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Nicole, Linda, Simone, and Courtney engage in the CONSOLE WARS! Not really. We talk about the various ways to game—all the devices and their pluses and minuses. Plus we run down the gaming news and what we played. Listen up! (And send in those questions, listeners! We love you, and we love your questions!)

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We went to GeekGirlCon, met lots of folks at the Pixelkin table, and had tons of fun.

Handhelds, Consoles, Tablets, Mobile, What Have You

In preparation for the holiday gift season, we go into all the things about all the gaming equipment.

  • Handhelds: Just get a 3DS (or 2DS). (But not a Vita, unless you are Simone.)new nintendo 3ds XL
  • PlayStation 4: Simone covers controllers, storage, exclusive games, backwards compatibility (lack thereof), PlayStation Plus, and more.
  • Nintendo Wii U: Courtney loves it. She loves Nintendo games, which are on Nintendo consoles only. The Wii U is sort of like a bunch of Nintendo consoles rolled into one because of its backwards compatibility and Virtual Console.
  • Xbox One: Nicole likes a lot of things about the Xbox. (Disclosure: Nicole’s husband works at 343 Industries, which is part of Microsoft.) She especially likes the Kinect voice activation and motion games for kids. Also there’s lots of backwards compatibility (you can play lots of Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One).

Look for a post next week that goes into detail about which consoles you might want to consider buying this year.

What We Played


This podcast was recorded in the studios of the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. The music is by Pat Goodwin at Novelty Shop CreativeNicole Tanner, Linda Breneman, Simone de Rochefort and Courtney Holmes participated in this podcast. Thanks for listening and if you liked this episode, please rate us on iTunes and find us on BlogTalkRadio!


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Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda or her family foundation's website,