This is it y'all, the final episode of Fresh Out of Tokens. It's been two years, 95 episodes, numerous amazing guests but it's time to say farewell.
A Weekly podcast addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, intersectionality and feminism in gaming.
This is it y'all, the final episode of Fresh Out of Tokens. It's been two years, 95 episodes, numerous amazing guests but it's time to say farewell.
Ian Hamilton, one of the co-founders of the Game Accessibility Conference came by to talk about accessibility in games, GA Conf, things devs can do better to account for accessibility and more.
We talk to Catt Small and Chris Algoo return to talk about this years Game Developers of Color Expo, what prompted them to create the event with other folks at Brooklyn Gamery, work/life balance either with a dayjob or as a freelancer and more.
Bio Fan Official comes back to talk about Mass Effect: Andromeda, same sex romances in the game, what's lacking & what's good re: queer content and more!
We chat with Renee Blair of Bosskey about her work, accessibility in games, level design and Lawbreakers!
We're finally sitting down with Justin Saint, known as GaymerQueen for their amazing queer cosplays to talk about Asian representation, Mass Effect Andromeda, their role in Krem's creation and more!
The amazing Zoe Quinn hangs out with our EIC Tanya to talk about the new game based off Chuck Tingle's works, new book that's out soon, becoming a cyborg and more.
Kyle-Steven Porter drops by to discuss FlameCon, his own podcast about RuPaul's Drag Race, photography and LGBTQIA geek spaces.
We had a visit from the fine folks behind Fansplaining to talk about fandom, gaming, fic and more as Tanya turns the tables after a visit to their show
We finally had a chance to chat up Dylan Zaner, also known as 8BitDylan about that out stream life, creating an inclusive twitch community and more.
Souha Al-Samkari, VP of Truant Pixels joins us to talk about Akash Game, Otome life, a bit of fanning out over Bioware games and more.
Laura Simpson talks tabletop, LARP, UX design and getting ready to launch a Kickstarter
Vivek Bhurtun and Roy van der Schilden join us to talk about the upcoming Herald Game from Wispfire studios, casting voice actors and dealing with imperialism in the 19th century. Vivek voices the games protagonist and Roy is the lead writer.
Avonelle Wing talked to us about her work in tabletop, Double Exposure, gaming conventions, her own organization the Cred Bureau and more!
We finally got Quinn Murphy behind the mic with us to talk about tabletop, Kaiju, hip hop and Five Fires, as well as other topics.
We had Lee Flores with us to talk about art, D&D, diversity at GX Australia, their hopes for this years event and the Aussie convention scene
Deb Budding returns for our first episode of 2017 to talk about her podcast NeuroCurious, Bioware games (of course!) and how mental health has been portrayed in games since her last visit with us.
Laura Kate Dale joins us to talk about games journalism, fine videogame butts, the best sex game of the year and more on our final episode of 2016
Shareef talked up his new venture, Math Looks Good as well as discussing race in games, hip hop and coding, podcast flubs and more with our EIC Tanya
We spoke with Joe Parlock of Let's Play Video Games about gaming journalism, the Division, how games coverage doesn't talk much about disability, streaming and more.
We spoke with Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios about his upcoming Kickstarter for Harlem Renaissance, diversity or the lack of it in tabletop, being a mystery man of many NDA's and more!
Zack and Katy dropped by to talk about their podcast, True Love Gaming, co-op play and video game food.
Good friend Rhadamus came by to talk about his GX4 talk on Asian representation or the lack thereof, cosplay, diversity, podcasting and more.
Listen in as EIC Tanya sits down with Senior Black Writer Charles Webb about Mafia III, race in games and more in this special, collectors edition of Fresh Out of Tokens
Sam and Alisha of Not Your Mama's Gamer dropped by to discuss their work, academic research in gaming, Invisibility Blues and more with us!
We spoke with Dave Fennoy about voice acting, voicing Lee Everett, the possible VA strike that could come to video games, race in voice acting and more in this week's episode.
