Headshots: Psychology + Gaming

Headshots: Psychology + Gaming

Latest Episodes

The Cost of Making Graphic Video Games
August 23, 2019

#63: A recent Kotaku article about a game developer who was diagnosed with PTSD after working on Mortal Kombat 11 inspired this conversation about the potential secondary and vicarious trauma that can occur from prolonged exposure to graphic content.

Why is THAT your favorite game series?
August 09, 2019

#62: We have favorite games and series but what makes that your favorite game series? We are joined by special guest Marc Cuiriz, host of the new Assassin’s Creed podcast The Codex to talk about what makes our favorite game series our favorite.

Video Games Are Communication Technologies
July 26, 2019

#61: In a recent Kotaku article, Cecilia D’Anastasio wrote “…video games aren’t just entertainment—they’re communication technologies” and we completely agree. We discuss the article and some research around communication and gaming.

Pokémon Memories
July 12, 2019

#60: A study finds a specific region of the brain that stores pokémon information? 100,000 people played Pokémon simultaneously and beat the game? We’ll be able to play Pokémon in our sleep? We love pokémon so much!

Ping! Non-Verbal Communication
June 28, 2019

#59: Apex Legends introduced a ping system that has changed the way we think about non-verbal communication in games. It’s great. Every game should copy this feature immediately. We also discuss other examples of non-verbal communication we appreciate....

Bandersnatch and Choice-Supportive Bias
June 14, 2019

#58: The Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch is a game, right? We discuss Bandersnatch as a work of interactive fiction, compare it to other games in the genre, and what we think of Netflix’s interactive future. We also discuss choice-supportive bias,

Escape Rooms and Learning
May 31, 2019

#57: Lauren shares her recent escape room experiences, we discuss escape rooms for learning, and what we’d like to see in future escape rooms. Join the Geek Therapy Discord server. Get all the latest Geek Therapy Gaming updates. Questions? Comments?

May 17, 2019

#56: We discuss the wonderful and uplifting Wandersong, a game about saving the world despite everyone telling you it’s impossible. It’s a very colorful game in which you sing to solve problems. It’s amazing. Go play it right now.

Headshots Season 2 Trailer
May 17, 2019

Check out season 2 of Headshots: The Psychology and Gaming Podcast!

Our Favorite Horror Games
October 18, 2018

#55: Josué and Lauren follow up the last episode with more horror games, this time talking about their favorite horror games. If you like Silent Hill and Eternal Darkness, this episode is for you. Join us on November 3rd in raising money for sick and i...