our favorite games of 2023. We each pick 5 games from our personal lists that we want to highlight, then culminate the show with 3 "joint slays": games that made both of our lists that we want to celebrate together, the last of which we are considering to be our official pick for 2023 Game of the Year. Join us as we celebrate these games, a whole lot of honorable (& dishonorable) mentions, games we didn't play but plan to in the future, and a whole lot more! What Else We're Gay For: Laurence: The Steam Deck OLEDEric: Tokyo Godfathers (2003) dir. Satoshi KonYouTube link mentioned in the show: MyHouse.WAD - Inside Doom's Most Terrifying Mod================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P (& Message us on any of our socials for a link to our Discord!)Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK (Spoilers kinda):Ochette, the Hunter - Octopath Traveler 2 - by Yasunori NishikiThulludhadi Valasu - Venba - by Alpha Something ft. Kaber Vasuki, Ramya RamachandranTitle Theme - Pikmin 4 - by Kenta Nagata, Asuka Hayazaki, & Soshi AbeMain Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - by Manaka Kataoka & Masato Ohashi
Catching Up for our 3-Year Pod Anniversary
Dec 13 2023
Catching Up for our 3-Year Pod Anniversary
We back y'all. This week Eric and Laurence hop back on the mics after a much needed break & discuss gaming ruts, our teacher-eras, the end of the actor's strike, AI, some light predictions for the Game Awards (we recorded this episode 2 days before the ceremony) and of course, gaaaaaames! Games discussed include: Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (a slay), Alan Wake (the first one), Super Mario Wonder (wowie-zowie!), Overwatch 2 (fun and for the gays), Baldur's Gate 3 (which recently added ball-jiggle physics), Sea of Stars (also a slay!), and more.Later in the show we catch up on a couple movies and TV shows we've been watching including The Boy and the Heron, The Marvels, The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Jujutsu Kaisen S2. What Else We're Gay For This Week:LAURENCE: The Devil's Plan (Netflix) ERIC: When the makers of Pokémon Go and Sleep No More tried to reinvent theaterIt's been over 3 years since we first launched this show. Thanks so much to everyone who has stuck with us, we love y'all for listening and can't wait to bring you more in the future! ================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK:"Piranha Plants On Parade" by Koji Kondo, Shiho Fujii, Sayako Doi, Chisaki Shimazu
Gay For Role-Play: Fall 2023s Biggest RPGs
Oct 2 2023
Gay For Role-Play: Fall 2023s Biggest RPGs
Autumn has officially begun, and with it, massive Role-Playing Games have arisen as some of hottest games of the season. We're leaning into this genre trend this week and discussing 4 games we've been playing! -First we have the stellar new RPG Baldur's Gate 3, a colossal Dungeons & Dragons-based adventure where dialog choices & character interactions massively impact the story (and also all your party members are super gay and horny for you), - A stellar new flop in Starfield from Bethesda, a space exploration RPG from the creators of Skyrim and Fallout that unfortunately feels dated and limiting in comparison to some of the other games in the spotlight right now. -A "Drag Race All-Stars"-level comeback from Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (the new DLC expansion and 2.0 update from CD Projekt RED's 2020 open-world action RPG that had a famously rocky launch), -And finally 2019's Disco Elysium, A gorgeously-written murder-mystery/noire RPG  that has been in our backlog for ages and kinda fits in perfectly in comparison to the other games on this list in different ways. We've had so many people recommend this game to us and this felt like a perfect time to dig into it, and oh are we so glad we did! What Else We're Gay For:LAURENCE: Sea of StarsERIC: Rotting in the Sun (now streaming exclusively on MUBI)================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK:"Martinaise District Theme 1" by Sea Power
Mutha Courage and Her Beyhive - Renaissance World Tour (w/ Eriel Brown)
Sep 15 2023
Mutha Courage and Her Beyhive - Renaissance World Tour (w/ Eriel Brown)
