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Guess what? Not all video games are about shooting people in the face or driving recklessly! Games have evolved into a rich and varied medium where there's something for everyone. No gaming experience? No console? No idea where to start? Enter your heroines, Anna Tarkov and Jessica Dennis.

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138: It's Not You, It's Us
After 137 wonderful episodes, we bid you, our faithful listeners, the very fondest of farewells. We've arrived at the metaphorical fork in the road, and we don't even care what a dreadful cliché that is. We hope you've had as much fun, learned as much, and generally had as good a time as we have with Unconsoleable. Remember, aloha means goodbye, but it also means hello love: so to you, our listeners, aloha!
May 10, 2017
137: Doggins 2: First Blood
They make charming games, have an adorable dog, work side by side while staying happily married, and did we mention the cute dog? Who are these fabulous guests? Why, it's Brooke and David Condolora of indie game studio Brain & Brain, of course. We chatted with the dynamic duo about how they got started in games, struck out on their own, and possibly invented the quiet adventure genre in the process. We also dug into a recent op-ed about narrative in games that has been making the rounds lately, and Brooke and David weighed in.
May 03, 2017
136: Game Training
Practice makes perfect, and massive congratulations are in order for Jessica. Why? You'll find out right at the top of the episode. As is often the case, the App Store is experiencing a bit of a drought right now, but good stuff is coming. In the meantime, we experience the crap and the mediocre stuff and tell you all about it :-) Meanwhile, Facebook continues to believe it'll be a force in games, but we're not so sure, and neither are the devs we spoke to. And in something of a reversal, we have developers being crappy instead of gamers. It might all be ok, though, with a little in-game retail therapy headed our way soon, but could we try not being crappy too? Nintendo, that also means you :-/
Apr 25, 2017
135: Hint Whales
His games drive us nuts, but we can't help loving them anyway. So after much trash talk, we welcome puzzle master extraordinaire (and Unconsoleable listener!) Alan Hazelden to the show. Alan tells us a bit about what he did before making devilishly challenging puzzle games, how he goes about designing and testing his games, which developers he looks up to, and even his favorite pizza toppings :-)
Apr 19, 2017
134: Whatever Threats are Necessary
Jessica is a big puddle of feels after playing the long-awaited conclusion to our 2016 Game of the Year and is charmed by an as-yet-unreleased charming game from the charming folks at Mighty Games. We conclude that quick-play games might not be as special as the games that truly win our hearts, but are still pretty awesome. Anna is left wanting more after playing a horror-themed puzzle game that has just arrived on iOS from Steam, but the real rage is directed at a mobile-first game that has an awful control scheme, rendering it virtually unplayable. Luckily, a silly but fun game with impeccable controls comes to the rescue! We roll our eyes pretty hard at the best mobile game BAFTA winner, as we do for most winners in the mobile category of various games awards. We wish awards would go more often to games that are truly the best rather than those that are the best known. Meanwhile, should games display the battery indicator? What’s a fun new way to get hints in a new adventure game? How long can we neglect our laundry? And what non-curse words will we lob at our guest next week? Listen now to find out!
Apr 12, 2017
133: Sweet, Sweet Nutella Numbers
We just love when people discover mobile games all of a sudden and pretend that they all sucked up until that moment! Did we say love? We meant the opposite. But first, Thimbleweed Park is out and we hope you’re as excited as we are! Toilet paper options! Helpful to-do lists! And more! Neither of us has finished the game, and we’ll eventually have members of the team on the show, so stay tuned. In the meantime, Jessica and Anna both play the sequel to a pretty puzzle game. The results vary, but we definitely agree it's gorgeous. Jessica spends some time in the beautiful world of another game, while Anna definitely hasn’t got the hang of a new card-based strategy game just yet. And is it good, annoying, or both when games get so popular that they spawn merchandise, movies, and yes, apparently even game shows? Is anyone more excited about the new Room game than Jessica? Are your favorite iOS games going to stop working? Listen now to find out.
Apr 05, 2017
132: Full On Cannibal
Why has Jessica been eating her ship’s crewmates? Could a card-based strategy game have struck her fancy, even though she usually shuns the genre? What new heights has her horsey game obsession reached? And what awesome new toy does she have to add to her collection? All these questions and more will be answered! Meanwhile, Anna is all in on puzzle games lately, but wonders whether she should be allowed to play them at all. An old nemesis of a game is tackled again and somewhat defeated, but is there any pleasure in the victory? Maybe we’d both rather be shifting letters instead in the latest offering from a favorite dev. Of course there’s always sighing at Nintendo to be done, and we continue that long and sad tradition here. But hey, Kickstarter has done something interesting! Finally, we ponder a story about Jewish game developers in these troubled times.
Mar 29, 2017
131: Fake Horsey Girl
Jessica and Anna are back with a vengeance from PAX East and GDC respectively, and we have a lot to talk about. We played some new games on our journeys of course, but the best part about any conference is the people! Jessica’s love affair with horsey games has taken a bizarre turn, thanks to a new friend from PAX East. It’s weird, it’s unsettling, and it might have some problematic elements! What is this mystery game? You’ll need to listen to find out. Anna might have a new favorite developer after GDC (and he certainly knows how to entice Jessica to play his game) but is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship or the dawn of a frustrating, rage-inducing future? (Spoiler alert: it’s both :-)) A big change has also come to the games area of the App Store and we think it rocks. And is Jessica more powerful and influential than she realizes? All signs point to yes!
Mar 22, 2017
130: The Unconsoleable Time Machine
With Anna recovering from GDC and Jessica away at PAX East, we decided to take you on another trip down memory lane, to our first real episode. We'll be back with new content next week, but meanwhile we hope you enjoy another blast from the past!
Mar 15, 2017
129: Still Failing After All These Years
Failure in a Box

Failure in a Box

With Anna away at GDC and Jessica ramping up the travel anxiety prior to PAX East, we decided to take a little break and re-release our very first episode, Failure in a Box. 

Hey look, it's the inaugural episode of Unconsoleable!

Learn more about your co-hosts, Anna and Jessica, our decidedly unimpressive gaming histories, why the heck we are doing this podcast, and why we game the way we do.

