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Skill Check

By Zac and Andy
A Discussion about video games, old and new, and how they relate to our Mental Health from YMCA Exeter.
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Talking Future of Gaming. Games and tech to look for, and podcast future...
Welcome to Episode 71 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Recorded against a stormy backdrop, we chat games to look out for (Triangle Strategy, Cyberpunk, Elden Ring, WarHammer, Starfield). Gaming tech to look forward to, and the future of the podcast!  Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
22:31
February 23, 2022
Metro 2033! Star Wars 1983! And all things Nintendo!
Welcome to Episode 70 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Gaming wise, We're playing, and considering the choices presented in Metro 2033, and Star Wars 1983. Yes, the arcade machine from way back then.  (If you're in the Devon area can we recommend checking out Boneyard Arcade.) And Nintendo! The Nintendo Direct gives us all the Nintendo news! Such as new Mario Kart, Nintendo Switch Sports, Kirby, Disney Speedstorm, and MORE!!!  Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
36:19
February 16, 2022
Pokemon Legends: Arceus! Be A Viking! Joe Danger is Back!
Welcome to Episode 69 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week - Andy is being a viking in Valhalla, and Zac has gone hunting pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. We also chat all things Taming Gaming. A great resource if you want to know if a game is suitable for your gamers. Sony has tried to buy the world, and awards for Phil at XBox.  Also Joe Danger is back - and its the nicest story ever!  Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
41:21
February 09, 2022
Nobody Saves The World, The Shady Part of Me, Microsoft Buys Everything!
Welcome to Episode 68 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week - Zac is back! Gaming wise, we chat Nobody Saves The World and The Shady Part of Me. Gaming News, we have Microsoft appearing to buy up more of the gaming world, look out for more Star Wars games, and this could be THE year for Sonic The Hedgehog? Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
28:12
February 02, 2022
Games That Bring The Joy - Again
Welcome to Episode 67 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. We have repeat this week! This is back when we looked at Games that brought joy Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
15:43
January 26, 2022
Exploring The Oculus Quest 2
Welcome to Episode 66 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. We have a cut down episode this week, as Andy explores The Oculus Quest 2, talks about what it is, what its like, and what he's tried out.  (With apologies for the editing on this one!) Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
13:20
January 18, 2022
Animal Crossing. Why it's a positive game to try out.
Welcome to Episode 65 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week is a repeat of an episode from last year, but with recent updates, Animal Crossing is still a huge game! This week we seek to answer, what good can come from playing Animal Crossing? We take a look at a few reasons why Animal Crossing is a good game for both kids and adults. Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
32:07
January 12, 2022
When kids start to play Minecraft
Welcome to Episode 64 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Minecraft has recently arrived in Andys home. He doesn't get on with it, but his 9 year old? She does.  Here are some thoughts on Minecraft from a confused gaming parent.  Presuming it all goes to plan - we should be back to normal next week!! Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
11:45
January 05, 2022
"What game should we get for the Switch?"
Welcome to Episode 63 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. We have miniepisode this week, We try and answer the question: "What game should we get for the Switch?" And Sorry... There are alot of answers. Some of which are (but not limited to) Animal Crossing  Mario Kart 8 Mario Rabbids Apex League Rocket League Pokemon Mario Kart 8 Spell Break And more! Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
08:19
December 29, 2021
Christmas Games To Play Over Christmas
Welcome to Episode 62 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter, and we have the first in our series of mini-episodes. This week we're looking at at Christmassy Games to play... over Christmas. Featuring a very quick look at  Animal Crossing Mario Odyssey (Dress up as Santa!) Just Dance Destiny 2 StarDew Valley, celebrate The feast of the winter star Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
06:00
December 22, 2021
The Game of The Year Awards
Welcome to Episode 61 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. The Game of The Year Awards were the thing this week. Its basically the Baftas or the Oscars for video games, but there is a normally a mountain of announcements at the same time. We mention the following... Elden Ring. The Matrix game Sonic Frontiers Stardew Valley (???) The Halo TV Series Star Wars Eclipse Among Us VR Wonder Woman Dune Forspoken.  Alan Wake 2 Lord of the Rings - Golum??? Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
32:45
December 15, 2021
Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality, Elex, Stardew Valley, and could Cyberpunk be good?