It's Virgo('s Groove) Season and we have been blessed by the queen! Beyoncé Knowles (female pop vocalist) Carter brought her record-breaking, epic, indelible Renaissance World Tour to Los Angeles, California earlier this month, and we were there to witness it! (well, 2/3rds of us were, but Eric has watched multiple YouTube recordings of the tour, so he was with us in spirit). Our friend Eriel Brown joins us to talk about why Beyoncé is, without question, our greatest living performer. We talk the Renaissance album, her birthday show, the tour as a whole and its myriad cultural inspirations, how it pays homage to Black queerness and Black femmes, our mixed feelings on the special guests/openers at the LA leg of the tour, Blue Ivy being an absolute star, and finally, we try to answer a question that has become a topic of HEATED debate that has been ALL UP IN OUR MINDs for months now, which is:"Brechtyoncé: Was the Renaissance Tour a piece of dialectical theatre akin to the works of 20th Century German playwright Bertolt Brecht?" (spoiler alert, our answer is: "well,,, sorta kinda!") So get COZY and enjoy the ENERGY we bring to this long-awaited episode dedicated entirely to Queen Bey!What Else We're Gay For:ERIEL: Reneé Rapp's debut album Snow AngelLAURENCE: Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue (1997)ERIC: Halloween Horror Nights 2023 @ Universal Studios Hollywood================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK:HEATED - Squidward Tentacles
Dungeons & Dragons! (w/ Steven Christie)
Aug 29 2023
Dungeons & Dragons! (w/ Steven Christie)
You and your party stumble across a new episode of G4P! Go ahead and roll for initiative~Baldur's Gate 3 is currently the hottest new RPG in the gaming world right now. Only problem is, none of us have played it yet! So on this week's episode we're joined by Steven Christie, our oomfie from down under* (*Australia, not the Underdark) to discuss the game that inspired BG3 and countless other role playing games: DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS! D&D, the massively popular fantasy tabletop game, has become a household name in the years since its initial release in 1974, inspiring TV series like Stranger Things, multiple actual play podcasts like Critical Role and The Adventure Zone, and as of earlier this year, its own movie. We discuss our personal history with Dungeons and Dragons, its appeal to LGBTQ+ players across the globe, and how roleplaying creates a space for the queer imagination to flourish and run wild. Oh also, all 3 of us finally finished Tears of the Kingdom! We share a few mostly spoiler-free thoughts on the end of the game up top, and also take a moment to tip our red-M hats to Mr. Charles Martinet, who announced this week that he is retiring from his role as the voice of Mario.What Else We're Gay For this week:-The World Is Not Ending | Sophie From Mars-Hades -Disco Elysium: The Final Cut -All who can't hear must feel - by Jaboukie================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK:"Bard Dance" from Baldur's Gate 3 - by Borislav Slavov
Pikmin 4: The Best Thing Since Fresh Basil (w/ Matthew Pezzulich)
Aug 4 2023
Pikmin 4: The Best Thing Since Fresh Basil (w/ Matthew Pezzulich)
This week we are joined by our friend Matthew Pezzulich (he/him) to discuss PIKMIN 4: the latest entry in the beloved Nintendo franchise about little guys doing silly little tasks at the end of the world (and in that sense, aren't we all Pikmin when you think about it?) We talk about the history of franchise, its themes of environmentalism, collaboration, and the strength of collective labor, and how Pikmin 4's design choices and quality of life improvements make this game the most successful and most accessible game in the series to date. Matthew also shares his experience of seeing Beyoncé live (including an important update on whether or not the Renaissance World Tour is, in fact, Brechtian), Eric recounts his experience at "Everybody Rise! A Sondheim Celebration" at the Hollywood Bowl. We also try to answer important questions like "Which type of Pikmin would be the best to eat?", have a rousing discussion on our favorite summer garden herb, and so much more!================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK:Pikmin 4 "Title Theme" composed by Kenta Nagata, Asuka Hayazaki, Soshi Abe"Today's Results" composed by Hajime Wakai
Tiers of the Kingdom (LIVE SHOW with Super Dating Simulator!)
Jul 29 2023
Tiers of the Kingdom (LIVE SHOW with Super Dating Simulator!)
