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Skill Check.

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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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 8, 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 1, 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 4, 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 4, 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 7, 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 3, 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 5, 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 8, 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 1, 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 3, 2020