Welcome to Episode 60 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week, we talk Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality, Elex, and Cyberpunk.  While there might be more more content coming to Stardew Valley. Maybe. Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
34:20
December 08, 2021
Journey! Halo! New Zealand Story??
Welcome to Episode 59 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week, Andy has gone on a Journey - and talks the classic "The New Zealand Story" (spoiler - old games are difficult!), and Zac is about Halo Infinity. News wise, we talk Doctor Who coming on the Switch, and Fortnite Chapter 2 finale.  We also take a moment to chat all things gaming sales. Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
25:45
December 01, 2021
Halo Infinity! Gris! GTA gone all cyberpunk?
Welcome to Episode 58 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week is all about Halo Infinity for Zac, whilst Andy finishes GRIS - and wonders what if it can help us process grief. News wise, we talk Videogame history, and GTA having a terrible terrible launch. Should we be careful when buying new games?  Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
41:02
November 24, 2021
Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto, Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic, Animal Crossing version 2, and MORE
Welcome to Episode 57 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week is a little different, as the games we've played - and the gaming news seem to be (mostly) one big subject!  So the games we cover are Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto, Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic, Animal Crossing version 2, Forza Horizon, AND Skyrim 10 year Anniversary Edition! Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
43:19
November 17, 2021
Forza Horizon 5, Stardew Valley, Playful by Design, and The next Switch?
Welcome to Episode 56 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week, we return to Stardew Valley, and Zac dives into Forza Horizon. (We may return to Forza Horizon again soon in the future!) Newswise - We talk about games that are "Playful by Design" - and what does that mean anyway?  EA get vague about the future of their games, and Nintendo have officially announced their next gaming system is coming... at somepoint before 2100. Seriously.  Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
35:12
November 10, 2021
Moonglow Bay, Disciples Liberation, The Metaverse?
Welcome to Episode 55 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week, Andy goes fishing in Moonglow bay, while Zac has adventures with Disciples liberation. Newswise - We're waiting for Doctor Who to arrive on The Switch, God of War might be playable on xbox, and we stop and ask.  What is the Metaverse? Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
23:55
November 03, 2021
New Adventures in Animal Crossing
Welcome to Episode 54of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter.  Something a bit different this week, as Zac is off, Andy is taking a quick look at some of the new things coming in Animal Crossing on The Switch. Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
06:41
October 27, 2021
Day of the tentacle! Far Cry 6 (Again)! Doctor Who is delayed, The New Switch, and a chat about Tetris.
Welcome to Episode 53 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Gaming wise, Andy enters the madness of Day of The Tentacle, and Zac dives into Far Cry 6. We talk the New Switch OLED,  Doctor Who being delayed for the switch, and we ask can Tetris help PTSD? (Click here for more details on that) Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
23:18
October 20, 2021
Farcry 6, Skyrim, Kingdom Hearts, Cloud Gaming on XBox, and Twitch...
Welcome to Episode 52 of Skill Check... Not 51...  A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Gaming wise, Andy explores the world of Skyrim (for the third time), and Zac keeps going with Spiderman Remastered while looking forward to Far Cry 6. We talk Kingdom Hearts coming to Nintendo Switch, and game streaming coming to the XBox... does this mean your old console can play new console games?  And... well... theres a matter of a Twitch leak to discuss... Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
37:03
October 13, 2021
Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality! Spiderman! Twelve Minutes! And we talk Mario Movie, and cloud gaming...
Welcome to Episode 51 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Gamingwise... well. The main ones we talk about are Spiderman and Twelve Minutes. Andy also complains about Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality getting delayed. We also talk xCloud and Netflix bringing cloud gaming to move people, and the Super Mario movie! Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
37:26
October 06, 2021
Sable! A New Nintendo Switch Controller?
Welcome to Miniepisode of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter.  This week, Zac's ill - so its just me (Andy) I share what I'm looking forward to trying out - Sable. Chat a little about what Sable looks like, and news wise - There are rumours of a new Nintendo Switch controller. Does this mean that Switch Controller Drift is about to be fixed? That would be nice... Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
05:46
September 21, 2021
Tales of Arise! Psychonaughts2! Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous! All The PS5 Games!