Stuff we talked about:

Mar 08, 2017
128: Accepting Delivery of My New Unicorn
This week we punched some Nazis, won some horse races, went golfing, hopping and mashing, and found adorable hidden things in an adorable, charming new game. We also catch up on Unity’s 2016 mobile games report, wonder if Pokémon GO really expanded the mobile game player base, yell at Nintendo as per usual, and much, much more!
Mar 01, 2017
127: Go Straight to Jerk Jail
Both Jessica and Anna struggled to properly control a few games this week, because hey, apparently this mobile gaming gig is hard work! Luckily, a wonderful new game has come out to make us forget about all that. And if it's a day that ends in Y, someone has said something dumb about Nintendo—and we did record this on a Friday, sooo…. Something that's way worse than dumb, though, is the PewDiePie fiasco. We "salute" Felix for finding several ways to be horrible, rather than being content with just one! And this incident calls to mind another horrible person who has recently risen to dubious prominence after winning a Madden e-sports event. Let's not reward horrible people, ok gaming industry? This isn't hard.
Feb 22, 2017
126: Flappy Bird is a Corolla
We kick off this week with Jessica scolding our guest from last week’s show. Yes, you read that right. But it all has something to do with games, we swear! Other than scolding people and solving mysteries, Jessica tries a game on the advice of a listener and finds it super hard, yet she somehow can’t stop playing it. What madness is this? Meanwhile, a game based loosely on a beloved Twitter account is very average, but hey, at least it’s free. Anna tries to be a hardcore mobile gamer and shuns a game that seems too easy, but isn’t drawn in by one that’s much more challenging. Where oh where is the happy medium? Add to that a badly monetized, cheesy visual novel from Ubisoft, and it has been a somewhat odd gaming week.   Turning to the news, we wonder if we should be annoyed with Nintendo (answer: usually yes, but possibly not in this case), squee about Tim Cook’s visit to ustwo, and mull over the big news from Steam this week. A big change is coming, but will it help or hurt indie developers and the platform as a whole?
Feb 15, 2017
125: Very, Very Mighty
After inserting himself into our 100th episode despite never having been a guest, the mighty Ben Britten finally joins us on the actual show. Ben may not have an Aussie accent, but he does have an Academy Award and, in our opinion, a great life story all around. We talk to Ben about how he got into games, making the shift from premium to free-to-play, Mighty Games’ newest (and most charming? :-)) arrival and much more!
Feb 08, 2017
124: If Nothing Else, We’ve Got Games
American politics continues to be a trash fire, but hey, at least we've got games! Jessica’s love affair with that horsey game continues, but she tears herself away for a bit to try some other games. She even gets to engage in her favorite activity in one of them: snooping! Anna is somewhat enamored with a new endless runner, but is super sad about her inability to play another game that's really great — unless you’re the type to get lost. Also, cute critters have come on the scene and we may want to take a ride in their spaceship. But that's not all! There's some potentially game-changing news for App Store devs, exciting adventure games coming this year, a Neko Atsume movie (!!!!!) and a study about female gamers that we think misses the mark.
Feb 01, 2017
123: Make Games Great Again
Our newly inaugurated president scares us to death, but we are here for the games. They help us cope and we hope they work that way for you too. Anna finds solace in a silly Japanese cult game while Jessica continues to self-medicate with hefty doses of Pocket Card Jockey. We also talk about a perennial favorite topic: what Apple can do to move mobile gaming forward. The iPhone recently turned 10, so someone saw fit to ask a bunch of dudes this question. But you know you'd rather hear our thoughts, right? :) Finally, it turns out Steam and mobile gaming share many of the same problems matching players to games. A recent article delves into this and so do we!
Jan 25, 2017
122: Toilet Paper Beliefs
Listeners know we have strong political beliefs, and of course strong beliefs about games. But toilet paper? It turns out Jessica is fairly indifferent, but Anna isn't, and an upcoming game has her and others in a bit of a tizzy. Speaking of toilets, as we are often wont to do, we chuckle at a developer who has realized that people play their game on the toilet. of course we knew it all along, and all joking aside, there are some good lessons there about understanding your players. All this plus some of our reactions to the Nintendo Switch news, what we are playing (Pugs! Cat horses! Chickens!), and much more.
Jan 18, 2017
121: The Vagina Game
We’ve talked about playing games in the bathroom, but what about controlling a game with a part of one’s anatomy? Yes, these are brave and wild times in which this will soon be possible  for those who backed a certain IndieGoGo campaign. Besides vaginas, this episode sees us dive into the 2017 gaming season with some featured games we didn’t hate! In fact, we liked pretty much everything we played this week, even though we just used our hands to do it (how boring!). We also talk about some wacky news, like Iran freaking out about Clash of Clans (and not because it has $100 IAPs!), predictably underwhelming mobile category award nominees, and more.
Jan 11, 2017
120: The Usual Caveats Apply
It's our SECOND ANNUAL (hey, that's totally a big deal!) GAME OF THE YEAR EPISODE!!! We are using all CAPS in case you can't tell how excited we are. Because we're excited! 2016 may not have been a good year for politics, but it was a pretty decent year for mobile games, as it turns out. So on this episode we celebrate the many games that we loved and cherished. We’ve got categories like prettiest, most innovative, most addictive, weirdest, and many more!
Jan 04, 2017
119: Advisory Women
Jessica and Anna are both played a new train game featuring a woman who explains stuff: a common occurrence in mobile games. Now, women know things, but Anna isn't sure about all these advisory women in mobile games. Why are they there? Is it for the right reasons or the wrong ones? Something we’re more sure of is that Nintendo’s eShop is awful. Nevertheless, Jessica managed to play a game on her 3DS that she actually liked! And of course, Super Mario Run is out and people have Opinions. About the price, about the monetization, about the gameplay, and more. We dive into some of these takes on Nintendo’s first real mobile game, and of course provide our own as the advisory women that we are :-)
