Checkpoint Podcast

Violence in Gaming

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Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell
Luke spends his time playing video games, binge-watching TV and hanging out with his German Shepherd, Ziggy and Bernese Mountain Dog Pandora.

Jakob Quilligan

Jakob Quilligan
Jake hails from Bendigo where his console of choice is the PS4, closely followed by the Nintendo 3DS. Anime and volunteering tend to keep him occupied, though his staffy/ rotty/ husky cross named Iris keeps him busy first and foremost.

Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan
This is Tom. See Tom game. Game Tom, game! A confirmed bachelor with a confirmed Bachelor degree, he spends his time critically scrutinising the hard work of others. His turn offs include people, places and things!

Meagan Stearn

Meagan Stearn
Video and tabletop game lover. Canonically bi. Has way too many hobbies for her own good.


This week on the show, we tackle a topic that is constantly being brought up in the media… are video games too violent? Why do people play violent video games? Do only violent people play violent video games, and do they still have their place in the industry? Join Luke, Tom, Jakob and Meags as they discuss their thoughts on this sensitive topic, and talk about the video games that use violence in an effective way… and those that are just ridiculous. Also on the show, we talk about PS VR hitting the shopping centres around Australia, Nintendo and their exclusive Zelda demo at the EB Games Expo and the Xbox Onesie. Yes, you read that right. Not to be outdone, Jakob has been making lots of difficult choices and is finally ready to deliver his verdict on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Don’t miss any of the action! ViolenceinGamingDeusEx