Welcome to Episode 49 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Gamingwise... well. The main ones we talk about are Tales of Arise, Psychonaughts2, and Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous.  But. Playstation have announced A LOAD of titles so we also talk... Wolverine, God of War, Forspoken, Hogwarts Legacy, and Star Wars. Oh and Andy gets tired, and grumpy over what he's read about Sonic Colours Ultimate on The Switch. Come say hello to us at either response@ymcaexeter.org.uk or @YmcaExeter on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
39:14
September 15, 2021
Pathfinder - Wrath of Righteous, Watchdogs Legion on GeForceNow, And Gaming Dentists
Welcome to Episode 48 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Game wise we talk Pathfinder - Wrath of Righteous, and playing Watchdogs Legion on GeForceNow (https://play.geforcenow.com/ ) News wise, we talk work / life balance over at Naughty Dog, and ponder playing video games at the Dentist.
30:20
September 08, 2021
King's Bounty 2, Midnight Sons, Mario Kart, and Controlling Game Addiction?
Welcome to Episode 47 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Game wise we talk King's Bounty 2, Midnight Sons, and Mario Kart. After the the idea that video games will be the next global health emergency, there are reports that China is putting limits on how much video game time young people can have.  We also talk Game Boy games on the Switch.
29:56
September 01, 2021
A little chat about a gaming group in Exeter
Welcome to Episode 46 of Skill Check. Its a little different this week, as for a while we've been wanting to arrange a place here in Exeter for people to come together, and talk all things video gaming with other people. The other week we had a look around a potential location for such a group, here is a collection of our on-location thoughts we had after our visit.
04:08
August 25, 2021
Art of Rally, Peggle 2, Doctor Who, And Video Games: The Next Global Pandemic?
Welcome to Episode 45 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Game wise we talk Art of Rally, Peggle 2, and Doctor Who The Lonely Assassins  Yes - Someone has wondered if video games are going to be the next global health emergency. We also talk game pass on the Switch... We're also trying something a little different with this episode. We're recording this in person!
24:49
August 18, 2021
Geforce Now, Cyberpunk revisited, Mario Rabbids, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Welcome to Episode 44 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Game wise we talk try playing Cyberpunk again, and Andy tries out the cloud gaming platform Geforce Now. We're also sorry. This is too long, which considering at one point we talk about it running under... well we disappear down some tangents, which include.  Mario Rabbids on the switch - and looking forward to its sequel.  Pokemon Legends: Arceus - sounds like Zelda BOTW meet Pokemon Plus what are the top selling Switch games? And is the light shining a little less bright on the Switch Lite?
40:33
August 11, 2021
The Ascent! Ori! And there seems there are no such thing as gamers....
Welcome to Episode 43 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Game wise we talk relaxing with Ori Will of The Wisps, and we get excited about the idea of The Ascent Gaming News wise, we talk about EA's comments... that there are no such thing as gamers, and... shock... Game Pass subscribers play lots of games!  We also get distracted by Metro's review of The Ascent. We should also note that Andy was exercising the day before this was recorded. The impact of which... he may complain about, a little.
36:36
August 04, 2021
42 - Recovering with Stardew, Battling in Pokemon Unite, Netflix Gaming, and eFootball going free!
Welcome to Episode 42 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Game wise we talk relaxing with Stardew Valley, and battling in Pokemon UNITE, the new free Pokemon game available on the switch. Gaming News wise, we talk more about Netflix going into gaming, eFootball, and the new Sonic Game. (Which isn't coming out anytime soon).
33:12
July 28, 2021
41 - Baldur's Gate, Unravel 2, SteamDeck, and Are Netflix Going Gaming?
Welcome to Episode 41 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Game wise we talk Baldur's Gate, and Unravel 2.  Gaming News wise, we talk Steam Deck, dream about the gamepass on the switch, and ask if Netflix are going into gaming. 
30:52
July 21, 2021
40 - Sky Children of Light, Scarlet Nexus, Assassin's Creed Infinity, And What Does Gaming Do To Your Brain?
Welcome to Episode 40 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Game wise we talk Scarlet Nexus, and wonder how to explain "Sky: Children of Light". Gaming News, we talk Assassin's Creed Infinity, and ask What Does Gaming Do To Your Brain?
38:21
July 14, 2021
39 - Greedfall, Firewatch, Indie Games, and The Nintendo OLED "Switch Pro"
Welcome to Episode 39 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week we talk Indie games, and the Nintendo OLED Switch, (or what we all thought was going to be "The Switch Pro").  Gaming wise we chat Greedfall, and Firewatch. 