Dec 28, 2016
118: An Instant Classic
At long last and all the way from New Zealand, we welcome the developers of Mini Metro.Yep, we think the game is an instant classic and so should you. We talk to (twin!) brothers Robert and Peter Curry about how Mini Metro came about, their past exploits in game development, staying indie, the fear and anxiety that comes with success, and, as always, much, much more! Whether you've been loving designing transit systems like we have, want to hear the thought processes of smart devs, or are keen to join their dinosaur polo club, listen up!
Dec 21, 2016
117: Whatever, Nintendo
Super Mario Run is about to come out and some worrisome news about it has also come out. Uh-oh. Here to help us make sense of it all plus issue other tidbits of knowledge and wisdom is our beloved friend and developer Joe Macirowski. Meanwhile, what are Anna’s first impressions of the game having trekked to the Apple Store to play the demo? What recent gaming triumphs has Jessica enjoyed? Will Apple ever make a controller? And just how many ties DOES one of the Joe’s cats have? All these questions and more will be answered so listen now!
Dec 14, 2016
116: Game Shame
Apparently this is the show where we reveal our deepest, darkest gaming secrets. Are you ready to learn Jessica’s latest game shame? We don’t want to ruin the fun for you, so you’ll have to listen to find out what it is! Speaking of deep, dark, secrets, we have some to impart to Zynga, who apparently wants to make a Candy Crush-like game for the Indian market. But they want it to appeal specifically to women. What’s the problem? Well, there are a number of them, and we try to explain it to the hapless devs who no doubt aren’t listening. We also puzzle over a new mobile game streaming service Rovio plans to launch. Can something meant to be the Spotify of mobile games find success? And of course we played some new games too, though almost none of the ones Anna tried came from the App Store (GASP!)
Dec 07, 2016
115: The Herring Theory
What's one weird trick for games to infuriate us? Bad monetization. Jessica even almost really liked a new game this week—almost. It was much the same with Anna who, along with Jessica, struggled with a home decorating game. Struggled to play it that is, because the monetization is so brutal. We also wondered about Microsoft Solitaire coming to mobile and who on earth would pay for it, got a sneak peak at Asher Vollmer’s next game, learned who the best navigators are, and chuckled at an unlikely political incursion into a mobile soccer game we’ve never played.
Nov 30, 2016
114: Millions of People Must Be Wrong
Could millions of people be wrong about mobile games being awesome? Clearly not, though they might be wrong about their choice of presidential candidate — but we digress! Anyway! We try to go back to "normal" this week, whatever that is, and talk about more games, more out of touch articles, more shooty stabby gamers who don’t get mobile, and more Mario of course! Also, Nintendo, you're pissing us off. Stop it.
Nov 23, 2016
113: All Our Parties Have Gotten Pooped On
This is still a show about games, but we had to talk about the election. Because this isn't like any other election, and this president-elect isn't like any other president-elect. We are afraid and traumatized. Not so much for ourselves, but for so many others. This show has always been partly about our lives, and this was a cataclysmic event for us both. We do get around to games eventually, we promise. Both of us played a few new things, though games haven't been as comforting. We also talked about some good reactions to the election result in the games community, as well as some not-so-good reactions, plus a Blizzard CEO that seems to be a wee bit misguided.
Nov 16, 2016
112: Signing Up for Judgement
Games that we play sign up for judgment, but what about raiders of Halloween candy? Will anyone step forward and admit to taking all of it when no one’s looking? While we ponder chocolate-induced crime and punishment, we also talk about the games we’ve played this week, to varying degrees of enjoyment and success. Jessica realizes walking around in a game can get tiresome while Anna embraces her spy identity. We also roll our eyes at a tone-deaf piece on fan demands in games and comics and lament the fact that someday we may not be able to play our favorite iOS games anymore.
Nov 09, 2016
111: Gamer Stank
Do gamers stink differently than other people? Some people seem to think so and [cue infomercial voice] have they got the product for YOU! But before we get to all that, Jessica recounts some woes with a new game’s tutorial and an old game’s inability to cloud save her progress, oh no! Meanwhile, Anna falls under the spell of a very silly, but very charming time management game and we also talk about a story that made us both do a double take.
Nov 02, 2016
110: So Designy
Longtime listeners will recall that there was a time when Jessica built A LOT of boats. Now she's building a lot of transit systems, and Anna is too! That's right, Mini Metro has taken us by storm and we’re having a blast. We also announce the winner of our Burly Men at Sea giveaway, and Anna talks about some other games and, um, hassling various developers. And of course… the Nintendo news! We talk all about the Switch and whether we, the target market, are interested in it.
Oct 26, 2016
109: Your Phone in Your Bra
Everything in the world is terrible, but we are here to bring you stories of our sometimes silly and difficult lives, and we do eventually talk about games, we promise! We tried some new stuff this week, to varying degrees of success, but we mainly talk about a game that you probably haven’t heard of or played. And that’s maybe for good reason. Intrigued? Mystified? Trepidatious? Then listen now and all will be revealed.
Oct 19, 2016
108: Show Me Your Graphs
Welcome to Anna being partially drunk during this recording and Jessica well on her way there! Cut us a break though; have you seen the US election? It's amazing we're sober EVER. Shockingly, Jessica played more than one game this week! Anna did as well, including attempting That Dragon, Cancer now that it's on mobile. Search ads have also come to the App Store and we look at one developer’s experiences so far, including the possible problems and pitfalls. Also, Square Enix is taking a stand on premium games and there are some Nintendo LULZ too.
Oct 12, 2016
107: The High End of Mediocre
Jessica is still in the thrall of Shadow Bug Rush, but both of us did play a bunch of other games this week. And some were even good! Anna gushes about a game she never thought she would enjoy while both she and Jessica are not 100% sold on a dog sledding game that has too much management for our liking. And what game did Jessica reject after 5 minutes while Anna fell in love with it? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Oct 05, 2016
