Episode 57 - Aren’t You A Little Old For This Gaming Thing?

Whether the question was asked by a parent, a spouse, a coworker, or a friend, anyone in the BCG community has likely fielded the question “Aren’t you a little old for this gaming thing?” sometime in their adult life. If you are listening to this podcast, chances are you made the decision to face this question head-on, connect with your “why”, and continue with the hobby in spite of opposition. In this episode, we explore the transition into gaming adulthood and the reasons we continue in the hobby.

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Getting Back Into Gaming: Introduction!

More than anything over the years, we've been asked questions about how to get back into gaming. Whether you were big into it when you were younger or you're trying to introduce your family to games, it's hard to figure out where best to start. In this new series, Chris and Aaron will give you all the steps you need to consider--especially for those of us with things to do in real life.

Episode 56 - GameStop: The Elephant in the Game Room

Love it or hate it, GameStop is one of the biggest players in the video game universe.  After years of retail consolidation into a few major players, GameStop is the largest game retailer in the world.  Prior to the advent of digital games, GameStop was one of the few companies that could dictate price, availability, and even what games were made based on what they were willing to buy.  Whether you like GameStop or not, the reality is that a strong, vibrant GameStop is good for the hobby and the community.  That said, GameStop certainly isn’t doing itself many favors these days and is consistently one of the most hated figures in the gaming industry.  In this episode, we explore GameStop’s problems and chart a course to get them back to relevance in the eyes of the larger gaming community.

Episode 55 - EA: The Decline into Mediocrity

Over the years, Electronic Arts—the 2nd largest video game publisher in the world—has gone from respected incubator of many must-have franchises to one of the most reviled entities in the industry. Somehow, the company has found itself in a downward spiral while its competitors take full advantage. In this episode, we dig deeper into EA’s impact on the industry both in gaming’s distant past as well as their current influence on the industry at one of its leading companies.