The one and only Mike Moody who you know from our intro music finally joins us to talk about making music, Disney nerddom, and other hot topics.
Leisha Riddel led us through Project Solace, game art, public speaking and more during her visit with us this week!
Kotaku's Riley MacLeod talked about games, writing, freelance, studying theology and other things with us
We had a Magical time chatting up Chris Kluwe about gaming, life and his upcoming projects in this fun filled hour and change.
The devil was in the details, when it came to Magic, D&D and other childhood pastimes for Tim. We talked about the loss of our fave games and cards because of parental beliefs and more with Tim.
Jarryd Huntley challenged us in Art Club, talked about dev diversity and more
Aaron J Amendola dropped by to talk about diversity in Geek spaces, VS The Universe and the Chicago nerd scene
Jennifer Hepler joined us for talk about her games writing work, Dragon Age 2, Breaking the Glass Level Cap and more.
Applecider witch came by to update us on what's been going on since Justice Points ended, the importance of Ana in Blizzard's Overwatch, and wanting more ladies in our games.
It's Lit with UGR Gaming! Brandon Stennis stopped by to talk about Twitch, XSplit, TwitchCon and more.
GCPD Matt joined us to explain the GCPD, talk up comics and SFF and just a bit about PAC Man!
We talked about Easy Level Life, navigating gaming as a black femme, black lives matter, and the lack of representation and more with Yvvy along with guest co-host JP Fairfield
We discusss Uncanny & Unbelievable X-Factor of GeekMelange, along with representation or the lack of it, conventions and fire spinning among other things.
Lauren, Shannon and Tanya get comfy for a girl's night in to discuss gatekeeping, nerd social fallacies, being black women in nerd spaces, podcasting and more.
David's flying solo behind the mic this week as he chats with Johnnie Jae of a Tribe Called Geek about indigenous representation in geek culture and beyond.
Marcus Garrett came through to talk about PUGs, Overwatch, diversity and the need for better representation in all aspects of gaming.
Our fave Hearthstone streamer and Mega Man officiando Steve Lubitz returns to talk with us about E3, Mega Man, VR and more!
Todd Harper, aka @laevantine took us to school on a lot of topics; including body diversity, fat characters in videogames, LGBTQIA issues in gaming, Bayo Studies and more.
Sammus the Rapper came through to talk about her music, being a black nerdy girl, the importance of representation in games & in other media. We had a wonderful, candid and amazing conversation to help celebrate our one year mark.
We chatted about diversity, a bit about GX Australia, challenges of diversifying in an international context and more.
We discussed Twitch, Bioware feels, hopes for Mass Effect: Andromeda and what Ashe does in her limited spare time.
Meg Jayanth stopped by to discuss NPC Agency, Dragon Age feels, 80 Days, Narrative design, the importance of diversifying the industry inside and out, and other topics!
Donna Prior, founder of OrcaCon, tabletop guru and long time player came by to discuss gaming, roll a few die and share the origin story for OrcaCon, as well as plans for next year's event.
Tzufit Allen joined us to discuss Bioware feels, AI, her origin story along with her new podcast, Pop Culture Coven, along with Holy Priests
Re-release of our Games Critique as POC Re-release with mildly improved audio quality. Trigger Warnings for this episode: We will be frank in regard to race, racism, transphobia, hatred and threats our guests have received for writing about games. Games critique is always risky especially given the way some people react to in-depth crit of their favorite games. Add a +20 difficulty modifier if you're a POC [Person of Color] who speaks up on gaming's issues. We're lucky enough to have Katherine Cross, Tauriq Moosa and Austin Walker with us to discuss this topic.
We chatted up Eve Eschenbacher about her work in localization, gaming, translation, mental health issues in the industry, and about being a Young Adult author. Somewhere along the way, a spell was cast and we wound up at the witching hour.