106: Baby Spoons
This week, we finally had the space and time to talk about what we’re playing! Except Jessica seems to have played just one game. But no matter, one game is all you need if it’s the right one. Meanwhile Anna isn’t sure if any of the games she played are the right one for her. She did enjoy eating people, however, while difficult controls in other game gave her the sads. And both your hosts played a game that in some ways had a rocky start on the App Store, but is that the fault of the developer or the players?
Sep 28, 2016
105: A Carousel of Privilege
A real, actual Mario game is finally coming to mobile and we are EXCITED. But not everyone shares our glee. We talk about the hand-wringing over how a quasi-premium game will be received on the platform, and answer concerns about whether mobile gamers care about games period. We have a few choice words to offer on this topic.
Sep 21, 2016
104: Don't Go in the Arsenic Room
This episode rules! That’s because we have with us Francois Alliot, creator of one of our latest obsessions and yours, Reigns. Sometimes we rule for many years and sometimes we die quickly, but we’re always having a great time playing this immensely innovative game. Francois tells us about what he’s learned in his remarkably short time making games, answers all our burning questions about the game, and tell us some EXCLUSIVE NEWS!
Sep 14, 2016
103: How Can We Monetize Our Poop Data?
All our dungeons are getting looted (or is it lootied?) on this episode as we welcome Jake Sawyer and Saam Pahlavan of Taco Illuminati, makers of the adorable and fun Looty Dungeon. The fellas tell us about how they got into making a mobile game, what they learned releasing their first title on the platform, and much, much more including, yes, some very interesting poop data ;-p
Sep 07, 2016
102: The Angry 1%
In yet another episode in between guests, we have so many games to talk about. So we spend almost the entire episode doing just that! From a hilarious and charming game by a former guest that you might not know exists, to the new GO game from Square Enix, to a new mobile Zelda-esque game that gave us some trouble with the controls, but that we still sort of loved, we run the gamut. Jessica also has some adventures with an archery game that might be a bit problematic, Anna makes a foray into social engineering (in a game only, we promise!) and much more!
Aug 31, 2016
101: The Game is Your Common Enemy
We’re kicking off a new century of Unconsoleable with guests who make games that are definitely not our enemies. Quite the opposite in fact. If you know anything, you know that Spryfox means quality, polish, unique mechanics, and a boatload of charm.   Andrew Fray and Pat Kemp are two Spryfoxes and they’re here this week to talk with us about evil (some might say) puzzle games, non-evil free to play, how their development process works, and much more!
Aug 24, 2016
100: Happy Hundredthversary!
IT’S OUR 100TH EPISODE, AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Now that that’s out of the way, what can you expect on this super, hugely exciting milestone episode? We reminisce about the journey we’ve been on, answer some listener questions, and divulge some behind-the-scenes secrets! But there’s TONS MORE and we don’t want to spoil any of the surprises in store. So just sit back and strap in for a wild ride you won’t soon forget!
Aug 17, 2016
99: Making Cookies and Games
We haven’t had an Aussie on the show for far too long, so we fix that in this episode by welcoming the awesome and talented Jenn Sandercock. Jenn loves innovative gameplay mechanics, games that give you hugs, and yes, cookies. If she ever acquires a Notch house, we have secured an invite to the cookie room :-D We found out all about how Jenn came to be in games and what keeps her here, what she would change about the industry if she could, and of course what mobile games she likes (we may have some recommendations for her :-)) All this and so much more, so listen up!
Aug 10, 2016
98: First Prize in Dickery
Who is the “lucky” winner of the first prize in dickery? It could apply to many people, as this episode will demonstrate. Sandwiched between guest episodes, this installment of the show brings you the Jessica and Anna you know and love, talking (and complaining) about the games we’re playing and calling out developers who have a dim view of mobile gaming, but still want to make mobile games. Luckily we played some great stuff this week too. Jessica rediscovers the joy of a Quell game while Anna plays a fencing game that actually feels like real fencing. En garde! There’s also some news to cover and we continue to be concerned about gaming’s favorite whipping boy, Nintendo.
Aug 03, 2016
97: Doom Killed Adventure Games
Our guest this week is none other than Ron Gilbert, who we determined is definitely legendary, has achieved everything based on skill alone, and is totally not old. Is any of this true?! You'll have to listen to find out :-p We go all over the place in this episode, from the far reaches of adventure gaming history to what makes a game succeed to good and bad design in adventure games and even movies. What mobile games does Ron like? Is he ever moving to Australia? Will there ever be a third Monkey Island game? And how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? We get to the bottom of all this and much more!
Jul 27, 2016
96: Being Grumpy Together
The world has officially lost their minds over Pokemon GO, but has Jessica finally become a Pokemon trainer or not? And can we trust Niantic, the game’s developer, with our data? We also have a pretty huge announcement, squeeeee over Nintendo’s recent mini (tee hee) announcement, talk about what we’re playing of course, and Jessica looks forward to an impending VR adventure that might erase her disappointment with the Rick & Morty mobile game that fell flat.
Jul 20, 2016
95: Don't Pokemon and Drive
Yes, Pokemon GO mania has come to Unconsoleable, but for only one of your hosts (for now :-)) But before we get to all that, we took a moment to acknowledge the difficult and violent week the US has had. We hope, if you’ve struggled this week as so many have, that we can take your mind off things for a little bit. Not to forget, but just to take a mental break.
Jul 13, 2016
94: The Bagels are Game Center