34:47
July 07, 2021
38 - Stardew Valley. Reasons why its good for both kids, and adults to play.
Welcome to Episode 38 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week we talk all things Stardew Valley. Particularly why Stardew Valley is a good game for both kids and adults to play. Concentrating on some of themes within Stardew Valley, and we look at how the game possibly gets away with covering so much in one game.
20:51
June 30, 2021
37 - Getting upset with Zelda Breath of The Wild
Welcome to Episode 37 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week we talk price of THE big release video games, and ways to know in advance if we'll like it. On a related note we chat Zelda Breath of The Wild, and how it makes us upset.  Gaming wise we chat Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Old Man's Journey. We also talk "game exclusivity", why we should know about it and how to look out for it. AND we also take a detour comparing PC gaming with gaming on consoles...
41:54
June 23, 2021
36 - E3 News. A News round up.
Welcome to Episode 36 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week we're looking at E3 News. We’ve had no GamePass/Switch news, and nothing about a Switch Pro. So... what news was there from E3? We talk Zelda Breath of The Wild 2, The Mario Rabbid sequel, Sable, the future of XBox Game Pass, Death Trash - and alot more E3 news. We also discuss if gaming is now being seen as a media form that is being invested in.
29:50
June 16, 2021
35 - Playing GRIS, Dreaming of E3, and the Switch Pro.
Welcome to Episode 35 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week... well E3 is coming up and all the news is drying up. So we talk about the work of art called GRIS (Apparently pronounced Grease), and wonder. Does anyone really want a Switch Pro?
27:06
June 09, 2021
34 - Looking forward to E3
Welcome to Episode 34 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week we spend a bit of time looking forward to E3, and in case you're wondering we answer... What is E3? Why its a big deal? And what to look out for... (That we know about at time of recording)
26:58
June 02, 2021
33 - Stardew Valley, Old Mans Journey, and a talk about the weather.
Welcome to Episode 33 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week we get distracted by the weather a little bit (We're so british)  Gaming wise, we talk Stardew Valley, and Old Mans Journey.  We get excited about the rumoured idea of Microsoft Game Pass coming to the Nintendo Switch.  We wonder if the future is more "free games", and look forward to Resident Evil on Netflix. 
31:49
May 26, 2021
32 - Mass Effect Legendary Edition, video games helping mental health, and more "Free Games"?
Welcome to Episode 32 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week, Zac's looking forward to playing Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and we wonder if the Gaming Industry has got used to working during a pandemic.  We talk a new season of Destiny 2, finding peace in Stardew Valley, and creeping around Resident Evil Village. (Resident Evil, for the record, is NOT as peaceful as Stardew Valley). We have a little chat about scary games, and why some of it might be a little scary - and just saying "no thank you" when needed.  Gaming news, Nintendo are still doing sooo well, it seems they cant make enough Switch consoles right now. Is this gaming and pandemic, or Nintendo being that good at family friendly consoles every now and then? It looks like Ubisoft are going to do more free to play games.  And finally we talk Readers Digest, and how they are also looking at the link between gaming and Mental health. Also sorry about the audio quality in this one!
31:27
May 19, 2021
31 - XBox, Profit, and Resident Evil
Welcome to Episode 31 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week, Gaming wise we're looking at the calming effect of Stardew Valley, and the tense horror of Resident Evil Biohazard.  Gaming news, we take some time to look at the Epic v Apple court case, and some of what we're learning from this. (Such as how Microsoft DONT make a profit from XBox - And What price do we pay for privacy anyway? - Facebook?) Read Forbes.com for more information. And Nintendo... Well Nintendo are doing well. It seems in everything. 
31:14
May 12, 2021
30 - Comfort Games, The Super League and Video Games, and Microsoft meet Nintendo?
