Free Play Podcast



The Freeplay Podcast, a conversation between a Southern Baptist, a hippie emo father of millions, and a retired Disney princess about the Love Thy Nerd community, the games they play, and the odd interview with those who make the games they play


  • Episode 57 | E3 2019 Coverage Part 1

    14/06/2019 Duración: 01h16min

    If there’s one thing nerds like, it’s learning all of the things about new games and consoles coming out in the now to near future.  Microsoft, Bethesda, EA, Devolver and Google have all had their press conferences and we couldn’t be more thrilled about some of it and that’s what we want to talk about in the first half of our E3 coverage this week on the Free Play Podcast.

  • Episode 56 | Pokémon Dreamin'

    07/06/2019 Duración: 01h04min

    In 1996, we were introduced to three lovable characters named Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Pikachu. These pocket monsters would change the gaming world forever. Fast forward to 2019, over 20 years later, and they are no longer content with consuming our every waking hour. Now, they also want the sleeping ones. The Pokémon company released an app and a companion device that trains your Pokémon while you sleep. If that doesn’t make sense to you either, then you are in good company and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the free play podcast.

  • Episode 55 | Leveraging Fun and Games

    31/05/2019 Duración: 01h12min

    Wether you're crushing your friends in Super Smash Brothers on the Switch, or eradicating flesh eating bacteria in Pandemic, games are fun or at least they are supposed to be. They offer rest from the things of life that weigh us down while allowing us the opportunity to build relationships with the people around us. But is there a way to leverage both the fun and relationship building aspect of gaming within the context of the local church? That's what we want to talk about this week. 

  • Episode 54 | Game Analysis Paralysis

    24/05/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    Do you or someone you love suffer from Gaming Analysis Paralysis? Do you find it difficult and sometimes downright impossible to find a game to play when there are dozens to choose from in your console backlog or on your shelf of shame?  If so, you are not alone and we at Love Thy Nerd are here to help. Though we may not have a cure, per se, we do have some helpful tips to get you over that hump, and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the FreePlay podcast.

  • Episode 53 | Sonic and the Future of Video Game Movies

    17/05/2019 Duración: 01h04min

    Fandoms are the lifeblood of the nerd world.  Mess with them and you’ll probably get cut. Hollywood knows that… right?  Like… they should at least be able to learn from past experiences like Street Fighter, Doom and Super Mario.  Yet we still have our childhood’s altered every time a new video game movie comes out, and Sonic is the latest in a long line of artistic freedoms taken with beloved icons and that’s what we want to talk about this week of the free play podcast.

  • Episode 52 | Is Kickstarter Killing Creativity?

    10/05/2019 Duración: 56min

    We’ve all been there.  It’s 2 am and you’re trolling around on the internet when a force beyond your control stops your scroll dead in it’s tracks.  That force’s name: Kickstarter. Suddenly it’s 4 am and you have backed dozens of things you never knew you needed. As great as kickstarter is, it’s taken a strange turn this past month by suspending several projects… some of which had fully funded to the tune of $200K.  This left us all asking… “but… why?” and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play Podcast.

  • Episode 51 | What's New In The News

    03/05/2019 Duración: 53min

    It’s been a while since we’ve really proven our validity as a gaming media outlet.  So long, in fact, that we actually almost didn’t do this one… but too much has happened in the nerd world to not talk about at least some of it.  We have a few thoughts about things like Disney +, Ubisoft and the PS5, and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 50 | Phoenix Fan Fusion Pre-Show Coverage

    26/04/2019 Duración: 37min

    Part of what we do here at Love Thy Nerd is go out into the world of nerddom and meet new people, make new friends, and love on every nerd as best as we can. We’re kicking off convention season this year with Phoenix Fan Fusion, the first “comic con” type convention we’ve been to, and we can’t wait to experience it and tell you how you can get involved. That’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 49 | A Lost Episode with Horpens and Bread Slime

    19/04/2019 Duración: 01h12min

    Bubba, Matt, and Kate are out this week because that’s what happens when two of you work for a church and it’s Easter week. So they’ve decided to treat you, beloved listener, to an unreleased episode from Season 1 featuring Love Thy Nerd supporter Justin Bowers as well as dark confession from Matt Warmbier about his departed horse Horpens and Kate getting distracted by bread slime. Enjoy!

  • Episode 48 | 90's Nostalgia

    12/04/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    The 90’s were a seriously tubular time in history.  Everything about the 90’s was loud and cutting edge.  The colors, the synthesizers, and more importantly… the games.  Vanilla Ice wasn’t the only cool thing to hit the shelves during this decade.  Games that have shaped the way we interact with the media came from the 90’s and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the Freeplay Podcast.

