Nicole, Linda, and Simone are joined by Greg Toppo, USA Today’s national education writer and the author of the fabulous book “The Game Believes in You.”  We talk about gaming news, Greg’s book about games and learning, and what we played. Hey, Overcast listeners! Recommend us if you have a minute, would you?

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Greg Toppo and “The Game Believes in You”

Journalist Greg Toppo started getting interested in games and learning when he realized his young daughter wasn’t terribly interested in books. Curiosity about that started him on a long and interesting journey investigating why games are great learning tools and how educators are using games and gaming principles to motivate and teach. We talk about:

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 Creative. Participating in this podcast were Linda Breneman, Nicole Tanner, Simone de Rochefort, and Greg Toppo (find him @gtoppo or @gamebelieves on Twitter, or at

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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,