Welcome to Episode 30 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. This week, Andy shares how he's ended up broken, and exploring comfort gaming as a result.  We also look at the world of football, what The Super League news was all about, and how it relates to video games. (Check this out for more depth) And those rumours about Nintendo and Microsoft doing something? We let ourselves get excited about them. (NintendoLife have pictures)
29:45
April 22, 2021
29 - A Video Games News and Rumour Digest
Welcome to Episode 29 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. We're having a look a video game news and rumours from around the internet, asking if video games should be on the school curriculum, the amount of money in video games, and future of video games, and the rumour about Microsoft and Nintendo doing a..."thing".  Also - sorry. This one is quite long.  If you'd like any further information on what we've discussed please see the below links: That Microsoft / Nintendo rumor - https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/04/rumour_is_something_going_on_between_microsoft_and_nintendo The amount of money involved in video games and the Epic Store - https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/epic-games-store-exclusives-apple-lawsuit/ What is E3 - https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/e3-2021 Is Gaming the future of the virtual world? - http://www.businessworld.in/article/Why-Is-Gaming-Emerging-As-The-Future-Of-The-Virtual-World-/12-04-2021-386262/ Gaming on the school curriculum - https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/children-survey-gaming-school-curriculum-b929163.html Animal Crossing, and its impact on future Nintendo games - https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/04/nintendos_president_discusses_animal_crossing_new_horizons_impact_on_future_game_development
44:38
April 15, 2021
28 - Video Game Tourism
Welcome to Episode 28 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Life from YMCA Exeter. This week - we take a trip around the world.  To Rome, Egypt, London, and San Francisco. We also take a moment to wonder what VR means for us, why would we go to London if we just need to put on a pair of glasses and the computer will take us there? Games that we look at this week include Assassin's Creed Origins - Egypt Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Rome The Witcher 3 Watch Dogs 2 - San Francesco Spiderman - New York City Grand Theft Auto Series Abzu
38:26
April 08, 2021
27 - Saving Money and Gaming
Welcome to Episode 27 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Life from YMCA Exeter. This week - all about saving and managing money!  A few apps that are good to mention - but please do your own research into this companies as it is your money!  Monzo - https://monzo.com/ Plumb https://withplum.com/ Chip https://www.getchip.uk/ Other things to look out for include... Free Play Weekends Humble Bundle - https://www.humblebundle.com/ CDKeys https://www.cdkeys.com/ Subscription models - Such as Gamepass / Stadia  Freegame Fridays - drop us a message if you want an invite to our Facebook group One question to remember when considering buying (particularly) higher priced games... ...can you manage to wait?  (As the price might go down... also checks to see if you really want it!)
37:53
April 01, 2021
26 - Games Played, Game News, and Games we have our eyes on.
Welcome to Episode 26 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Life from YMCA Exeter. A mash up of things this week, including: Doctor Who The Lonely Assassins Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Black Legend. Overcooked.  And lots and lots of talk about Marvel - Sorry about that.    ... With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
35:17
March 25, 2021
25 - Doom Scroll, And other things to do on your phone
Welcome to Episode 24 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Life from YMCA Exeter. You know that thing we all do on our phones? The aimless scroll through terrible piece of news followed by terrible piece of news? We look at some alternatives, which range from reading / listening to books, planning our days, to playing snake and catching pokemon.  ... With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
31:05
March 18, 2021
24 - The Non-Violent Video Game Collection
Welcome to Episode 24 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Life from YMCA Exeter. This week we're looking at a collection of Non-Violent Video Games found at nvgotd.tumblr.com, I'd suggest clicking that link and seeing the wide range of gaming that doesn't include violence. They are also found on Twitter.  ... With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
28:17
March 11, 2021
23 - Apps To Help Save The World... And save you money!
Welcome to Episode 23 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Life from YMCA Exeter. This week we've had a realisation that we need to talk about the environment more, this is our attempt to start, but by no means the end. Reduce your Carbon Footprint with Eco-Buddy. Search the internet, and help plant trees with Ecosia. Save money, Share food, Get Stuff, Save Waste with Olio. We're hoping to revisit this, please get in touch either by twitter or instagram on @ymcaexeter if you have any advice for where we go next! ... With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
30:32
March 04, 2021
22 - Animal Crossing. Why it's great for both kids and adults!
Welcome to Episode 22 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Wellbeing from YMCA Exeter. Animal Crossing is the thing this week!   Animal Crossing seems to have been one THE games from last year, and its still going strong, but what good can come from playing Animal Crossing? We take a look at a few reasons why Animal Crossing is a good game for both kids and adults.  With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
32:05
February 25, 2021
21 - Controller Drift, Overcooked 2 - for Free, and Gamesmaster Returns
Welcome to Episode 21 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. A bit of a gaming roundup, looking at... Controller Drift on both Switch, and PS5 ... How to play Overcooked 2 for free... ... Super Mario World 3d... ... AND Gamesmaster returning??  Oh and sorry for the grumpy ending...
