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The Video Game Episode (Ep. 236)

Yes, you read correctly. This week, we’re going to explore the question many of you have probably wondered at one point or another: can you play video games and still be productive?

I certainly hope so, or else it’s only a matter of time before everything comes crashing down around me. But I’m writing this now, so it seems like there must be some way to get things done without missing out on all those glorious pixels and polygons.

Anyway, until everything does come crashing down around me, I’ll just keep spending way too much time beating the Celeste C-Sides, like this one (spoilers, clearly).

Happy gaming.

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:
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Martin’s Games:


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  • 0:01:44 – Are video games worth your time?
  • 0:14:11 – Using video games as a coping mechanism
  • 0:18:58 – Avoiding a video game dependency
  • 0:27:03 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:29:01 – Avoiding a video game dependency (continued)
  • 0:36:13 – Some of our favourite games
  • 0:52:15 – Conclusion

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The Video Game Episode