Our WWDC spy has arrived! That’s right, back on the show for the third time and full of tales of San Francisco and Apple’s plans for gaming, it’s our awesome friend Joe Macirowski. Joe rains on our parade a lot, but hey, we already knew that Apple and gaming aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. If you’ve been deluding yourselves, maybe this episode will cure you! There’s a lot to talk about and many important questions to answer, like do games have a better shot of success on the Apple Watch or the Apple TV? Why doesn’t the West Coast know from good bagels? And will we finally find out what Craig Federighi’s hair smells like??!!! Listen now to find out. Please rate and review us on iTunes, follow us on Twitter (and follow Jessica and Anna too), like us on Facebook, buy our merch, and email us if you know anyplace to get good bagels in San Francisco :) Sponsored by * Fracture:  photos printed on glass. Tell them we sent you using this link and selecting "Unconsoleable" to get 10% off your first order.
Jul 06, 2016
93: Premium Chickens
Jessica’s game drought continues unabated, but not for the reasons you might expect! Anna is enamored with some new games however while others have been… DELETED (gulp). Is everything lost for UK mobile game developers in the wake of #Brexit and does it even matter? Are games like Clash of Clans the future of gaming? Does mobile need more premium games? Should Steve Lubitz start a Hearthstone newsletter? (answer: YES) All these questions and more will be answered!
Jun 29, 2016
92: #NotAllManPants
The great game drought of 2016 has hit Jessica as she played not a single new game this week, turning up her nose at everything new. Anna forced herself to try a few new games and actually liked one of them. Hooray! Meanwhile, there’s lots of news out of WWDC to dig into, a listener question to answer, and are messaging app games the future or a scourge to avoid? We discuss all this and more!
Jun 22, 2016
91: Fire Saga
We have the best listeners in the world! Case in point, one of them recommended the most adorable and fun game to us, and it involves setting things on fire! Nothing could be more perfect, especially for Jessica’s appetite for destruction. It’s not a new game, but it’s new to us and might be to you too. The rest of you lot, if you’ve never recommended a game to us, get off your lazy asses! ;-) When not setting things on fire, we spent time this week wondering what both China’s new stance towards mobile games and the changes coming to the App Store will mean for developers. Is the sky falling or is everything going to be ok? Listen now to find out!
Jun 15, 2016
90: Throw Them Into a Volcano
Jessica has fallen hard for Fallen London while Anna struggles to like a game that everyone else seems to love. And that’s only the beginning! Never Alone comes to mobile, a game that kinda makes you code might not be for actual programmers, some gamers are terrible, Miitomo isn’t doing so hot, and… well, just listen to the episode dammit! And yes, we’re still playing Candy Crush. FORGIVE US!
Jun 08, 2016
89: To Die or Not to Die
On this episode we’re psyched to welcome special guest Enric Jorda, one of the creators of Love You to Bits, which we both adore! We’re sure you’ll love it too, so go play it immediately, if not sooner. Adorable, lovingly made adventure games on mobile are a rare breed, so they need our support! Enric tells us about his backstory in game development, how Love You to Bits was conceived, and much more. So get in your spaceship and blast off on an adventure with us!
Jun 01, 2016
88: Call of Candy
Surprise, surprise, Jessica is still not happy about Apple’s featuring changes. Will nothing satisfy her? Maybe only things with candy can do that. That’s right, Jessica may have gone deeper down the Candy Crush rabbit hole this week. But don’t judge her! Or judge her a lot, your choice! ;-p We also hear about Jessica’s adventure’s in VR-land, Anna’s misadventures with another arty game, Monument Valley Year Two numbers, and much more!
May 25, 2016
87: The Meaning of Life
Anna thinks things are looking up as there were some great games out this week, but Jessica finds cause to complain about the way Apple is handling featuring lately. And the complaints don’t end there! Both your hosts also try to make peace with the fact that we didn’t drop Candy Crush Soda Saga as swiftly as we expected to. This week’s hot topic was a piece that claimed that the gaming industry is aging us out. Is it? Elsewhere, should no one have been surprised that Nintendo’s mobile games will be free-to-play? We dig into all this and more.
May 18, 2016
86: A Mundane Way to Die
Games are BLAH lately; where is the excitement?? INKS is great, but we’ve been playing it forever now and nothing else interesting seems to be coming out. We are boooooored. Trying to find something new and fun, Anna bravely wades back into the featured games and finds out that yep, they still suck. Meanwhile Jessica gives the Uncharted mobile game a whirl, and both of your hosts admit to something they aren’t proud of. The news is full of depressing stuff, Anna has to be bleeped for the first time ever, and much, much more awaits you!
May 11, 2016
85: Getting Ahead by Being Evil
Hang onto your hats, ladies and gents! Anna and Jessica played one of the Candy Crush games. You can pick your jaw up off the floor now and have no fear, we played other stuff too :) In other news, it turns out there are some good reasons for why touch controls can be so bad. But we’re not letting developers totally off the hook just yet. And can the founder of Atari make great mobile games? He certainly seems to think so, but what do we think?
May 04, 2016
84: A Potato With a Face
Things haven’t been easy this week, but we’re here for you dear listeners, and the show goes on! We played some good games—even ones we might be a little, err, ashamed of, and discussed a few truly bizarre news items. One of them is guaranteed to make your jaw drop, we promise.
Apr 27, 2016
83: Important Anger Business
This week we discover who the Real Gamer is on the podcast as Jessica dominates in a game that Anna can barely play. Anna also wades into the dangerous territory of the top charts on the App Store and samples an arty game (they do exist on mobile!) that may or may not be awful. You’ll have to listen to find out. And, of course, as is often our way, we have some important anger to share with you. You don’t have to agree with our anger of course. But you do  have to listen to it :)
Apr 20, 2016
82: Dizgeekery
Games, games, and more games! If you’ve ever wanted to hear us spend a ton of time talking about what we’re playing, this is the episode for you! Suuuuure, much of that time is taken up by Disney Crossy Road, but hey, what do you expect? It’s new and adorable and we’ve predictably been playing it a lot. But don’t worry! We played lots of other games too. Some are out, some aren’t, but we have important opinions about all of them and think you’ll probably want to check them out. We also touch on some news and along with that, what sort-of game is Jessica boycotting and why? All this and more so get to listening!