This super special episode is a recording of our live show from this past June with SUPER DATING SIMULATOR @ the Alamo Drafthouse's Video Vortex in Downtown LA!!! It was such a blast to be a part of, and now that Hot Labor Summer (the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes) has led us to shift our release schedule around, we're so glad to finally share this episode with you, dear listener!At Super Dating Simulator's "Tiers of the Kingdom" show, we teamed up with Sara Brown and Sam Weller to make tier-lists to definitively rank different video game & anime characters across 4 slay categories: video game baddies (as in villains, but also, well you know), the different incarnations of Link (excluding any games where he is a child), androgynous/gender-queer anime characters (and the sexual awakenings spurned on in us by each), and female anime couples who are almost certainly girlfriends/wives/weirdly intense friends that never QUITE use the word "Lesbian" (but we all *know* what's really going on!!!)Thanks again to Super Dating Simulator for having us. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates on their future shows (every 3rd Thursday of the month at the Alamo Drafthouse in DTLA!). Thank you to everyone who was able to come see us at the show, and thank *you* for listening! ================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes & access to our Discord server on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,
Summer Gay Fest! (Our Favorite June Game Announcements)
Jun 25 2023
Summer Gay Fest! (Our Favorite June Game Announcements)
This week it's back to business after the incredible joy and success our first ever live show in LA last weekend! Eric and Laurence debrief on our show with Super Dating Simulator and the weekend at large before diving into our main topic: JUNE VIDEO GAME ANNOUNCEMENTS! E3 may be officially dead and gone, but the games are here to stay. We cover our favorite announcements from the June Nintendo Direct, Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest, the Xbox showcase, Wholesome Direct, and more. The sheer number of game announcements can be overwhelming, so we're here to tell you which games cut through the noise and piqued our interest the most. From big Triple-A games to indie titles that may have flown under your radar, we've got you covered with a little over 30 games in this episode!Then later in "What Else We're Gay For" we talk Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Disneyland's first ever Pride Nite.================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary,  Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish,MUSIC THIS WEEK:Super Mario Bros. Wonder - Overworld (Trailer Music 1) by Koji Kondo (arranged by Thaddeus Silva)Venba (Release Trailer) by Visai Games
The Legend of Zelda: Queers of the Kingdom
Jun 2 2023
The Legend of Zelda: Queers of the Kingdom
It's Pride month once again, and what better way to kick off the celebrations than by diving paraglider-first into a hearty discussion on one of the biggest and best games of the year. It's Zelda time!!! Our favorite androgynous femmeboy girltwink swordsman is back and this time? He has a sexy goat-man's arm grafted onto him.The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been one of our most anticipated games ever since it was first announced, and now that we finally have our hands on it we can safely say it did NOT disappoint! It manages to take everything we loved about its brilliant predecessor Breath of the Wild and iterate on it and improve it in every way. There's also a LOT of queer stuff in this game. From a side-quest about a drag queen fashion designer running for mayor of her conservative hometown, to a queer-coded fish prince who is head-over-heels in love with our protagonist Link, there are so many gay adventures in this massive open-world game, and it feels like we're just scratching the surface.Gizmodo Article - A Link Between Genders: Trans Joy and the Legend of Zelda by Linda Codega ================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary, Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish, Travis Ryans & Martha Turner MUSIC THIS WEEK:"Main Theme (Full Version)" by Manaka Kataoka, Maasa Miyoshi, Masato Ohashi, Tsukasa Usui"Lookout Landing" by Manaka Kataoka, Maasa Miyoshi, Masato Ohashi, Tsukasa Usui "Hateno Village (Day)" by Manaka Kataoka, Maasa Miyoshi, Masato Ohashi, Tsukasa Usui
STAR WARS: "What is a Jedi if not a Gay Catholic?"
May 4 2023
STAR WARS: "What is a Jedi if not a Gay Catholic?"
(*Well, Catholic-coded at least...)An episode a long time in the making in a galaxy right, right here: this week, we're finally discussing STAR WARS! Our friend Jake Carlin joins us to talk all about the supermassive media franchise born from a humble little space-fantasy flick in 1977, which still manages to capture our hearts and imaginations to this day. (thanks in part to some pretty great video games!) We discuss the 2019 video game STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order, some early impressions of its newly released sequel, STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor. We also dedicate some time to discussing the Disney+ series Andor (aka the BEST piece of Star Wars media in years & a must-watch for anyone). And, as always, we search our feelings and ponder on queer themes found in the galaxy far far away. Queer themes such as: armed organized resistance against fascist hegemons! Force-sensitivity as an allegory for queerness! And of course, how even though Disney and the official canon leave much to be desired in terms of queer representation, (we're forever pissed about Finn and Poe,) the series has a bevy of characters that are either queer-coded or lend themselves to queer readings (including Luke "Chanel Boots" Skywalker her damn self for one!)It's our biggest episode of G4P to date and we still barely manage to scratch the surface of Star Wars! Plus later in the show we talk about the breathtaking cinema screening of Spirited Away: Live on Stage, and so much more! ================Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary, Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish, Travis Ryans & Martha Turner MUSIC THIS WEEK:"The Emperor Arrives / The Death of Yoda / Obi-Wan's Revelation" by John Williams"Princess Leia's Theme" by John Williams · London Symphony Orchestra
