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Game/Life Balance Australia – Episode 18 – The Halloween Special

They’re creepy, they’re cooky, they’re altogether … mildly offensive. That’s right boys and girls, it’s the Halloween special of GLB Australia! So put on your crappy $2 plastic smock with Casper the Ghost painted on it and join us for the spookiest episode of GLB yet, as we chat about the horror game par excellence, Amnesia: the Dark Descent, our featured game for this episode! Also in this episode, the boys delve into the Australian version of Halloween (hint: it’s half-assed), before things take a turn for the macabre as the lads discuss the best way to cook a succulent Chinese virtual boy. Also Rob finally completed his Rome campaign in Total War:Rome 2, and AC finally completed Doki-Doki Panic! Oh the joys of the false sense of achievement that video games foster.

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Game/Life Balance Australia – Episode 17 – By Royal Appointment

AC is back from Japan with tales of abysmal airline experiences, and shares his strategies for staving off insanity when your wife and child are out of the country. Hint: it involves a lot of drinking! This week the boys take a look at a verified piece of video game history, the groundbreaking PC platformer Commander Keen. Rob gives a mangled version of the story of id Software’s genesis, before our lads proceed to dissect the game, what makes it special and whether or not it’s worth a looksee today. Plus Rob gives an insight into what life is like when your baby starts being mobile, AC does a flawless and very respectful impression of Our Royal Highness, and we wrap it up with a quiz about food in video games. Marvelous!

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Game/Life Balance Australia – Episode 16 – The Fantasy of Being

AC is out of town, and also the country, but the show must go on! This week Rob is joined by our favourite Canuck, special guest Steven Eidher of Capmax Gaming. So join us as we plumb the depths of Spelunky, our featured game for this week, as well as a bunch of other topics too, from decoder wheels in 80s PC games to the video game equivalent of comfort food. Also don’t miss the quiz segment, where Rob unleashes possibly the most diabolical quiz ever made on his unsuspecting guest. Yes the quiz was intended to break AC’s heart, mind and soul, but seeing as he was out of the country Rob chose to inflict it on his guest instead because he’s just that sort of person. Game/Life Balance Australia: have you had your prostate checked recently?!

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Game/Life Balance Australia – Episode 15 – Stream of Nonsense #3 – Limp radical sect

It’s Stream of Nonsense time, and Rob’s back from the hospital to share stories of all his recent medical issues, from ulcers in his throat to slicing off the tip of his left thumb. And if that doesn’t sound particularly amusing, don’t despair because we also discuss other fun topics such as AC breaking his MAME cabinet yet again, Rob’s flirtatious love-life in Stardew Valley, succulent Chinese meals, and brilliant ideas for advertising our podcast and growing our listener base. I give this episode one and a half thumbs up!

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Game/Life Balance Australia – Episode 14 – Americans have six fingers

Rob is dead. Or at least, too ill to podcast… which is basically the same thing. So in his stead AC brought in Cody Gough, host of Game/Life Balance US, to play Second Monkey in this extra-long, extra-rambling and extra-annoying episode! So join our two intrepid hosts on a tour through our featured game Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom, as well as Dungeons & Drag Queens, Japanese culture, The Rescuers Down Under, the depravity of retrogaming and the depths of AC’s perverse sense of humour. It’s a living nightmare that you won’t be able to wake up from!

Intro music: Anamanaguchi – Video Challenge
Outro music: Anamanaguchi – Fast Turtle

Game/Life Balance Australia – Episode 13 – Oprah’s Book Club™

AC is back on deck and ready to run his mouth about all sorts of stuff, so join us as we take a deep dive on indie platformer Broforce, our featured game for this week. Plus we insult two major world religions, chat for a long time about AC’s experience as a new father, and land upon a brilliant rebranding strategy that will totally definitely not get us sued ever.

Intro music: Anamanaguchi – Video Challenge
Outro music: Anamanaguchi – Fast Turtle