Episode 44 – All About Indies – Best of 2012

Episode 44 – All About Indies – Best of 2012

We took some time on the show this week to reflect on Wired Magazine’s list of the best games of 2012.

Joined by new writer, Mark Schjoll, we discuss the passion and willingness to take risks we see in this list comprised of indie games that truly push the boundaries of gaming. (Journey, anyone?)  Warning: There are Borderlands 2 and Far Cry 3 spoilers in our discussion of those games. Look for Mark’s article detailing his favorites of 2012 and some much anticipated games for this year.

We also ask a probing question: How many women are playing Far Cry 3? We’d love to hear from some women gamers playing this popular title, especially given Mark’s insights about the violence in the game. Leave a comment here or grab us on Twitter. You can even comment on our page on Facebook as well!

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Until next time, game on!
Regina & Rhonda

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Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.

To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.


  1. I really enjoyed hearing you chat about these game, but as a relative newbie to the "gamer world" I was unfamiliar with some of your "technical terms" ;). In a future 101 episode could you perhaps define/explain such terms at "Triple A Companies," "point-and-click game," and "shooter [game]"?
    Thank and keep up the great work – I always enjoy listening to you!

  2. Thanks for the feedback! We will plan to do a Gaming 101 on the Game Industry, explaining the difference between the publishers and the game developers. Maybe we'll do a whole episode on point and click games! Great suggestions and thanks so much for listening! 🙂

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