We talked with Cindy Miller and Michael Block about making We Are Chicago, the challenges of making a game that portrays real issues of violence in the Windy City, especially as devs who are telling a story that's not theirs. We had Shareef Jackson as a guest co-host this week!
We spoke with Mel Fleming, Localization producer at Bioware about localization, Devil Spit, scotch, sailing and more when she spent some time with us this week.
Jamie Broadnax stopped by to discuss Black Girl Nerds, her diversity in gaming series, community building and more. We even tweeted out to one of our faves, Idris Elba in the hopes he'd come by our podcasts!
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry shared a lot of insights with us about disability in gaming, where some games hit things on the head and others miss by a long shot. We also discussed ways in which disability can be accounted for, and how it's often overlooked in tabletop as well as videogames.
Coldwood Creative Director Martin Sahlin swung by to spin a yarn about Unravel game, our fave bit of red fluff being afrayed of the epic tale ahead of him and more!
We spoke with Simply Undrea about the challenges of being a woman of color steamer in a usually white, dudebro dominated area of entertainment. We had some great dreaNABIT's and dreaSHINY moments too!
We went back to the arcade with @sparklebliss about Coin Operated Americans, masculinity and games marketing changes over the years
We spoke with Josh Samuels of Raindrop Studios about Arrival Game, the Taino people, representation, and more!
We got Jimquisited at Fresh out of Tokens! We spoke with one of our favorite gaming pundits, Jim Sterling about where games crit is going, changes to his style of punditry over the years, Greenlight & more!
We hit all the right notes in our convo with Guild Wars 2 dev, Lena Chappelle! We talked about design, composing music for games and learned that Lena is also a published SFF author!
We had a chance to talk with Gadgette Founder, woman of the year and awesome dude Holly Brockwell about her work in tech journalism, being named Woman of the Year in 2015 and more. Tauriq Moosa guest co-hosted!
We chatted with BioFanOfficial about Bioware games, diversity ups and downs as well as Tevinter Family Values. Listen as Tanya breaks him with on the fly terrible fic ideas. :P
We chat with Maxxie Bytes about why we don't see more monstrous women in games, why police are over-equipped in games, punditry, Sera in DAI and a lot more!
We talk with Sidney Fussell about games journalism, Black women in gaming, #GamesSoWhite, find out why he's so right about everything and more in our first new episode of 2016!
David has a conversation with @ABakerN7 and @Thain1982 in 2015.
We spoke with Rachel Kronick, creator of Blade & Crown about tabletop, diversity or the lack thereof in the tabletop scene, Wiscon and more!
We talked about theology, gaming, Bioshock Infinite & trauma, as well as STEM in relation to gaming and religion with Jeremy Yoder of GeekCrossShow!
We sat down with Brotha Dom to talk about games journalism, diversity, the way NOT to do cosplay and his origin story.
We chatted with Anthony Burch about his #GX3 talk, diversity in AAA spaces, dug deep into some Borderlands lore for listener questions, and he convinced Tanya to re-up her Hulu sub for RocketJump.
We had the brilliant and lovely @mossdogmusic on, where we talked about Interactive Fiction, N.K Jemisin, writing, indie game dev and more!
We chatted with Brianna and Frank Wu about gaming, podcasting, SFF, diversity issues in both fields along with the power of seeing yourself in the media you consume.
We finally visit with our Brookago Bro's Cicero and Kahlief to see what's good in the virtual hood. We talked about podcasting while black, AlterConf, Evan Narcisse's great article & of course games.
We had a great time talking about Neuroscience, Dragon Age, Mass Effect and other Bioware stuff, along with the work Deborah does in neuropsychology.
We took the Dialogue Wheel for a spin around the block with ChachiBobinks and Andrew Baker. We covered everything from our collective love of Bioware games, podcasting, diversity in gaming & other media; and a whole lot of other topics.