  • Episode 47 | We Tried Our Best

    05/04/2019 Duración: 39min

    Games are a big part of our lives for those of us that really really love them. When you love something, people know about it. We at the FreePlay Podcast are Christians who love games. And we’ve had experiences, both good and bad, with how they’ve affected our faith and relationships with other Christians.

  • Episode 46 | Google Here to Stadia?

    29/03/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    Times are a changin’!  Things that were once thought impossible are becoming a reality.  Technology is moving us forward at an alarming pace, and Skynet is imminent… and we, at the Free Play podcast welcome our new robot overlords. For real though… the video game scene is constantly changing.  Carts to discs to downloads… and now to streaming. Enter: Google Stadia, a brand new gaming platform from the tech giant responsible for just about everything you consume on the internet. Is it possible to have a seamless, high end gaming experience across almost any gaming device?  That’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play Podcast!

  • Episode 45 | Games DIY

    22/03/2019 Duración: 01h09min

    Playing games is a big part of the hobby.  Some would say that the other part of it is collecting games.  Looking at you, Backlog… but there is a side of the hobby that we may not think about nearly as often.  A side that makes playing these wonderful games possible. I’m talking about game creation. Whether it’s board games or video games, these things take time, creativity and passion to see the light of day.  There are ways that you, the average joe, can go from idea to table or console, and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the free play podcast.

  • Episode 44 | What's Up Birds?

    15/03/2019 Duración: 58min

    This past week, Stonemaier games’ retail release of Wingspan wasn’t met with the response they might have hoped. Only 5,000 English copies of the game went out to game stores worldwide with far more than that pre ordered by nerds who didn’t get their copy. Though part of the story, supply and demand isn’t the main character. Jamie Stagemaier’s response to the public outcry is a master’s class on public relations… and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 43 | You're Not Hardcore Unless You Game Hardcore

    08/03/2019 Duración: 01h09min

    You know what they say… “They just don’t make them like the used to.” For us… that thing is “games.”  They used to be harder, you know?  It used to take you WEEKS to beat a game. Now, you can get a game from RedBox and have it beat and back in the machine faster than you can say, “Cattails.  Woo ooo.” Why is that?  What’s changed in the gaming industry and sub culture?  Well, that’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play Podcast.

  • Episode 42 | Git Gud Kate

    01/03/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    Games have all kinds of inherit value that they rarely get credit for. They can help us understand the best way to act in any number of situations… one of which would be when not to throw a flash bang… the answer is into a door frame… at your team mates. There is really no end to the things we have and could learn from both video and tabletop games and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the free play podcast.

  • Episode 41 | Nintendogs Direct

    22/02/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    Sometimes, our bros over at Nintendo know what they are doing when they drop things on us during their YouTube directs.  Other times they completely miss the mark by not giving us the Metroid and Animal Crossing we so rightfully deserve. Nintendo had one of those directs this past week with all of the ups and downs we’ve come to expect and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play Podcast

  • Episode 40 | Horse Stories & Groundbreaking Games

    15/02/2019 Duración: 52min

    Matt is still in mourning over the loss of his Red Dead horse, Horepens and is also frustrated with the lack of common sense of his replacement mount, Dude. Despite the emotional vulnerability, Matt continues on along with Kate and Bubba to talk about the games they have played this week. Kate also leads the community discussion about what games can be considered "groundbreaking" and why.

  • Episode 39 | Gaming in the Workplace

    08/02/2019 Duración: 01h01min

    As members of the nerd community we are sadly not strangers to the negative press that our favorite past tends to get. "You are wasting your life!", "You will become violent!" are just some of the criticisms we hear on a regular basis. However, what if we could help people understand that video and board games are not wastes of time, but can actually make you a better person to be around at work and a more productive employee? There is compelling research that lends validity to this and that is what Bubba, Matt, and Kate talk about on today's episode. 

  • Episode 38 | The Free Play Behind The Scenes VIP Demo

    01/02/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    Podcasts are funny, right?  You get a chance to listen in on a conversation you’re not a part of and for whatever reason… it’s not weird.  We want to make sure that you feel as not weird as possible by telling you a little bit about ourselves and letting you get to know us.The hyped Iron Man sim “Anthem” also had an interesting VIP Demo fall into players’ hands this week that wasn’t received nearly as well as Bioware would have hoped, and that’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play Podcast.

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