We kick off the new year with CelesMeh, a queer Latina scientist who edits genes and builds robots by day, streams games on Twitch with an emphasis on mental health and self-care by night, and is an all-around badass and delight 24/7! Celes joins us for an energizing conversation on the power of games to help us overcome our inner challenges and see our own resilience. Please note: This episode contains frank discussions of mental illness, including depression and suicide.
Meanwhile, Spencer claims Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla for the queer community, and Jamie explains how Persona 5: Royal dashed all of her big plans to finally tackle her gaming backlog over the holiday break.
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About Pixel Therapy
We’re a bi-weekly interview show bringing you new perspectives on video game culture and current events while centering the relationships queer folks, trans folks, people of color, disabled folks, and other marginalized players have with games. We lovingly feature fresh takes on video game culture with folks who may or may not identify as gamers– from streamers and industry folks to artists and activists, everyone deserves a little pixel therapy. Launched September 2020, we have fun, we go deep, and we explore the love of games within a broader social and cultural context while challenging conventional notions of what it means to be a “gamer”— and who gets to call themselves one. New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more and subscribe at pixeltherapypod.com.
Spencer Icasiano (they/them) is a queer and mixed Filipinx writer, product designer, and co-host of Pixel Therapy, a podcast about the emotional connections people form with video games. They have written on topics of queer and trans identity, art-making, and advocacy for several online and print publications.