Checkpoint Podcast

The Dating Game(s)

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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.

Vivienne Wright

Vivienne Wright
Vivienne (or Vava), is a well known optimist and purveyor of happiness who has a deep seeded love for Games, Pop culture, Fantasy, Horror and The Arts. Preparation for Chaos when interacting with them is key.

Elliot Attard

Elliot Attard
PC gamer, TV show binge-watcher, music lover and elite member of high society (but not really) - Elliot possesses all of the qualities needed to project his word thoughts straight into your eye holes.

Finlay Gustus

Finlay Gustus
Fin is into RPGs, strategy and anything online and competitive. When he's not gaming you'll find him catching up on the latest streams, TV shows and sleep


This week on the show, we’re talking all about Visual Novels and Dating Sims! These genres are hugely popular in Japan, but in the west they are niche and often don’t even get released! These games often feature a large amount of dialogue and static images, and can have a range of content that is often quite adult. We talk about some of our favourites and dissect the genre. What makes them fall into the video game category? What sort of people play these games? Why are they so popular in Japan but not in Australia? Also this week, we have a Nintendo Direct to discuss that was very 3DS focused, along with reviews of Disney Art Academy from Viv, and a review all about battling titans on an epic scale – Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom! Luke also spent some time with Bandai Namco and discusses his thoughts around upcoming RPG/Minecraft hybrid, Dragon Quest Builders! It’s all here on a busy episode of your favourite gaming show! Hatoful BoyfriendDisneyTitan