Heart Piece Podcast

Welcome to the Heart Piece Podcast, your weekly holistic relationship talk show for gamers, hosted by married gaming duo, MasterWife & MasterJoe. It's dangerous to go alone, so we aim to educate, inspire, and empower gamers to build and maintain healthy relationships. Join us each week as we attempt to draw parallels between the fictional game world and real world experiences to see what we can learn about makings friends, finding love, and being good to each other.
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Sep 28, 2015

We were so stressed out last week that we didn't get around to recording an episode, so we thought it was only fitting to make today's episode about how to deal with stress. So we enlisted the help of our good friend, Runashleyrun, to help us discuss the following questions. What kinds of stress are there? How do they effect us? How do they effect others? How do we as gamers handle stress and what kinds of games are good for relieving stress? Grab your stress balls and breathing bags, heart pieces. Everything is going to be alright. In fact, we're starting to feel better already!

BONUS: Kickstarter Film Festival, The French Whisperer, Teenage Mutant Giant Raisins, Secret Ending

RUNTIME: 1 hour 14 minutes

Sep 14, 2015

What do you get when you mix a doctorate psychology degree in Applied Experimental Human Factors with video games? That's what Dr. Biscuits means to find out. After all, we all know video games can give us super human abilities, but what kinds of video games and just what kind of abilities are we talking about? Grab a pen and some paper because it's time to go to school.

Bonus: Our first mail!, Boost or Break, Otis and Annabelle

Runtime: 1 hour 2 min

Sep 7, 2015

Dave Proctor, co-founder of 13AM Games and producer of brand new exclusive Wii U indie title Runbow, comes by HPHQ to talk about how the very first 9-player party platfomer came to be. He also shares why Super Meat Boy and Brutal Legend are two his Top 3 favorite games of all-time. We play a special indie platformer-inspired version of Boost or Break, pick Dave's brain on how he balances work and his marriage, how to successfully run a video game company with your friends or family, and talk about exactly what it is that makes Runbow the most fun way to ruin your friendships since Mario Party.

RUNTIME: 55 min

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Sep 1, 2015

Today MasterWife and MasterJoe celebrate their 2-year wedding anniversary by talking about video game weddings! From invitations to the isle, we share some ideas to help get you inspired in your own wedding planning. Despite our best intentions, we somehow manage never to mention the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and it's incredibly Japanese commercial feautring the amazing wedding of 2 card board boxes. We do, however, share some stories from The Vault about our honeymoon, like that time we pretended to be Jane and Tarzan.

RUNTIME: 42 minutes

Aug 24, 2015

Some people think video games are for kids. Well new flash people: Video games aren't Trix. MasterWife and MasterJoe discuss the negative stigma that the mainstream population still seems to have when it comes to gaming. Is it really "a waste of time" or is that just what people like to say? As gamers, we think there's a bit of an education and a level of understand that needs to be applied to these kinds of statements. Sometimes, you just need put the controller in the other hand, ask some questions, and get to the source. Everything in moderation, of course, (except for listening to this podcast).

RUNTIME: 50 min

Aug 3, 2015

The only thing better than a party is a game party. In this episode MasterWife and MasterJoe discuss different ways to upgrade your party hosting game! We give tips on how to dress up your party invitations so your guests will want to RSVP (stop using Facebook basically), break down the science behind choosing who to invite for what, discuss potential places where you can host a party, and give a slew of party ideas to get your creative gears turning. We'll definitely be trying out some of the ideas we came up with in this episode. Ain't no party like a gaming party!

BONUS: Our first iTunes Reviews, La Di Da Di, Spaghetti Boy, Power Juice

RUNTIME: 52 minutes

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Jul 27, 2015

Think back over your short or long list of people that you've met since elementary school. How many of them, in one way or another, did you meet because of games? How many of them do you remember by the experiences you shared gaming together? In this episode, MasterWife and MasterJoe take a look back at their own respective childhoods and reflect on what games brought them together with their friends and family members. Then they talk about what games and gaming experiences bring them together now as a married gamer couple. You might be surprised to hear some of their discussion!

BONUS:, Playing House with Mario Kart 64, Rhythm Heaven Frog Hop

RUNTIME: 50 minutes

Jul 20, 2015

In this episode we chat with special guests Jehm Faulking and xoTreeHugger from the Insert Coin Theater Twitch stream team about platonic relationships! Intimate friendships with members of the opposite sex are a vital and sometimes tricky part of life. How do we make platonic relationships work? Why are these relationships important and why does the gaming community in particular need more of them? These answers and more await!

BONUS:  Plutonium is a thing, Boost or Break, Xbox One, How'd you get your nickname?, HPP Panel?

RUNTIME: 1 hour an 1 minute

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Jul 13, 2015

The parent-to-child dynamics of the 80s and 90s are largely different than they are now for the current day and age. Many of the kids who grew up playing Atari, Nintendo, and Sega are now all grown up and wondering how video games will impact their own kids. In this episode, we bring in veteran parent MasterDad to discuss how parents in the old days viewed video games and how they managed it from a parenting standpoint. Then MasterJoe talks about how adults today, who are gamers themselves, are thinking about how video games will influence their parenting. Also featuring some rare nuggets about MasterJoe's childhood and who was responsible for introducing him to Nintendo!

EDIT: We learned after recording this episode that the President of Nintendo, Saturo Iwata, has sadly passed at the young age of 55. We are particularly saddened by this news as we are both avid Nintendo fans and have been enjoying Nintendo games since childhood. We would like to join with so many others who have said thank you to Mr. Iwata for everything he's done and everything he stands for in the gaming community. Our prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers. May he rest in peace.

BONUS: What is Socrates, Father-and-Son Invaders 64, Save the Yoshis, Wii Sports Remix, MasterKids?

RUNTIME: 1 hour 3 minutes

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Jul 5, 2015

It's our first listener submitted topic! Local gaming. Online gaming. Robot parties. How can you navigate the pros and cons of both to help you build and maintain your relationships? Answer: Use Robots. After all, it's not the 90s anymore. The gaming industry as a whole is pumping out more online gaming experiences than ever before while games with local multiplayer offerings are far and few between. MasterWife and MasterJoe will be your trusty robot advisers with some neat tricks you can try the next time you set off to save the world with your (potential) friends.

BONUS: America, Robot Halloween, Buck Henry's Fle Market, Unrest in Mushroom Kingdom

RUNTIME: 50 minutes

Jun 1, 2015

Did you know that playing Harvest Moon is proven to make you 81% better at deciphering relationship dynamics? Did you also know that 42% of all statistics are made up? Well here's one thing that's definitely true: Harvest Moon is an awesome video game franchise. Even better, there are lots of relational goodies to learn from the games! In this episode MasterJoe takes an in-depth look at the characters of his all-time favorite Harvest Moon game and MasterWife breaks down the 5 Love Languages as told by Dr. Gary Chapman.

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Ever wondered what Harvest Moon: The Movie might be like? Here's a video from Gritty Reboots on YouTube that might help. Harvest Moon was the very first video that Gritty Reboots ever made and it's based on the characters of Harvest Moon 64 (recurring in friends of Mineral Town) that we mentioned in the podcast! Check out the video here: Harvest Moon: The Movie (Trailer) | Gritty Reboots

BONUS: Body Harvest ≠ Harvest Moon, Yoshi's Daycare Academy, Love Language of Cats

RUNTIME: 47:52

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