Apr 12, 2016
81: Mickey Chicken
At long last we bring you a chat with our awesome friend, Unconsoleable #1 fan, possibly the best Australian Matt, and oh yeah, game developer of some note, Matt Hall! Disney Crossy Road is now out everywhere, and we talk to Matt about how this dream team-up with Big Mouse came about, what players can expect, and much more! Matt also turns the tables and interviews Anna about her recent sojourn at GDC, and we all ponder why extreme commercial success turns into a nightmare for some developers.
Apr 07, 2016
80: Posturing as a Cool Person
It’s kind of back to normal with this episode; no more husbands and still no Matt Hall. Patience please, you’ll eventually hear the dulcet tones of that Aussie accent :-p We did play some new games though and some of them were even good! Jessica is in the thrall of a bunny while Anna doesn’t know what to make of an adventure game she’s playing and tries to understand why people like idle clickers. So sit back, enjoy and please don’t stalk people on LinkedIn, mmmkay?
Mar 30, 2016
79: The Look of Murder
We know you were expecting an episode with our friend Matt Hall, but hey, sh*t happens and being the pro podcasters that we are, we rolled with it. Not only did we record a replacement episode for you, dear listeners, at the eleventh hour, but we also managed to snag the awesomest, the most amazing, the most famous guests EVAR. That’s right! Put your hands together for Anna and Jessica’s husbands, Jim and Reuben! (oh, and some guy named Moises was there too ;-p)
Mar 25, 2016
78: A Charity for Game Developers
Hellooooooo there, dear listeners! Anna is at GDC this week, but the show goes on as usual, not least because Jessica has Some Strong Feelings about a game she played this week. Spoiler alert: they aren’t good feelings :-p Meanwhile, Anna talks in more detail about Clash Royale, Amazon has some sort of new type of app store that we can’t figure out, and Jessica wonders if there’s a very specific and political reason that Supercell is so successful.
Mar 16, 2016
77: Empathetic Killbots
After two weeks of guests, we had a lot of complaining bottled up, so here we go! And because we didn’t want to just complain to each other, we asked our friend and sometime developer of games, Joe Macirowski, to join us. But don’t worry. It’s not only complaining as we also talk about what we are playing (Jessica has built a robot army, what?), some awesome news of course, and, well, yes, ok, there is a lot of shouting at Apple. But then what else is new? So, sorry we’re not sorry that this episode is over an hour long, but the complaining wasn’t going to record itself!
Mar 09, 2016
76: The Old Reach-Around
We are back with another awesome guest this week. Incidentally, it’s someone else we had trouble luring in; is there some sort of conspiracy to see how long game developers can evade our clutches? The answer is, not long! So after persistent badgering, we bring you Rumpus Animation’s Seb Burnett, the brains behind the adorable Victorian comedy adventure game,  Bertram Fiddle. It turns out Bertram is basically Seb. Or is Seb really Bertram? They live inside each other on Twitter so who really knows? What we do know is that Dad jokes are great, meat should be sold door to door, and quirky, funny adventure games should be plentiful.
Mar 02, 2016
75: Get Off Your Ass and Try
At long last, we welcome special guest Barry Meade! Barry is the head of Fireproof Games, the studio behind the enormously popular and award-winning Room games of which we are huge fans and whose third installment won our 2015 GOTY. Barry talked with us about his career in the industry, how Fireproof was born and what he thinks has been the key to his company’s success. But more importantly, he made an impassioned plea for innovation and excellence in mobile game design. And he asserted that developers and the industry at large need to rethink the way they approach the platform and its gamers. We might have gotten goosebumps a little.
Feb 24, 2016
74: Negative OMG You're Going to Die Celsius
Yes, yes, we know we promised you special guest Barry Meade on this episode, but everything imaginable went wrong and then we had technical difficulties soooo… no Barry for now. But next week! Next week there will be Barry and in the meantime there is us reveling in our awesome new listener reviews, talking about what we’re playing (or not), the news of the week, and what’s that? Someone thinks Neko Atsume is a dirty capitalist game?! For our thoughts on that and much more, listen now :-)
Feb 17, 2016
73: In a Parallel Universe
Even though Jessica is trapped in an alternate universe, luckily that universe has both warm cats and recording equipment. So the show goes on! :-) We announce our next super exciting guest, talk new and old games we’re playing, try to figure out if Nintendo stole their first mobile game idea from a nascent social app and much, much more.
Feb 10, 2016
72: Ruining Your Productivity
We were all ready to love new puzzler Twofold, but we're... unsure. Also, Anna dives pretty deep into Crashlands while Jessica tries to stay objective about a game designed by Donald Rumsfeld. Yes, that Donald Rumsfeld. We also fill you in on the latest adorable updates to the games we care about, wonder if we’ll even attempt The Witness, and hey, there’s a contest specifically for indie mobile games. All this and more, so get to listening!
Feb 03, 2016
71: Peeing in a Jar
Because we are suuuuper important gaming podcasters of note (not really), we got some codes for some games this week. So, you know, disclaimer given, we have ethics, blah, blah, blah :-p Meanwhile, Jessica also plays a game with cats, because of course, and Anna dives into the new Star Trek game, among others. You know you want to hear our opinions on all of the above. In gaming news this week, some people are pissed that The Witness is going to cost $40? PUH-LEASE. You’ll hear about this and more in our news discussion.
Jan 27, 2016
70: The Bechdel Test for Games
What is the Bechdel Test for Games? No, it doesn't have anything to do with the real Bechdel Test. You'll just have to listen to find out. Also, it turns out that Jessica isn't cut out for critiquing games unless she thinks no one is listening, while Anna has no problem savaging the games she tries, because hey, they totally deserve it. Meanwhile, a developer contemplates making the sequel to their game F2P and their struggle to decide strikes us as very problematic, we talk about what we're playing, read a new iTunes review, and much more!
Jan 20, 2016
69: We Are the Unlikely Gamers