We talked about Kickstarters, Savage Empire, comics & graphic novels, went back in the gaming crates and more with our guest Tim Lewinson
We talked with Megan Condis about academics & research in regard to gaming, writing about games for Al Jazeera America, memes, and political gaming bodies. Listen to an interesting discussion on all these topics and more!
A long, fun conversation with Bioware's David Gaider on how Dorian Pavus came to be the Altus we know and love, life as a lead writer, and a few trips around the Dragon Age meta rail.
We talked about Twine development, writing about games, Pitch advice, Die Nachtblume and more with Katriel Paige.
We chatted with Bioware's Allan Schumacher on what SDET actually means, diversity in the industry, what life is like on the QA side of the house and interacting with fans.
Kirsty Connor joins us to talk about Asexuality in games, the lack of representation, what's being done well and what isn't. We've also got a lot of resources in the notes below.
We sat down with Matt Conn and Toni Rocca of GX3 to talk about putting together a queer gaming convention, Developing Read Only Memories, diversity in conventions, and more.
We chatted with Mikki Kendall about her debut comic, #SwordsOfSorrow, breaking into the industry, speaking at AlterConf Chicago, diversity in conventions and more.
So we’re doing things a little differently this time around, David gets the night off as we have a ladies night to spill all our Hawke feels on the table, the floor, everywhere. Tanya is joined by Sylvia Monreal and LC Brown to have a night of Hawke FEELS! This happened because of a question LC asked of Sylvia before she joined us for the first time on Fresh Out of Tokens.
Also! We had our first fanmail relevant to both Dragon Age and Sylvia's time with us, so we added that into the show
We chatted with Amy about gender disparity in voice acting, queer indie games research, WoW Raid design and starting a feminist gaming club at her college among lots of things!
We talk about Indie to AAA games marketing, get a lesson on #AltGames from our guest Jason Vega, aka @vegapedia everywhere and a lot more. We had a great time with Jason and look forward to more from him in the #AltGames space.
Se habla geek? Si! We hung out out with @comosedicenerd, Sylvia Monreal about Latinx representation in games, diversity in books and gaming and a whole lot more.
Lauren Warren of Black Girl Nerds talked with us about gaming, diversity, old school games we loved, projects she's working on to help spread diversity in the gaming space; and more.
We discussed using twine,Steven Universe, technology, interactive & dynamic fiction games and the making of Bloom, and much more with Caelyn Sandel.
We were joined by Steve Lubitz for a WickedGood time talking about parenting as a gamer, Judaism and religion in games, podcasting advice, what we're playing and more.
Our next episode will feature Caelyn Sandel of Bloom fame!
We have Gita Jackson in the house! We talked about games journalism, being seen for your work and not for what you've suffered, along with podcasting and much more!
We welcome Catt Small, Chris Algoo and Dennis Liaw to talk about BrooklynGamery, and Arthur Ward to talk about #BlackGameDev and blackgamedevs.com
Our next episode will have the one and only Gita Jackson of Paste Games!
Games critique is always risky especially given the way some people react to in-depth crit of their favorite games. Add a +20 difficulty modifier if you're a POC [Person of Color] who speaks up on gaming's issues. We're lucky enough to have Katherine Cross, Tauriq Moosa and Austin Walker with us to discuss this topic.
Trigger Warnings for this episode: We will be frank in regard to race, racism, transphobia, hatred and threats our guests have received for writing about games.
Apologies in advance for some audio issues. Technology turned on us mid-recording so there's been some editorial finagling done to bring you this episode.
Welcome back to Fresh Out of Tokens! This week we're joined by Shareef Jackson of #GamingLooksGood, we talk about hip hop and coding, Final Fantasy reminiscing, and give our post E3 impressions along with what's up next for us.
Our first episode! Join us as we talk with Chris Algoo of Brooklyn Gamery about Prism Shell, the continued foolishness over historical (in)accuracy in the Witcher 3, how people flipped out over not being able to choose their avatar's race in Rust; and what we're excited for at E3 this year.