Game Hugs

A games industry podcast featuring one-on-one interviews with people that have made games their lives. Game Hugs is hosted by Jason Imms, a freelance games and tech journalist with bylines in GameSpot, IGN, Giant Bomb, Kill Screen, CNET, and more. Join Jason on a journey through the lives of people in game development, PR and marketing, journalism, content creation, and more!
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May 7, 2018

On this week's show, Australian freelance games journalist Meghann O'Neil joins our host Jason Imms to discuss her decade of writing for PC PowerPlay Magazine, her belief that all games deserve a chance to be covered, and the challenges of going back to pitching now that the magazine has dropped to quarterly publishing.

Meghann is the intersection of all things indie games, just ask one of the hundred or so designers she met at PAX AU last year. As well as ten years of freelancing for PC Powerplay and (more recently) PC Gamer, she runs a videogame ensemble and composes game music in dynamic structures. Also, if you call the HintTron 3000 in Thimbleweed Park, you’ll be delivered incremental hints, based on Meghann’s guide.

Mar 27, 2018

Hello and welcome to... Dog Hugs?

Joining us this week is Angharad "Rad" Yeo, one of the hosts of ABC Me's Spawn Point.

Spawn Point is a (hugely popular in its own right) kids' spin-off of the hugely popular video games coverage show Good Game, which celebrated its tenth and final year of airtime in 2017. Rad is one of three hosts of the show, and joins our host Jason Imms to chat about life as an ABC TV presenter, her musical aspirations, and her utterly gorgeous dog Boatmeal.

Mar 4, 2018

Will Smith is the CEO of FOO VR (they make cartoons in real-time using virtual reality), the host of The FOO Show (a VR talk show), co-host of the Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project podcast, and a former editor of

Will was also the first editor to ever hire our host Jason Imms as a freelance writer! Join the pair to hear them discuss why in the world they took a chance on our intrepid host, as well as Will's long and storied career in tech and games journalism, and the rise and fall of Whiskey Media.

Jan 28, 2018

This week, our host Jason Imms is joined (in a Melbourne French for breakfast) by digital copywriter, freelance journalist and professional writer, Patrick Stafford.

Patrick is currently a digital copywriter for MYOB, as well as providing his services on contract under his own brand Stafford Content, and working as a freelance journalist for The Atlantic, Polygon, Eurogamer, Kotaku, and more.

Join Jason and Patrick for insights into the life of a freelance journalist, Patrick's thoughts on a journalist's role in the modern games industry, and what it takes to turn an interesting lead into a widely read long-form feature.

Nov 26, 2017

Adam ‘Pez’ Perry is the host of the Twitch-broadcast You Game Bro? podcast, and founder of the Australasian Gaming Podcast Network. Pez's broadcasting work has led to him securing brand ambassador roles with Lenovo and Intel in Australia and New Zealand, and allowed him to land major sponsorships to support the ongoing creation of the You Game Bro? podcast.

Join Pez and your host Jason Imms as they discuss the benefits and challenges of one-on-one interview-based podcasts, passion-driven media work, and life on the ground as a community manager for Final Fantasy XIV in ANZ.

Oct 15, 2017

This week we welcome Tim Colwill, editor in chief of the hilariously satirical Point & Clickbait to the guest chair. Join him and our host Jason Imms for a trip down memory lane as the pair relive the shuttering of beloved Australian games outlet, discuss the dodgy closure of Interzone Games, and come to understand the strange parallels between poking fun at the games industry, and working for the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union.

Oct 1, 2017

In this week's episode, host Jason Imms spoke with excellent GameSpot host and video producer, Jess McDonell about joining one of the biggest games journalism outlets in the world, what to do with your hands on camera, and what it means to work for a truly global outlet.

Aug 6, 2017

Eli Hodapp is the editor in chief of Touch Arcade, the world's largest reviews and news site dedicated to Apple mobile devices. He's also possibly a Juggalo, though the jury is still out on that one.

Join Eli and host Jason Imms this week as they discuss working remotely, American gun culture, and the question of elitism in free-to-play vs. premium games.

Show Notes
Episode 54 with Matt Ditton of Mighty Games featured a related conversation on free-to-play ethics in games.

Feb 26, 2017

Paul Verhoeven is a writer, comedian, host, and storyteller. He co-hosts the popular gaming podcast 28 Plays Later with Kris Straub, is the host of the ABC3 show Steam Punks, and is currently writing the upcoming novel Loose Units.