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (w/ Connor Marsh)
Apr 17 2023
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (w/ Connor Marsh)
Mushroom Kingdom, heeere we come!Today we're joined by a bestie of the pod, our theme song composer Connor Marsh, to discuss the long-awaited Super Mario Bros. Movie! And speaking of long-awaited Nintendo things: mere hours before we recorded this episode, the final pre-release trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom dropped, so we get into that first! We were arguably more excited for that than the Mario movie which was, in our collective opinion, fine! A perfectly passable and fun kid's film chock full of easter eggs for longtime Mario fans that will make a sh*t-ton of money &  open up the door to endless possibilities of (hopefully more narratively-compelling) sequels and spin-offs. But the film had a few great moments and a couple of stellar performances, so we're giving out (fire) flowers where they're due.(Plus the made Bowser & Donkey Kong sooooo unbelievably hot, so we of course also have that to get into).Also! some brief thoughts on Final Fantasy XVI, then later in the show, we're gay for Resident Evil 4 Remake and Octopath Traveler 2!========Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary, Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish, Travis Ryans & Martha Turner MUSIC THIS WEEK:"Super Mario Bros. Plumbing Commercial" by Brian Tyler
The Last of Us Part 3: The TV Show (Season 1) w/ Becca Rowland
Apr 1 2023
The Last of Us Part 3: The TV Show (Season 1) w/ Becca Rowland
"Joel is sooo babygirl-coded."This week we're joined by our friend Becca Rowland, who first guested on our original The Last of Us episode, to discuss the stellar HBO adaptation of Naughty Dog's beloved 2013 video game. We knew that we would probably want to discuss this season of television, compare it to our thoughts the game, and talk about how much we are head-over-heels, madly, deeply in love with Pedro Pascal & would trade the world for a journey with him across a post-apocalyptic America, but it wasn't until after episode 3 broke our hearts into tiny little pieces that we knew we absolutely HAD to get on the mics and discuss the breadth of queer content on this show. Now that season 1 is wrapped, we get into Bill and Frank, Ellie & Riley, and so much more from this season, as well as our thoughts on its (few) shortcomings, the beauty of queer joy in apocalypses, and speculation/hopes for the future seasons as the show begins to adapt Part 2.  We can't wait to see Bella Ramsey continue to slay (literally & metaphorically)========Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary, Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish, Travis Ryans & Martha Turner MUSIC THIS WEEK:"The Last of Us (Vengeance)" by Gustavo Santaolalla and David Fleming
The Nintendo 3DS: In Memoriam
Mar 24 2023
The Nintendo 3DS: In Memoriam
We're gathered here today to mourn & celebrate the life of a video game console, Nintendo's last handheld-only device, the small but mighty Nintendo 3DS.As of March 27th, 2023, the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS and Wii U will be officially shut down, meaning 866 Wii U games and 1547 3DS games will no longer be available to purchase. We've already dedicated an episode in the past to the Nintendo Wii U, so today we're taking a look back at our memories of the 3DS: our favorite games to grace the device, StreetPass & other quirky apps, its hit-&-miss use of its signature stereoscopic 3D gimmick, and some last-minute purchases we've recently downloaded & played in the eShop's twilight hours. Plus we wax poetic a bit about the death of digital media, the importance of video game preservation, and the ethics of p*racy & emulation (not that we know what tf we're talking about! we're just two gaymers with a podcast and opinions!) If you're listening to this before 3/27/23, we hope this episode provides a couple of last-minute game recommendations to download! Otherwise... we don't know what to tell ya, but thanks for listening anyways! Good luck finding a physical copy of some of these games on eBay I guess?  RIP to the 3DS. You had a good at it, thanks for your input ========Get in touch with us!EMAIL US at gayforplaypodcast@gmail.comFOLLOW G4P Twitter: @GayForPlayPodInstagram: @GayForPlayPodTwitch: twitch.tv/gayforplaypodSupport the Show & Unlock Bonus Episodes on our PATREON========CREDITSIntro and outro music by Connor Marsh (@connorjmarshmallow)Show art by Benny Kessler (@retro.spectacle.studio)Special thanks to our patrons: Blueberri Mary, Elijah Punzal,  Trevor McTavish, Travis Ryans & Martha Turner MUSIC THIS WEEK:"Tokyo - Shin Megami Tensei IV OST" by Ryota Kozuka, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiki KonishiAn Exhaustive List of Games Mentioned in this Episode:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Pushmo, Crashmo, Stretchmo, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Mario Kart 7, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Tomodachi Life, Many Pokemon games (X&Y, Sun & Moon, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire), Metroid: Samus Returns, Attack of the Friday Monsters, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 5 & 6, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, Harmoknight, Pocket Card Jockey, 3D Classics (Kirby’s Adventure, Xevious, Kid Icarus, ExciteBike), Fire Emblem Awakening, Shin Megami Tensei IV