37:02
February 11, 2021
Episode 20 - Family Video Games For Half Term
Welcome to Episode 20 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. With half term coming up we decided to have a look at games to play either as a family. (Or indeed with other people that you live with) One that we do mention as a "oddity piece" that can be used if people are interested in older games is the MSDOS Archive, which is found at https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games. If you're interested about if video games are helpful for children, can we suggest giving our look at how Video Games can help children's intellectual and social development a listen? With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
33:16
February 04, 2021
Episode 19 - Google Stadia, Cloud Gaming, and asking if this is the future?
Welcome to Episode 19 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. This week we take a look at "cloud gaming", (which Google Stadia is an example), what it all is, the pros and cons, and discuss if this is where gaming is going? With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
36:10
January 28, 2021
Episode 18 - Games that ask, "Are we going outside"?
Welcome to Episode 18 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. Sometimes in life, it can be nice and easy to stay inside, particularly during a pandemic. These are games that give us a reason to get outside.  For more information about Geocaching, check out the Geocaching website at www.geocaching.com If you fancy taking on the Zombies, check out zombiesrungame.com With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
29:32
January 21, 2021
Episode 17 - Games And Apps For Wellbeing
Welcome to Episode 17 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. We've had a bit of technical difficulties this week, but we're here! This week we're looking at apps and games to help with our wellbeing . Games and Apps this week include, Zelda, Abzu, Subnautica, Wild Journey, Playne, Woebot, Minddoc.  With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
31:48
January 14, 2021
Episode 16 - Cyberpunk, Disappointment, and Fried Chicken
Welcome to Episode 16 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. This week, Zac is back! And we're catching up on news from over the festive period.  Including the gaming problem that is Cyberpunk, the HUGE size of the video gaming industry at the moment, and the KFC Console.  See here for more information about the gaming industry here: https://screenrant.com/video-games-more-money-sports-movies-combined-2020/ And if you really want to know about a game console can warm your food: https://landing.coolermaster.com/kfconsole/ With Lockdown back, can we also recommend these episodes for your listening pleasure Games that bring Joy Games to play during Lockdown
30:34
January 07, 2021
Episode 15 - Games That Bring The Joy
Welcome to Episode 15 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. This week, Zac is still sick, and somehow - this episode is even shorter than last weeks.   With Christmas in mind.... This one is all about the games that bring the joy. See you all on the other side of the New Year. 
15:30
December 17, 2020
Episode 14 - Single Player Mode
Welcome to Episode 14 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. This week is a little strange in that Zac is sick, so therefore the podcast has gone all single player, and is all about single player games.  So here are my list of 5 / 6 single player games to look out for and play.  (The rule is, I'm not allowed to talk about the obvious single player games - except one). I also mention a study into single player games - and that gamers prefer them! Find it here...  Get well soon Zac! 
21:12
December 10, 2020
Episode 13 - Time travel with Retro Games
Welcome to Episode 13 of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. Retro games are great. They're (generally) quite cheap to buy, and they can send you back in time.  This week we talk retro games you have to try and get hold of. Also.  If Retrogames are your thing, try googling "PacMan". Trust me. 
31:37
December 03, 2020
Episode 12 - Looking at how Video Games can help children's intellectual and social development.
Welcome to Episode Twelve of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. After looking at the impact at video games on peoples wellbeing last week, we ask - what else is video games good for? We wonder if video games can have positive affects on childrens intellectual, and social development. We discuss if wellbeing (particularly intellectual and social wellbeing) can be helped by playing Rocket League Overcooked. Animal Crossing Also. Sorry for my echo in this... 
29:46
November 26, 2020
Episode Eleven - Are Video Games Terrible?
Welcome to Episode Eleven of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. After the news of a study showing video games to be good for wellbeing, we take a brief look at how video games have been covered in the news in the past, and how video games are covered in the news now.  Games we discuss include Animal Crossing, and Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. The BBC Article covering the video games are good for wellbeing study. The Guardian article also covering the same study, but also discussing the need the statistics in research.