Our first guest of 2016 joins us on this episode and we are super excited to welcome him. Neven Mrgan is a designer at his day job, but he has also made some unforgettable iOS games, most recently Grayout, which is a prequel to the earlier Blackbar. We talked to Neven about how he decided to start making games, where he gets his inspiration, how the App Store should be revamped, and much, much more.
Jan 13, 2016
68: Can I Set This on Fire?
It is with great sorrow that we must tell you, dear listeners, that one of your hosts has become a console gamer. Well... maybe not exactly, but the evidence is fairly strong! Yes, your very own Jessica Dennis has played a console game on more than one occasion and streamed it on Twitch to boot. What game has caused her to go over to the Dark Side? How did she do? All will be revealed on this episode! We also try to figure out if a recent game’s controls are bad and should feel bad, look forward to what 2016 will have to offer mobile gamers and much, much more.
Jan 06, 2016
67: This is All Highly Subjective
Are you ready for... our first ever game of the year episode??!!! Yeah, we’re just a little bit excited :D After an amazing year of some absolutely incredible games, we made a list of 35 that we feel are the best of what mobile had to offer us. And from them we picked our Game of the Year, as well as some other winners in special categories we came up with.
Dec 30, 2015
66: Sweaty Butt Money
On this episode we actually talk about what we're playing! For more than three rushed minutes! And we're going to keep doing it early in the episode every time we don't have guests. Novel idea, huh? :) We also have lots of plushie news to tell you about and even a few things that aren't about stuffed toy chickens! For instance, has F2P won as the only sensible monetization strategy on mobile? What the heck is COPPA? And whose butt did that sweaty money come from? You'll learn all this and much more.
Dec 23, 2015
65: Turtles Have No Gratitude
As we near the end of 2015, we’ll be talking a lot about various top lists of games. On this episode we go over some highlights of Apple’s annual top charts of most downloaded games and apps as well as the picks the App Store editors make. Did we agree or disagree with their picks? You’ll have to listen to find out :)
Dec 16, 2015
64: Buy Us As Friends
Help us settle the question of last week’s episode and vote for your favorite Aussie Matt on Twitter using the hashtag #MattWars :-D While we ponder that important question, we cross our arms and declare that games don't have to be hard and certainly shouldn’t be made so for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, is Jessica having a hard time with the newly updated You Must Build A Boat? You'll need to listen to find out. We also revel in the accolades that some awesome mobile games are receiving (again), but sigh at some bad behavior by those types of mobile gamers; the ones who don't want to pay for games. All this plus exciting news and much, much more!
Dec 09, 2015
63: Who is the Best Australian Matt?
This being the episode with our third Aussie Matt (Matt Ditton, to be precise), you know we had to ask the question. But what's the answer? You'll have to listen to find out! Other than wondering why there are so many Matts in Australia, we also talked about super serious gaming topics like the Men of Gamedev calendar. No, really, there was actual talk about games and mobile as a gaming platform, we promise!
Dec 02, 2015
62: You Can't Sell Games
Ok., games can be sold. Or can they? We tried to figure that out and much, much more when we talked to Tigerstyle's Randy Smith.  Tigerstyle made some of the iconic, early games when mobile gaming was still young. But their latest game hasn't done well and we talked about the realities (and brutalities?) of the App Store and how it influences what games get made and what games succeed.
Nov 25, 2015
61: Artivism
This episode is a departure from our usual happy-go-lucky ways, but we think it was fitting and important. We hope you'll agree. We talked with the fabulous Kiva Bay about her game 12 Hours, homelessness, and much, much more. So the discussion was weighty and we couldn’t feel more strongly about it.
Nov 18, 2015
60: Tappy vs. Clicky
Yet another special guest joins us this week, perhaps the most special guest of all! It's our beloved friend, Joe Macirowski, creator of Yeti Pie  and eventually (we hope) other games we will all be able to play on the toilet :D
Nov 11, 2015
59: A Baby With a Jetpack
On this episode, we are super thrilled to welcome back our awesome and talented friend, Shareef Jackson. Shareef is our Nintendo guru, or is it ninja? We figure that out and much, much more, like what the heck is Miitomo going to be and why is it Nintendo's first mobile game? Would Nintendo ever develop for the Apple TV? Is Shareef really a Yoshi?!!! All these and other pressing questions will be answered!
Nov 04, 2015
58: Survival Tips by Jessica
Not only is this episode about games, news and our many complaints, but it also includes useful winter survival info! What can we say, we do it all here at Unconsoleable. You're welcome. With no pesky guests to get in the way (KIDDING, we love our guests to death :-)) we cover all the News We Care About, why a recent op-ed about mobile games is a bunch of hooey, and a perspective on a hot, new game that you're only likely to hear from us.
Oct 28, 2015
57: The Couple That Games Together Stays Together
Our Gaming Yoda Steve is becoming quite a fixture on the show, but this episode features someone even more special: his lovely wife, Maureen.  Distraught that Steve was never getting to talk about Hearthstone on Isometric, we offered our show up as a safe space to do just that. And well, um, it doesn't hurt that Anna is also obsessed with Blizzard's hugely popular CCG.  As per usual though, we got a lot more than we bargained for and Hearthstone wasn't the only topic of discussion. So sit back and enjoy as we hear both Steve and Maureen's voices together for the first time in a long time.
Oct 21, 2015
56: Mobile Gaming and Chocolate
You knew we couldn't go too long without having more Aussies on the show. But hey, can we help it if they keep making awesome games we love?  And so, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the legendary designer of Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, and many more iconic mobile titles, Luke Muscat! Oh yeah, and some guy named Phil Larsen too ;-p
Oct 14, 2015
55: Tanya is Not the Outrage DMV
Today is the first anniversary of #INeedDiverseGames and to celebrate, we welcome our friend Tanya DePass on the show to tell us all about it and what she's up to these days in her quest to make games more diverse.
Oct 07, 2015
54: Yeti Pie to the Ground!
Yeti Pie  to the Ground, courtesy of Joe Macirowski

