It’s Almost Time

We’re all back this week for our first episode of the podcast for 2015!

We’ll be recording our look back at 2014 this Sunday, January 11. Make sure to check it out, as we hand out a whole bunch of entirely fake, somewhat serious awards to their rightful winners (or dubious losers). Expect to see the episode available for download late Sunday night (Melbourne time).

PAX AUS Meetup

Paul, Graham, and Mike (sorry, not Steve) will be at PAX Australia this weekend. We know that at least one person is keen on a podcast listener meetup, so here’s the deal.

We’re still an amateur operation, so we have in no way booked anything for this. The plan is that the three of us will be on the lawn inside PAX in front of the Exhibition Centre at 12 noon on Saturday. That’s here:

In order to aid you finding us on the day, here’s a picture of Mike’s face:



Keep an eye on our Twitter account @shouldiplaythis for updates during the weekend from the team.


We’ve talked about Paul’s game, Readapt, a bunch on the podcast. It’s a constantly-changing local multiplayer dual-joystick shooter. In case that all sounds like buzzwords to you, here’s a description of the game from the man himself:

Nearly all aspects (from weapons to movement to environment behavior) will randomise for each round. The aim is to adapt to multiple randomised elements and defeat the other players.

– Paul Pham,

Head over to his blog at to follow the development of the game and learn about how far things have come so far.

Hello, and welcome.

Hello, and welcome to Should I Play This Game? (or Should I Play This Game dot com). This site is all about video games, as told by a bunch of guys who are trying to fit them in around their day-to-day lives. The team behind Should I Play This Game is:

Mike Jeffcott – working full-time as a software tester in Melbourne, playing and training for ultimate frisbee a few times a week, trying to play games wherever possible
Steve Francis – working full-time as a teacher in Perth, mostly playing fighting games, having occasional obsessions with epic fantasy adventure games
Paul Pham – gave up full-time study to try making games in Melbourne, often play-testing, remembering some people are colourblind
Graham Banks – working full-time in IT in a hospital in Hobart, meddling with every modern console, occasionally upside-down in video chat

Things are a little bare-bones around here right now, but that will soon change.

This site is built around one idea: to have a video game podcast tailored more toward the everyman. The working stiff. The 9-to-5ers. Episode 1 is up and ready to go, and episode 2 is on the way. Head over to the Podcast page to check it out.

There will also be some visual changes to the site in the coming weeks. I just really wanted to get this podcast out there.

Stick around. It only gets better from here.