30:32
November 19, 2020
Episode Ten - Video Games released for the holiday season
Welcome to Episode Ten of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. It feels like a lot of big games came out this week. We take a look at Zacs top choices of the games that have come out ready for the holiday season.  Which are... Assassins Creed Valhalla, Destiny 2 Beyond Light, Devil May Cry Special Edition, Gears Tactics, Tetris Effect Connected, Watch Dogs Legion, Yakuza Like A Dragon.
35:05
November 12, 2020
Episode Nine - Grief, Stardew Valley, And Watchdogs Legion
Welcome to Episode Nine of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. In the light of the second national lockdown in England, we're having another look at Grief. The different types of grief, how video games can help us process grief, taking a particular look at Stardew Valley. Finishing with a chat about people watching in Watchdogs Legion. Games to play during Lockdown The different types of Grief Stardew Valley on iphone.  (Also available on PC, Switch, Playstation, mostly everything) How Video Games Help Us Process Grief
37:36
November 05, 2020
Episode Eight - Video Games, Dealing with Disappointment and Cyberpunk 2077.
Welcome to Episode Eight of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. In the light of Cyberpunk 2077 being delayed, again. A game that Zac was really looking forward. We're looking at disappointment, helping others deal with disappointment, and steps that people can do to walk themselves though dealing with disappointment.  The seven tips that Andy mentions can be found here.
30:45
October 29, 2020
Episode Seven - What can video games teach us about surviving?
Welcome to Episode Seven of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. This week we're looking at Survival Games, and what we can learn from them? Can survival games teach us something about managing life? Not to give the game away too much, but it seems there are two key lessons.  1. Press the pause button when needed, and get a new focus. (Perhaps something like Calm could help?) 2. Its ok to ask for help, even if it is "just googling it". 
30:40
October 22, 2020
Episode Six - I Want It All. Gaming and Instant Gratification
Welcome to Episode Six of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. This week we're looking at Gaming and Instant Gratification. Are we used to living with an Amazon Prime mentality of not needing to wait for what we want? Can Gaming help us have more patience, and indeed - can gaming help us wait?  
33:15
October 15, 2020
Episode Five - Games to play during Lockdown.
Welcome to Episode Five of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. This week, we are looking at Lockdown (or Circuit Breakers), and what games to play during lockdown.  Important thing to remember, only play something that helps your head, mind, and soul. If you find its not helpful... that could be the time to get into something else for a while.
46:41
October 08, 2020
Episode Four
Welcome to Episode Four of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. This week, we are sorry. Very sorry. This is a bit long and we're a bit silly.  In this weeks episode we look at DLC, talk money, Cyberpunk 2077, Farmville (yes Farmville), and Sonic The Hedgehog.  And Zac gives me a dream of streaming from my attic. 
43:42
October 01, 2020
Episode Three
Welcome to Episode Three of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. In this weeks episode we pick up on comments about decision making from last week, and Andy puts Zac through a choose your own adventure game.  Tune in and see if he survives the historical world he gets put in.  With additional chaos from Andy's daughter. 
33:13
September 22, 2020
Episode Two
Welcome to Episode Two of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. In this weeks episode we look at how we build our identity and within games like Animal Crossing, a little computer Andy can have all kinds of appearances. We also spend time looking at Zelda, and Wasteland 3.  There's also time for a Doctor Who reference.  The 11th Doctor Regeneration Speech
28:18
September 17, 2020
Episode One
Welcome to Episode One of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter. In this weeks episode we are allowing ourselves to be drawn into the beautiful water coloured world of "Child of Light", and finding a story of grief hidden just underneath its fairy tale surface. We go onto talk grief, what is it, and a little bit of how it may work.  We also take a moment to look at what the new XBox may have in store for us all.  In case needed, here are a few useful links Cruse Bereavement Counselling Talkworks NHS Website Child of Light soundtrack (Its gorgeous)
27:03
September 10, 2020
Episode Zero
Welcome to Episode Zero of Skill Check. A podcast about Gaming and Mental Health from YMCA Exeter.  Episode zero? In this (little rough around the edges) episode we're talking about gaming in general, what to expect in future episodes, and a little bit about how grief has led to this point. 
33:42
September 03, 2020