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Rainbow Road: a Gay Gaming Podcast
Travis Ryans & Mike Dineen
A pair of gaymers, Travis and Mike, discuss the world of gaming through a queer lens.
May 2, 2021
A Whole Year of Rainbows
To celebrate the podcast's first birthday, Travis and Mike invited past guests to rave about a character who's near and queer their hearts. Featuring Andrew Orsie (he/him), Ashley Park (she/her), Chara Couture (she/they), Faustine Pelipel (she/her), & Mr. Gaboobily (he/him). Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Apr 8, 2021
Hades: for the Gawds
Travis and Mike have broken out of the Underworld to chat with Ashley (she/her) and Chara (she/they) about roguelike narratives, Sisyphian tasks, and the thirsty thighs of a specific God, on this week's episode about Hades! Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Mar 18, 2021
San Junipero: PR for VR
Jordan (he/him) and Brooke (she/her) from Queer Quadrant are back to help Travis, Mike, and new guest Ophira (she/they) dissect the Black Mirror episode "San Junipero". The gang critiques the show's portrayal of disability, opines on love in a digital age, and puzzles over Yorkie's glasses. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Feb 16, 2021
The Last of Us 2: Bury Your Straights
Travis brings on Matt (any pronouns), Ashley (she/her), and Kyah (they/them) to revel in the beauty and horror of Naughty Dog's most ambitious game yet, and all the controversy that came with it. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
1 hr 7 min
Jan 20, 2021
Why We Love Zelda
Jacqueline (she/her) helps Travis and Mike explain the enduring appeal of the Zelda franchise to a Hyrule newcomer, Producer Matt (any pronouns). Theme Music by UzzBuzz.
Dec 16, 2020
The Consoles of Christmas Past
Ashley Cooper (@ashleyversus, she/her) joins Travis and Mike to recount fond memories of past console generations, in preparation for the PS5 and the new XBoxes. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Nov 20, 2020
Explaining Kingdom Hearts (and Why We Love It)
To prepare Mike for potential future Kingdom Hearts episodes, Travis invited Eitan (he/him) and Andrew (he/him) back to help explain the convoluted plot of the series, and why something so disjointed has captured the hearts of so many fans. The Red Dead Redemption video we reference is at https://youtu.be/7rWYlQduZMQ (and doesn't contain any spoilers). Theme Music by UzzBuzz.
Nov 5, 2020
Games Near and Queer to Us
Matt emerges from the mixing studio once more to talk with Travis and Mike about the trios most cherished games, the horror of aging, and how they all became... like this. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Oct 21, 2020
Video Game Movies: Unskippable Cutscenes
Our friends from Queer Quadrant, Jordan (he/him) and Brook (she/her) join Mike and Travis to talk about video game movie adaptations! Let's debate the ultimate Tomb Raider adaption, enjoy the fluffiness of Pokemon, and fan-cast the new Last of Us series! Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Sep 17, 2020
High Score: We've Always Been Queer
Travis and Mike bring on Ashley Cooper (she/her) and Ike Pastel (any pronouns) to revel in the positivity and nostalgia trip that is Netflix's new docuseries, High Score. Theme music by UzzBuzz
Aug 27, 2020
Final Fantasy VII: Nailed It, Thank You
Travis and Mike host Eitan (he/him) and Faustine (she/her) to talk environmentalism, class consciousness, and hand massages. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Aug 5, 2020
Dream Daddy: Like Goths to a Flame
Travis and Mike are joined by Eitan (he/him) and Andrew (he/him) to simp for some cartoon zaddies, recount their dating horror stories, and realize the real dream is the Amandas we raised along the way. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 22, 2020
Gone Home: Sissy That Walking Sim
Travis and Mike coax producer Matt (he/him) out of the booth again to join Kenzie (she/her) for a chat about Gone Home, other walking sims, and the inherent queerness of lonely journalling. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Jul 8, 2020
Mass Effect: Glamazons and Humanitis
With Mike on vacation, Travis recruits the Ashleys - Park (she/her) and Cooper (she/her) - along with Eitan (he/him) and Anthony (he/him/they/them) to talk the granddaddy of queer gaming, its many alien races, and how it stands the test of time. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
1 hr 18 min
Jun 25, 2020
The Last Of Us: The Daddyfication of Gayming
Travis and Mike bring on Kyah (they/them), and Ashley Cooper (she/her) to recount memories of their first terrifying play-throughs of the Citizen Kane of gaming, and remind themselves, before getting their hands on the sequel, that the series has always been queer. Theme Music by UzzBuzz.
1 hr 10 min
Jun 9, 2020
Life is Strange: Be Gay, Bend Times
Travis and Mike, as well as guests Ashley Park (she/her) and Ashley Cooper (she/her), rewind time to 2015 to discuss Life Is Strange. Spoilers for all episodes of season 1, warn your earholes. If you need a break from these trying times, a list of black-developed games is at https://bit.ly/2BUHLZH. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
May 20, 2020
Coming Out Games: Press F to Exit Closet
Travis and Mike, joined by writer of game and screen Alix (she/her) and producer Matt (he/him), ask: every other medium has a plethora of coming out stories, so where are they in games? Theme music by UzzBuzz.
May 6, 2020
Queer Romance Options
Bow chicka bow wow! Travis and Mike host Zach (he/him) and Ashley (she/her) to talk about their history with queer romance options in games. How do they compare to their straight counterparts? Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Apr 29, 2020
Simdew Crossing: Slice-of-Life Games
Travis and Mike talk with Vivian (she/her) and Mackenzie (she/her) to theorize: what makes Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, and the Sims so popular with queer communities? You can find Mackenzie on Twitter at @KenziePhoenix, or with her other podcasts at @VGTMPodcast and @MuppetsPod. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Apr 22, 2020
Pokemon: Gotta Snatch 'Em All
Travis and Mike are joined by Ty (he/him) to talk about how Pokemon has evolved as a series over the years, and why we still love playing it. Theme music by UzzBuzz.
Apr 14, 2020
Overwatch: the Dumbledore of Gayming
Travis (he/him) and Mike (he/him) are joined by Vivian (she/her) and Eitan (he/him) to discuss Overwatch's colourful cast of diverse characters, as well as Blizzard's real-life controversies. Correction: Blitzchung, the Hearthstone streamer referenced in this episode, received their prize money back after Blizzard's revised stance, but was still banned from play. Theme music by UzzBuzz.