Yeti Pie to the Ground, courtesy of Joe Macirowski

This week we take a breather between episodes with guests to do what we do best. Complain and call out bad behavior.

From a feature by Apple of a game with ugly stereotypes to the release of PewDiePie's bro-ey mobile game, we have a lot on our plate. But fear not, dear listeners. There's a little positivity mixed in here and there too. 

Remember to rate and review us on iTunes, follow us on Twitter and email us if you can teach Jessica how to take a screenshot with her new iPhone ;-) 

Stuff we mentioned:

Sep 30, 2015
53: Yasmine is Scary Spice
You might say we're a bit iOS-focused here on Unconsoleable so this week we welcomed our old friend Yasmine Evjen and our newer friend, Russell Ivanovic. Yasmine and Russell are two thirds of the Material Podcast which is all about Google and Android. Apple fans, don't run away screaming. It's an interesting show even for you. And hey, we've even managed to keep our Australian streak going as Russell hails from the infamous land of snakes and spiders. We talked about the (maybe?) wonderful future and present of gaming on our TVs, what Yasmine and Russell like to play on mobile, Russell's polygamist tendencies and much, much more!
Sep 23, 2015
52: Please Downplay Our Achievement
This is our super duper special, SUPERSIZED, one-year anniversary episode! That’s right, we’ve been bringing you the magic of Unconsoleable for an entire year now and we celebrate the occasion in the best way we know how: with fantastic guests we love. Joining us for the fourth time is our good friend Matt Hall and for the first time ever, we also welcome his partner in crime (sometimes almost literally), Andy Sum Andy had just returned to Australia after presenting at this little event at Apple, you may have heard of it ;-) There’s a lot he couldn’t tell us about it, but have no fear, we got the most crucial details. We also found out what the Hipster Whale fellas think of the future of gaming on the Apple TV, what happened the time Matt and Andy played a game together, what valuable life advice Matt gives to Andy and much, much, MUCH more. Seriously, we are not exaggerating. There is a lot more. Remember to rate and review us on iTunes, follow us on Twitter, and email us if you want to make Andy an offer of marriage :-D
Sep 16, 2015
51: Boys Smell
First things first. Notch, come on the show. Seriously. We can help you and we have some shoulders you can cry on. Tweet us. Email us. Let's make this happen. Besides providing counseling and advice for rich Swedes, we side-eye the new App Store games Twitter account, scratch our heads over YouTube and Mobcrush, and Anna professes her love for Jessica. Why? You'll have to listen to find out!
Sep 09, 2015
50: A Tree is Composed of Branches
Maybe it's not Zen, but we still love Joel McDonald's amazing game, Prune  and you should too. Joel tells us how the idea for Prune came about, plans for future updates, his origin story in gamedev, his shameful mobile gaming secret, and much, much more!
Sep 02, 2015
49: The Best Dinosaur Sound
Sling Kong is one of our latest obsessions for very good reason. So please put your hands together for Dean Loades and Matt Knights of Protostar who so kindly brought it into our lives. Dean and Matt answer some very important questions about their future housing plans, tell us where the best game developers come from and much, much more. What on earth makes the best dinosaur sound? You'll have to listen to find out!
Aug 26, 2015
48: Notch Houses For Everyone!
Genuine fan of the show and our ESN fearless leader, Moisés Chiullan, stops by and talks about his gaming credentials (or lack thereof :-)) and we try not to shame him too hard about not being a real filthy casual. We also run down the newsworthy events of the past week and then proceed to rant about the latest assholery perpetuated against casual gamers. Female  casual gamers to be exact. Are you ready to be outraged?
Aug 19, 2015
PSA: We Got Some Things Wrong

If you heard Episode 42, you might recall that we said some things about iOS gaming site Touch Arcade that were a bit harsh and unkind. 

While we stand by a lot of what we said, we believe that we unfairly mischaracterized the site in a number of ways as well.

We hold ourselves to a high standard here at Unconsoleable so we wanted to correct the record, so to speak. We hope our listeners and of course the editors and writers at Touch Arcade will forgive our hastiness. Mobile Game Avengers should stay allies.

Aug 19, 2015
47: From Inside My Batcave
Hellooooo there, dear listeners! That echo you hear is coming from inside Jessica's empty house as she prepares to leave it soon for New York (the state, not the city). The transition is bittersweet, but we are both in much better spirits this week so yay!
Aug 12, 2015
46: Our Enthusiasm is Through the Roof!
As you'll find out, the title of this episode is a bit on the sarcastic side. Jessica is having a rough time packing up her life in Atlanta and Anna is dealing with the hot and humid Chicago summer with her difficult-to-entertain preschooler. But we do our best for you and solider on to talk about Bethesda being gun shy about more mobile games, what we think of clones and copycat games, whether indies are charging more for games because of eeeevil free mobile games and how you might not be able to slack off at work anymore as easily as you once did!
Aug 05, 2015
45: It's for Drunks!
Our Gaming Yoda and good friend Steve Lubitz is back in the Unconsoleable clubhouse to throw down some wisdom and, as it turns out, exact a long-overdue apology from your two hosts. Should Apple get into publishing their own games? (spoiler alert: NO) Will anyone ever get mobile gaming to be compelling on a TV? Who is mobile gaming on a TV even for? All these questions and more are answered in this episode.
Jul 28, 2015
44: An Excellent Toilet Rating
This week we welcome another awesome indie developer (and Unconsoleable fan :-)) to the show! Jake Sones has worked for some big names like Sony and Blizzard, but the lure of mobile was too strong. He struck out on his own and is now developing Zombie Match Defense which is due out this fall. Don't let the name fool you. This match 3 game is destined for greatness and you can find out for yourself by signing up to be a tester (just scroll down to the bottom of the site).
Jul 22, 2015
43: Most Games are Not a Vagina
I know, dear listeners, we're really on a roll with these episode titles, right? Again, this is still mostly safe for children unless you're not comfortable with them hearing about the big V :-) This week we welcome back to the show our friend, Matt Hall, one of the creators of smash hit Crossy Road. Matt is now slightly more famous than the last time we spoke, but he loves us (and we him) so he made room for us in his busy schedule to talk about going to E3, WWDC, his current projects, what the future holds and what American delicacy he recently tried at Disney World :-) Matt also gave us our first exclusive! You can hear something on this episode that no one else has heard. We were thrilled that Matt shared it with us and hope you'll be excited too!
Jul 15, 2015
42: LaserDisc Porn
Yes, dear listeners, you read that title right. And this is still mostly safe for children, we swear, though you might have some explaining to do if they're old enough to understand certain terms ;-)  Besides porn on extremely old, outdated types of media, we talked about  Touch Arcade's Patreon (spoiler alert: we are not fans), Bethesda's "surprise" hit Fallout Shelter, Nintendo's pronouncements on how their mobile games will be monetized and much, much more! Don't forget to tweet at us with the hashtag #bringbackJoe or #nomoreJoe to let us know what you thought of our awesome guest editor on Episode 41,  Joe Macirowski.
Jul 08, 2015
41: Trick the Children Into Learning
Please support App Camp for Girls! We're posting this week's episode early because there is little time left to donate to their campaign and we want you . Contribute NOW and do your part to ensure a bright future for women in technology. We welcome awesome indie game developer Jenna Hoffstein to the show to talk about her game, The Counting Kingdom, how being an indie isn't always all sunshine and rainbows and much more. Thanks again to our wonderful friend Joe for editing this week's episode! You're the best. Pleeeaaaase rate and review us on iTunes.  Where in the world are Anna and Jessica? Follow the show on Twitter or  email us if you want to go on Jessica's next Disney vacation and won't take no for an answer! ;)
Jun 30, 2015
40: Very Bunchy Panties
Unconsoleable has hit middle age with our 40th episode and we are celebrating by getting a totally inappropriate, shiny, new sports car! Sadly, that's not really true. Instead we talk about the important news mobile gamies need to know that came out of WWDC and E3, and why negative portrayals of gaming and other societal ills shouldn't be swept under the rug just because they make us uncomfortable. Think that's a bummer and don't want to hear about it? TOO BAD.
Jun 24, 2015