Previously he was a host and producer of various Triple J programs including The Breakfast Show, Nerdy by Nature, and The Graveyard Shift. He is a regular guest on The Project, Studio 3, and Good Game, having also co-hosted on gaming show Save Point and geek comedy program Planet Nerd.

He has written for The Vine, Junkee, MMGN, and Film Inc, and made his stand up comedy debut in the show Tell Me Lies at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Jan 15, 2017

Mark Serrels is the Managing Editor at Allure Media, overseeing Kotaku, Gizmodo, and Lifehacker.

He was previously the Editor of Kotaku for over six years, and was the Managing Editor of Official Xbox Magazine, Official Nintendo Magazine, Official PlayStation Magazine, and Australian 360 Magazine. He is an award winning Journalist, having won the Lizzie IT Journalism Awards for Best Journalist in 2015, and Best Games Coverage for Kotaku 5 years in a row.

Oct 9, 2016

Jason Imms is a Freelance Journalist, founder of the Tas Game Development Society, and is currently the Community Manager for Tasmania's Enterprize Hubs.

As a freelancer Jason has written for publications including IGN, GameSpot, Giant Bomb, Kill Screen, PC PowerPlay, Official PlayStation Magazine, Kotaku, HYPER,, and

Aug 29, 2016

Stephanie Bendixsen, also known as Hex, is the co-host and presenter of the popular ABC TV shows Good Game and Good Game: Spawn Point. She has worked on the live Good Game events such as the Roffle Cup at the Sydney Opera House, Good Game Live as part of comedy festivals, and numerous appearances at conventions around the country.

She will also be featuring in the upcoming ABC show How to be a Fan with Hex.



Jul 4, 2016

Nic Healey is the weekday breakfast radio host at 2ser 107.3, and until recently was a Senior Editor at CNET.

Over a 20 year career he has been the Editor for PC & Tech Authority, Official Xbox Magazine, T3, Official Windows Magazine, Official Nintendo Magazine, and Official PlayStation Magazine.

Jun 6, 2016

Joab Gilroy is the editor of Redbull esports, MCV Pacific weekly, and general editor-for-hire!

He was the editor for Telstra GameArena for 6 years - reviewing games, liaising with publishers, and managing a large network of games journalists.

As a freelance games critic he has written for AusGamers, Games On Net, IGN and Gameplanet, as well as magazines like Hyper and PC PowerPlay.

He also hosts the long running GAP Podcast, currently at over 300 episodes.

May 16, 2016

David Milner is the editor for Game Informer Australia. First appearing as a Next Big Critic winner in Game Informer, this break lead to on-going freelance work and an eventual position as staff writer on the magazine, as well as winning Best New Journalist at the Australian IT Journalism Awards. In 2014 David was appointed Editor of the Australian edition of Game Informer.

Apr 25, 2016

Jessica Citizen is the editrix of independent games website and TV show Player Attack.

She was previously a senior content editor at Games On Net, and columnist for Tecca. Her articles have been published by Time, USA Today, Mashable, Yahoo, NBC News, The Saturday Evening Post, WoW Insider, Joystiq, Gametraders LIVE and VG247, among others. She is also one of the founders of ARGGGH: Adelaide's Really Good Gathering of Game Developers.

Apr 4, 2016

Rae Johnston is a Journalist for Gizmodo Australia, and was previously the Commercial Editor for Gizmodo, Kotaku, and Lifehacker.

She has done PR work for Surprise Attack and Flat Earth Games, Co-ordination and hosting for EB Games Expo, co-created and presented for Tech Space, was the Lifestyle Editor for TechLife Magazine, was an original presenter/reviewer for Save Point TV, and has been working professionally as an actor/voice actor for over a decade.

She is a high profile advocate for the games industry, regularly appearing on morning TV shows, is heavily involved with the cosplay community, and regularly MC's at events from Oz Comic-Con to Haven.

Feb 21, 2016

Dave Kozicki is a freelance writer for Official PlayStation Magazine, and has also written for Hyper, GameArena, PC PowerPlay, and AusGamers.

He was a founding member of the independent gaming website and podcast RawDLC, and also worked for Red Ant Distribution.

Feb 7, 2016

Jeremy 'Junglist' Ray is an Independent Entertainment Professional in the games industry. He writes for KotakuGame Informer, and previously for PC Powerplay,

He was the producer and presenter of 5 Inch Floppy and ABC TV's Good Game.

Jan 18, 2016

Lucy O'Brien is the Entertainment Editor for IGN Australia.

She has previously worked as the Product Manager for One2another, Editor of Playstation 3 Magazine (PSM3) Australia, Contract Writer at SIDHE, and Senior Writer for NZGamer.